Application forms – can I be bothered?
Sometimes our clients ask applicants to complete their standard application forms instead of supplying a CV and covering letter. It’s a fair and equal way to ensure candidates are assessed on the same information, listing skills, achievements and experience.
I’ve worked on a couple of roles recently with application forms and I wonder if the form has put people off applying for the job. It could be true to say that only people who are really serious about a role will take the time to fill in an application form. But what if the perfect candidate comes along and has other commitments, thus being unable to fill in the form? Should there be flexibility on the time allowed beyond the allotted closing date? Or should it be a strict deadline and rigid process?
Have you ever been put off applying for a job as a result of an unwieldy form?