Ap·pli·cant (n): a person who makes a formal application for something, typically a job.
Filling out a form often has no reason.
I have done my share, as I’m sure you have.
Matter of fact, in the business world, being handed a form to fill out is often considered to be a formal greeting. Sometimes there’s a clipboard so you can sit and write on your knee, using the pen attached by some sort of wire.
They are certainly attempting to communicate that this is part of their process, and demanded if you plan to be included in their little cult of the organized.
Each application has its own personality. It also has its own level of nosiness.
At a doctor’s office, an application can include questions that go back into the lifestyles of your ancient ancestors.
Did my great-grandfather have rheumatic fever? (Honestly, I don’t know, so I make up an answer.)
If you’re applying for a loan at a bank, they want to know lots of things about your lots of things–even lots of things about your little things. And especially little things about lots of things.
Probably the most grating experience in the human panorama is watching someone peruse your application while you sit, wiggling and squirming in silence.
- Did I answer right?
- How was my penmanship? (Mrs. Bosley always said I made really ugly “n’s.” Of course, I was in the first grade…)
Yes, there’s nothing quite as frustrating–dare I say aggravating–as being condemned over answers scrawled on a piece of paper.
And I have made the mistake of trying to be humorous on such applications, only to have the interviewer, who obviously has no mirth anywhere within his or her soul, question me as to the meaning of my answer. At that point, it hardly seems to be appropriate to say, “I was kidding,” and saying I misunderstood the question is even more embarrassing.
No, being an applicant and filling out an application is serious business.
It demands an adult mind–one which is still childish enough to believe that such filling in the blanks is actually a microcosm of one’s life.
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