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Judging by your resume, you appear to be overqualified for this position. What would keep you here, if you were offered the position?

8 Answer Examples

By: Rachelle Enns

How to Answer

Sometimes, hiring an overqualified individual can mean that they will leave when a better opportunity arises. Hiring managers become especially wary of hiring over-qualified staff during times of recession or low employment rates when many people apply for jobs for which they are much too qualified. Talk to the interviewer about why this position would be satisfying for you, long-term, despite you appearing to be overqualified. Assure the interviewer that, even if you are overqualified, you will still find an opportunity to learn and grow.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I do have more years' experience than what you have outlined in your job posting; however, there are aspects of this position that would be new and exciting for me as well. For example, I would enjoy the exposure to more public accounting and government-related accounts. Despite my level of experience, there would be much for me to learn here."

Admin
Answer example

"The job titles in my last two roles make it appear that I am overqualified for this administrative assistant role. They were big titles but, rest assured, this position is very much in line with my current skill level."

Manager
Answer example

"I do not think that I am overqualified for this role. I do believe that I bring a lot to the table, but my last few roles were with smaller companies where everyone wore many hats and had time to handle more responsibility. I like the idea of focusing on one department and leading a slightly larger team but with more of a laser focus when it comes to the scope of work."

Marketing
Answer example

"I did have some significant accounts in my last marketing position; however, we were a very niche agency and did not tackle all aspects of marketing. In your role, I will learn a broader scope when it comes to client strategy, which excites me."

Retail
Answer example

"My most recent role was a big one, in the job title at least. I was the Regional Manager for all stores; however, there was only three stores total. By joining your company as the manager for your multi-million dollar store, I will be very much in line with my experience and the types of budgets that I have worked with previously."

Sales
Answer example

"I did have a larger territory in my previous role; however, the total number of accounts will be greater in your position. I look forward to handling a larger amount of accounts while having fewer travel expectations."

Teacher
Answer example

"In my current role, my class size is larger. With that said, I do not believe that this means a more robust experience, though. In a smaller school like yours, I will need to be extra aware and focused on my small group of students which I believe will be an even greater challenge than handling a class of 35 students."

Secretary
Answer example

"I do have more years' experience than what you have outlined in your job posting; however, there are aspects of this position that would be new and exciting for me as well. For example, I would enjoy the exposure to more financial based clientele. Despite my level of experience, there would be much for me to learn here."

Written by:

Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 01/09/2017
Last modified on: 06/29/2018

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