Should You Hire an Overqualified Candidate?

Think bigger than the job in Amy Gallo


You’ve posted a job and are starting to sort through candidates. Several applicants have more qualifications and experience than the job requires. Do you consider them? What are the risks of hiring someone who is “overqualified”? And how can you mitigate those risks?

What the Experts Say

“Recruiters have traditionally hesitated to place overqualified candidates because of several presumed risks,” says Berrin Erdogan, professor of management at Portland State University whose research focuses on overqualification. “The assumption is that the person will ...

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