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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."