A lot of job postings say things like, "we invite applications from all areas, but are particularly interested/looking for someone who X". In people's experiences, how likely is it that they would even consider your application if you do not fit that criteria? I figure, if 150 people apply, then if even one of them has a comparable record to me, then they will be considered before me. I thought I have heard before that sometimes a) job ads include certain criteria just to appease someone, and b) sometimes they think they want something until they see someone else that they like. Just curious what people's thoughts are.
Date: 03 Dec 2011 00:47
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Hi Anony. If it helps, I just had a phone interview for a job that said "area of specialty is open, but we particularly encourage applications from individuals with interests in forensic or health psychology." I am neither of those things — I do basic social psych research, and did not indicate an interest in teaching either of those courses or doing research in those areas. This tells me that it can definitely happen, but you may need to be particularly outstanding compared to applicants who fit their "wish list." Good luck! :)