For every company utilizing an Application Tracking System (ATS) to attract the best employee-candidates, there’s one that’s reluctant to adopt this technology. This might be due to misconceptions surrounding this category of software. It is indicated by a frequently asked, inherently imprecise question: Is the HR professional more adept at tracking talent, or is the ATS? This is like comparing eyes with glasses in a vision contest. Glasses don’t stand a chance without the eyes, but they do help eyes see better and sharper when needed. If you have a 20-20 vision, you may substitute glasses with binoculars or microscopes. The point remains the same: ATS is a tool that – while unable to execute the complex task of recruitment on its own – does help HR professionals “see” more clearly than ever before.
Understanding the needs and posting a job ad
Even the best Applicant Tracking System is unable to understand people beyond data. However, it is useful if the ATS embodies this simple fact about candidates: they hate filling voluminous datasheets. To avoid losing valuable candidates the application process must be as simple and transparent as possible. That is why it is worth letting applicants upload their own, well-formatted CV instead of expecting them to type in data. It can also be beneficial to quicken registration with the possibility to connect with LinkedIn profiles.
Interviews and Selection
For an HR professional, every “useless” CV means wasted time, and after the endless examples, even a risk to preserve a people-centric state of mind. Besides, spurious applications hinder the HR professionals in “remembering” the really valuable candidates. A sophisticated ATS can filter unproductive applications effortlessly, may even rank the rest based on the expected and preferred qualifications, experience and skills. All in all, professionals can focus on candidates who have a real chance to fulfill the job responsibilities.
After the list is narrowed down, it is time to invite the top applicants to an interview. There is no ATS that can save you from the personal conversation, but run-of-the-mill tasks can be passed down to the software. ATS can double as an efficient organizer by interacting with the calendar application, to ascertain and compile the availability of all the colleagues necessary for the interviewing process. Nifty features such as automated text messages offer great convenience, especially when they can be customized for context.
As we walk through the entire recruitment process, it is easy to notice that an Applicant Tracking System can free up significant amounts of time for HR professionals by liberating them from drudgery and ensuing fatigue. An ATS is definitely not a competitor, but a quiet and trustful assistant of the hiring professional. Remember that optometric paraphernalia may not be needed for seeing, but are certainly indispensable for seeing further.
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