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On the face of it, being over-qualified for a job might appear to be a good thing. A candidate with more experience would logically be placed at the top of the applicant pile. And for an employer, hiring a worker who surpasses the job requirements would seemingly be a coup.
However, that’s generally not how it works out; in fact, being over-qualified can sometimes be a reason for employers to rule candidates out. Perhaps counterintuitively, employers often reject candidates based on an excess of skills and experience, even in a market where talent is hard to come by.
A CV of an overly-experienced candidate is like one indicating job-hopping or no movement at all - it's cause for suspicion.
Recruiters can see workers applying for positions apparently 'below' their current career level as a red flag.
If someone is coming down a level or two, and they've likely already achieved what the role offers, then you have to ask questions about their motivation.
As workers’ careers progress, they typically ascend into more senior roles, gradually making their way towards management or executive positions. However, the higher employees go, the fewer the alternative jobs.
They move towards the peak of a pyramid. As they gain greater experience, there’s less breadth in terms of opportunities: trying something different would require scaling back down the pyramid.
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