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When a candidate applies for a job who is obviously overqualified, that’s not necessarily a good thing. While having their expertise in your office might be nice, the last thing you want to do is invest time and energy in training someone, only to have them turn around and leave quickly.

This doesn’t mean you should never hire an overqualified candidate. In fact, there are times when it might make sense. To help you decide, here are a few key things to think about when you’re considering hiring someone who has too many qualifications for the job:

  • What’s the candidate’s motivation? The reason the candidate is considering the job will give you insight into whether they’re likely to stay on or leave quickly. If the candidate is looking for a slower pace of life or believes in the mission of your organization, the fact that the candidate is overqualified doesn’t necessarily mean the candidate will move on any time soon.
  • What are the candidate’s long-term goals? Sometimes, overqualified candidates want to take a step back. Maybe they didn’t like the management track or want a job with a better work/life balance. If their goals align with your organization’s, there’s no reason to believe they won’t stick around even if they have more job skills than they need.
  • Is the candidate a good cultural fit for your organization? Many people will stay in jobs where they are overqualified because they like the environment and their co-workers. If the candidate is a perfect fit for your company’s culture, you can maximize the chances an overqualified candidate will be with your business for a long time.
  • How much would it hurt your company if the candidate left? Finally, there are times when it may make sense to take advantage of an overqualified candidate’s talents for as long as you have them. If it won’t cost you much in training to bring them on board and they could potentially add a lot to your organization, it may be worth hiring them even if you suspect they’ll only be there for the short-term.

By thinking about all these key factors, you can make an informed choice about whether hiring an overqualified candidate makes sense in your situation. If you want to find candidates with the appropriate qualifications so you don’t have to make this tough choice, reach out to IES Custom Staffing today for help and advice.

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