Creating the Best Online Job Application Form

Written by Formstack on January 13, 2011

Posted in Form Hacks, Human Resources

Post last updated on February 11, 2016.

Formstack’s online form builder can help businesses of any size facilitate otherwise tedious processes. What kind of tedious processes, you might ask? There are too many to count, but for now, we’ll focus on how we can help your human resources (HR) department.

One helpful human resources function of our easy-to-use form builder is the job application. Job applications are a necessary part of recruiting talent and establishing employment. It’s a way for employers to weed out the talented from the untalented, the skilled from the unskilled, and the normal from the crazies. We all know what goes into filling out a normal functioning job application, but what exactly goes into building one?

Below you will find just one example of how to create an online job application. You can make your application as easy or complex as you want. After all, some businesses need to collect information that isn’t relevant to other businesses.

You can start out with a blank form or with our pre-built Job Application form.

Formstack's Pre-Built HR Form

You can then add any questions you want to ask, such as available start date, willingness to relocate, current employment status, and much more. Additionally, using Conditional Logic, you can gather further information on certain questions. For instance, if an applicant indicates his or her employment status is “Student,” you can use logic to have that applicant select a graduation date.

Using Conditional Logic on HR Form

You can also use Conditional Logic to have applicants choose how they want to submit their resume. In our example, we offer an option to use LinkedIn, a personal website, or an upload function. If applicants choose the LinkedIn or website options, they will get a text field that will allow them to fill in the correct URL. If they select to upload a resume, they will then see the upload a file option.

Finally, you can add more Conditional Logic to allow applicants to list their references. Most companies require at least three references, so we created three different sections and added a Name, Email Address, and Phone Number field under each.

Using the Formstack settings, you can create a better experience for the applicant and an easier way to handle the application internally. Using the Confirmations and Redirects options, we set our job application form to display a custom submit message to thank the applicant for applying and to provide information about when someone will be in touch, our timeline for interviewing, etc.

Internally, you can use Data Routing options to add email addresses for staff members who should receive the application based on how it has been filled out. For instance, if someone is applying for a sales job, the application will be sent to the sales manager, and if someone is applying for a marketing job, the application will be sent to the marketing manager.  This is great if you have a few different managers or a manager and an HR employee who should receive the application.

Once you finish building your online job application, you can embed it on your website or send out the URL in an email and begin collecting data.

Check out our finished job application form here.

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