Answered by Traci, Hiring Expert at Accenture, on Tuesday, February 28, 2017
This is very much an answer that is dependent upon each individual company. For some, and I won’t sugar coat it, this is simply a warm and fuzzy nicety. While they certainly will keep you in their system, they may not have the capacity or the system in place to re-review candidates every time a position pops up. Some I would imagine, and again there could be 100 different correct answers to this question, will continue to run candidates they have seen apply against open and future positions. What it does ensure, in any case, is that you are showing interest. A company may truly not deem you a fit for a particular position, but when you happen to apply for another, it’s nice to see that you have shown a consistent interest in the firm as a whole, and this history of application helps to back that up. This DOES NOT mean that you should begin to apply to positions that don’t interest you or that you aren’t qualified for simply to enter a company’s system – I can’t say that with enough emphasis. While it can help as I stated to show interest, it can also go the other way if you abuse that system and mass apply to everything, multiple times, everywhere.