Advertising for a new role is exciting, but it can come with a sense of dread as you prepare for the surge of applications.

Here are some tips on how to work your way through these applications effectively and efficiently. 

The flipside of today's increasingly simple and automated job application process is that HR professionals now receive more applications than ever.

High volumes of applications can be a burden, so it's essential to consider the best application process before the role is made public and the applications flood in.

here are three approaches that can streamline the process and result in higher-quality shortlists.

application form

Serial job hunters can be weeded out by customising the job application process and requesting specific information from the applicant that is pertinent to how they might fit the role.

An application form takes more time to set up, but it also takes more effort for a candidate to fill out. This can save considerable amounts of time once applications begin to roll in. It is far more likely that a candidate with the right skills and experience will take the time to apply.

blind CVs

What is a blind CV?

  • It's a CV, or application form, that intentionally leaves out particular types of information that have been proven to create bias.


For example, in the UK, prompted by top positions in politics, law and the media are dominated by graduates from Oxford and Cambridge Universities. One leading law firm brought in a blind CV policy where university information was withheld from interviewers.

That firm now attracts 33% more applicants from other universities, improving their diversity levels.

work with recruitment agencies

It is possible to exploit a recruitment agency's expert knowledge of the recruitment marketplace on a consultancy basis to help manage a specific hire, road testing your employer's brand or discover ways to make your processes more efficient.

Great agencies can use their expertise to help measure the success of your employer value proposition and your existing recruitment practices by ensuring that candidates meet the business' expectations and that the company meets them.

Beyond the traditional role of finding candidates, recruitment agencies can also promote the employer brand by managing candidate care during the application – including correspondence, interview, rejection and the ultimate hire.

Find out more about how a Randstad recruitment consultant can help you through every hiring process step.

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