Penalties for the Overqualified

This research suggests that hiring managers penalize overqualified candidates because they assume two things about them. First, they assume that overqualified candidates have less interest in the organization and its mission than less-qualified candidates. Second, they assume that overqualified candidates are flight risks.

Too Good to Hire? Capability and Inferences about Commitment in Labor Markets in Administrative Science Quarterly.

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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