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.
Recent Examples on the Web Also tiresomely cute, with the wildly overqualified Cranston and Bening in the title roles dialing up the folksy oldsterisms to grating degrees. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 June 2022 Drew Gulak might be one of the most overqualified interviewers in the history of this business. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2022 And though the anti-Brown antics have been unusually unhinged—and have been keeping fact-checkers working overtime—Judge Brown has a stellar resume and is uniquely overqualified. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, 22 Mar. 2022 Ethan Hawke joins a long list of overqualified actors taking supporting roles in MCU projects. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 29 Mar. 2022 Don’t worry about being considered overqualified; corporate professionals apply and are welcomed. Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2022 Instead of promoting women to management roles, women are left overqualified in their current positions and unable to utilize all of their skills and make their own decisions. Kim Elsesser, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 Those overqualified co-stars provide somewhat of a counterweight to Jerry Buss’ leering gaze, which dominates so much of Winning Time. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Feb. 2022 Make that, a considerably overqualified rock star, given her accomplishments in academia. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of overqualified

1953, in the meaning defined above

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“Overqualified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overqualified. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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