ATTENTION RECRUITERS : Your company's cumbersome application process does not weed out the untalented, only the ones who hate your system.
Making your application process difficult doesn't stop unqualified people from applying, it only increases the number of desperate applicants. If you have a tedious job application process it only eliminates the people that are not desperate, not the untalented. Brilliant people look at your laborious process as a sign that you are behind the times and you haven't yet figured out how to glean the users job history from their .doc, .pdf, .txt. Making them fill out field after field of their job history is no measure of how good they are, it's only a barometer of how much free time they have. What you get are only the most desperate people, who are willing to put up with your shenanigans long enough to pay their rent. If you want to really recruit great talent make it easy for them to apply and let a human decide whether or not they are right for the job.