Definition of Box-Checking Exercise

Something a company will ask for from a candidate or have as a requirement even if it is not needed to complete the duties of the job.

Example: The company asked for the candidate's college GPA even though the candidate had 20 years of experience. The recruiter said the candidate could not move forward in the process without it. The recruiter said it was a box-checking exercise, but there was no way aroud it.

Variations: box ticking exercise, tick box culture, check-box culture


Usage of "Box-Checking Exercise" by Country

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Word of the Day

Date: 09/25/2021

Word: Close It Out

Definition: To mark something as completed.

Example: This task has been fixed, so let's close it out within the task tracker.