Official Taleo Sucks Blog for prime examples.) Most TMSes are buggy, and most create unnecessary steps for the applicant. The primary offender: unnecessary drop-down menus. Instead of allowing candidates to type vital information, most TMSes force them to select the information from lengthy lists. My favorite? Drop-down menus for colleges. Some TMSes actually require candidates to select their schools from a list of EVERY COLLEGE IN THE WORLD, as if the hiring companies don't trust their candidates to correctly spell the names of their own alma maters. Unbelievably stupid.
I noticed years ago that the most innovative and profitable companies either refrain from using TMSes or at least use TMSes that are well-designed. Applying for jobs at Google, one of the world's most innovative and
profitable companies, is a snap. You simply upload your resume. By contrast, the less innovative and less profitable companies typically employ problematic TMSes. Applying for jobs at GM, one of America's biggest embarrassments and a black hole for taxpayer money, is a nightmare. (I played around with its ridiculous TMS just for giggles.) You'd figure that less innovative and less profitable companies would strive to emulate the Googles of the world, especially when it comes to recruiting. After all, a company is only as good as the candidates it hires. But no. Stupid is as stupid does.
Right. Despite the fact that most of the world uses a browser other than IE. And what about the tens of millions of Mac users?