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To ask what you'd think if a job advert stated: 'closing date 1 November'

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ComposHatComesBack Sun 01-Nov-15 23:47:43

Would you take that to mean job received on the 1 November will be considered or only applications received before 1 November will be considered?

Guess what I thought it meant and guess what the online application took it to mean?

Should I feel stupid or cross?

MountainDweller Sun 01-Nov-15 23:50:54

If the closing date is the 1st I would expect them to consider applications submitted on the 1st.

I'm guessing that's not what happened?

MsJuniper Sun 01-Nov-15 23:52:34

If there wasn't a time stated I might have checked... But I'd expect it to be either 12 noon or 5pm on 1 Nov.

Sorry OP sad

MuddlingMackem Sun 01-Nov-15 23:53:01

Closing date should indicate the last date that applications will be accepted. Seems ridiculous if they've stated a day later than will actually be accepted.

ghostyslovesheep Sun 01-Nov-15 23:53:10

Yes I would consider it meant 'application accepted until 11:59 on Nov 1st'

wecanbuthope Sun 01-Nov-15 23:56:20

I've never seen a job advert that gives a time before ...

So I would assume that any application made on the 1st would be acceptable.

ComposHatComesBack Sun 01-Nov-15 23:57:40

You guessed right Mountain! Annoyingly I'd filled in most of the online form earlier in the week but needed to tweak the person spec section tonight, only to find I'd been shut out. Doubly annoying was the fact that the form was a swine to fill in and took hours to do.

PantryofWhoGivesAFuck Mon 02-Nov-15 00:01:52

Could you contact HR / line manager and ask if there is any opportunity to submit another way - you had IT issues etc.

MsJuniper Mon 02-Nov-15 00:03:40

I agree with contacting them but be honest, say you understood the closing date to be inclusive.

I always put closing times on job ads, saves confusion.

ComposHatComesBack Mon 02-Nov-15 00:07:02

pantry I've just done that and will await their response!

Fizrim Mon 02-Nov-15 00:07:18

I have worked somewhere where we put a time on the closing date.

However, if you have just tried and it's bounced you out, you are awfully close to the 2nd November - is it possible the time hadn't changed on your system or theirs (the hour going back last weekend?).

lexigrey Mon 02-Nov-15 00:08:14

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ComposHatComesBack Mon 02-Nov-15 00:14:57

Fiz I tried at around 9pm tonight. I also thought it was a bit odd the closing date was a Sunday.

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Mon 02-Nov-15 00:58:28

Call them tomorrow and explain.

MadeMan Mon 02-Nov-15 01:21:51

I would assume it meant November 1st was the final day for submissions, so any recieved on the 2nd would be void.

TiredButFineODFOJ Mon 02-Nov-15 01:26:26

I always post a closing time as well as the date ..usually 5pm. Although the system will still accept it until midnight. I put 5pm so people have room for it to go wrong and still be accepted rather than call me at 9am monday telling me how they tried to do it at 11.57pm and their internet crashed or something

Tiggeryoubastard Mon 02-Nov-15 01:32:38

Agree, the closing date is 1st, therefore that's the last date. Good luck, hope it was a glitch.

ComposHatComesBack Mon 02-Nov-15 01:41:46

Thanks for the advice everyone! Feel a mite less daft now. I double checked the as and there was no time specified.

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Mon 02-Nov-15 09:32:17

also check the small print that may say we reserve the right to close applications if we have enough applications or some such. NHS jobs has this proviso which basically means if you see a job you fancy applying for do it ASAP.

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Mon 02-Nov-15 12:49:51

Did you call them about it? It may have been a system glitch.

ComposHatComesBack Mon 02-Nov-15 14:43:19

Yep, got an email response! It looks like it was an admin error and they should consider my application. Phew. I just need to digest their advice as it would seem the system won't let me continue with the application. It will be a faff, but better than the alternative.

Thanks everyone for the sound advice!

GhoulWithADragonTattoo Mon 02-Nov-15 14:45:45

Good luck with your application!

MadeMan Mon 02-Nov-15 14:45:59

Good luck with it! smile

monkeysox Mon 02-Nov-15 14:58:02

Good luck flowers

ComposHatComesBack Mon 02-Nov-15 15:27:43

Cheers everyone! I'm pressing on with it now!

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