Local hospital have advertised for admin job 3 times in the last 6/8 months. Looking today it seems that they only accept the first 30 applications. I worked in in HR and we often received applications that exceeded 100. Strikes me that these adverts are not getting the best person for the job just the quick. If they invested a bit more time up front then they could end up saving time and money. How often is this reflected across the board? Not I am not thinking of applying BTW!
Am I right in thinking that those claiming Jobseeker's Allowance have to prove they have made x number of job applications each week? If so then that might account for such a large number.
As a recruiter I think it is very short sighted to only accept the first 30, how can they be sure the right person has seen the job. I might only look at the 30 who had the right experience and bin the others though. Surely a closing date is given and would give people time to think about their application rather than sending it off in a rush in order to be in the 30.
I used to first read the accompanying letter/email and see if it related to the job advertised or was just the applicant's standard letter. That didn't take long and usually weeded out the dross.
If they are repeatedly advertising the same job their recruitment policy is wrong. If they can't keep the person in post, again, their recruitment is at fault. It takes a minimum 3 months to get someone doing even the simplest job at a passable level which is wasted if they leave. Not enough attention is paid to good recruitment imo, should be done with the assistance of someone who knows how to do it.
I totally agree about Equal Opps, in fact I am going to take them up on it. They don't even tell candidates when they have 30 so many more could be applying without any hope of getting considered. I think it is poor practice to say the least. I don't really think that 30 is a huge number in a large organisation, it is up to the recruiter to have systems in place to match the applications to the person spec. It's not rocket science and obviously something is amiss here.