Applicant Surveys Really Piss Me Off

For anyone who has applied for a job at a large company or corporation, three weeks after you learn of a company’s decision to hire you or not they email you a survey to fill out. This is likely a byproduct of the ATS (Applicant Tracking System) where HR or talent acquisition managers filter through a pool of applications only choosing the ones that get the most hits in their tags.

I miss the days when resumes were written to showcase & highlight your accomplishments, not be a tag marker for some machine-learning software to coldly examine your credentials.

I recently received an email from a corporation to “kindly take the time to fill out their survey to better serve”. Well, to better serve can mean either they tweak their ATS to be more stringent in choosing talent or just do away with the system all together & have job sites actually be useful. Or better yet, HR should go on job sites to really find talent.

The last time I answered an applicant survey, I basically responded with,

Don’t fly me out & have me interviewed by 6 people only to be told that I don’t actually have the job.

If I sound frustrated, it’s because I am. And I’m sure I’m not the only person feeling like this after receiving an applicant survey to fill out to better serve their needs…not mine.

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