graphic of applicants who is an applicant- affirmative action programFor individuals to be considered “applicants” in the OFCCP’s eyes, they must meet the OFCCP’s definition of an applicant, to summarize; they have to:1. Submit an expression of interest in employment2. They must be considered by the contractor for the position3. The applicant meets minimum qualifications for the position4. And does not withdraw from the process before receiving an offer.Taking OFCCP’s definition of an applicant into consideration is essential in determining the most appropriate disposition for each candidate in your applicant tracking log. This will have a direct correlation in terms of how each candidate is treated in the applicant related analyses that are conducted as part of an affirmative action plan. Individuals who meet the OFCCP’s criteria as outlined above, and are therefore included in all analyses, should be assigned one of the following dispositions:

  • Hired
  • Offer made but not hired
  • Qualified not selected (candidate meets minimum qualifications for position per the job posting/description but was not selected for that position)

Individuals who do not meet the OFCCP’s criteria as outlined above, and would not be included in any of the analyses based on the fact that they would be considered a job seeker as opposed to an applicant, should be assigned one of the following dispositions:

  • Not qualified (candidate does not meet minimum qualifications for position as per the job posting/description)
  • Withdrew from process (candidate withdrew himself/herself from the process)
  • Not considered/reviewed (candidate’s application/resume was not reviewed)
  • Position closed/cancelled (after job was posted)

Using dispositions correctly is a key element in conducting accurate and meaningful analyses with regard to a contractor’s applicant/selection process.