'Applied' for position after deadline. Competition not happy.

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Adamc
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Hi 

There's an opportunity at my workplace and I wasn't sure if to 'express interest' or not. In the meantime I've spent some time shadowing people in the role and decided to go for it. There's 4 other candidates who are unhappy that I've expressed interest after the deadline. None of them have taken the chance to shadow/get experience which I would have thought is a must to show motivation and better understand the role. 


- I missed the deadline to 'express interest' in an upcoming position. I was on annual leave during the deadline but that's no excuse - I knew about it the week before and all we had to do was say if interested (the email about the opportunity was vague, informal, and not very clear on many counts). Perhaps I should have said there and thenI was interested but I had to really consider what direction I want my career to take as this would limit future opportunities as I'd need to commit. 
-I've since got some experience which has given me insight and I am interested.
-Others interested are unhappy about this late revelation.
-Although management gave a tight deadline to respond the process has stalled and nobody has heard back (including me - so I may not even have an interview). 

Fair or foul?


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  • 74jax
    74jax Posts: 7,929 Forumite
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    Doesn't really matter what we think. You've expressed the interest, it's up to management what they do now.

    Don't worry about other people and their thoughts. 
    Forty and fabulous, well that's what my cards say....
  • Grumpy_chap
    Grumpy_chap Posts: 15,060 Forumite
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    Adamc said:
    Hi 

    There's an opportunity at my workplace and I wasn't sure if to 'express interest' or not. In the meantime I've spent some time shadowing people in the role and decided to go for it. There's 4 other candidates who are unhappy that I've expressed interest after the deadline. None of them have taken the chance to shadow/get experience which I would have thought is a must to show motivation and better understand the role. 


    - I missed the deadline to 'express interest' in an upcoming position. I was on annual leave during the deadline but that's no excuse - I knew about it the week before and all we had to do was say if interested (the email about the opportunity was vague, informal, and not very clear on many counts). Perhaps I should have said there and thenI was interested but I had to really consider what direction I want my career to take as this would limit future opportunities as I'd need to commit. 
    -I've since got some experience which has given me insight and I am interested.
    -Others interested are unhappy about this late revelation.
    -Although management gave a tight deadline to respond the process has stalled and nobody has heard back (including me - so I may not even have an interview). 

    Fair or foul?


    Ignore anyone else and their thoughts or gossip.

    Whether to apply the deadline or let is waive is entirely up to Management and not your control or responsibility.

    You expressed an interest and heard nothing back - maybe they will never provide you any response if they determine your interest was invalid.

    If you are the one they want for the role in any case, I am sure they will find a way to interpret the rules to suit the outcome the business wants.
  • 400ixl
    400ixl Posts: 2,926 Forumite
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    There really isn't a real deadline, the business will want to get the best person for the job. They will assess a late applicant and decide if it is worth bringing them into the process. If they feel it is then they will.

    Simple answer to others is that if they are the right person for the job they will get it regardless.

    You can only look after yourself, so good luck.
  • Dakta
    Dakta Posts: 568 Forumite
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    Basically a repeat of the above, the business set the deadline but whats binding about it? If they see value in including you in the process albeit after the deadline what issue exactly is it, and what grounds would it be on? things change in business why would the business comit to a potentially bad choice on the back of a deadline that they set and control?

    The next question on my mind is - if they don't like the fact you are being considered, what exactly are they going to do about it?

    They might decide they no longer like you - is this likely to be of any consequence? 

    Not hitting the deadline is potentially a bad indicator, so be prepared for it to be but if it turns out it isn't then what can anyone do about it?

    There may be some social impact depending if you work with these people or not but officially I don't see the problem. You may want to think about how they came to know.

    General advice is worry less about what the posse think. There is much bigger fish  to fry.
  • TELLIT01
    TELLIT01 Posts: 16,585 Forumite
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    You applied 'late' and management have accepted you application.  There is no reason to discuss it with other staff members.  If they have a problem with you application being accepted they need to take it up with management.
  • Marcon
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    TELLIT01 said:
    You applied 'late' and management have accepted you application.  There is no reason to discuss it with other staff members.  If they have a problem with you application being accepted they need to take it up with management.
    ....or might take it out on you if you're appointed.

    What does it matter what anyone here thinks? You've already done it, so 'views' are totally irrelevant to anything.
    Googling on your question might have been both quicker and easier, if you're only after simple facts rather than opinions!  
  • TheJP
    TheJP Posts: 1,696 Forumite
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    Have management actually accepted your application as in confirm receipt of it? For me the fact you couldn't meet a deadline to express interest would be a red flag in its self. Can understand the frustrations of others but its not up to them as others have said. 
  • elsien
    elsien Posts: 32,997 Forumite
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    What they said. ^^.
    Doesn’t say a lot about your organisational skills or motivation if you can’t hit the application deadline. 
    All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.

    Pedant alert - it's could have, not could of.
  • tightauldgit
    tightauldgit Posts: 2,628 Forumite
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    Deadlines are meaningless. They want the right person for the job. Other people can moan if they want.
  • tifo
    tifo Posts: 1,945 Forumite
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    edited 5 August 2022 at 10:36AM
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    Deadlines are meaningless. They want the right person for the job.
    Deadlines should be stuck to. Otherwise it is unfair on those who made the effort to stick within the time.

    In most larger and corporate and govt organisations the deadlines are strict.
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