Overqualified candidates are skilled, experienced and knowledgeable professionals. You may have a more senior position open later on that will suit them nicely.
How to write a rejection email to overqualified candidates:
- Personalize your email to mention something relevant about the candidates qualifications.
- Avoid discriminatory comments that mention things like age. Stick to jobs related reasons.
- Don’t promise overqualified candidates that you’ll reach out soon for more suitable opportunities, if you’re only hiring for entry-level roles. Opt for a simple “Best of luck with your job search” to end things on a positive note.
Rejecting overqualified candidates email template
Subject Line: Your application to [Company_name] for the [Job_title] position
We enjoyed meeting with you to discuss the [Job_title] role. It was a pleasure to learn more about your skills and accomplishments.
Unfortunately, we have chosen to move forward with a different candidate for the [Job_title] position.
We were all impressed by your skills and attitude during the interview. We definitely want to stay in touch and contact you when a more fitting opportunity opens up.
I am happy to answer your questions if you would like any specific feedback about your application or interview.
Thanks again for your interest in [Company_name] and best of luck with your job search.
[Your email signature]