As a business writer, and former business advisor, I always have to laugh when I hear people complaining about having to fill out job applications. I can’t count the number of times in which I have heard someone ask, “I have a resume so why do I have to fill out a job application?” If they knew the reasons why they have to fill out the job application, they might not spend so much time complaining about it.
Most organized companies like some kind of uniformity to their paperwork. If everyone who applies fills out a job application, uniformity can be progressed.
Most job applications ask for more information than would usually be found on a resume. Instead of asking you to submit a three page resume, most companies will ask that you fill out a job application.
Companies want to make sure that you can follow simple orders, and pay attention to simple details. Having you fill out a job application helps to determine this information well before you are interviewed.
More and more companies are realizing in the market that there are hundreds of people that will apply for their positions just because the positions are open. Filling out a job application (especially a long one) can help to separate those people that are just applying to apply. A company can collect more information about those applicants that are truly interested in the job at hand.
This is a fairly old-school reason for having to fill out a job application. Many companies used to judge applicants on their penmanship to judge what type of person was applying. While this is not as true any more, there are still companies that take this into consideration.
Strangely, studies have found that people are more truthful on job applications than they are on their resumes. Sometimes, companies can weed out people that are bending the truth on their resume by a simple job application.
Narrow Interview Field
If a company has more than one position open, it is easier to place you with the correct interviewer if you have filled out a job application. Remember that most job applications ask what position you are trying to get.
Keep these ideas in mind the next time that you fill out a job application. Remember, the more a company knows about you upfront, the less questions that have to be asked during the interview (which is another basic reason for a job application). Anything that makes the hiring process easier should be applauded, not complained about. If you are ever sitting on the other side of the interview desk, you will have an even better understanding of why people need to fill out job applications.