94% of recruiters and hiring professionals say their ATS has positively impacted their hiring process.
Why do you need an ATS? Because you’re busy and can benefit greatly from a tool that will help source, hire, and onboard talent. To be a top producing recruiting team, an intuitive ATS will ensure that your organization is competitive. Now that you know you need to implement – or upgrade your current platform – how does one go about researching and selecting the right one?
Searching for the perfect applicant tracking system is not unlike sourcing for the ideal candidate. To begin, create a list of must-haves and “would be nice’” and look for one that aligns with your needs and wants. Think, a job description for your ideal ATS. The world of recruiting software is vast, so by mapping out your ideal solution before you start researching vendors will result in a more fruitful outcome.
Not all applicant tracking systems are created equal. There are quite a few out there which are more of a hindrance than benefit, so doing your diligence during the research process is critical. To avoid spending time on products that won’t do much to improve recruiting, below are some key features that any ATS you evaluate should offer:
Candidate Experience. This is huge. If your application process takes too long, asks too many questions, or is inconvenient (i.e. not mobile enabled), you will frustrate the applicants and risk losing them before they submit their resume.
Candidate Search. It’s no surprise that time is of the essence once a requisition hits the board, which is why recruiters must be able to effortlessly search, sort, and target customers, fast. An ATS with an effective and intuitive search engine makes it easy to discover the right people for your open jobs. Powerful search is imperative.
Social Recruiting. If an ATS does not afford you the ability to leverage social media platforms, you’re missing out on a massive portion of the candidate pool. A good applicant tracking system integrates directly with social media sites (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) so that you can post jobs and interact with talent socially.
Job Board Integrations. This is a connection between job boards and an ATS to post open positions to job boards without having to manually add to each one. This automation of job posting, and reception of resumes, enables a seamless recruiting process so that you can get to the most important part of your day: engaging with talent.
A comprehensive ATS is designed to increase recruiting output by unifying your entire recruiting cycle. Simply put, they save you tremendous amounts of time. From sourcing, hiring, and onboarding, applicant tracking systems augment the recruiting process by providing a collaborative platform for your team.