Help – I Am Overqualified!

A few months ago I sent out an email to fill a controller position for a small family-owned real estate company. I was quite surprised that within 72 hours more than 50 applicants sent me resumes including 14 former CFOs. Given how bad the market is today, many candidates are overqualified for the position for which they are applying. It is essential that you downplay why you are overqualified. The interviewer does not want to feel threatened that you want her job. Emphasize things like “you are hands-on” and “you have strong computer skills” in order to downplay that a former $500,000-a-year CFO is applying for an $85,000 controller position.

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