What will I have to do?
You've found a job you're interested in applying for. In this application process the main thing you'll be asked to complete is what we call 'sift questions'. These are basically questions about scenarios that the successful candidate would face in the job. These give you the opportunity to figure out if you can and want to work there. They also allow your potential new employer to gauge whether you would be a right fit for the team and company.
Work sample tests are a much better indicator if someone is fit for the job compared to CVs. Hiring managers spend on average 6 seconds per candidate which is not enough time to process all the hard work you've done over the years. This is why CVs are a poor indicator of job performance. Those 6 seconds are filled with unconscious biases that often steer many people away from great candidates that could potentially be a great fit for their company.
When you start your application process, here is what you'll see:
1. First you'll see the equal opps form. You can find here why you are asked these questions.
2. You are then directed to the contact details form.
The dashboard screen shown above helps you to track your progress. You can cancel your application if you need to, and, see what still needs to be done to complete your application.
"I did not feel rushed, and the process although detailed and did require a little thought, was much more positive and enjoyable. I enjoyed the experience regardless if my application is successful or not." Candidate feedback October 2019
What happens after I submit my application
After you've submitted your application and usually after the role's closing date, hiring managers and reviewers will start scoring your application. We know that unconscious bias can creep in even after getting rid of CVs. To counteract this, we anonymise, chunk, randomise questions from your application so that when someone is scoring (and possibly a bit too hungry before lunch) one question it doesn't influence your overall score.
What updates will I get about my application?
After the company has finished reviewing and scoring your application, most companies will send out an email letting all candidates know if they were successful or unsuccessful.
Whatever the outcome of your application you will get feedback from the hiring organisation that looks like this.
This shows how you performed on each of the skills you were tested on. Candidates find this 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!"
Feedback is optional and some hiring organisations choose not to send this to candidates.