If all else fails, if you have followed the guidelines in this article and are still getting the overqualified label, the one last option you have is to ask the direct question of the hiring manager. Be as blunt and direct as possible — and ask for the same in the answer — by asking something along the lines of: “What can I do to convince you that I am the best candidate for the job?”
And by all means, stay as positive and upbeat as possible. If you are not having success, evaluate your performance. And if you have been fired or downsized, review your actions and attitudes to be sure you are not emitting any negative (or self-doubting) vibes
“I’m concerned about the number of jobs you’ve held in such a short period of time.”
If you have had an unusual number of jobs in the last few years, some interviewers will raise the job-hopper question, so you need to be able to explain the logic of your job history. It’s important to note that even though employers are not as loyal to their employees as in the past, they still expect employees to be loyal to them.
“We really like you but are just not sure where you fit.”
The good news about this objection is that you have won half the battle because the employer likes you and wants to hire you, but is simply unsure of how to best utilize your skills. The key to your response has to be having the confidence in yourself and the knowledge about the employer to explain clearly why you are a fit for the position you are interviewing for.
“Were you fired from your last job?”
Unless the employer has inside information about you — or you are currently unemployed while job-hunting — this should not be a common objection. However, if you have been downsized or fired from your last job, you should at least anticipate this objection. It’s pretty common to be defensive about the subject since no one likes being fired — even if you were let go simply because your job was eliminated — so you need to put that behind you when responding to this objection.