Work is the refuge of people who have nothing better to do. : Oscar Wilde

Saturday, June 18, 2011

An Overqualified Employee Might Try Harder

Are we wrong to treat overqualified employees as 'too much of a good thing'?: This article from Occupational Digest mentions that overqualified applicants are often turned down because they would probably become dissatisfied employees. However, there are good psychological reasons to expect them to turn into good performers when they are allowed to use their additional skills. In essence, if such a person understands that over-qualification makes them less desirable in a particular job then they could very well work harder to meet the levels that would be expected from their qualifications and to meet the general performance level of colleagues.

Clearly, as career developers, we can use conversations based on this idea to convince employers to give so-called overqualified candidates more careful consideration.