You have successfully submitted your application, but what comes next? Who will review your application? how will the hiring team assess your fit for the job? How will you hear back from the hiring team?
This article explains what to expect after you submit your application.
You will learn the following:
First, you should receive a confirmation email
As soon as you have submitted your application, you should get a confirmation email that contains the link to your application so that you can return to it whenever you need it. For example, if you need to remind yourself about the role or review the answers you submitted to the questions, you can use this link anytime.
If you don't receive an email, we recommend you:
- Check your spam folder
- Get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org if you have trouble finding this email
How your application is assessed
All the organisations that hire via Applied want to reduce bias, hire in the most ethical and objective way and improve the quality of hires.
Similar to the effort you put into your application, the hiring teams also put effort into reviewing your application. They are using different screening and assessment methods that enhance their human decision-making, but it's still them going through all the information you provided.
Screening and assessment methods
Depending on the role you applied for, hiring teams will screen your application with some of the following screening and assessment methods.
- Admin questions
- Multiple choice questions
- Mapped and Numerical Skills Test
- Short answers (up to 250 words per answer)
- Structured CV review
After hiring teams assess you on the information above, they will contact you for further hiring stages (e.g. structured interview). And most of them will let you know if you were unsuccessful.
Admin questions do not necessarily contribute to your final scoring, but can be used to understand if the minimum requirements for the job are met. Here are some examples of admin questions:
- Notice period
- Right to work in a particular country
- Mandatory qualifications such as being licensed to practice law
Multiple choice questions
For some roles, hiring teams ask you to answer a set of timed multiple-choice questions. Usually, your performance on these questions is the first piece of information that hiring teams look at.
Applied helps the hiring teams score your performance according to pre-set correct and wrong answers. That way, you are objectively scored and ranked against other candidates.
Mapped and Numerical skills test
These tests are a set of multiple choice questions but focussed on problem-solving and analytical skills. You can learn more about these tests here.
Similar to multiple choice questions, you are scored and ranked on performance so hiring teams can make more objective shortlisting decisions.
Short answers (up to 250 words)
The 3 to 5 short answer questions you may have answered are assessed directly by hiring teams in the best possible way to counteract bias and help your skills stand out.
How does Applied help hiring teams mitigate bias? We make sure that all the answers are anonymised, chunked, and shuffled so that hiring teams can go through your answers in the most objective way (check the illustration below).
For some hiring teams, it's still important to review your CV before a final decision is made. In these cases, we recommend that hiring teams review your application using our structured CV review tool.
This CV review tool was also created with several behavioural science principles in mind so they focus on the information that will actually help decide if you will be the best person for the job.
You can learn more about this CV review tool here.
What updates will I get about my application?
After the company has finished reviewing and scoring your application, most companies will email all candidates if they were successful or unsuccessful. In addition to this email, some organisations may opt to send their candidates feedback. While it's encouraged to do so, feedback is optional.
Depending on the types of assessments used by the hiring body, you may receive a feedback diagram showing how your answers performed against each of the skills you were tested on. Candidates often find this feedback valuable because even if you don't get the job it shows how you compared to other candidates and can indicate areas to work on. It can also indicate if a job just isn't a great fit for your skills. Here is what some candidates have said when they received feedback:
"Sad not to get the job, but the application system was awesome!"
"Excellent. Really good insight and graphic. Disappointed I didn't get the job, but the innovation and system put a smile on my face."
"Best tool I've used to apply for a job. Didn't get the job but a really pleasant experience anyway!"