In addition to privacy, the entire hiring process has changed due to technology. The jobs are posted online, the resumes and applications are collected online, and in some cases even the initial culling process is done by a computer instead of a person. The human resources manager sets the criteria of what he or she wants to see, and the computer spits out matching applications. Between the technology and the economy, positions that used to produce a dozen or so applicants might produce hundreds or thousands. The process is often highly shortened because of this, with application windows being a few weeks or a few days. I can imagine the HRM feels like the ringmaster of a very crazy circus.