Should employers always appoint the applicant with the highest level of qualifications to a post?

The person with the highest level of qualifications and/or longest experience will not necessarily be the best candidate. In practice, an over-qualified person may quickly become demotivated. However, employers should be aware of the risk of age discrimination when rejecting someone on the grounds that they are considered to be too experienced, as this could indirectly discriminate against older applicants. A well-written employee specification will clarify the type and level of experience required and will not overstate the level of qualifications or experience necessary for the job.