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Old 01-18-2014, 01:33 PM
 
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I followed up on my application and stuff, and got this message back:

"Thank you for taking the time to check in on your application status.

I've reviewed your application and really appreciate the time you took to do such a thorough job.

I've decided to set up interviews next week for a couple of applicants that live nearby. Once we establish the outcomes of those interviews, I want to look at the next tier of applicants, such as yourself, who have experience and are legitimate candidates as well. I'll keep you up to date on how everything unfolds. Thanks for your patience.

(His name)"

Anything to read from this? Good? Bad? Does it seem to you like they are trying to give priority to local candidates? Anything I can do, even though I live a long ways away, to make myself as viable a candidate as possible when competing with local candidates?

The use of the word "tier" worries me a bit. I wish they would have used the word "group" or something instead.
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Old 01-18-2014, 01:38 PM
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It means they put you at the second tier of applicants because you are not local. The company prefers local candidates, although they should have placed this on the job posting. Many that prefer local will post "local candidates only".
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Old 01-18-2014, 01:38 PM
 
Location: NJ
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If they aren't hiring multiple people it doesn't sound good to me.
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Old 01-18-2014, 01:40 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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Default Expect nothing

Persevere in your job hunt.
Do not over analyze the message. The writer certainly did not.
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Old 01-18-2014, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Here and There
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Message looks fine to me - and yes, I do believe they are interested in looking at local candidates first. Honestly, I can't blame them for that.

There are several things you can do to compete:
- plan a trip and notify the hiring manager that you will be in town and would like to meet with him/her (I have done this twice and got the job both times)
- move without a job and hope that your new local status will improve your chances of landing a job

Best wishes with the job search!
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Old 01-18-2014, 04:08 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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You still have a chance, if the people in the "first tier" all blow their interviews. Perhaps if you had mentioned on your follow-up that you could travel there on short notice they might have included you, but lately it seems like employer only consider out-of-area candidates for CEO and other highly paid executive positions.
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Old 01-18-2014, 04:19 PM
 
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Lumping you in with the second string doesn't sound good.

If they contact you for an interview, then great. Go and do a good job. However, remember that they may never get to you if all goes as planned with the first string interviewees.

Keep looking for jobs elsewhere.
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Old 01-18-2014, 05:21 PM
 
Location: NJ
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Sounds like they are being very honest. They prefer locals, but they like your qualifications as well as locals. If locals look as good in person (interviews), you will not be considered. If they don't do well in interviews, it would appear you'd have a shot.

At least they are being honest.
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Old 01-18-2014, 05:24 PM
 
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There is nothing to read into this.... Take it at face value and move on.
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Old 01-18-2014, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
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Originally Posted by gagirlatl View Post
Message looks fine to me - and yes, I do believe they are interested in looking at local candidates first. Honestly, I can't blame them for that.

There are several things you can do to compete:
- plan a trip and notify the hiring manager that you will be in town and would like to meet with him/her (I have done this twice and got the job both times)
- move without a job and hope that your new local status will improve your chances of landing a job

Best wishes with the job search!
I'm with GAGIRLATL.

But I will add that, unlike some of the others respondents, I think they LIKE you. I think that they just made a cut policy to relegate out-of-town candidates to the second pile. If they only are looking at "a couple" of local candidates, there's reason to feel like you look good to them, except for your out-of-town status.

I think her idea of including a date for a planned visit to the location of the job is a great idea. It may not work for this job, just because it sounds like their process is really structured, but what do I know!

In the future, though, consider side-stepping the "locals first" deferral by including your plan to visit their area in the next week or two with your application.

I think it sounds like you are a strong candidate for this job. I also think that it is important to keep your optimism high at every opportunity!

If you are mainly applying in a particular city that has a lot of openings in your field, you might consider making a plan to live there for a few months to be "first in line" for the interviews.
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