A blank application form is a widely accepted device for getting information from a prospective applicant. This is away of getting written information about candidate’s particulars in his own handwriting. It enables the personnel department to draw tentative inferences about the applicant’s suitability for employment. The information collected in the application form may also be circulated to various members of selection committee for enabling them to make a view about different applicants.
The information collected in blank application relates to the following particulars;
i. Bio-data: Bio-data includes name of the applicant, father’s name, date of birth, place of birth, permanent adders, height, weight, identification mark, marital status, physical disability, etc.
ii. Education qualifications: This part of educational qualifications relates to education acquired, institutions attended, percentage of marks, distinctions achieved, technical education acquired, subjects studied, areas of specialization.
iii. Work experience: Application blank also enquires about previous experience, similar or other jobs held, nature of duties, salaries received, name of previous employers, reasons for leaving the present job.
iv. Curricular activities: The information about participation in extracurricular activities like N.S.S., N.C.C., debates and declamations, sports” etc is also received in blank application form.
v. References: The applicant is also asked to give some references from where an enquiry may be made about his nature and work. The references are normally the persons with whom the applicant has worked but are hot related to him.
vi. Salary demanded: The salary demanded by the applicant is also given in the application blank.
An attempt is made to elicit maximum information in application blank. The information asked for should be relevant and specific. It should have relevance to the post he has applied for. The information collected should be brief and to the point. Questions requiring essay-type answer should be avoided..
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