Imagine going to your local restaurant on date night... and sending the food back because its better than you expected. Fabulously good. The kind of food you will remember in stories for five years. And you'd send it back, un-eaten because it far exceeds your expectations.
"This is too good" You'd say "Even though it is what I ordered and prepared perfectly at a fair price."
When I hear 'over qualified' I always say thank you. An employer says my talents exceed their needs.
This is a good thing -- I can bring more to the table, job or project than the bare minimums.
There are two standard reasons employers worry about hiring the 'too talented.' The first is that the employee might know everything and be hard to manage and the second is that they will get bored and quit. Either of these might be true but depend vastly more on personality rather than talent or degrees.
But, even if both assumptions are true -- You are getting great talent at a great rate.
And if neither assumption is true -- You are getting more talent than you asked for.
Now if a Sheila with an MBA applies for our internship, that's not going to work. But instead of dumping her...change the position. Use her years of experience, talent and contacts. Its a gift.
Remember - you are hiring talent. If you think you need 5 talent units and someone has 10...that's good. Don't aim for a range of 4.5 to 5.5 units. Aim for signing up bucket loads of ability.
Thursday's BIG IDEA: Don't assume a candidate has too much to offer your business.
(Talent is more than creative ability. Its judgement, experience, knowledge of the fields, contacts, related skills and tool knowledge. )