Definitions for overqualifiedˈoʊ vərˈkwɒl əˌfaɪd

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o•ver•qual•i•fiedˈoʊ vərˈkwɒl əˌfaɪd(adj.)

  1. having more education, training, or experience than is required for a job.


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  1. overqualified(Adjective)

    Having too many qualifications to be deemed appropriate for a (usually unskilled) job.


  1. Overqualification

    Overqualification is the state of being skilled or educated beyond what is necessary for a job. There can often be high costs for companies associated with training employees. This could be a problem for professionals applying for a job where they significantly exceed the job requirements because potential employers may feel they are using the position as a stepping stone. Overqualified candidates may be seen as taking the position temporarily in order to obtain work experience for another position or taking the position temporarily until better employment can be found. Therefore it may be in a company's interest to reject job candidates that significantly exceed their job requirements because they are "overqualified" and not likely to be loyal to a position or company. An example would be an experienced high level manager who is overqualified for a low level management position.


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