In the comments section of our most recent open job-market thread, a reader writes:
Is it time to abandon hopes of getting any first-round interviews by now? It's hard to figure out what the timeframes are this year, there are both places I applied to in November/October who have not gotten back with anything and places I applied to in December. One does not know what to think anymore[.]
Although I have not been on the market for a couple of years--and so would be curious to hear what other job-candidates' recent experiences have been--my experience was that, depending on the kind of job one is talking about, it is not too late to still hope for a first-round interview. In my case, I was contacted for my first two non-TT jobs in February and March, respectively. Further, I have known--and heard of--a number of people getting full-time, one-year jobs (VAPs, Instructor positions, etc.) very late in the game (as late as July or August). So, of course, the longer the market goes on, the fewer jobs will still be hiring--but still, in my experience at least one need not give up hope yet!
But this is just my experience? What have recent job candidates experienced? How late in the game did you get an interview or offer? For what kind of job(s)?