When we hire we want a brilliant, creative, collegial scientist. We also want someone who helps with all the tasks a community of professors has to do in a department. This is not so easy to evaluate. One of the possible glimpses to this side of your character is to see if you follow the directions about applying.
So impress us by following the directions, sending the material in well before the last minute, and telling us clearly how happy we would be if we hired you. In the case of this particular search, with its October 15 deadline fast approaching, please send all material to email@example.com. Do not send it to me. I may be the head of the search committee, but I am not collating the material.
I confess that in the past I have been one of those reference letter writers who also sent it to the head of the search committee. Somehow I thought that would get more attention to my wonderful former student or postdoc. Now I know better and just send in the material in the way it is requested.
We are very excited at the prospect of having a wonderful new colleague!
Wash U is a wonderful place to be, has produced some wonderful students, and is in glorious St. Louis!