The Meaning Behind Job Application Statuses

The Meaning Behind Job Application Statuses

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Now that the job application process is done online, it is easy to see the job application statuses such as “under review”, “application received”, or “in progress/process”. Why are job application statuses shown to those who applied, and what does the status mean?

The status of a job application shows that it has been viewed by the hiring manager or the HR department, and it shows if an application is still being considered for the job. The status of an application is visible to the person who applied so they know if their application is being considered.

However, the meaning of these job statuses changes from one company to another, so it is sometimes hard to figure out at which stage of the recruitment process you are. In this article, we will explain the meaning behind typical job application statuses and what they mean for the selection process of job seekers.

Job Application Statuses and Their Meaning

Below are statuses that are commonly seen on job applications. Unfortunately, the exact wording of a job status varies by company, but most are phrased in similar ways to the ones that are listed below. Keep reading to find out what each of them means.

Referred to Hiring Manager

When you look at your job application and it says “Referred to Hiring Manager,” this means that your application has passed the initial screening that the HR department does, and it has now been sent to the hiring manager of the department that oversees the job position you applied for.

If you see this status on your job application, the hiring manager will likely see your application within a week, and you should periodically check the status in the next week to see if it changes.

Job Offered

If your job status says “Job Offered,” then congratulations, you have been offered the job! You will likely get a phone call or email telling you that they have accepted your application and offered you the job. You will also receive an email telling you about what salary you will receive and what benefits the job comes with. Now it is up to you whether or not you want to accept it or negotiate the salary further.

Application Received

When an application is received, it means that an advertising platform or an employer has gained access to a person’s application materials. It means that the application went through on their end. This status does not necessarily mean that a human, such as a recruitment agent, has already reviewed the application. Some job advertisement platforms can automatically report the receipt of job applications once they get through the recruitment system.

Incomplete Application

If your job application says that it is incomplete, it means that you have not finished it yet or you need to add more information for your application to be considered by the job you applied to. Sometimes you just need to answer a few more questions or complete forms that weren’t properly added. It is easy to change this status by going into your application and completing it.

Under Review

If your job application status says that it is under review, then it is being reviewed by the company’s HR department or the hiring manager. Check back frequently in the next few days to see if it changes, but it means that it is likely being seen by the correct people that will possibly hire you for the job you applied for.

Your application may also show up under the category of “Application Review,” which means the same thing. It just means that the HR department or hiring manager is making sure you meet all of their requirements.

Interviewing

If your job application says “Interviewing” then it means that the hiring manager is currently interviewing people for the position that you applied for. Check your email and see if they sent you an interview request, or wait a few days and see if they call you in for an interview.

If your application says “Interview Offer” then congratulations, they want to interview you for the position! Check your voicemails and your spam email folder to see if they have tried to contact you if you have not yet seen the email or answered their call about when you can be interviewed.

For Future Consideration

When your job application says “For Future Consideration,” it means that they have chosen not to hire you for the open job position right now because they chose someone who was more qualified or impressed them. However, it means they liked you, decided that you would be a good candidate and that you met the job qualifications, so you will be considered for, and possibly notified of, job positions in the future.

If this happens, your status may also say “shelved” or something similar.

Shortlisted

If your job application status says “Shortlisted” then you are being heavily considered for another interview, technical interview, or a skillset exam. The word “Shortlisted” will likely be followed by what you are on the shortlist for.

If your job status says this, good luck! You may get a job offer or be called for an interview or exam soon, so keep an eye on your email account and check to see if they have sent you an email about the next step in the hiring process that they need you to complete.

In Progress/Process

If your job application says “In Progress” or “In Process,” then your application is being considered by the HR department or the hiring manager. They might be determining if you meet the job qualifications, if you have enough experience, or they may simply be considering your application, as well as other applications that have been submitted to them.

Received

If your job application says that it has been received, then it has been fully completed by you and the company has received your application. They may not have seen it yet, but they will see it soon. (Source)

Reviewed

If your job application says that it is being reviewed, then the company you sent an application to has seen your application, but they are still considering it. They are likely considering whether or not you are qualified for the position that you applied for.

