Monday, June 1, 2009

Job application stupidity of the day


The job application site I am trying to submit to now was designed very carelessly:
  1. Asking for the resume more than once is pointless. Asking for information once should be enough.
  2. Asking for the resume and for information which is practically guaranteed to be in the resume is pointless. As mentioned previously, asking for information once should be enough.
  3. Claiming to “populate” a form from the submitted resume and failing to do so is pointless. Not to mention this is a great way to annoy applicants.
All in all, I am getting very annoyed very fast, and I am starting to use words such as “idiots” to describe whoever put these forms together. Whoever is responsible has zero respect for applicants and is thus probably deterring perfectly qualified people from applying at all. Remember, people: when hiring, you always want to hire people who will do a good job when they are hired, not people who will do a good job filling out your forms. Do not try to rationalize your way around this; human resources exists for the benefit of the rest of the company, not the other way around.

If anyone in human resources is reading this, have some commonsense and hire me to critique your job application forms. If I am going to complain about your forms, I might as well be paid to do it privately so you can quietly fix your problems quietly and with dignity rather than have people like me rant about them on the Internet.

Thank you for your patience.

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