This article explains in details the question #18 i.e “Don’t you think you are overqualified for this job?”. Click here to browse the list of common questions asked in interviews.
Question #18: Don’t you think you are overqualified for this job?
The interviewer asks this question to test your patience. Your reaction speaks a lot about you. Remember that when you are called for an interview then your resume was selected for the particular interview. If they thought you to be overqualified they would have left you. The interviewer is aware of it and wants you to talk to him about it.
Stay calm and you can explain to him how you fit the job at hand. What qualities you bring to the company which other candidates might be lacking. You can apply your knowledge and skills and achieve exceptional growth if given a chance to do so. It’s good to be over qualified then under qualified. There can be other reasons too for asking this question. The interviewer thinks that you will serve the present organisation for a short period and will probably leave when you find a good position and salary. You have to explain him your stand. You have to tell him that after your selection you want to learn new concepts and way of doing things. It’s not the salary which is important at the start of the career but the prospects you have ahead once you learn and grow.
I would suggest you to be mentally prepared before applying for such type of jobs where it shows your over qualifications. There are reasons because they may be paying much less than your expected salary and if you are selected and you start working and leave the company after few months. It goes against you and it loses your credibility in the market. when you show that 5 – 6 months experience you are sure to be questioned about your previous employment. It will sound negative if you try to fool the interviewer and if you speak the truth the whole situation goes against you. That is the only reason I always recommend job seekers not to commit if they are not mentally prepared. And if you are prepared then serve the organisation with complete enthusiasm and commitment. Remember “What you give comes back to you”.