I noticed many, if not most of the more prestigious schools have earlier deadlines (see the wiki, most of the highly coveted gigs are already at the interview process stage), whether talking about chymps schools, top tier selective liberal arts colleges, or just top 50 schools in general. now that many, if not most of those jobs are already running their course, does the game change at all for lower tier jobs that have later dates and get posted later? My point is, do lower ranked schools consciously choose later dates, expecting higher ranked PhD candidates/graduates to take jobs from higher ranked schools? I'm trying to assess my chances of getting even a few interviews, as someone from a top 50-60 program (PhD in hand, publications, and a few years of teaching experience) who hasn't gotten any calls yet. helpful comments appreciated, mocking comments will be ignored. thanks in advance.
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Yes, some do self-consciously wait because they don't want to waste interview slots or offers on people who will jump to the top of the pile for 'academic quality' reasons but most likely have other offers. Some of these schools even send out informal feelers to determine whether you are still available before submitting your name to the university administration on an interview list.
But just because this dynamic exists doesn't mean it covers all schools.
And either way, all you can do is wait.
Last year, three of my colleagues found TT jobs after February (not in top R1s - two in SLACs, one in a public directional (all three in relatively desirable locations). I also know one colleague who has been to 4 campuses, and has 4 other campus interviews lined up. As it stands right now, seven schools will be disappointed if they go for that person (or other people with similar standing - CHYMPS degrees, well-known advisors, one or two top publications etc.). There will definitely be a second round for some schools, if not all. So yes, do not give up hope...at the same time, think about how you could increase your "attractiveness" in the next market year, if the worst happens.
OP: it's more likely that lower ranked schools, which are often (though not always) more cash strapped, wait to post their ads because of internal budgetary decision-making. Administrators really love to drag their feet on approving job searches these days, waiting to figure out what their budgets look like and whether they can reasonably cut the line or replace it with a non-tenure track hire. I think this is less likely to happen at more highly ranked schools. So I wouldn't read the "second round" of ads as strategic.