No matter how many articles are written in response to this “age old” question of “Why do I keep getting told I am overqualified?” The term “overqualified" can mean "too smart" or "too old" or "so obviously competent that we doubt you'll be happy in this role if we offer it to you.” It can also be that you’ve just accomplished so much in a short period that it’s overwhelming to the hiring manager and so they don’t know what to do with that information. This happens more than you think. We can’t change our age; however, we can change our mindset and our resume to reflect our talents and abilities. Your mindset is about wrapping your head around changes in technology and the environment around us.
Think about what your years of experience bring to the position, even if hiring managers or recruiters aren’t specifically looking for it. When they say you’re “overqualified,” you can let them know you view yourself as highly qualified with something extra to offer the company.
It’s crucial that you emphasize that you are plenty capable of doing the job in question, and that your abundance of qualifications means you can assume greater responsibilities in less time than it would take to train someone else. See…you’re already saving the company money and you haven’t even started yet.
Being told you’re “overqualified” is something we all deal with in our careers. Take that negative feedback and flip it around so you’re viewed as a viable candidate who brings experience and value to the organization.