Do you have an upcoming job interview? Then you might stumble on the question: “Don’t you think you are overqualified for this position?” OR “It seems that you are overqualified for this job role, don’t you think so?” Check out my example answer and useful tips down below!
It’s not a common interview question and will only ever be asked if the interviewer is certain that you are overqualified for the position. The reason why an interviewer would ask this question is to find out if you are genuinely interested in the job role at hand and don’t become bored, lazy or unmotivated.
√ Do explain the reason(s) why you’re taking a step-down. Some interviewers understand that priorities can change in life. Perhaps you seek job stability, less responsibilities or an overall healthy work-life balance. It’s perfectly fine to share these with the interviewer as long as you provide an adequate justification.
√ Do share what makes you excited to apply for this job role. The best way to reassure interviewers that you are staying for the long-term is to share your affinity with their product, service and brand. Tell them exactly what makes you thrilled to perform the job duties listed in the vacancy.
X Don’t focus on what you’ll offer. It’s time to reassure the interviewer that you’ll stay for the long-term. Don’t ramble about your skills, qualifications or experience in the industry.