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On average how many applications do you receive for each open position.Please add the field position information.
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Old 14.09.2012, 15:00
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Not a HR person, but:

a handful - US Tax Specialist based in Switzerland - experienced preparer of US tax returns
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On average how many applications do you receive for each open position.Please add the field position information.
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What's behind your question? It will help us answer if we understand the context
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Not a HR person, but:

a handful - US Tax Specialist based in Switzerland - experienced preparer of US tax returns
It depends on how big is your hand,joking apart can you give us a number.
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What's behind your question? It will help us answer if we understand the context
it's only to understand how many people are looking for a job,because more people apply for a position more tough is to find a job.
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It depends on how big is your hand,joking apart can you give us a number.
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5 or so at best. Serious lack of experienced people here. Most staff brought in from overseas, like myself.

So, Swiss mums and dads, get your teenagers into US tax.
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So, Swiss mums and dads, get your teenagers into US tax.
....and they too can have a little dog
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it's only to understand how many people are looking for a job,because more people apply for a position more tough is to find a job.
You mean so you can sort of develop a table showing how many applications there usually are for each type of job so you know what to apply for? That kind of thing?
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Re: question for HR people and aware people

The answer really depends upon the type of position being advertised. For a highly technical position, there are cases where almost no qualified candidates apply, simply because there is more demand than supply.

In other cases, one job offer can generate tens or hundreds of applicants.

Many years ago, I had a job opening looking for an IT expert for software distribution. Our HR put an ad in the paper looking for "Packaging Engineers", since "software packaging" was the term we used to describe the process. We had one applicant who had worked for DHL - as a delivery man. He never read past the headline, but submitted an application ...
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Old 14.09.2012, 16:11
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I always throw away half the applications without looking at them. I don't want to employ anyone unlucky.
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Old 14.09.2012, 16:11
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The answer really depends upon the type of position being advertised. For a highly technical position, there are cases where almost no qualified candidates apply, simply because there is more demand than supply.

In other cases, one job offer can generate tens or hundreds of applicants.

Many years ago, I had a job opening looking for an IT expert for software distribution. Our HR put an ad in the paper looking for "Packaging Engineers", since "software packaging" was the term we used to describe the process. We had one applicant who had worked for DHL - as a delivery man. He never read past the headline, but submitted an application ...
Funny!

My mum was once working in a position where they were looking for a part-time assistent office worker, the main part of whose job description would have involved help with bookeeping (nothing requiring advanced accountancy skills, more along the lines of typing stuff into Excel templates). The ad thus said something like "must be good with figures". One of the applicants was a Thai girl who turned up at the interview in a very short miniskirt, large cleavage and stockings. She didn't seem to have much relevant experience, so when my mum asked her whether she was good with figures she stood up, undid her blouse, bounced her t*ts in the face of the interviewers and said "this figure good enough?"
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Funny!

My mum was once working in a position where they were looking for a part-time assistent office worker, the main part of whose job description would have involved help with bookeeping (nothing requiring advanced accountancy skills, more along the lines of typing stuff into Excel templates). The ad thus said something like "must be good with figures". One of the applicants was a Thai girl who turned up at the interview in a very short miniskirt, large cleavage and stockings. She didn't seem to have much relevant experience, so when my mum asked her whether she was good with figures she stood up, undid her blouse, bounced her t*ts in the face of the interviewers and said "this figure good enough?"
Needless to say, she got the job, right?
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Funny!

The ad thus said something like "must be good with figures". One of the applicants was a Thai girl who turned up at the interview in a very short miniskirt, large cleavage and stockings. She didn't seem to have much relevant experience, so when my mum asked her whether she was good with figures she stood up, undid her blouse, bounced her t*ts in the face of the interviewers and said "this figure good enough?"
yes, yes! good enough.
You're hired congratulations!
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I always throw away half the applications without looking at them. I don't want to employ anyone unlucky.
it's a joke or you do really like this?
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it's a joke or you do really like this?
of course not. by law, you can throw away maximum 30 percent
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of course not. by law, you can throw away maximum 30 percent
and the rest you can make into neat bundles for paper recycling.
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Re: question for HR people and aware people

34 people applied for the job I currently have. I am not good with figures, but I guess that makes me lucky.
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The answer really depends upon the type of position being advertised. For a highly technical position, there are cases where almost no qualified candidates apply, simply because there is more demand than supply.

In other cases, one job offer can generate tens or hundreds of applicants.

Many years ago, I had a job opening looking for an IT expert for software distribution. Our HR put an ad in the paper looking for "Packaging Engineers", since "software packaging" was the term we used to describe the process. We had one applicant who had worked for DHL - as a delivery man. He never read past the headline, but submitted an application ...
Unfortunately, this is not an exception. A company I used to work for, was regularly looking for 'process engineers'.

It was a chemical company, and the description clearly said chemical engineers, with a PhD in chemistry required. Every time, we would get a number of applications from various engineers, from mechanical engineers to project managers and IT specialists....

Out of 30-40 applications, about 10-20% were relevant enough to follow up.

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Unfortunately, this is not an exception. A company I used to work for, was regularly looking for 'process engineers'.

It was a chemical company, and the description clearly said chemical engineers, with a PhD in chemistry required. Every time, we would get a number of applications from various engineers, from mechanical engineers to project managers and IT specialists....

Out of 30-40 applications, about 10-20% were relevant enough to follow up.
Were the applications from currently unemployed people?
To keep receiving unemployment money you have to fill in so many applications per month; if you are in no hurry to get work then better to apply for jobs that you are completely unqualified for
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34 people applied for the job I currently have. I am not good with figures, but I guess that makes me lucky.
can i ask you in what field do you work?
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