The job application form can be a very effective part of your recruitment process.
An application provides important information--such as educational and employment history--that is not always included on a candidate’s resume. Requiring all qualified applicants to complete an application form prior to conducting interviews can lead to more productive meetings, since the interview time can then be spent discussing job-related specifics rather than the most basic questions. The job application also serves to collect information about applicants consistently and within legally acceptable parameters.
The job application form may also be used to communicate specific company policies and practices to applicants--such as employment-at-will and equal employment opportunity--and obtain their acknowledgement in writing.