# Shortlists and job offers [closed]

I hope this question is appropriate for MO. I started application process this year. I've searched several online ads for a job and found a wiki page, which contains names of people that have been shortlisted. I've got listed in couple places as well and I wonder if this can harm my application process. I would like to know pros and cons of this open source.

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## closed as off topic by Igor Rivin, Igor Pak, Michael Greinecker, Gerald Edgar, quidJan 3 '13 at 14:06

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Good question, though I believe you receive better answers at academia.stackexchange.com –  András Bátkai Jan 2 '13 at 19:06
I think this is way off topic for MO. I will refrain from voting to close as I can see from this and other examples that there is an incredible pent-up demand for this kind of discussion which doesn't seem to have other outlets. I wish the AMS or a similar organization showed some leadership to create a forum for discussions about the profession. Is there any AMS officer among MO users? –  Felipe Voloch Jan 2 '13 at 21:51
I opened a discussion on meta based on my comment in case anyone wants to reply to it. tea.mathoverflow.net/discussion/1509/… –  Felipe Voloch Jan 2 '13 at 22:05
Contrary to what you say in your comment above, Academia StackExchange has questions about tenure track positions. Look, for example, at academia.stackexchange.com/search?q=tenure+track+position –  Joel Reyes Noche Jan 3 '13 at 12:41
For general information: a variant of this question got (re)asked on academia.SE academia.stackexchange.com/questions/6021/… –  quid Jan 3 '13 at 20:58

I would think that having it known that you're short-listed at some places would help rather than harm your chances at other places. If some department ignored your application because they failed to notice anything special and it was one among $N$ (and $N\to\infty$), knowing that you're on some other place's short list might cause them to take another look. You're probably worried that some departments will assume that you'll get an offer from better places, with which they can't compete, so they won't seriously consider you. I doubt that this would be a real problem; hiring committees are well aware that there's a difference between being on a short list and actually getting an offer.