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Badly formatted application forms

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by littlemissraw, Jun 8, 2011.

  1. littlemissraw

    littlemissraw Occasional commenter

    If you can't write anything at all you could try saving a a pdf and make a form (if you have the software) I've even redone the form fully for some posts!
    Hmm wonder if there are any form making HR typ posts available lol x
  2. Worse still are the ones which aren't set up like forms at all, but instead you have to overtype on dots or dashes and then everything moves around and you have to try to put everything back in line after you've typed. Nightmare. Or where there are 'grey boxes' that won't allow you to type in them. Would it hurt for someone just to try them out, just once, before they unlease these horrible forms on us?
  3. In most case the shortcomings of the application forms are likely to be the result of the technical shortcomings of whoever created them, rather than a deliberate attempt to make it difficult to use. And then after spending hours creating the thing there is little appetite for ripping it up and start again. Really, the emphasis should be on simplicity - straightforward text boxes, and if you want to limit the lengths of people's answers (recommended), simply state a maximum word count for each question. This can then be used as an evaluation tool when reviewing applications i.e. if a question states that your response shouldn't exceed 300 words and someone submits 500 words, then they haven't followed a straightforward (and reasonable) instruction.

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