Requisition Closed: What Does It Mean


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Many companies provide some type of a portal for you to see the status of a job after submitting your application. It’s a helpful tool to know where the company is in the interview process, but it can also be confusing.

One of the more confusing aspects of the job status portals is the use of HR-centric language that applicants may not be as familiar with. One of the most common examples of that is when the term “requisition” is used. In some cases, you’ll see confusing job statuses like “requisition closed,” “requisition open,” or “requisition cancelled.” 

To that end, this article is going to help you understand what a job requisition is, what the term “requisition closed” means, and also define other similar terminology.

What Does Job Requisition Mean?

A job requisition, or a “job req” for short, is a document that is filled out by a hiring manager to get approval to fill a vacant role or create a new position. A full job requisition typically contains details like an ideal candidates skills and background, the expected salary for the role, and a justification for why the role is needed.

The term job requisition can be a little bit confusing for external candidates because job requisition, job description, and job posting are often used interchangeably. Additionally, candidates may see terminology like “requisition closed,” or “requisition cancelled” on a job application portal.

As external candidate, just know that what you’re look at on a company’s career page is the job posting, which is an external advertisement for a position that is written based upon the job requisition and/or job description. Sometimes, you may see a job status that uses requisition terminology interchangeably with job description or job posting language.

What Does Requisition Closed Mean?

If you see “requisition closed” as a job application status, it means that a company is no longer sourcing candidates for a position. 

There are various reasons why the status could show as requisition closed, including the following:

  • The hiring manager feels like they have a strong list of candidates and don’t need any more applications
  • They company is getting too many applications to handle, and need to pause new incoming applications to review what they’ve received so far
  • The hiring process is being halted. If this is the case, you will sometimes see the term “requisition cancelled” instead.

Does Requisition Closed Mean I Didn’t Get the Job?

No, the job status of “requisition closed” doesn’t necessary mean that you didn’t get the job. It simply means that the company is no longer accepting any more applications for the position.

So, if you interviewed for the job, and you see the status of the application change to “requisition closed,” it’s not necessarily a sign that you didn’t get the job. However, if you submitted an application, and it’s been more than a couple of weeks and you still haven’t heard back, that may be a sign that you’re not getting invited to an interview.

Other Related Job Statuses

In addition to the term “requisition closed,” you may see similar statuses on job postings. Here are some common ones and what they mean:

What Does Requisition Description Mean?

If you see the term “requisition description” on a job application, that section typically represents a description of the responsibilities of the listed role. 

Basically, it represents the more detailed job description section of a job posting.

What Does Requisition Open Mean?

Requisition open means that a company is open to receiving new applications for a posted position.

What Does Requisition Cancelled Mean?

Requisition cancelled means that the company will not be hiring externally for the position and that it has been canceled. The reasons for why a requisition would be cancelled can vary, but cold be due to any of the following:

  • Budgetary constraints
  • The hiring manager leaving the company
  • Filling the positioning internally 
  • Other similar reasons


The job search process can be complicated and confusing. And companies don’t make it any easier when they use internal HR terms interchangeably with public facing ones. Hopefully, this article has helped clear up any confusion around job status language and plays a small part in helping you go get a job offer that you’re excited to accept.

About the author

Dan Slocum

Dan is the founder of Best Fit Work and is a business professional with over 10 years of experience. He has been a hiring and people manager on multiple occasions, and has also gone through the hiring process himself at a variety of different companies. Dan writes to share content, tools, and resources to help people discover and thrive in their own best fit work.

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