Application forms come in all shapes and sizes and can be used for a variety of different purposes. Application forms can be used for things like job applications or they can be used inside of your company, such as an application form for sick leave. Whichever way you’re looking to use them, there are a few tips you should know before making your own application form. This blog will go over some of these tips and why they’re important for your company.
Before beginning to make your own application form, you need to determine what your goal is. The main goal of most application forms is to collect a list of members, candidates, or participants. For example, this would be the main goal of a job application form. You want to create a form that your applicants can fill out and then you can decide who to select for an interview. But it all starts with the application form, so let’s go over a few tips for when you’re making your own application form.
Stick to the necessities
This is the most important tip of all. Keep your application forms short and sweet! You should only be asking for essential information on your application forms. Use your own discretion, of course, because some application forms do need to be more extensive. But if a name and email address is enough, that’s all you should include.
Limiting the number of fields in your form can prevent someone from getting frustrated or overwhelmed and not completely filling out the form. This could result in you not receiving an application from this person and that’s the last thing we want.
Give your form a clear headline
At the top of your form, you want to make sure you have a clear headline that indicates what the form is for. You need to be sure your audience knows the purpose of the form and why they’re filling it out. Not including a clear headline may cause confusion as to the form’s purpose so it’s a good idea to include one. If the user isn’t aware of what the next steps are, you could lose out on potential applicants.
Write an introductory paragraph
If it’s necessary, writing an introductory paragraph or a little blurb with instructions on how to fill out the form can sometimes be helpful for the user who is filling it out. This tip isn’t applicable for all application forms but if you have a somewhat complicated form, this is a good idea to think about. You want to keep this paragraph as short as possible so it doesn’t draw the user’s attention away from the actual form.
Ask for essential information first
The most important questions, such as name and contact information, should be the first fields in your form. You can also mark these questions as “required” to make sure you receive all the information needed. These fields are usually marked with an asterisk to make sure the user knows that this is essential information they need to provide.
To sum up, application forms have many different uses and you can customize them however you’d like. Making your own application form is something that doesn’t need to be a struggle.
SimplyCast offers all of the form builder tools necessary to create an application form to fit your liking. I hope some of these tips helped and you will keep them in mind the next time you’re making your own application form.
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