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6 Ways to Make Applicant Tracking Systems Better

6 Ways to Make Applicant Tracking Systems Better
From Recruiter - January 12, 2017

1. Better Communications

Candidates repeatedly report that they receive little if any information after completing lengthy online applications. Verification that an application was received, updates on the current state of the application in the hiring process, and feedback on how the candidate may improve future applications would all create a better experience for applicants.

- Stacy Lindenberg, Talent Seed

2. Semi-Automated Administrative Monitoring

Id like to specifically ask for semi-automated administrative monitoring and prompting for next steps for aging records, such as:

- active candidates with no recent activity, e.g., hasnt heard from the company in seven days;

- candidate resumes submitted to a hiring manager with no response, e.g., prompt for response after two days;

- reqs that were put on hold for too long, e.g., reopen or close out after 30 days on hold;

- and similarly, reqs in draft status, e.g., prompt to submit for approval or close out after 14 days in draft.

Mason Wong, ZWD

3. More Integration

Its difficult when you have to access candidate relationship management systems (CRMs) separately from applicant tracking systems (ATSs). Some technologies, such as our ATS, integrate features of both a CRM and ATS, which makes for a simple, user-friendly experience.

This way, hiring professionals can access everything they need at once. They can manage all candidate communications in one place, which makes building relationships easier. Integrating with emails, background check services, payroll, and any other system simplifies the entire hiring process. More importantly, HR can build talent pools, manage a robust employee referral program, and maintain in-depth candidate profiles to make smarter hiring decisions.

Andre Lavoie, ClearCompany

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