Do you know what the most common remark is I get in my interviews?
"You have a really impressive resume with some great experience and great skills, but I think you're over qualified to work here and you'd be bored to death."
Hm. Okay. I'm hoping that's the case, but I'm starting to wonder if, in fact, this is becoming the polite way to tell me one or a combination of the following.
A. You're over qualified = You are SO not qualified for this job. What the hell were you thinking applying in the first place? Get outta here!
B. You're over qualified = You've had lots of experience in a variety of settings, but we can't find the underlying theme here. Did you come to D.C. to focus on one issue or cause or what?
C. You're over qualified = Wow! You're really good at bullshitting about your skills and abilities. Very impressive, but no go, lady.
D. You're over qualified = You're more than qualified and we're a bunch of idiots who will look stupid if we hire you because you'll be really good at what you do and that will make the rest of us look like the slackers we are.
E. You're over qualified = You'd probably do a decent job here, but D.C. is a small town and we've heard about you. We could really use your kind of skills, but we'd rather have someone who will fawn over us and kiss our ass. Supposedly, you speak up and make suggestions and sometimes even shake things up a bit. And we can't have that.
F. You're over qualified = You're more than qualified, in terms of the primary skill set we're looking for. But, can you write about the left front wheel of train locomotives, because that matters more to us than whether or not we get our product out the door on time, on budget, and within our style guides.
G. You're over qualified = You could do my job.
H. You're over qualified = You're definitely over qualified. Perhaps you should be aiming a little higher in terms of the kinds of jobs you're looking for.
It's one of those. Makes me wish I was content to be a flunky or a slacker or not quite as skilled as I am. Or maybe I need to realize I'm really not that good and I need to take it down a notch or two. Who knows.
With this resume, do you think I could get a job as a barista at Starbucks? Nah. I'm probably under qualified for that...