It would be nice if you could see a response time and rate from a company on careers, much like you see an accepted answer rate. The biggest things that stops me from from writing a covering letter and applying is my past experiences (on other job boards) where I've written a letter and sent it into a black hole.

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    I have never applied (or was contacted) via Careers (sadly), but wouldn't that only put pressure on companies to reply with a stock response as fast as possible, and then maybe coming back to the candidate? – Time Traveling Bobby Jan 7 '14 at 14:20
  • I think it wouldn't 'only' do that, it would provide at least some confidence to the applicant. Also, you could rate the responses :) – mcintyre321 Jan 7 '14 at 14:56

In addition to the solid point made by @TimeTravelingBobby, not all employers respond through the Careers interface. We email them your resume directly which probably includes some contact information for you. Many companies enter this into some sort of applicant tracking system that can handle all of their hiring needs (not just developers) and then they contact the candidates through there. Because of this, we couldn't possibly know the actual response rate.

Even if we could know the actual response rate, I would probably still be against this. The job requirements and responsibilities are much more important tools for deciding where to apply than their response rate. Even if some employer only responds to people that pass their resume scan, that percentage doesn't affect whether or not you will pass their screen, it's the content of your resume that matters. So apply to the jobs you are qualified for (or almost qualified for) and that you think would be interesting to you.

On the flip side, I understand first hand the feeling of wanting to know where you stand on an application. We cannot directly require employers to respond to applications through Careers, but I'd be open to any other ideas that address the issue.

  • Perhaps a conscientious employer wanting to increase their conversion rate could opt in? – mcintyre321 Jan 7 '14 at 15:10
  • I'm not sure what you mean by conversion rate or what it should be. When you're hiring someone, you want the shortest path to filling your position with a well qualified person, which means a small number of applicants, any of whom should be hire worthy for the position. – Nick Larsen Jan 7 '14 at 15:49
  • Conversion rate = #number of applications ÷ # of views. If I were a hiring manager, and I could do something to increase the likelihood of receiving applications (e.g. by providing a response guarantee) I would do choose to do it. – mcintyre321 Jan 7 '14 at 17:07

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