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On the face of it, there are plenty of very good reasons why you'd want to hire someone who was taking a step down in terms of their career: they're much more likely to be able to do the job you're hiring them for well, while in many cases also contributing extra just to stay interested. And, overqualified or not, they're just as likely to be grateful to land whatever they can as anyone else.
As the Times piece makes abundantly clear, there are also plenty of reasons why you wouldn't want to hire from the "overqualified" pool—the number one reason being that you're much more likely to experience turnover as soon as that person finds something that's more in line with their experience levels and salary expectations.
Indeed, the final sentence of the Times article sums up the greatest problem employers will have with hiring overqualified workers: the employee they profiled "wonder how long simply having a job will be enough."
If you take all that into account and decide that you're going to take your chances on someone who's overqualified, here are a couple of ideas to bear in mind.
--Posted by Phil Stott, Vault.com
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