Filling out job applications can be tedious business and often requires sharing a lot of information about yourself. While it’s obvious why employers ask for basic information such as your age and contact information, some of their requests may seem a little out of left field.
Here are some of the most common pieces of information employers will ask for on job applications – and why.
Be prepared to include information about your personal work history. Since relevant work history is something nearly everyone includes in their resume, it may be tempting to skip this section, but don’t. In some cases, the job application functions as a stand-alone document used by HR even after you’ve been hired. Therefore, neglecting to fill out the application as fully as possible may cost you your shot at the job.
“This information is useful to employers as it helps them quickly evaluate your candidacy,” says Ray Rogers, director of Career & Professional Development at St. Edward’s University. “The information you provide assists the recruiter in understanding previous work functions performed, projecting the length of time you may stay with that employer, reviewing career progression and estimating present salary expectations.”