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Guidance for application status queries regarding your submitted postgraduate or visiting student application.

Information on the following subjects can be found within this page:

  • What is the status of my application?
  • What statuses does my application go through before a decision is made?

  • Who should I contact if I have questions about my application status?

  • Why is my application on hold?

  • How do I accept my offer?

 

What is the status of my application?

The status of your application can be viewed in the ‘Application Status’ section on the Applicant Hub’s home page and on the application’s detail page.

 

What statuses does my application go through before a decision is made?

Applications go through several stages while we assess your application:

  1. Application received

  2. Being processed

  3. All details received

  4. Ready for a decision

  5. Decision

The time your application spends at each status will vary depending on how long it takes to gather the information needed to support your application, the number of applications we receive and whether your programme operates a closing date.

Applications can also be placed on hold at any time during the process, for example if we are waiting on additional documentation or if the programme operates a closing date.

 

Who should I contact if I have questions about my application status?

Your Admissions Office will be able to advise you on the status of your application.

Contact details for the Admissions Office responsible for your application can be found in the ‘contact information’ section of the Degree Finder page for your programme:

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When contacting the Admissions Office please provide the following details:

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  • Programme of Study (if applicable)

 

Why is my application on hold?

The reason an application has been placed on hold may vary depending on the programme you have applied to.

Common reasons for an application being placed on hold include:

  • Holding applications until we have received and considered all the applications submitted by the programme’s deadline.
  • Awaiting receipt of documentation to support your application

Your Admissions Office will be able to advise you further on the status of your application.

Contact details for the Admissions Office responsible for your application can be found in the ‘contact information’ section of the Degree Finder page for your programme:

Degree Finder

 

How do I accept my offer?

Offers are accepted through the Applicant Hub:

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  1. Click the ‘Open Application’ button on the Applicant Hub home page
  2. You will have a link to view your offer letter before responding to the offer
  3. Click the Respond to Offer button to accept or decline your offer

 

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Contact your Admissions Office if your question is related to:

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What Does It Mean When Your Status Is Listed as “On Hold” After a Job Interview?

by Eric Feigenbaum – Updated September 26, 2017

Interviewing for a job you want can be exciting and might even leave you feeling hopeful. But when you check on your application status and find the system displays, “on hold,” some confusion and concern is only natural. Because companies and even government organizations use different systems and terminology, “on hold” can have several implications. However, all of them mean you shouldn’t expect a job offer in the immediate future.

Hiring Freeze

Despite best intentions and hopes, companies sometimes run into budgetary and organizational problems, even after they have begun interviewing for a position. Unexpected and last minute issues within an organization can mean it has to put off hiring. Accordingly, human resources and hiring managers change a candidate’s status to “on hold” to designate that the organization hasn’t ruled out the candidate – but that selection and hiring are not imminent.

Other Candidates

Often when hiring managers identify a favored or top candidate, they aren’t sure if negotiations will succeed. Therefore, they don’t want to let go of other good candidates. Placing the runners up on hold allows hiring managers to keep candidates in their pool while also informing them not to expect any immediate results or advancement of their applications. In this situation, being put “on hold” means you’re on standby.

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Data Entry

Organizations that use Internet-based applicant tracking systems rely on hiring managers and human resources representatives to update them on interview and hiring process progress. Depending on the applicant tracking system, “on hold” may indicate that a hiring manager hasn’t updated your profile in some time. The lack of activity can cause the system to move you into a default hold status. This can occur because you aren’t a favored candidate, the hiring manager hasn’t been working on filling the position or someone has simply been lazy about entering data.

Error

Computers make mistakes and so do their users. If “on hold” doesn’t make sense or fit with your recent communications or experience, contact the human resources representative, recruiter or interviewer with whom you have been working. If nothing else, you’ll get a clear picture of what’s going on. Send a simple email saying that you were confused by the “on hold” status and want to know what it means for that company and your application.

References

  • Nestle: Answers to Some Commonly Asked Questions
  • Medtronic: Frequently Asked Questions
  • Trak-It: Applicant Tracking System

About the Author

Eric Feigenbaum started his career in print journalism, becoming editor-in-chief of “The Daily” of the University of Washington during college and afterward working at two major newspapers. He later did many print and Web projects including re-brandings for major companies and catalog production.

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