A philosopher currently on the job market writes in with a query:
The philosophers who are writing my letters of recommendation are incredibly overworked. They send in recommendation letters sometimes a week after the deadline. Is this the norm? Due search committees overlook this aspect of the application?
My sense is that slightly late letters tend to not affect an applicant’s candidacy, as the deadlines are often set at least several days in advance of any meetings or official consideration of the candidates, providing a window for some late materials over which the candidate has no control to arrive. But I’m just one data point. It would be helpful to hear from others.