What does "Over Qualified" really mean?

What does the phrase "over qualified" really mean?

Maybe it depends on the job you are looking into, your background and your age.

I say this because I have been laid off for most of the last 8 months and have had more than a few replys of, "sorry we feel you are over qualified".

This bothers me because of a couple of reasons. 1. Granted my background looks as if I would be qualified for something much higher in employment level and salary, but I am applying for the job, so I am interested. 2. Maybe they feel I am too old for the position and when pushed for a reason to why I am not being considered, "over qualified" is the only answer they can find.

Now to me it is like this.......yes I know it appears I am over qualified for the position.....but if I am over qualified for the position I am pursuing then it means I am very qualified to do the job, right.

So if I continue to pursue the position then obviously it shows that despite it appearing to be a step down in a career move, maybe I am very much interested in the job because I am trying to make a career change and am willing to step down a few notches to begin back up the ladder for a new career.

It just seems to me that if a person really wants a job, then maybe the prospective employer should do a better job of being honest on why they may not want me working for them.


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