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They do start interviewing some applicants pretty early after posting positions, and some invitations are issued before the apply-by date. For instance, I applied in August for a program with a 1/1 application deadline, and I got my invitation in November. I have a master's degree and years of professional experience related to my PC position, though.
I quess what others might what know is there any advantage or not to applying early? are wait until right before deadline? or is that a disadvantage?
Every PO is different and your qualifications certainly make you more competitive, however, this doesn't have any bearing on how early or late you are invited.
QuoteEvery PO is different and your qualifications certainly make you more competitive, however, this doesn't have any bearing on how early or late you are invited.I don't believe this is accurate at all. The majority of invitations are issued after the application deadline, and invites issued earlier are generally reserved for more competitive candidates. For most applicants, Placement wants to see the entire application pool before deciding whether or not to invite, however some with some candidates they can be reasonably sure they will invite anyway (due to qualifications), and they may invite prior to the application deadline. I've been told something to this effect by both POs and recruiters.