I’ve recently re-entered the job market in search of my next career challenge. As a recruitment specialist, I might be a bit critical when it comes to a company’s careers website, social media presence and application process. What has surprised me is that — in a world of professional profiles, applicant tracking tools and smartphones — the application process can still take so much time. It does make me wonder if the recruitment manager or head of HR have actually put themselves in the candidate’s shoes to see if they emerge from the process feeling positive about the company (or feeling like they need to lay down in a darkened room).
When designing your application process, you may want to consider:
1. Do you absolutely need this information in order to shortlist candidates?
If the information is not fulfilling a legal requirement or isn’t essential to the role itself, then why is it being asked? I was asked on an application for my passport number and work permit number, which seemed a bit over the top. A simple “Do you have the right to work in the U.K. without employer sponsorship?” would have been sufficient.