Graduate Job Rejection Due to Being Overqualified?
Recently did a final round interview for a Graduate C/C++ embedded software engineer role.
I thought that the interview went well. What was surprising was that I got a call two days later stating that I was rejected. Reason being - overqualified. The HR stated that I am more suited for an associate role instead of a graduate.
I graduated from CS just a 1 month ago and completed 3 internships over 3 years. I am just a bit surprised that the basis that they would reject me is on being overqualified.
Is overqualification even a valid reason for being rejected or am a just being let off lightly? I have done 20 graduate final round interviews now and this is the first time I am hearing this reason for rejection.