Some companies (including my own employer) use a company called Taleo to manage the hiring and recruitment process. As an applicant, I’ve not been very impressed with it, but that’s neither here nor there. From the applicant side, you can use just about any browser to fill out the forms and submit your application. However, if you’re a hiring manager, Taleo expects that you’ll be using the Internet Explorer browser. If you’re on a Windows machine, that’s probably available to you. For Mac and Linux users, it’s not an option.
So what can you do? You can either go find a Windows machine to use, or you can try to run Internet Explorer using Wine. Neither of those are necessarily that appealing. Fortunately, there’s a third option, which is to use the (closed-source but free-as-in-beer) Opera browser. Once you’ve got that installed, it’s a quick process to get Taleo workin* In Preferences, click on the “Advanced” tab and select “Content”
- Click the “Manage Site Preferences…” button
- Click the “Add…” button
- Enter your Taleo site (e.g. “company.taleo.net” or “taleo.com”) in the “Site” field
- Choose “Open all pop-ups” in the “Pop-ups” drop-down menu
- Click the “Network tab”
- Select “Mask as Internet Explorer” in the “Browser identification” drop-down menu (note that “Identify as Internet Explorer” will NOT work)
- Click “OK”
- Click “Close”
- Click “OK”
That’s all it takes. As a bonus, you now have the very capable, stable, and secure Opera browser installed.