Some of the universities to which I am applying state that applications will begin on a particular date and will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Does it look bad to apply to these jobs late? Will they review applications past the deadline?
Date: 24 Oct 2009 22:38
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Most people on a search committee want to hire the person that will be most likely to advance
their careers and they could care less about when your application is received. You'd be stupid not
to submit for jobs that state that they will continue to review applications even after a certain date.
I suppose it depends what you call "late". Most committees will meet somwhere between a week to two weeks after the deadline. If you can send your application then I would think it will be ok. After that, they already start interviewing people and I think the chances to get a full consideration are slim.
I agree that if you were going to submit after the deadline but before the committee meets you probably are okay (you could potentially contact someone in the dept to see if the committee has met.) But if it is after the committee has met I doubt you will really get the same consideration unless you are an absolutely stellar candidate. In this case, I would define stellar as bringing grant money with you or having a really high-impact publication (like you published in Science). Otherwise, the committee already has a short list and I think it would be hard to get them to uncommit to someone on that list and add you.
If you get it in before a short list is formed, you will probably be considered. Once a short list (or even a long list) is formed, it may not be very easy for them to reconfigure. The problem is that you have no way of knowing when or how these lists might happen; it might be a week later, it might be a month later. So get the app in asap.