Quote from nicuguy
... if a person is known to someone in the unit, they would have ways of getting their information to the right people...
Not necessarily. Just a quick anecdote: In my previous position, I didn't realize two co-workers from my past were employed there, until I met them during orientation.
" ...With addresses I can see a potential for consideration if there were two or more applicants with identical qualifications"...
Never encountered any
applicants with the above characteristic.
"... Even though address/physical location is not a protected category, if someone indicated they were able to meet all the requirements of the job (scheduling/on-call/etc), I'd still be careful asking them for details on how they plan to meet them... "
First off, by "address," I intended only the city of current residence.
When we come across applicants from distant locations (say more than an hour away), we make it a point to actually
discuss facility expectations for coverage during emergencies. I think it's important to be clear and upfront about this. Long commutes just raise natural questions.
As an example, not that it was a requirement, but when I applied for a spot out-of-State, I made sure an explanation about my pending relocation to a nearby community was included in my letter of transmittal.
"... the e-mail address "SexyStud@hotmail.com"... the address itself tells you nothing about the person's abilities... "
Agree with the above. However, to me, "abilities" are not the sole determiner... or even the most significant quality, of an excellent hire.
Skills are typically more readily "teachable." But when the lack of good judgment, professionalism, common sense, and good taste is readily demonstrated in an app for one of our licensed nursing positions, it just about guarantees a no-hire decision.
The hiring call is a critical one. And an expensive undertaking. If the hiree ends up leaving prematurely, it has serious impacts on many at the facility.
Most managers I've known, I'd say, would prefer to have more information than less before undertaking a major decision.
Good luck with your new process. Please let us know in six months or so how it's worked out in practice. Thanks!