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Online Job Applications Are a Waste of Time

October 20, 2005

I’ve been looking for a second job for part time in the mornings, and several places I’ve wanted to apply to only accept online appliations. This can be done in the store, or at home, but either way, most require ridiculous amounts of time because of hordes of questions such as:

I enjoy meeting new people
Strongly Agree
Agree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree

And the list goes on and on with the same type of question rephrased any number of different ways. The most ridiculous one was for the Kroger application. It said (and I kid you not):

I feel angry when a guilty person is set free.
Strongly Agree
Agree
Disagree
Strongly Disagree

What the holy hell does that have to do with bagging groceries at a grocery store? Whatever happened to filling out an application, then talking to a manager? Maybe I’m just old fashioned, but I like the personal aspect of hiring/getting hired. Not to mention I think it’s more effective for a manager to meet a possible hiree than only seeing what is on paper. But then again, there are always two sides to the coin, and I suppose it may help to have applications filed electronically versus paper. But please, please, drop the pointless personality questions. Do they really help you hire better quality people? Maybe there should be a question like this:

I think the last 100 questions on my personality are a helpful tool for hiring new staff.
No
Definitely Not
Seriously, they’re pointless.
Really, Really Stupid