As Weasley mentioned, lately we've been a little short on apps. I'd like to shed some light on the process and provide some tips.
Applications are shared with the moderating team for discussion, and reviewed by multiple mods before a decision is reached. The mods are all distinct human beings with unique perspectives, so take my thoughts with a grain of salt. I want to admit upfront that I don't know everything about this, but I have read quite a few apps so I wanted to share what I've picked up.
First off, please send us your applications! If you don't send an app, you're guaranteed not to get it. Regardless of the decision on your application, we greatly appreciate your willingness to help out VH. There's a lot to do on the site, and we need your help to make VH amazing.
There is, of course, a chance you will be rejected. I've been rejected for most things on the site at one time or another, it happens to all of us. Rejection sucks and I'm so sorry that we have to reject anybody for anything. But please don't let the fear of rejection deter you from applying. If your app is rejected, it's not personal. It doesn't mean "the mods" dislike you. Typically, the timing wasn't quite right or we got a particularly strong applicant group in that round. So apply again next time! Applying again shows your continued interest in the role, which makes your application stronger the next time around. A previous rejection for a position is not a strike against a future app, it's usually a point in your favor.
That said, if you're thinking about sending an application, here's a few tips that might help you out!
Apply for the things you really want to do! There's a lot of things to do on VH, and nobody can do all of them. We love getting applications where you're really passionate about the role you're applying for.
Communicate. If you have a question about an application, or about a position you're thinking about applying for, please ask. We're happy to clarify what we're looking for and we want to see you write a strong application! Similarly, when we send rejection messages, we typically include little or no direct feedback. Rejections can be upsetting on their own, and it's perfectly understandable that not everyone wants to know more. But, if you're looking for further constructive criticism on your application, we're often happy to elaborate and help you succeed on future apps.
Consider your audience. Think about what we might want to know when reading your application and try to include relevant content. Try to follow any instructions or word count specifications. At the same time, be honest and genuine! We read a lot of apps, so we can tell if you're telling us what you think we want to see.
Think about the IC aspect of the role. We consider whether the character you've created is a good IC fit for the job. They don't need to be a perfect fit of course, but we try to make hires that are plausible on an IC level, so this is taken into consideration.
Handle rejection as graciously as you can. Please keep in mind that what you say in chats, even to your friends, is likely to get around. It's understandable to be disappointed when something doesn't go your way, but please be mindful of your words, your actions, and your audience.
Be aware that many VH jobs will ask you to keep your staff account secret! One of the first things we ask new (non-alumni) staff to do upon hiring is keep their identities secret. Try to act accordingly when you're applying.
Additionally, I'd like to provide insight on a couple of commonly asked questions.
"When listing alters on an application to the mods, what should I include?" I recommend always including all of your current students (even your 'secret' alter, we probably already know about them anyway) and any current or previous staff accounts, or accounts in the same category as the one you're applying for (e.g. include past canons in a canon application). Alumni are nice too, as the fact that you've been around long enough to have them shows dedication to the site, and you can also include any other accounts you feel are noteworthy. Feel free to leave off other inactives and any unsorted characters you dropped before sorting.
"Once I've sent an application, how long until I hear back?" This varies. We do our best to consider each application fairly, which can take some time. Just like you, moderators have lives outside the site and may not always be the most attentive to VH. We're aware that there are sometimes delays with applications. I'm really sorry about this. We know that this is something we can improve on. If you feel your application has been waiting a long time, feel free to reach out to us to inquire about it. You can contact the moderator(s) who posted the application, or reach out to any mod you're comfortable with. Likewise, if your application goes unread for more than a week, you can reach out to the "You wrote to a mod, but they never answered?" mods, currently Snape and Undercliffe (that's me!)
And as always, if you have any questions about applications or anything else on the site, please don't hesitate to ask. The moderators are all here to help you out, and personally I am always happy to answer a question or provide assistance however I can. <3