over·​qual·​i·​fied | \ ˌō-vər-ˈkwä-lə-ˌfīd How to pronounce overqualified (audio) \

Definition of overqualified

: having more education, training, or experience than a job calls for

Examples of overqualified in a Sentence

They didn't hire her because she was overqualified for the job.

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And on her first mission, this overqualified woman joins H for a night of hedonism diplomacy, showing some sluggy alien grandee a good time in a London nightclub. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson reunite for eerily bland Men in Black: International: EW review," 12 June 2019 The overqualified cast do their best to inject some passion into the proceedings—Fassbender, in particular, is incapable of phoning it in—but the momentum drained out of these X-Men movies long ago. David Sims, The Atlantic, "A Slapdash Farewell to the X-Men Series," 6 June 2019 The company initially rejected her as overqualified, but then her résumé landed on the desk of founder Nadia Boujarwah, who brought her on to grow the business. Diana Tsui, The Cut, "The Design Director Launching Brands for Sizes 14 and Up," 12 June 2018 An overqualified and utterly spectacular third baseman for most of his career now playing shortstop full-time in 2018. Ted Berg, For The Win, "Who is the second best player in Major League Baseball?," 26 Apr. 2018 Some have argued that Ben Simmons is overqualified to win the NBA’s rookie-of-the-year award. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "No doubt that Ben Simmons is rookie of the year, says Sixers coach Brett Brown," 10 Apr. 2018 But the Hall is falling down on what should be the easiest part of its job: inducting the most overqualified musicians. Gavin Edwards, Billboard, "How to Fix the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Op-Ed," 9 Apr. 2018 Wyant vividly remembers one of his first interviews for a head varsity coach position, when he was deemed overqualified for the girls varsity position at Withrow. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Bryan Wyant's success at Hughes is about more than just basketball," 6 Apr. 2018 The reviews have not been very kind, and the movie itself barely deserves its wildly overqualified cast. Josh Spiegel, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Rule 'Cloverfield Paradox' Forgets to Follow," 6 Feb. 2018

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1953, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of overqualified

: having more experience, knowledge, or training than is needed

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