What can I do if I’m told I’m over-qualified for the role?

We were asked this by an applicant with a law degree, who was turned down by Emirates due to her being ‘over- qualified’. She was undeterred and applied to other airline and has been invited to an assessment day, which is great. Understandably however, she was slightly anxious in case she was told again that she was over-qualified. We encouraged her to use her existing qualifications and skills to her best advantage. BY explaining her longer- term aspirations of climbing the career ladder and by being honest about why she was choosing not to use her law degree directly, she would demonstrate that she has integrity and flexibility. We suggested that as this question could be asked she was best to prepare her answers carefully so that she could address questions interviewers may have in their minds already about why she had made the choices she had and how that has brought you to where she was then. If you’re open and prepared, it helps prevent assessors forming their own conclusions and it also gives you a chance to frame your experience positively, highlighting how your qualifications would be of benefit to an airline.

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