Application form template by HRBird

19 March 2012
Application form template by HRBird

Shortlist applicants fairly and consistently using this new application form template from HRBird.

When it comes to collecting job applications, both application forms and CVs can be suitable.

If your purpose is to solicit as many applications as possible, a CV can be easily submitted by candidates. With a covering letter, the candidate can succinctly address how they meet the criteria for your post. 

However CV applications can encourage large volumes of irrelevant or untailored responses. In certain industries, such as IT, applicants are accustomed to applying via CV, in which case recruiting via application form can reduce your pool of responses significantly.

However the advantage of an application form (beyond the fact that it requires effort to complete and encourages candidates to properly evidence what you are looking for) is that measures can be taken to reduce bias among those shortlisting. 

Separating personal information from the body of the application before shortlisting, ensures the panel is judging the applicant solely on how they meet the criteria requested for the post, rather than considering someone’s:


  • Name: giving clues about someone’s gender or ethnic origin, from which flip judgements may be made, whether deliberate or unwitting;
  • Address: from which a panellist may consider an applicant too far to consider; or pre-judge someone living in an area with a poor reputation;
  • Referees: an impressive referee may unduly encourage a panel member to shortlist an otherwise average candidate.

Equal opportunities monitoring forms can also be collected with application forms. These provide useful data on the profile of candidates being attracted and recruited to vacancies.

Bias can be identified at different stages of the recruitment and selection process, from shortlisting to final selection. It can also flag up where more varied recruitment advertising is required.

A good quality equal opportunities monitoring form will address all characteristics protected under the Equality Act 2010.

For a sample application form and equal opportunities monitoring form template, see the HRBird application form. 

Our application form template provides:

  • Separable personal details and application sections so you can provide anonymous applications to your recruitment panel easily;
  • Sections on references, right to work, education, employment history and candidate personal statements;
  • An equal opportunities monitoring form updated in line with the Equality Act 2010.

Versions are available in PDF and Word 2007. To download your copy, visit the recruitment and selection section of HRBird. 

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This is really useful. Thanks!

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