Referred

If the job application that you have completed says that it has been referred, then your application has been accepted and moved to the next step in the hiring process. It may mean that you will soon be sent a request for an interview, or it may mean that it has been sent directly to the hiring manager, and they will soon be looking at it and considering you for the position you applied for.

If your application says that it has not been referred, then you are not going to be considered for the position because other people who applied for the same job were more qualified or more experienced than you.

Stopped

If your job application status is “Stopped” then, unfortunately, you are not being considered for the job position that you applied for. However, it may also mean that the company has stopped looking for people to fill the open position.

If this is the case, the status of your application may also be “Closed”. (Source)

Ready

If your job application says that it is ready, then congratulations! You completed all interviews and tests and have been offered the job. Next, you will go through the hiring process and will soon be working full-time or part-time. (depending on the position that you applied for).

Hold

If your job application status is that is is on hold, then someone else is being considered for the position, and you did not meet all of the requirements that the company has for the job position you applied for. Unfortunately, this means you won’t get the job, and the status of your application will soon change to “Not Chosen.”

Not Chosen

If your job application says that it has not been chosen, then unfortunately you didn’t get the job, and you will have to keep looking. Someone else has been hired to fill the position you applied for.

Active Application

If your job application says that it is active, then you have successfully turned in your application, and it will soon be seen by the HR department of the company. If they accept your application it will be sent to the hiring manager and you will be considered for the job position you applied for.

Declined Offer

If your job application says “Declined Offer” it means that you were offered the job, but you declined the job offer. This means that you won’t work for this company, but you still had the option to.

Eligible Candidate

If your job application status is “Eligible Candidate” it means that you are eligible for the job position and are being considered for the job. You will soon be contacted about getting an interview or are being considered for the job and it will soon be determined if you will be offered the job you applied for.

Final Review

If your job application says “Final Review” it means that you are one of the top candidates that the company is considering hiring. You may be called in for another interview, but at this point, you just need to wait and see if you are offered the job.

No Longer Being Considered

If your job application says that it is no longer being considered, then unfortunately you will not be offered the job that you applied for, and they will hire someone else. Don’t get discouraged by this, as you will be able to find a job elsewhere. You just need to keep applying to various jobs. (Source)

Now that you know more about the different statuses that job applications can have, you are likely wondering how you can check the status of the one that you filled out.

Process Completed

It is a very general status that indicates that an applicant has successfully carried out a task entailed by the application form. This phrase may either appear at the end of the whole application procedure. However, it does not automatically mean that the applicant is already hired by the employer because it is only the “process” that has been “completed.”

Position Withdrawn

It means that the employer is no longer accepting candidates. There may be many reasons for the position to be closed: too many candidates submitted applications, a candidate has already been signed, the company can no longer afford such a position, etc.

How to See Job Application Status

It is easy to check the status of your application. All you need to do is:

  • Go to the website you applied to the job on
  • Click on the “My Applications” button. It may also appear as “Previous Applications”
  • Look at your most recent job application
  • The status of your application will be shown in a column beside where your application is shown or can be clicked on so you can view it.

If you have any questions or concerns related to the job posting, email the hiring manager or one of the people who work in the HR department of the company that posted the job opportunity that you applied to. You will likely find an email address that you can use on their company website or contact them through the job website that you applied to the job through. They will likely get back to you within a week or two.

If you are not sure what your job status means, you can contact the company to clarify the meaning. They will be happy to explain, especially if they are considering you for the job position that you applied to.

If you have not heard from a company about your job application and the status of your application has not changed since you completed it, contact the company and check to see if they have seen it. If they have not seen it, they will make sure to look at it at some point or tell you what website you should visit to apply.

If you can’t find the status of your job application, contact the company that listed the job you applied to and double-check that they list the status of your application beside it and change it as the hiring process progresses. They will likely contact you within a week.

Now that you know about the different statuses that are applied to job applications and what they mean, start applying to jobs and periodically check to see if the status of yours has changed.