The Monster Big Report – The Application Process

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The job board – Monster – recently produced Candidate Behaviour – The Big Report where they surveyed a cross-section of their database and this is our second Blog highlighting their findings all about the application process.

Nearly half of all respondents (44%) said they would give up on an application form if it was too long.  53% said they would give up if the process was too complicated.

72% were put off by poor spelling and grammar, and 58% would only apply for a job if they felt they could meet all or most of the essential criteria.  This particularly affects those in the younger age groups.

So, what can you do to mitigate this?


  • Review and test your application process – make sure it is quick and simple
  • Make sure your jobs specs and adverts are proof read
  • Try to reduce your Essential Criteria to the minimum
  • Focus on the duties and stress training is available
  • Be mindful of your choice of language – is it gender neutral?


Competition is fiercer than ever for the best candidates so make sure you are doing all you can to attract that talent. This is a process that begins long before the interviews have started. If you want to find out more, read another of our blogs here.


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