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    After doing 6 or so do you find yourself going mad? I don't understand how someone can do 20 or 30!
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    I hate them. Especially the ones that appear to have been designed for maximum annoyance where you have to save a page after entering each individual qualification, or answer endless questionaires on multiple pages which could have been conlolidated to one page, or the similar-but-different-enough-that-you-have-to-come-up-with-a-new-answer questions on how you have demonstrated leadership skills or whatever in the past blah blah blah.

    I don't understand what is wrong with a simple CV + covering letter. Even with the time it takes to tweak your CV and write the covering letter it's still far quicker and easier than completing some of the badly designed application forms I've seen, and at the end of the day the employer gets the same information either way.
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    (Original post by ManiaMuse)
    I hate them. Especially the ones that appear to have been designed for maximum annoyance where you have to save a page after entering each individual qualification, or answer endless questionaires on multiple pages which could have been conlolidated to one page, or the similar-but-different-enough-that-you-have-to-come-up-with-a-new-answer questions on how you have demonstrated leadership skills or whatever in the past blah blah blah.

    I don't understand what is wrong with a simple CV + covering letter. Even with the time it takes to tweak your CV and write the covering letter it's still far quicker and easier than completing some of the badly designed application forms I've seen, and at the end of the day the employer gets the same information either way.
    Completely this. It drives me up the wall! Particularly in the qualifications sections where you have to use drop-down boxes to select the year, type of qualification, subject, expected grade and obtained grade for every single GCSE and A level. And then write out all the module titles and scores for every year of uni. My CV holds all the necessary information, why is that not okay??? On the PwC form there is a 200-word limit on the bit where you write about positions of responsibility, skills, achievements, awards and interests (including all dates). How are you meant to fit it all in? Frankly, as a new graduate, that's the bit where I am likely to stand out - I don't have that much work experience to fall back on, so mostly I need to go on uni stuff I did.

    Not to mention that many are really badly designed. I remember one that logged you out automatically after a few minutes (and you couldn't save as you went), so I had to copy and paste all the questions into word (which didn't really work out because the formatting was so weird), type out all the answers and then face a race against time to copy and paste each individual answer into each little box and submit it before the time ran out.
 
 
 
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