What Should You Do If the Best Candidate in Your Stack of Resumes Is Overqualified?

May 31st, 2019

When you’re looking to hire accountants in Spokane, you expect to receive resumes from candidates with the required skills. Of course, there are probably a few notably underqualified applicants too, but it’s always surprising when seriously overqualified professionals throw their hat into the ring.

You’re probably not sure whether to feel suspicious or overjoyed that a candidate with much more experience than necessary wants to join your team. In some cases, this can be an incredible opportunity to get more than expected for the position, but don’t act before performing proper due diligence.

Five Actions to Take Before Hiring an Overqualified Candidate

Find Out Why They Really Want the Job

A motive is hugely important when considering an overqualified candidate. Some people climb the ladder and realize they’re not happier at the top. It’s possible the person just really enjoyed the work associated with the position you’re filling. Knowing the reason they decided to apply will help you make the right decision.

Consider the Impact They Could Make

Traditionally, when you hire a new employee, you want them to be part of your team for the long run. If you feel like an overqualified candidate is just looking for a job to tide them over for the moment, you might be inclined to pass. In some cases, this is the right choice but think about any short-term contributions they could make. For example, if you have a big project in the works you know your team can’t handle, they could prove invaluable.

Get Their Salary Requirements

The position you’re filling has a salary range you need to follow. You might be able to pay an overqualified candidate a salary on the higher end, but this probably still won’t be at the level they’re used to. Before casting off other candidates, discuss salary requirements with them to make sure you’re on the same page.

Determine Their Cultural Fit

A candidate might have the best qualifications in your stack of resumes, but if they don’t mesh with your company culture, they’ll be more of a problem than an asset. Don’t let their impressive resume distract you from asking behavioral questions to gauge their cultural fit and introducing them to the team.

Perform a Reference Check

Your candidate might truly be amazing, but don’t get too excited and forgo a resume check. Speaking with people who have worked closely with them in the past will help you decide if they’re the real deal or too good to be true.

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