Having retired from software development about three years ago, so I could relate to that model.
The receptionist asked at my last job, “How did you get hired at age 65?”
Me: “The first 12 people could not pass the written programming test.” Also, the company did not ask for my prior salary, or I would have been “overqualified.” I just needed a job for about 5 years until my wife retired.
The gatekeeper (recruiter) was reluctant to send me there because of my prior salary. There were not any qualified competitors AND a very high salary was not important to me. Fun at the job was. It was a perfect match.
My mix of skills was unlike anything they ever had as shown by two quotes:
- Sr Manager: “I didn’t know how spoiled I was until you were out for surgery.”
- Customer waiting in lobby: “My god! They have a mathematician on the programming staff!”