Posted by Brian McCullough
Another quick, short answer post: probably.
Again, let me explain.
The psychology breaks down like this. If you apply to multiple jobs at the same company it doesn’t necessarily show you’re eager to work at that company. It sort of suggests you’re desperate for anything.
More than that, the hiring manager might feel you’re unfocused. As I’ve said many times, when hiring someone, the company is looking for the exact right person to fit their exact need. They want to feel like you’ll fit in like a puzzle piece. If you show up saying, “Hey, I’ll do anything, just pay me!” it sort of takes away from that feeling.
Certainly, many large companies have several job openings that are essentially the same. But I wouldn’t suggest applying to all of them at once.
Instead, I’d suggest you apply one at a time.
If you interview for a position, and don’t get it, then it’s probably ok to apply for the other positions. Applying for multiple positions one after the other actually gives you a couple of advantages.
First, you’re already in their system. They’ve already interviewed you, so it’s a simpler process the 2nd time.
Second, now you can demonstrate that you’re highly motivated to join their team.
After you’ve interviewed once, I’d follow up with email or phone calls or LinkedIn and tell them, hey, you noticed these other positions and you got such a good vibe about the company (from your previous interview) that you really couldn’t pass up the chance to inquire about these other positions.