I sent off my first job application of the season today (via email and snail mail) and I got my first rejection on the same day. The application deadline was last week, but I have sent in applications late before (announcements usually say Due: Month/Day or until position is filled).
Today's application got a quick reply via email:
I am very sorry, but legally we cannot accept applications receivedThe whole legality issue is bogus. I can accept that they would not consider my application past the deadline, but to come up with some trumped up reason...
after the Oct. 16 deadline.
Many good wishes,
Prof. XXX YYYY
What a way to start off the week.
Oh well...on to the next one.