The risk of hiring overqualified employees

When the economy slows and unemployment rises, employers often receive resumes from over-qualified prospects.  Be careful, over-qualified employees often come with the following baggage:

  1. They are used to having a staff of people to direct
  2. They are often several levels removed from specialized work
  3. They expect more respect, power, and privileges
  4. They expect higher compensation and benefits
  5. They may quickly become frustrated and disatisfied
  6. Their ego and morale may quickly deteriorate
  7. They may be less flexible, open-minded, and willing to learn

It may be better to select job candidates with slightly less skills, knowledge, experience, and expectations and then groom them to the right employee.