Why Does My Application Status Say “In Process”?
We all know how nerve-wracking it can be to wait for a call back after you apply for a job. Online job boards are great for giving you an update or letting you see your application status… but what do those statuses mean? Our hiring experts chime in on what is happening behind the scenes when your status seems to sit at “In Process.”

Katelyn, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, shares that at her company, "In Process" typically means that your application is being considered for the position, or that you are still in the interview process.  Even though you may have completed your interviews for this role, this status typically does not change until you have been presented an offer or the role has been filled by another candidate.” More from Katelyn

Sometimes a job application will be taken off of the job board or off of the company website, but your application status still says “In Review.” Katelyn, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, says that at her company this doesn’t mean that an offer has been made. She shares, “Sometimes we will take down a posting if we receive a large number of applicants all at once. For example, if we post a position over a weekend and receive 150+ applicants, we will temporarily take down the posting to review all of the applications and to make timely updates to those applicants. Often, "Under Review" or “In Process” is a good sign that your application is being considered. Each company has a different timeline to respond to candidates, but this generally means they should be getting back to you soon if they would like to move forward with your application.” More from Katelyn

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Michael, Hiring Expert at Worthington Industries, shares, “Companies typically have slightly different terms for each phase of an interview process, so it's hard to know exactly what they mean by “In Process” or "Under Review." If you had a primary point of contact (your recruiter or the hiring manager) who you worked with to set up your interviews, I recommend reaching out to them to see if they have an update for you in relation to your candidacy for the position.” More from Michael

Wendy, Hiring Expert at Pitney Bowes, says, “In our onboarding process, being “Under Review” means that you are still being considered for the position. My suggestion would be to follow-up with the recruiter and reiterate how interested you are in the role.” More from Wendy

Sylvia, Hiring Expert at HP Enterprise, points out, “Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to determine how long the hiring or application process can take at any given company.” While there’s no crystal ball, knowing that often “In Process” means you are being considered can help put those job search anxieties to rest. As always, keep applying and keep reaching out. Every interview moves you one step closer to your dream job!  
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