Being over qualified
• New Zealand
7 Feb 07
I believe you can as I was one of those who were declined one.. I applied for a Job in the Star City Casino as a Dishwasher.. 2 weeks prior I had already applied for a Job as a Blackjack dealer.. I had to wait for the training to begin which was in another 2 months... meantime I needed some money to get by. I applied as a Dishwasher and got a call the same day... The Man told me I was overqualified to apply for this position.. I told him that I just needed some money to survive. I applied for another one the following day somewhere else and got it just like that!
• United States
7 Feb 07
I got an email just today telling me that the job I had applied for was awarded to someone else and that I was overqualified for the position. I was a Customer Service manager for some time and have 17 years experience. The job was a customer service rep. I explained (in the interview) that I was looking to downsize, work less hours than management, and be able to still work in the field that I am familiar and love to work in. I don't think that someone is overqualified. I actually think it's because a company expects to pay out more for an experienced person so they refuse to hire someone with more experience than they feel is necessary because they would have to pay them more.
7 Feb 07
You are right to some point, but yes it could be someone is overqualified - like your case, if the company hires you for that job you were applying at, then you may say that you are overqualified for that position. See? Overqualified means doing a job beyond your qualifications and lots of people are like that but no other options because they need to work. some Domestic helpers are college graduates, some factory workers as well, but they stick to that job rather than becoming jobless.
7 Feb 07
It is a fact. In our country alone, most are overqualified for their present jobs. A graduate of MBA for example, is willing to accept a clerical position because of his or her inexperience, or a licensed teacher who gets to work as househelp in other countries because there are no available slots for her in the schools... or an experienced doctor who accepts a job as a nurse, or caregiver, in other countries because the pay is higher... They all have jobs but are overqualified. Let me place myself in the perspective of an employer. An overqualified person who was hired to do a job that is less-challenging for him, chances are, he might get bored, or might think that he is better than his superior, thus may lead to insubordination. Of course these are only speculations, but these are also great possibilities. And to avoid this, most employers choose the fresh graduates to fill-in clerical positions, hindering the more ranking ones to get the job.
7 Feb 07
Ofcourse, it happened sometimes, specially if you have no other option but to get a job beyond your qualifications. Here in our country, there are lots of professional people who ends up working other country as househelp, factory workers and caregivers. Why it happens? Simply because there are less opportunities here in our country and it is very hard to earn a living in here compare to what you will earn if you work abroad.