Perceived overqualification: a review and recommendations for research and practice

Songqi Liu, Mo Wang

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In this chapter, we aim to make the following contributions to the perceived overqualification literature. First, we provide an opportunity-based fairness conceptualization of perceived overqualification, and differentiate it from other justice constructs. Second, we present a multilevel model of perceived overqualification, which enumerates the antecedents and consequences, and explicates the mediators and moderators of the effect of perceived overqualification. Third, we emphasize the importance of considering methodological issues in future research on overqualification. Finally, we offer specific suggestions in studying applicant overqualification and recruiter perceptions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Role of Individual Differences in Occupational Stress and Well Being
EditorsPamela L. Perrewé, Jonathon R.B. Halbesleben, Christopher C. Rosen
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Limited
Number of pages42
ISBN (Electronic)9781781900055
ISBN (Print)9781781900048
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameResearch in Occupational Stress and Well Being
ISSN (Print)1479-3555


  • Job search
  • Perceived overqualification
  • Person-job fit
  • Personnel selection
  • Underemployment

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