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Old 02-09-2016, 09:58 PM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I've seen this on quite a few applications. I always answer no. In part because I don't want them to filter out my app based on that and partially because if you do answer yes, they will often ask for the dates you applied - like I remember that!
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Old 03-16-2016, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Planet Telex
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Always say know to this. Saying yes to this question just means they rejected you last time. They don't care for what reason, they just know they looked into you and rejected you.

You have to understand that they have a lot of apps to go thru. Why do the work twice?
Good advice, MetroWord. I just re-applied at a place I applied to around 6 months ago after not hearing anything from them the first time. I figured I'd give it a shot and see what happens, and I selected No regarding the "have you applied before" option. Same exact resume, cover letter, etc. Turns out they called me up 3 days later

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Old 03-16-2016, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Chicago area
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It is a dummy question like have you ever been fired. Answer yes and it automatically trashes your app.
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Old 03-16-2016, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Planet Telex
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It is a dummy question like have you ever been fired. Answer yes and it automatically trashes your app.
Yup, just more HR quackery to deal with.
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Old 03-22-2016, 01:07 PM
 
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If you state "yes", they are going to look and see what the notes say, if there are any, last time you applied.

Also, a lot of people lie. And since they are lying, they forget their lies. And if they said in 2013 that they were a supervisor at Company ABC for 1 year but in 2015, in a new application, they state they were the supervisor at Company ABC for 3 years, that will disqualify them.

Just changing your email address won't cut it. You also must change your phone number and physical address. And if you gave them a resume, the names of all the employers.

We have programs that catch these things. I talk to liars everyday. I know that we talked in 2013. I know how long we talked and I know who I referred them to and what the results are of that conversation. Depending on what someone lies about, depends on where or if they get another referral from us. He doesn't require that I confront people, because it's a waste of time. If someone lied once, they'll do it again.

I don't disclose to people that I know they're lying to me though. One "tell" though is that if I tell you to expect an email, and you don't get one... don't bother calling me back asking where it is... because I'm not answering your call. I don't respect liars and luckily for me, my boss respects my judgement on whether or not someone is a good/viable candidate.
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Old 03-22-2016, 02:57 PM
 
Location: 1000 miles from nowhere
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Selecting "Yes" is not an automatic dis-qualifier. Your previous applications (if completed electronically) are stored in a database they can quickly search and determine if you've applied, and maybe the reasons you were not interviewed. This can be a neutral, if the reason was they hired someone with more experience, or internally, or something similar. However if there was something detrimental in your older application(s) or worse, if you've now changed some information, you're screwed. There's really no point in lying.

ETA Yes, all what sskkc says above
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Old 03-22-2016, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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On the flipside there is also a chance it could be a good thing under the right conditions. I interviewed for a job once, went through 3 rounds and was not selected. I was the runner up. When another position came along I said "Yes" and was selected for an interview again. But this is very dependent upon your history with the company. If you just keep applying and never get interviews then maybe it's best to say no, but if you have a history with the company and you were in contention for other jobs, I'd say yes.
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Old 03-22-2016, 06:26 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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It is a dummy question like have you ever been fired. Answer yes and it automatically trashes your app.
"Have you applied with us before?" = "Have you ever been fired?"

Interesting jump to conclusion there.
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