Imagine this scenario: You apply for a job online. You upload your resume and cover letter, or maybe sync your LinkedIn profile. Great! All that stuff you used to have to write or type in, taken care of super-easily.
To quote the late, great Billy Mays: But wait! There's more!
Now you have to type in your education. But that's on your resume. And LinkedIn. Oh well. Whatever. Fine.
Not done yet!
Now you have to type in your job history. Box by box. Year by year. Wait. Why did you just upload your resume? Isn't that all on there?
What is going on here?
Frustrated, I vented about it on Facebook the other day. The comments started rolling in. From Millennials. Gen Xers. Boomers. Everyone. More than 50 comments (not including responses to comments), 110 "likes". "Welcome to my life." "I so feel you." "Amen."
Then my friend Sherree Worrell, founder and managing director of Tala Consulting Group, hit it right on the head: "If their HR practices are redundant, what other things in the organization don't work?"
If you want to hire the right people for your company, by all means make the hiring process rigorous. But don't make it stupid.
The thing about this amazing place called the Internet is that we're able to transmit huge amounts of information in the blink of an eye. The best and brightest aren't going to spend copious amounts of time typing in the same information they already gave you.
Think about what you're telling potential employees about your company when you make them do busywork for no apparent reason before they're even employees. If you do that before they're hired, what kind of busywork are you going to have for them after?
So next time you need to fill a job, look at the process you are making your candidates go through. What are you telling them about your company? Make sure it's the message you want to send.