Overqualified? A Code Word With 5 Other Excuses for Not Getting the Job

  1. Previous employment with a major corporation. Small lesser-known companies refuse to hire because they don’t feel they can “afford” you for the value you would bring. I was actually told that by a hiring manager.
  2. Flat-out refusal to pay you what you’re worth. A manager at another company recruited me, made an offer. I countered the offer. Although we met in the middle, the hiring manager told me: “This is what I’m offering and that’s it.”
  3. Some companies have the notion that you will have very brief employment with them. A manager once told me: “I’m fearful that you will become bored and quit.”
  4. Ageism, which can be tough to prove. On several interviews, I wasn’t given a reason. However, it was my sense that ageism came into play, which is alive and well today. I had reasons to suspect that to be the case in my specific experiences.
  5. Attitude and Chemistry. I worked for a manager who interviewed candidates and she wasn’t “feeling” them. But again, conveyed to the candidates, they were overqualified. Sometimes the chemistry is all wrong and the attitude can also be apparent at the outset.
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