Most established companies with 20 or more employees these days prefer screening their potential employees by only accepting an application online. This means you, as a potential job candidate for the job of your choice, must learn the proper etiquette in not only how to fill them out, but also what to expect and what to do after you have submitted your information.
One of the most important things to remember when filling out one of the applications online is to always be truthful. If the question asks you for your employment history make sure you are prepared and list everything you can to the best of your ability. If they perform a thorough background check and find a huge discrepancy, you stand the chance to lose out on the job opening.
Worse yet, if you lie on an application it can come back to haunt you in the future just as you are starting to feel comfortable in your work while commanding a great salary. History is full of good employees who irked someone at work or who caught someone’s attention for any reason, prompting another employee to look into that person’s history and finding what appeared to be an outright lie on that employee’s application or resume. Guess what? Automatic firing!
Some common lies or omissions during an online application causing applicants to eventually get fired include:
1. Lying about their education.
2. Omitting parts of their work history.
3. Lying about past work experience.
The number of people who lie on any job application is very high, and this is why companies always prefer hiring someone who comes recommended or someone they already know. They don’t want to take a chance on hiring person they may not be able to trust.
However, that is not always reality for many companies which also means they have to rely on their background investigation personnel. This also means people these days are being scrutinized even more than in the past.
So, a word of advice; when filling out and submitting an application online, be prepared with the correct information and be truthful from beginning to end. You’ll save yourself a lot of stress and heartache.