Blind Job Advertisement

What is a Blind Job Advertisement?

Blind job ads are a common practise among recruitment firms and businesses because they allow the employer to see a large number of applications without mentioning the company's name or the roles of the position. Blind job ads are akin to a whisper on the street that identifies people who are "exactly" qualified for positions.


This type of ad is a quick and easy way to post open positions and find qualified professionals. Participating companies prefer this recruitment method because they do not want to be advertised or found; they typically come from a seasoned industry. They may attempt to increase interest in a job opening by making the application and hiring processes more difficult and unconventional.


For example, a company may use an unconventional method to determine which candidates can proceed to the online application page, such as requiring candidates to solve a math problem as part of the job application. Firms frequently try to create a buzz around job openings in order to increase the number of applicants. Some countries make blind advertisements illegal. Some laws, however, are usually only applicable to specific types of ads, such as estate agents posting houses for rent.

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