The employment application contains a section for the prospect’s contact information (usually name, address, and phone); a section for previous employment history; and a section for other qualifying information (e.g. special skills) as well as reference names, addresses, and phone. Include a statement that giving false information on the application is grounds for termination and ask the applicant to sign the application. Requests for information on age, gender, race, religion, or national origin, and other protected information may not be included. An exception may be if this information is critical to performing a specific job (such as recruiting for a member of an all-woman basketball team).
An employment application is necessary to collect vital employee information and all employees must complete one. However, in the recruitment phase, you may request that prospects send resumes, which summarize their knowledge, skills, and abilities, and often gives you insight on their objectives. Since resumes are concise, you will be able to screen prospects easily and identify those that warrant further attention.