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Old 01-10-2014, 07:24 PM
 
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How many applicants do you typically receive per position?

Please state industry, location(if possible) and how long the position was open for?
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:08 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I'm in commercial real estate, and in the last 4 years have hired 5 or 6 people. Almost every time we get 30-40, but for some, like property managers, we got over 100. A lot of them must have gotten laid off in the 2008-2010 years. The last position I filled was at the lowest level in my group, at about $45k, and required 2 years experience. We got about 40 applicants and hired a recent newcomer from another state with a recent MBA.
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Old 01-11-2014, 04:52 AM
 
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The number of applicants per opening is worthless information. A better question is the number of very qualified (at least on paper) who are at least good enough to be interviewed.
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Old 01-11-2014, 04:58 AM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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The number of applicants per opening is worthless information. A better question is the number of very qualified (at least on paper) who are at least good enough to be interviewed.
Worthless to whom? Obviously not to the OP.
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:56 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The number of applicants per opening is worthless information. A better question is the number of very qualified (at least on paper) who are at least good enough to be interviewed.
I'd put that at about 1/3 of the applicants. Most do not meet the minimum qualifications specified in the job announcement. I'd never interview more than 15-20 people out of over 100 for one opening.
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:45 AM
 
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The number of applicants per opening is worthless information. A better question is the number of very qualified (at least on paper) who are at least good enough to be interviewed.
True. Folks also need to understand that the number of applicants nowadays in partly due to the ease of use of technology.

In my early days in the workforce, folks had to type up resumes and cover letters on typewriters, put them in an envelope, get a stamp, and then drop it in the mailbox. Having to do all of that greatly reduced the amount of applicants as many people weren't motivated to do all of that for each job listing they saw. Folks also saw fewer posting because most people relied on newspaper jobs wanted ads.

Today, anybody can see hundreds of postings by clicking on a website. If a job sounds barely okay, applying is only a few more clicks away.

I wouldn't concern myself with the number of applicants. That number doesn't mean anything. The only thing I try to do is to apply early so that I can get my application in as soon as possible. Some places stop reviewing applications after a certain number come in. If your resume is number 110 and they are only pulling from the first 100, your resume won't even get reviewed (by the computer filter).

I only try to apply to postings that are no more than 3-5 days old.
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:52 AM
 
Location: midtown mile area, Atlanta GA
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Back in the fall, I applied to a job and then went to the company's booth at a job fair to meet with the reps, thinking that would help me. The girl told me that there were 500 applicants for that 1 job opening, and she swore that they looked at each application.
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Old 01-11-2014, 09:57 AM
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I usually ask when I am interviewed how many other applicants, although the answer I get is not the one I am looking for. The HMs usually just tell me how many people they are interviewing, which turns out to be around 8-9 phone interviews and then 1-3 in-person. I have been told around 250 tops from jobs that I have applied for on Indeed.com and eventually had an in-person interview (made me feel good about myself).
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:43 AM
 
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Back in the fall, I applied to a job and then went to the company's booth at a job fair to meet with the reps, thinking that would help me. The girl told me that there were 500 applicants for that 1 job opening, and she swore that they looked at each application.
No company has time to manually review 500 applications for one regular job. I wonder if she meant that the computer went through all of the applicants and narrowed it down for them.
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:47 AM
 
Location: In the city
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I work in HR for the federal government. My organization has 20K employees and advertises about 5 new jobs per week. I would say that on average, we have 400 applicants for each entry level job, about 300 for each mid level job, and about 150 for every senior level position. Scientific and medical positions net about 40-70 applicants, engineering about 100 people, financial about 200 people. Student only positions regularly net 1000 or more applications.
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