Understanding Job Posting Date
One of the most often overlooked success factors in a job search is the job posting date. When a job is posted, the hiring company will begin receiving applications. Often a period of time, the hiring company will receive enough applications to begin scheduling interviews. This time period will range from 1 day to 2-3 weeks usually. Once interviews are scheduled, any new applicants have a significantly reduced chance of getting an interview.
Once a company begins interviewing candidates, a shift occurs in the hiring process that is not known to the candidate. When companies are receiving applications, the hiring company is trying to identify qualified candidates and is open to new applications. They are asking the question “are we getting ‘good’ candidates”. However, once the interview process begins, the hiring company switches focus to finding the best candidate available. The focus shifts from trying to get many qualified applicants to who is the best fit for the company. This shift towards a “closing” state of mind means new applicants will have less opportunity to get their résumé seen.
In Preptel we identify and manage the job posting date for you. If the job is more than 3 weeks old, we flag the job as becoming stale. The screenshot below shows the clock icon highlighted in red.
Caption: Job Posting Date is shown on the Jobs I Want page.
As you manage your job search, you will pay more attention to the posting date and trust it to ensure you get more responses to your applications.