The following is an extension of the question Job applications reviewed "until the position is filled" (i.e. soft deadline): What does that really mean?.
In most US job announcements of faculty openings (of any rank) in computer science I've seen no hard deadlines for applications and no hard subdiscipline designations. (In Europe, this is different: the deadlines and the subdiciplines are typically hard restictions.) Most of the time, we see sentences such as
The search will focus on candidates in the areas X1, X2, and X3. However, outstanding candidates in all research areas will be considered.
Preference will be given to applications submitted before Date Y, but we will continue accepting applications until the positions are filled.
Wee see such phrases way too often and may consider them boilerplate in the meantime.
Does the search team actually sometimes look at applications outside of the mentioned areas (X1, X2, and X3) and at the applications submitted after the deadline? Or are the above phrases introduced for some other reasons (legal, politics, ...), and the search team never looks at anything beyond the mentioned subdisciplines or anything past the deadline?
Has anyone already been hired despite being outside of areas X1-X3 or beyond the date Y?
In practical terms, if the applicant is a normal scientist but has missed the deadline, how long after that he/she should apply?
In practical terms, if the applicant is a normal scientist, is on time, but the subdiscipline is slightly off, should he/she still apply?
In practical terms, if the applicant is a normal scientist but the subdiscipline is slightly off and the deadline has passed, how long after that he/she should apply?
(An aside: Assume that the applicant cannot get this information directly by asking, e.g., due to the absense of contact data, and that the applicants network, including that of the supporting advisors if there are any, does not cover the location.)
This question seeks answers from folks who have participated in search committees, have supervised their work, or have received feedback as applicants. If it is the case for you, say so.