There's so much information out there about Applicant Tracking Systems, isn't there?

So many tools, so many integrations, so many ways an ATS can serve you.

So we're stripping it back down to basics with this post: Just 5 great features of an ATS that might be of interest to you.

  1. Application Forms

It’s important to offer candidates a sleek and professional application experience. This starts with your application forms. With an ATS, you can create configurable forms, and tailor them to specific roles. These can be mobile optimised, enabling candidates to apply on the move.

With some Applicant Tracking Systems you can set screening questions which only allow candidates to progress through the application if specified criteria are met. This can really help reduce numbers of unsuitable or under-qualified candidates, and can help decrease your screening time.

  1. Screening Tools

An ATS can transform your candidate screening processes. All applications should go into your database, so you can quickly locate an application or application documents, and easily sharing them with colleagues. This means no emails back and forth or endless attachments.

It’s also worth finding out whether an ATS can integrate with video interviewing technology or psychometric testing, for an even more efficient and connected screening process.

  1. Interview Scheduling

An ATS can also help you master your interview schedule.  Automate the administration process to reduce emails, phone calls and diary clashes.

It saves you and your Hiring Managers time and administration, and provides a better experience for your candidates.

  1. Reporting

With a range of standard reports, online applicant tracking software helps you monitor your entire recruitment process and spend. Standard reports should let you pull data on cost per hire, time to hire, candidate demographics, sourcing channels and more.

From identifying problems in your recruitment process to assessing your recruitment spend and ROI, with an ATS you have a wealth of data at your fingertips.

For more detail on reporting with an ATS, take a look at our handy blog on the three ATS reports that you need to be using.

  1. Agency Portals

Some Applicant Tracking Systems offer an agency portal. This allows agencies to submit candidates via your ATS, reducing the admin involved in working with agencies.

An ATS can also help you report on your agencies’ activity. It’s easier for you to measure costs and the number of candidates an agency has placed, allowing you to stay on top of your Preferred Supplier List (PSL).

So, there you have it: Just 5 of many great features of an Applicant Tracking System that could save you time, resources and the odd paperwork-induced nightmare!

A version of this post was first published on the Hireserve blog.

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Comment by Claudia Sender on March 23, 2017 at 8:12am

Hey Hannah,

Great Article!

I would like to add some more features regarding ATS are as follows:-

1) SMS & Email integration.

2) Client Tracker.

3) Client management.

4) Automation Parse Resume.

5) Full text search.

I m using iSmartRecruit Staffing Software for the past few years that covers all the features as mentioned above.


Comment by Andrew Nikituk on April 4, 2017 at 9:26am

Very useful article, thanks. Also, I can to add, that if you need access for 200-million database of candidates you can try to use which is a true gold mine for any recruiter. 

Comment by Hannah Vincent on May 9, 2017 at 6:01am
Thanks for the comments Claudia and Andrew - and apologies for my late response! Glad you enjoyed the post:)


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