Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Too much information



I downloaded a job application form this evening and wow do they need a lot of information. Quite why they need to know the name, address, birthdate, occupation and phone number of my parents, in-laws, wife, kids, brothers, sisters and other close relatives is baffling to say the least. Perhaps that is a test in itself. If you willingly provide all that unnecessary information, you are perfect for the job. It's a research company.
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3 comments:

MJ Klein said...

the answer is "they don't." i've never filled out a job app in Taiwan, but on other apps i only fill in what i want them to know.

Red A said...

One of the reasons is to see the background of the applicant. As a small trading company, for example, I am not too thrilled to find out the applicant's entire family also have trading companies. (yes, have actually seen this...)

Once we did not hire someone because their family were butchers. (I think this is a Buddhist thing.)

Skylight said...

Looks like you were applying for C.I.A. in Taiwan ....