Sooooo, the current advice is the last person to apply for a job won’t get it. Hmmmmm . . . . Why would that be?
Let’s see, if the conventional wisdom these days is correct, that public advertised openings generate hundreds of applications, then the chance that any one applicant gets the job is < 1%.
Even if we assume that limiting the pool to candidates who qualify, a job that has hundreds of applicants likely would have close to 100 qualifying applicants, meaning chance that any one applicant gets the job is probably not much better 2%. And, of course, the last applicant may not even qualify. So, there you go. Neither might the first.
If the last applicant does qualify–should their application be considered on equal footing with the first applicant? I suppose the first applicant is “the go getter.” Or the insider who had the ad forwarded to them by someone who knew the job would go public. Or someone who has more free time. Or . . . .
I guess in a World of two kinda people (cats and dogs, nights and mornings, tent and cabin camping, etc . . . .) There are people who think the early applicants deserve the most consideration and there are those who think it doesn’t matter. I am in the latter category. Or actually, I would put myself in hidden category three, the person who considers the late applicant the thoughtful one, the one who spent some time researching the employer, asking around a bit, thinking about the cover letter and how to craft the resume. Hmmmm . . . .
I really think that, on some level, we are who we are and we approach things in a way that reflects how we work. So perhaps in sum I will say, if you don’t want to hire me (or someone else) because I’m the last–or a later–applicant, then maybe it is best if you don’t hire me.
To matches that work. 🙂