The Employment Application: Why Attention to Detail Matters

In today’s employment and hiring environment, nothing can be taken for granted.

If you’re seeking a better opportunity, one that could lead to greater career advancement and satisfaction, then you need to make sure that “your i’s are dotted and your t’s are crossed” . . . in some cases literally.  With that in mind, a recent story illustrates the importance of this fact.

Our firm had a candidate who interviewed very well with a company.  The hiring manager was interested until they asked the candidate to fill out the employment application.

Unfortunately, the candidate only filled the application out halfway, leaving many questions blank.  They may have thought that the employment application was only a formality and that their performance during the face-to-face interview had already garnered them a place on the short list of final candidates.

As it turned out, that was not the case.

The hiring manager said they were looking for somebody who paid attention to detail and that the partially completed employment application was a bad sign and did not bode well for the candidate.  Just like that, the candidate went from being a potential frontrunner to the back of the pack.

Ultimately, the candidate did not receive an offer.

As important as the face-to-face interview is, it’s not the only consideration for companies during the hiring process.  Even if you “hit a home run,” so to speak, during your interview, inattention to detail in other aspects of the process could very well negate all that you accomplished during that interview.

In other words, it could mean the difference between receiving an offer of employment and continuing to look for the opportunity that could change your career—and your life.

We help support careers in one of two ways: 1. By helping find the right opportunity when the time is right, and 2. By helping recruit top talent for the critical needs of organizations.  If this is something you would like to explore further, please send an email to stacy@thevetrecruiter.com.