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Overqualified job seekers at disadvantage, unless they are women (Carnegie Mellon University)

July 12, 2019

Job seekers who appear overly capable may be at a disadvantage — unless they are women, in which case being overqualified can be helpful, according to research from Carnegie Mellon University‘s Tepper School of Business. Hiring managers tend to perceive that overqualified candidates may lack commitment to the job and company, so they may pick a person with less experience. However, being overqualified can work in favor of women because it can overcome a hiring manager’s perception bias.


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