Originally posted by kyleisboss
It is rather strange. I always assumed the hiring process was supposed to be personal and that would be the only way you can ever really get a feel
for a candidate. Online apps and some apps done over the phone on a automated system seem very impersonal nowadays. Just letters and spaces. You dont
even see the person until you decide to interview them. If theres something you dont like about their appearance, you just wasted your time and
Maybe we're just old fashioned?
More or less. Actually, it was put forward as cost cutting, but the consultants who implement the systems charge so much that it's not saving anyone
Anyway, the thing with automated systems and online forms is that they generate more info than you might suspect. Response time is a metric on
questionnaires, keywords are scanned for, etc. And once you know that, there's a way to beat them.
Next time you try an online application, open a clean browser (no cookies) and go in via a proxy, and do a screen capture of everything. Just fill it
out as john doe, main street USA. Especially do this for the questionnaires. They usually only use one or two, but to check you can go through again
with a new proxy.
The proxy stuff is important because IP addresses can be used to match multiple applications, and likewise cookies can be used to show them that
you've been there before.
The questionaires tend to be moral/ethical things. On their printout, it'll show a graph with response times to the questions - and the speed you can
process information is seen as a massive positive. Study them so that you can click the appropriate box when the question comes up quickly (allow a
few seconds time to read). Pick one or two and pause on them a bit, as though you're thinking about it before deciding on the right answer. If
everything is perfect, they know you're a robot.
The application forms are a little more tricky, but there's a way to get you to the top of the pile. Go to the company homepage. From the start page,
view the source code (on firefox, view menu -> page source). There will be a list of terms for search engines at the top, in the page description.
Make note of these. Go to whatever page deals with company history/misson statements/corporate info, and do the same. Then read those pages and take
note of what terms they use to describe what they do.
These two things are important because they give you an idea of the type of language that the people doing the hiring are looking for. If you see a
phrase like "optimizing the efficiency of petroleum transfer" when they're talking about pumping gas, you get an idea of the type of words that
they think are important - and if they think they're important, chances are they're looking for them in job applications. Take note of those words
and use them.
So. Write out what you want to say on the application. Use as many of their important words as you can without sounding like an idiot. Read it out
loud. Polish it. And have the perfect copy in front of you to type out. Don't cut and paste, because quite often their software will pick up on that,
too. Proceed though the questionnaire, giving yourself maybe 5 or 6 seconds to "read" each question.
Their printout will show you think exactly like they do, process information like lightning, and are as moral as the day is long.
This has generated a callback for me 100% of the time. Can't help you with the tats, though. Good luck.