Filling open positions at your company can be a challenge, but it can feel even more trying when faced with a high volume of half-finished applications. Since you can’t accurately screen them, you’re either forced to eliminate these candidates or spend valuable time tracking them down, to see if they’d like to complete the process.
Some candidates are simply lazy, while others might realize partway through the application that the job isn’t a good fit. However, it’s very possible people are giving up because the submission process is flawed.
Here’s some advice, if you’re ready to lower the number of abandoned applications you receive.
Unnecessarily Long Length
A thorough job application should assist in the vetting process. Beyond standard personal information, asking candidates to complete a variety of job-related questions is a great way to figure out who to invite for a first-round interview. Of course, there’s a big difference between including five relatively simple questions and 10 lengthy inquiries that require a significant time investment. If the application takes too long to complete, most people probably aren’t bothering.
Inability to Save
Job applications require a lot of thought — especially if you include related questions on the application. It’s very possible people are giving up, because they don’t have time to complete it in one sitting. Including a feature that allows candidates to save their work and return when it’s convenient for them can help increase the number of applications you receive because people don’t want to have to keep starting the process over.
Lack of Accessibility
These days, candidates expect to be able to complete and submit job applications electronically, on a device of their choosing. If people have to download an application and complete it by hand, this is likely serving as a huge deterrent. It’s also a problem if the application must be viewed on a desktop or laptop computer because potential applicants viewing it on a smartphone or tablet will have to switch devices, which might cause them to opt-out.
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