Employment Applications

Signed document titled "Agreemen" laying on white reflective background.An Employment Application should be filled out be every job applicant that is interviewed for an opening.  The Employment Application (EA) makes sure you get all at the correct information from each candidate and is far more useful than a resume.  Find a good EA and use it everytime you interview for new hires.

Below are sample Employment Applications that might help you to design your own form.  Please note, some of the questions (like felony conviction) may be illegal in your state or in your industry.  Please verify the appropriateness of the questions before using any of these documents.

Employment Application Sample 1

Employment Application Sample 2

Employment Application Sample 3


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Employment Application Sample 4

Employment Application Sample 5

Employment Application Sample 6

Reminder:  The sample forms on Genuine HR’s website are available to copy and use. They are samples, written by us or others, that have been made available to the public at no charge.  Genuine HR makes no representations or warranties with respect to the accuracy or completeness of these documents and specifically disclaims all warranties of fitness for a particular purpose. These documents may not be suitable for your particular situation or need.  Please consult a competent professional as needed.

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  4. “Please note, some of the questions (like felony conviction) may be illegal in your state or in your industry. Please verify the appropriateness of the questions before using any of these documents.” Have you ever considered just leaving the question off so people don’t have to worry about the legally? Employers can ask before doing the background check after there is a conditional offer of employment. Cities have done this. They found 94% of people with records who got to that stage were hired even after their criminal history was obtained (their resumes would have otherwise ended up in the trash.) Once these people were employed they offended at no greater rate than the regular population. Durham, NC increased the number of people with criminal records in their employment from 2% to 16% and has had to terminate ZERO people for criminal misconduct.

    • An excellent point, Adrian. Thank you for reminding our readers that many with a criminal record are now reformed and are simply wanting to get a decent job with a new employer.

      As we note elsewhere, asking about felony convictions on an employee applications (or doing background checks) is something an employer must be careful about implementing, since many states have placed limits on either of these actions. Frankly, for many employee positions, such info isn’t even necessary. That is why we encourage an employer to consult a labor lawyer before implementing such policies, to make sure they are legal and justifiable.

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