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Dated June 16, 2005

Don't you think you're overqualified for this position and what makes you think you are suitable for this job?

Hariom Pradhan
Bhubaneshwar

Most people don't expect to be asked if they have a great deal of experience. This question could quite easily catch a candidate off guard. However, a candidate wouldn't hesitate to answer this question and shows complete confidence in his or her ability.

You can say, "not at all. My experience and qualifications make me do my job only better, and in my opinion, my good design skills help me seek a valuable offer in the job market. My previous experiences help me work in a cost-efficient manner, thus saving the company a lot of money.

Finally, I think I will be able to attract better business because of my industry contacts. My qualifications suit the requirements of your company, and you'll be getting a better return on your investment." You can also add, "I'm interested in establishing a long-term relationship with my employer, and if I do well, I would expect expanded responsibilities that could make use of even other skills."

"Consider the following scenario: You're working late one evening and are the only person in the office. You answer an urgent telephone call meant for your supervisor from a sales representative who's meeting a potential client. The sales representative needs an answer to a question to close a sale. Tomorrow will be too late. You have the expertise to answer the question, but it's beyond your normal level of authority. How do you respond?" Please explain the best way to answer such a hypothetical question.

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