If A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words…….

Example Of One Lengthy Application
I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried. This application felt like doing an exam in college

There’s a debate about employers being too fussy and strict with the hiring requirements on the Workopolis web site. Employers say the stringent requirements are needed in order to ensure a perfect fit for the position, and it’s the job-seeker’s fault for not having the skills to get hired. On the other hand, job-seekers like myself accuse employers of not understanding the requirements of the position and allowing credential creep to inflate the requirements to ridiculous proportions. 

I’ve written about credential creep in a previous blog post, so I am not going to expand on that further. Instead, I want to give you a peek of what I sometimes come across during my job search, as reason why I feel hiring managers are going off the rails with the qualifications. The following link below is an example (from PetSmart) of an application process I come across between one-third to one-quarter of the time.

Before I continue, I want to state this post is in no way attempting to define in a negative light how both PetSmart and any other companies, agencies, or organizations it works in partnership with operates. I’m simply bringing to light, using actual documentation, what job seekers like myself have to go through when forced to apply to openings using this application process. 

In addition, the answers I provided in the sample are not actual answers that convey personal information about myself, and I used a fake personae in order to fill out this application for the open position.


Quite the college exam, isn’t it? I felt like I was undergoing a psych test for NASA’s planned Mars colony mission, but the job I was “applying” for was, as you noted, was for an early morning stocker. The process — from the time to create a profile to the time I saw the “Submit Application” button (which I did not press) — took over half an hour. 

Does this settle the argument about employers being silly with the hiring requirements? That’s still open to debate, but I feel when I come across applications like this — which are hardly rare —- the evidence is quite damning.

Thanks for reading.


P.S. If you cannot read the folder on the Google Drive site, it’s available on Microsoft OneDrive


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