It makes sense that companies would prefer to hire applicants with the most work experience. However, it’s not always the case.

Emily believed that the best plan for getting her dream job was to apply for an entry-level administrative position and work her way up. She was qualified for the position because it was available at a major London entertainment company, and she had five years of previous experience working for other global organizations. The hiring staff of the organization contacted Emily within days. The employer considered her to be a top applicant with an excellent CV. However, they told her during the interview that she was overqualified and would quickly grow bored in the position.

On the surface, choosing a candidate who meets the requirements for the job better would seem to be a success for the business. In reality, though, things hardly ever work out that way. Employers frequently reject individuals because they have too many skills and experience, even in markets where expertise is hard to come by.