I have been working in IT for over 20 years now, and had another career before that.
My problem is that I don't want, and can't take the stress of the positions I am qualified for. The stress will literally kill me. I can handle lower stress/responsibility positions with no problem at all, but I keep getting hit with "Aren't you overqualified".
Of course, they want to know why someone who could command a much higher salary seems to be "settling" for their company and position. I know this sets off one of two red flags in either "What's wrong with him" or "He's just looking for a filler position"
How can I handle the "over qualified" quesitons for positions I actually do want as a permanent position?
Since this has been flagged, let me explain how this is different. I do not merely have to account for being overqualified but deal with the reason being that I suffered a stroke, and the stress from continuing on the level I was on would likely trigger another one. While it is illegal to ask about medical issues, it is NOT illegal to ask about being overqualified. So this question is BOTH about being overqualified AND about having medical issues which require me to take a step back in job level.