The Traditional CV or Online Application Forms?

The Curriculum Vitae (CV) is the written overview document of a person’s experience and qualifications and is a piece of literature very common for many HR professionals involved in the hiring process. But, with recent advances in recruitment software, is this method of receiving a candidate’s experience becoming outdated in favour of modern methods, such as online application forms?

Online application forms offer a platform which allows you to capture the data of your candidates in a controlled manner and boast many benefits for busy HR professionals looking to streamline their recruitment processes.

So without further ado, let’s consider the benefits that an online application form has over the traditional CV:

Capture what you require

An online application form is built to include the data fields you require. Although there are common trends amongst the data candidates include within their CV, there is no guarantee that all candidates will submit CVs that contain the exact information you need to know.

Job specific questions

An online application allows you to personalize your application according to your recruitment needs. Therefore you can have a standard form created and add on job specific questions whenever required. In a simple tick of a box you can also mark these questions as mandatory.

Simplify your filtering

By including an application form which captures the most important data you require, you can ease the process of filtering your candidates. Any applications made that instantly match the correct answers to your job specific questions can be bulked and scored assisting with your initial short listing.

Include CV as an option

Long and lengthy application forms are off putting for busy people who may be actively applying for multiple new roles. Don’t risk your candidates dropping out of your application process and getting snapped up by competition due to over complicating your application form.

Use CV Parsing

An online application is a tool that analyses a document and extracts data, which in the case of a CV includes skills, work experience, education, contact details and so on.

Also CV parsing can be integrated to work with cloud storage methods i.e. Dropbox, Google docs etc.

Uniform your data

Using an online application form that is linked with your applicant tracking system means you can collect all your data in a uniformed manner. This instantly makes it easier for you to review your candidates’ responses all via one platform.

Boost your employer brand

An online application form also allows you to further enforce your employer brand, by allowing you the option to include your company colors and details to reinforce your branding to candidates.

Multiple options

Your online application allows you to have multiple application forms. Therefore you can build  a selection of forms relevant to your requirements and have them saved within your software to add in when needed. For example, you can have a basic non-skilled form, as well as forms tailored towards more highly skilled, niche roles.


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