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.
About the Author
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.