If you’ve submitted an application through Interfolio’s ByCommittee—that is, you’ve sent materials to an institution receiving applications through Interfolio, rather than another system for job postings—you probably noticed that there are quite a few steps involved in attaching your recommendation letters to your application. Maybe more steps than you first realized. Prior to today, a letter could only be attached if the letter writer had already sent their letter to Interfolio. So as soon as a letter arrived, you, the applicant, would have to log back in to our site to add it to the application.

Our goal is to make your application process as easy as possible, so we wanted to eliminate this extra step. Now you can finish up your application and submit when you’re ready, without having to wait on anyone else. We’ve been working for the last few months on giving scholars the ability to automatically attach incoming letters to an application, even if that letter hasn’t arrived when the application is submitted. We’ve finished testing and are ready to share this improvement with you!

Here’s how it works: You can request a new recommendation directly from your application, as you’re working on it, and that letter will automatically be added when it arrives. After you request the letter, you can continue with the rest of your application. Or, if you’ve already requested a letter prior to starting your application and you would like it to be included in the application once it arrives, you can go ahead and add that “pending” letter to the application, and, once again, the letter will automatically be added to your application when it arrives.

It’s kind of like pre-ordering a new book online. Even though it’s not available yet, you can go ahead and request it, and we’ll automatically send it for you as soon as it arrives!

So now you’ll be able to submit your application through Interfolio and rest assured that your part is done as soon as you’ve clicked that “Submit” button—even if your letter of recommendation hasn’t arrived yet. If you’ve indicated that you would like your letter included once it arrives, it will automatically be attached even if your letter writer submits it after the application deadline. This lets you convey your intention to apply to the school and indicate that you will be sending your letters, and we’ll take it from there!

As always, if you’ve got any questions about the auto-attach feature, don’t hesitate to be in touch with our Customer Support team: Max, Ethan, Kat (me!), Prisca, or Jane at (877) 997-8807.