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  • Should You Hire An Overqualified Candidate

    Managers who have started to hire again face another problem: how to handle all the overqualified candidates. The unprecedented availability of top talent is changing the prevailing wisdom.

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    Economists puzzle over America’s jobless recovery, managers who have started to hire again face another problem: how to handle all the overqualified candidates coming through their doors. The prevailing wisdom is to avoid such applicants. But the unprecedented availability of top talent created by this recession and new research on the success of these candidates may be changing that.

    What the Experts Say
    Recruiters have traditionally hesitated to place overqualified candidates because of several presumed risks, says Berrin Erdogan, a professor

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    of management at Portland State University and the lead author of a recent study on the subject. “The assumption is that the person will be bored and not motivated, so they will underperform or leave.” However, her research shows that these risks may be more perceived than real. In fact, sales associates in her study who were thought to be overqualified actually performed better. And rarely do people move on simply because they feel they’re too talented for the job. “People don’t stay or leave a company because of their skills. They stay or leave because of working conditions” she says.

    http://blogs.hbr.org/hmu/2011/03/should-you-hire-an-overqualifi.html

    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals

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