A job application is one of the most important components of the recruitment process, yet it is frequently overlooked. It is essential that an employer collect a job application from candidates prior to beginning the interview process for many reasons.
Here are just a few good reasons.
A job application:
- Allows the employer to gather information about each applicant in a standardized manner. Resumes and cover letters from job candidates vary greatly in format and information. Relying only on a resume makes the hiring process subjective and may allow unqualified candidates to move forward in the selection process.
- Asks for information not included on the resume. This includes why the applicant left their previous positions and any felony or misdemeanor crime convictions relevant to the position.
- Provides a place for a required applicant signature. This attests that all statements made on the application are true and allows the employer to verify past employment, education and other credentials. Often employers will ask a candidate to acknowledge that they understand policies and procedures, such as at-will employment, and that a drug test may be required as a condition of employment.
BCN Services offers a standard employment application template and we can also work with you to customize an application specific to your business needs. Contact us at 800-891-9911 or contact us for more information.
Alicia Jester, BCN Product Manager