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 Gallup has basically become the Chris Bosh of Dallas’ WR corps — an overqualified third option whose production took a hit because of the sheer wealth of talent around him. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 things we learned from Cowboys-Eagles, including a new defensive wrinkle Mike Nolan deserves credit for," 28 Dec. 2020 But Ricky Rubio would be an overqualified backup with Paul on the roster, and Kelly Oubre Jr. is expendable as Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson look like the Suns' frontcourt of the future. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Chris Paul trade speculation with Oklahoma City Thunder again includes Phoenix Suns," 2 Nov. 2020 One more truth: Most employers and their HR staffs assume that older job applicants expect to earn higher salaries or are way overqualified and will soon get bored. Phil Blair, San Diego Union-Tribune, "This recently out-of-work HR manager wonders about next step," 24 Aug. 2020 In a world where high-level high school players have found other routes on their road to the NBA, Bates is the most overqualified recruit to make a similar decision. Stephen Means, cleveland, "What does Emoni Bates’ commitment to Michigan State mean for Ohio State basketball? Buckeye Take," 30 June 2020 While this preserved capability, particularly sensors and missile tubes, this also meant that for any contingency, big or small, the only ships capable of responding were expensive, overqualified warships. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "New Pentagon Study Spells Doom for Two Aircraft Carriers...and Maybe More," 23 Apr. 2020 As Rick has slid from leading-man status to day-jobbing, Cliff has gone from action stuntman to overqualified driver, chauffeuring Rick from set to set and otherwise doing odd jobs around his house in the Hollywood Hills. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Quentin Tarantino Has Made His Best Movie in a Decade," 24 July 2019 Key and Leguizamo, comic talents who are wildly overqualified for this sort of thing, work hard, very hard, to infuse the tired material with laughs. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Playing With Fire': Film Review," 7 Nov. 2019 Openings for even menial posts attract throngs of overqualified applicants. The Economist, "IndiaIndia is stumbling because of its prime minister’s failure to curb his darker side," 24 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of overqualified

1953, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2021

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“Overqualified.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overqualified. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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

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