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Applicant Tracking System Upgrade: Why a modern platform matters

In today’s competitive job market, organizations are increasingly relying on applicant tracking systems (ATS) to streamline their recruitment processes and identify the best talent. However, as technology evolves and new solutions emerge, it becomes crucial for businesses to evaluate their current ATS and consider an upgrade or replacement when necessary. An ATS upgrade can offer significant benefits, including improved efficiencies, leveraging advanced technology capabilities, and reducing costs while maximizing value. In this article, we’ll explore these key reasons in detail, helping you understand when it’s time to make the switch. Enhancing Efficiency One of the primary reasons to consider replacing Read more

Hiring Process Alignment: ATS for Strategic Success

The success of any organization relies heavily on its ability to attract, recruit, and retain top talent. However, the hiring process can often be complex and disconnected from an organization’s broader strategic objectives. To bridge this gap, companies are increasingly turning to applicant tracking platforms to implement and monitor alignment between their hiring process and strategic goals. In this article, we will explore how leveraging an applicant tracking platform can streamline the hiring process, enhance strategic alignment, and drive organizational success. The Importance of Hiring Process Alignment Before delving into the role of applicant tracking platforms, it’s crucial to recognize Read more

Rethinking Talent Acquisition: The Case for Active Candidates

In the competitive landscape of modern recruitment, employers often default to focusing on passive candidates—individuals who are not actively seeking employment but may be open to new opportunities. However, as the dynamics of the job market evolve, it is crucial for employers to challenge this conventional approach and consider the benefits of actively pursuing candidates. This article explores why focusing on active candidates can be a more effective strategy from an employer’s perspective, highlighting the drawbacks of the passive candidate approach and emphasizing the potential for fresh energy and motivation that active candidates can bring to a role. Breaking Free Read more

Mastering Interview Feedback Management

Interview feedback management is the process of collecting, organizing, and using feedback from job interviews to improve the recruitment process and ultimately hire the best candidates for a company. A modern applicant tracking system (ATS) can greatly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of interview feedback management by providing a central platform for storing and organizing feedback, automating key processes, and enabling collaboration among recruiters and hiring managers. Use a Structured Interview Management Approach Structured interview management is a systematic approach to conducting and evaluating job interviews that aims to minimize bias and ensure a fair and objective assessment of candidates. Read more

Virtual Hiring Best Practices

Virtual hiring has become increasingly popular in recent years due to the convenience and cost-effectiveness it offers. However, it is important for employers to stay abreast of evolving best practices in recruiting in order to ensure a smooth and successful process. Here are some virtual hiring best practices that employers can benefit from when using an applicant tracking system (ATS): Clearly communicate the virtual hiring process It is important to provide clear instructions and information to candidates about the virtual hiring process. This can include details on how to access the video call, what to expect during the interview, and Read more

Recruitment CRM System and Applicant Tracking

A recruitment candidate relationship management system (recruitment CRM) allows businesses to manage and track their interactions with potential candidates, from the initial contact to all communication throughout the hiring workflow. This can include sourcing and storing contact information, scheduling interviews, and tracking the status of each candidate in the hiring process.  Source candidate leads with a recruitment CRM A recruitment CRM generally includes a set of features that allows employers to scan through a variety of sources for qualified talent, identify top candidates and “bookmark” them in the system in the form of leads. The system also provides the ability Read more

Job Description Templates: A Helpful Reference

It is no secret that the quality of a job description and how well it captures the requirements of the respective open position play a crucial role in determining the quality of the applications received. Yet, it is common to find that the job description content for many jobs posted, fails to capture the skills and requirements that are necessary for the job. This is often the result of a poorly written job description. In order to help employers and hiring managers to create well-written and concise job descriptions, pre-created job description templates or examples can provide a quick start Read more

Job Application Knockout Questions

One of the common challenges employers face in the talent acquisition process is the large number of received applications that are either unqualified or simply not a good match for the open position based on the requirements listed in the job description. Manually screening each application to separate qualified applications from unqualified ones soon becomes an arduous process. The use of application knockout questions or automated screening questions or decision rules, in the job application process, is a helpful way for making the applicant tracking system (ATS) more useful during the hiring process.  Automate screening with knockout questions A job Read more

Applicant Screening Process: Efficiency Matters

The candidate selection and applicant screening processes are some of the most time-consuming yet important steps in a company’s recruitment process. The point of screening and selection is to allow employers to quickly and efficiently evaluate large numbers of job applicants and identify a short-list of candidates to move forward in the hiring workflow. In the past, screening of applicants was often conducted manually, which was time-consuming and prone to bias. However, with the advent of modern recruiting software, it is now possible to automate many aspects of the applicant screening process, making the task of identifying the best candidates Read more

Artificial Intelligence Recruiting: 5 HR Trends

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning have come up in a lot of recent discussions we have had with business leaders regarding their HR and recruiting related technology plans for the year ahead. It is fair to say that the expectations from AI span a very broad spectrum. It is also clear that while many are attracted to AI due to the “coolness” or “trendiness” factor, an increasing number of business leaders are now interested in how AI-powered capabilities can improve the efficiencies and outcomes of their hiring efforts. Here, we highlight some of the practical areas where applying AI is Read more