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The person who applies is called the applicant. What is the correct term to use for the one on the other side of an application? [such as a job application]

In my case, the applicant applies to be promoted as say, a super user. I want to know what is the correct way to name the one who approves or denies the application.

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As the widely-varying answers indicate, we need more information about your context to answer this question with any hope of correctness. You added a parenthetical "such as a job application": is this the actual context where you need this term? If not, what is it? –  Marthaª Mar 15 '12 at 16:28

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Depending on the type of application it is, you could use reviewer, or approval official. In a work setting, you might use the individual's official job title instead: hiring manager, e.g.

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In most job-application settings, the person "on the other side of an application" is a clerk, secretary, office worker, interviewer, owner, or employer. Particularly in small companies, the person who hands an applicant a form, tells them which boxes to complete, reads the form over, interviews the applicant, and accepts them or not, is one and the same, the company owner.

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In workflow software applications, this role is commonly called the approver.

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We call that person the application processor.

Undergraduate Admissions Application Processor at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Membership Application Processor at a financial institution.

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