Hiring "Overqualified" Candidates

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting

Mar 3, 2020

In the staffing industry, submitting seasoned candidates can be a tricky proposal to clients.  Employers fear a more experienced person won’t stay long in a lower income or temp-to-hire situation.  There’s a concern that someone considered “overqualified” will grow restless and bored if they are placed in a less challenging environment.  Managers might also express concern that an employee who has been in the workforce for some time could lack the flexibility to come up with a new and fresh approach to the task at hand.  Whatever the objection, hiring seasoned or overqualified candidates can be a tremendous benefit for a company.  

For over 40 years, Lofton Staffing has been placing employees in a myriad of industries, and the one thing we have learned is that the right candidate for the job isn’t determined solely by their level of experience.  It is rather the one who is eager for the chance to contribute and grow with a company that will make the best fit.  Could that person be someone who has already spent years gaining skills and knowledge?  Absolutely!  An employee with less experience can often come in at the ground level and be molded to fit the job, but it is a mistake to dismiss the possibility that a more seasoned candidate might just add a new dimension to the position, and as a result, boost the performance of the whole business.  

Additionally, Lofton recruiters spend time getting to know their candidates. This commitment to developing a deeper relationship with each person is why many employers seek out the assistance of a staffing firm.  We are able to bring so much more to the table than just words on a resume.  For instance, what motivates the employee?  What goals do they have?  How willing are they to go the extra mile for their employer?  By doing this, the recruiters are able to pair the right candidate with the right client.  In some cases, the right candidate is the one considered overqualified on paper, but who has the work ethic and drive to succeed at any job.  Lofton recruiters strive not just to provide your business with anyone; they strive to provide your business with the right one!  

About Lofton: Founded in 1979, Lofton Services offers clients the best of all worlds. We provide the responsive, personal service and flexibility of a small local firm while having the technology, resources, and infrastructure to deliver the benefits of the biggest players in our industry. Lofton Staffing can deliver the right people, with the right skills, right when you need them. Contact us today


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