Post # 1
I just applied for a position that was posted on a job site earlier this week. There was no deadline specified. I saw the positing yesterday, spent the evening crafting a perfect cover letter and sent the application off thinking that I had applied in plenty of time. Instantly got a (very nice) email back saying that they had just filled the position.
Did they really advertise for candidates, review resumes, schedule interviews, conduct interviews, make a decision and make an offer within five days? Or was this likely a case of them already knowing they were going to hire someone with an inside connection to the organization and they were just advertising the position because they had to?
And in general, when it comes to responding to online or newspaper postings, how late is too late? I check lisitings regularly but some stuff falls through the cracks and I don’t see it until close to the application deadline or a few weeks after the intial posting. If the posting is still up, is it fair game or do employers really only consider people who apply right away?
Post # 3
Anyone? I added a poll to make things more fun!
Post # 4
I voted for #2… that would be my guess.
But I still apply when I see things. In one instance, there was a job that had been posted for months– I assumed it just wasn’t taken down. Later learned from a friend in the organization that they were still trying to fill it. I interviewed and didn’t get it either– but doesn’t hurt to throw things in there!
I usually expect that it takes a huge volume of jobs applied for to actually land a new one… with the exception of internal moves, which can be much simpler.
Post # 5
I’m guessing they had an internal candidate for the position lined up and ready to roll. Most companies have to list a job publically before they can fill it no matter what.
Post # 6
I work in HR and we have a rule that you have to post your open position for at least three days even if you already know who you are going to hire. There are a lot of times that a position is posted with someone already in mind.
Post # 7
When I graduated there were no jobs. I applied for several positions A DAY. I sometimes didn’t hear anything and sometimes I heard within minutes, that was the most annoying because I just spent an hour or so filling out the application, updating my resume and coverletter and nothing.
I voted for #2.. it sucks but it’s reality. Keep applying.
Post # 8
How long had it been up? In my field, if you aren’t in the initial wave of candidates in the first couple days after a posting, you aren’t getting the job. They keep the posting up while interviewing is happening, though, just in case they don’t find the perfect fit on the first go around.
Post # 9
We have to post a position in-house for 3 days even if we know who will most likely get the position. All candidates are interviewed. If we don’t have a candidate within the company we post outside for as long as it takes to find the right person. Sometimes we will stop the posting after a week because we might get over 100 applicants. We have a recruiter that will weed through the applicants but I don’t really trust his instincts. The positions I post are highly scientific/technical and he’s clueless about what I need. I try to go through and review the applicants myself before having him schedule interviews. To be honest, we get so many applicants sometimes that I might go through the first 10-15 and if there are a couple good fits in there I’ll quit looking and have them call those top 2 in for interviews.
Post # 10
Guys, this is really helpful to know about organizations closing down their applications after only a few day. I tend to send in applications towards the end of the deadline (but still before the deadline) because I’m spending lots of time peppering my resume with keywords and crafting the world’s best cover letter. I will modify my approach, since I may be costing me jobs.
Post # 11
And today I went to apply for a job I found through a web posting…and found out the application deadline was two days before the posting date. I didn’t seriously expect anything to come out of that application since the university in question is known nationally for being the tight-knit doen’t want to deal with outsiders type, but really, crafty way to exclude external candidates…
Post # 13
It depends. Some positions we post and are up for a month or two while we look for the perfect candidate. Some postings we post and take down within a week, at which point we no longer accept applications. Was it a competitive field? For some of our postings, we’ll get 200+ applications in a week (competitive field, and we’re one of the best places to work if you are in said field), so yeah, if you wait a day, you can definitely miss it. I always tell people that if you see a job you are interested in, apply THAT day. You never know how small your window will be.
Also, it depends on where you saw the posting. We only post openings on our own website, and very occasionally a professionally affiliated website. Indeed.com, monster, and some other job posting websites scan our website and post our openings, without our knowledge and consent, and post the openings we have listed. Sometimes they’ll post them weeks or months after we’ve already removed the listing and filled the position. It’s obnoxious, but there’s nothing we can do about it.
Post # 14
Our company is required to post the job internally for 5 days before opening the position up to external candidates. It is very possible that maybe an external candidate applied the day they posted the external ad. Also sometimes a hiring manager has someone in mind that they want to bring in for the position, but we have to show that this position was open externally before we can accept resumes. So therefore there could be someone that management is already interested in before they even put out postings.
For us we do not take postings down until a candidate is given an offer and has accepted. Therefore the posting may be up because they haven’t filled the position or haven’t had a candidate accept the offer yet. Hope that makes sense.
Post # 15
“We only post openings on our own website, and very occasionally a professionally affiliated website. Indeed.com, monster, and some other job posting websites scan our website and post our openings, without our knowledge and consent, and post the openings we have listed. Sometimes they’ll post them weeks or months after we’ve already removed the listing and filled the position. It’s obnoxious, but there’s nothing we can do about it.”
StL.Ashley This actually explains something I never quite understood about the job posting process. Thanks!
And thanks everyone who chimed in. This demystifies the hiring process a bit for me. I will start getting my applications in a lot sooner (not that I’ve been going over the deadline but I tend to linger over my cover letter perfecting it and wasting valuable time.)
Post # 16
I know some places auto-renew listings to put them back toward the top after a certain amount of time–it’s possible the job had been posted before and was being re-posted. Otherwise, they may just be obligated to post even if they had planned to fill internally.