The Importance of Meaningful Applicant Dispositions

Don’t let this happen to you: a federal contractor goes into an affirmative action review with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). OFCCP has questions concerning the percentage of male and female applicants who are hired, and requests a copy of the company’s applicant log. The applicant log shows that most applicants either had a disposition of “hired” or “rejected.” OFCCP asks the company to properly disposition all applicants. It has been some time since the applicants were originally considered, and the company no longer has information on what happened to all candidates. After as many applicants as possible are properly dispositioned, applicant-hire analyses show large disparities in regard to the hire of female applic