Online applications - study in the fact check: Online applications as a turnaround?

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By asking why the eMail I do not want to play the important role in the communication process that she plays in everyday communication, I have finished the first part of the post. Here I would like to answer him: Are online applications a new future trend? grafikxnumx

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Lorenz Hartwig is online editor.


What does the company think of online applications?

From business circles, one hears, speaks much for on-line applications. In essence, there are three reasons that are always considered an advantage of eMail- Casting opposite to the paper are called:

  1. Applications per eMail facilitate sorting of incoming application letters. They can be stored in a central mailbox and easily exchanged and sent within the company.
  2. Applications per eMail reach the responsible person directly and do not have to be transported by post and possibly house post.
  3. An email-based application procedure allows the application process to be carried out quickly, as candidates can react to the tender within a very short time. Project-related orders can also be allocated more quickly.
  4. Companies that receive international applications can go through eMail Contact us quickly and cost effectively with applicants from all over the world.

What does the company think about online applications?

However, the fact that many companies still adhere to analogous applications has reasons:

  1. An “analog” application gives the trained personnel manager a better impression of the applicant than that eMail, because the preparation of a job application requires diligence and care on the part of the applicant.
  2. At a eMail Application such competences are only partially in demand. The personal touch can therefore be lost quickly, the company does not get the required personal impression.
  3. It is true that the criticized personal note can be supplemented in an application discussion and decided at this point of departure by means of admissions or cancellations, but this means a higher effort

Do the applicant have any disadvantages when applying?

It is also necessary to clarify whether the applicant has advantages or disadvantages by digitizing the application procedure. The situation is unambiguous:

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  1. At a eMailApplication is not required to create a meaningful application folder.
  2. Creating an online application is less time-intensive.
  3. Application letters and curriculum vitae are created on the computer anyway and have not been written by hand for a long time.
  4. The application process is accelerating. You can apply online for various jobs.
  5. The way to the post falls away and with it also postage costs, which can become with increasing number of submitted applications, for example with low earners to the load.

Online applications as a trend of the future?

Is there a trend despite criticism of the structure of the survey? I mean yes. For denying the trend towards increasing digitization would be a misjudgment of obvious facts.

Even if the structure of the Survey by Projektwerk can be criticized, the trend shown by it is, however, coincident with the everyday experience. And whether a person is sympathetic and the qualifications bring with him is just as little an analogy as an online application. Therefore, a consistent application of online applications should not be a problem.

Paper applications - only for nostalgics?

Especially in the media industry or the creative industry, the application per eMail already an enormous value; other industries are catching up. In addition, of course, the so-called online application forms are a sign of the times.

For the future, therefore, it is to be expected that the good old application will be stamped and stamped in envelopes. If you do not have a tendency to nostalgia, you will not miss it.

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  1. jj

    Hello Mrs. Janson

    Are we not already further? Isn't that Emailapplication is slowly dying out again? Mr Brickwedde's Quo Vadis recruiting studies speak for themselves in this regard.

    At least in the case of larger companies, the application of online forms is absolutely normal and is also becoming increasingly important for medium-sized companies. We also fully rely on the form application.

    Why do we not accept applications via Email more (and certainly not on paper)? Just a couple of reasons:

    The Emails end up either in overcrowded group mailboxes or in the already turbulent inbox of the HR manager, later with the line manager and so on.

    With an incoming application of approx. 50-100 applications per day with an average of 5MB attachments, huge amounts of data arise. A Emailapplication is forwarded to 2-3 people on average or printed out. Many companies limit their personal inbox to 100MB. A huge problem for larger companies.

    Emailapplications cannot be tracked. We have imposed service levels on our applicants, which we apply to a Emailapplication cannot hold. With good applicant management, we can efficiently control the recruiting process.

    Emailjob applications are a flash in the pan. We would like to stay in contact with applicants whom we have had to turn down for a position. Let's keep one Emailapplication stored for a longer period of time in order to contact us again later, we violate data protection. Of course, we offer every applicant the opportunity to have their data removed permanently.

    Of course, I also know of form applications that are incredibly tedious. I saw that myself as an applicant. But it is not necessary. We make sure that an initial application to us does not take longer than 5 minutes, each additional application is possible in less than a minute. We accept file attachments in “household” amounts (5 x 2.5MB).

    The many profiles and passwords are indeed a problem. But here, too, the trend is to link to your own Google logins, apply via LinkedIn profile and the like.

    You see, a lot is happening here and the once very rigid systems are becoming ever more user-friendly for applicants.

    Many greetings from Switzerland

    • Simone Janson

      Hello JJ,

      It is clear that large companies in particular have a fully automated application system. But many small and medium-sized companies are just getting started. When it comes to digitization, companies are often worlds apart - and that is also evident here. There are also surveys on this:

      And, of course, the automated application systems, which are often purchased for expensive money, are more practical for companies. However, MiuSuCo's contribution also shows that they also deter many applicants because they are much too complicated for the applicant. According to this study, well-qualified applicants can be deterred from the complex selection procedure, such as assessment centers:
      Would be an interesting study, how many applicants are deterred by complicate application systems.

  2. MiuSuCo

    And what about all of the recruiting procedures in which a prospective job can struggle through the company's software? What if, after half an eternity, he has to hope to have hidden the right keywords in the texts for the filtering process in order to be fished out? In addition, he must agree to the electronic storage and keep an eye on a (further) one-time account in order to be able to request deletion personally if necessary. Not all companies explain how they proceed when recruiting for a certain position ... I have made the experience that although this is an efficient facility for the company, it takes a lot more of my personal touch as an applicant and is also much more time-consuming than the email application. Often, however, there is no alternative, so anyone who does not participate is not considered.

    • Simone Janson

      Hi MiuSuCo,
      this is unfortunately again a completely different topic. Do not you want to write an (anonymous) report? This could give others help.

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