Hiring Managers Say They’ll Hire the Overqualified. But Do They?

In this qualitative research, managers said they were willing to interview and hire overqualified candidates. But would they? In other words, is there a gap between what we say we would do in a hypothetical situation and what we actually do? Revealed Preference Theory from the field of economics provides a wealth of support for the existence of these gaps. Other studies show that, in reality, hiring managers tend to penalize overqualified candidates.

Overqualification, Mismatched Qualification, and Hiring Decisions: Perceptions of Employers in Personnel Review.

About the Author

Ben Butina, Ph.D.
Dr. Butina, who hosts the Department 12 Podcast, is an industrial-organizational psychologist with interests in training, leadership development, talent management, and positive psychology in the workplace.

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