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Does it make sense to apply for a job you cannot go?

Hi. I'm wondering if this makes sense.

I just started a new job not a long time ago. It is fine, and I'm not planning to change again in the short future.
On the same time, there are some other job openings (some are dream jobs for me) right now. But, due to practical and family reasons, I definitely cannot go even if they give me the offer. But I probably will consider applying for such similar jobs in the future (say, in 2 years).

So, right now what I want to do is, to apply for these jobs anyway, to gain some experience as well as to see how far I can go (whether get chance of interview, the feedback from interview...). But in case they really offer me the job (though I think this probability is low because I know it is very difficult), I will have to decline.

My question is, does it make sense, to apply a job knowing that you cannot go? I know it might be good for me (gaining experience as well as accurate self-evaluation in the job market for 2 years later). But on the side of the employer, this action is really annoying, right?
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Old 26.10.2012, 13:41
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I have a house for sale and I really hate spending my time on people who have no intentions of buying.....they are just curious for their own selfish reasons.

See my point?
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Re: Does it make sense to apply for a job you cannot go?

I wouldn't do it. The world is small and you may very well end up encountering the same people the second time around when you really want the job. Guess who's then going to throw your CV in the garbage bin?

Don't assume that just because it is a different company, the people making the decision are different. People change jobs, people have friends and family, company use head-hunters etc. etc.
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Re: Does it make sense to apply for a job you cannot go?

The only time I've done that was when I knew who was going to get the job. Everyone there knew who was earmarked, which was very uncomfortable for the markie. It was commonly called 'markie's Job'.
Anyway, I would've gone if they had've asked, but I knew they wouldn't. Great interview experience, but I was very disappointed with the feedback.
I also applied for a job, and between application and interview my situation changed and I knew I couldn't go, so I declined the interview.
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Re: Does it make sense to apply for a job you cannot go?

What I would do in your situation is to apply for the job and then decline the interview, should you be invited for one and tell them your situation has changed but that you'd like to get in touch with them again maybe in a few years time? That way you will have an idea of where you stand in the job market but you didn't waste anybody's time or at least not that much time.
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Re: Does it make sense to apply for a job you cannot go?

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What I would do in your situation is to apply for the job and then decline the interview, should you be invited for one and tell them your situation has changed but that you'd like to get in touch with them again maybe in a few years time? That way you will have an idea of where you stand in the job market but you didn't waste anybody's time or at least not that much time.
Thanks. I think this might be a reasonable strategy - sending CV but decline any interview invitations.

However I have another question: in the CV you have to write name and contact info of several references (I don't know about other fields, but in my domain reference is a must in CV). Usually the potential employer will contact the references (if ever) at what time? Before or after the interview? I guess they will only contact the references at the end (e.g. when they make the final decision from the shortlisted candidates)? Is that true?

I have this concern because, as I just started my current job 2 months ago, my current supervisor will be quite annoyed if he gets a surprising call from another employer asking about my candidacy...
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