During my ten years as a small business owner, I experienced plenty of opportunity to interview job applicants that were all suitable, but who had varying degrees of qualification. Here are some true life encounters to support my belief in this article that advocates hiring overqualified candidates.
Many of my food service and retail clients know about my weakness for Chick-Fil-A sandwiches and my admiration for their outstanding customer service training. I wanted to share a revelation about recruiting that makes perfect sense for not just quick service restaurants, where labor conditions are perpetually tight, but in any industry where hiring is a challenge.
Those of us who have owned or managed businesses for long enough have tossed aside uncountable numbers of applications that, at a glance, are unsuitable. To paraphrase a song by the Eurythmics: If I had a dollar for all of the resumes I’ve discarded, there’d be a mountain of money piled up to my chin.