How an applicant tracking software works?
An applicant tracking software (ATS) automates a company’s recruiting operations by offering a central platform for storing and managing a candidate’s data, i.e., their application and resume. It offers additional features such as candidate stage tracking, interview scheduling, video interviews, analytics, and more. Let’s look at how an ATS works.
An ATS gathers and stores resumes in a database for the recruitment team to assess. The hiring managers can then sort and search for resumes in multiple ways, based on the system they have employed. Even if the position for application is closed, the candidate’s resume will stay in this system for the company’s future reference.
Some recruiters can choose to open every job application that is delivered by their ATS. In such cases, the company will quickly scan through the applicant’s past jobs and highlights. On the other hand, recruiters can filter resumes for a particular position via keyword searches, i.e., by entering specific skills and job titles. For instance, if the recruiter is hiring a senior sales executive, they use terms such “salesperson” or “experience in sales” to get relevant results. Therefore, applicants should ideally research and include the right keywords in their resumes to increase their chances of bagging an interview.
There are some applicant tracking software that automatically analyze and compare candidates’ resumes with the job description. So, instead of going through every application, the recruiters get a specific list of people that are the best fit for the required profile. The best of the applicant tracking software also include features for background checks, sending offer letters, and even performance tracking of a particular candidate in the company.
At the moment, Greenhouse, Oracle Taleo Cloud Service, Zoho Recruit, BambooHR, Recooty, Jobvite, Google Hire, iCIMS Talent, Clear Company, Freshteam, and JazzHR are some of the most popular applicant tracking software systems.