The Top 99 Applicant Tracking Systems

If your company is thinking about adopting new software or changing your current applicant tracking system (ATS) to streamline your recruiting efforts, here are some guidelines to help you pick the right one.

Selecting an ATS can be difficult, especially when it comes to getting your entire team’s buy-in, but we’ve done some of the research for you with this list of the top ATS software companies.

If the list wasn't enough, we've also put together a simple guide for you, to get an overview of the key areas you'll want to pay attention to while assessing the feasibility of an applicant tracking system for your business:

List of Applicant Tracking Systems


Price Ranges



Talent Management

4.5 (16 ratings)

AcquireTM provides a single platform, designed specifically for small and mid-size companies, that provides tools to manage applicant tracking, onboarding and background screening.Eon Applications, ...

From $89.95 / month

Mid / Large Companies


ADP Recruiting

No ratings found

ADP’s Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) is a scalable and outsourced solution for large businesses (1,000+ employees). They have solutions for small and mid-sized businesses as well.We give ...

Pricing not available

Human Resources Industry


AgileHR Applicant Tracking

No ratings found

Agile helps organizations recruit, onboard, and manage top talent without the stress and expense of clunky enterprise level systems. At Agile HR we have a passion for bringing high performing job ...

$2,495 / one-time fee

Staffing / Recruiting Agencies


AkkenCloud ATS

4.5 (8 ratings)

Since 2005, AkkenCloud™ has helped staffing and recruiting agencies streamline their front and back office workflow enabling them to drive efficiency, increase revenue, and place more candidates. ...

Pricing not available

All Sizes / Industries


ApplicantPool Hiring Software

No ratings found

ApplicantPool is a web-based hiring software that automates every step in the hiring process.null

Pricing not available

SMB / Enterprise


ApplicantPro ATS

4 (238 ratings)

Powerful, easy to use, and affordable. Pricing is based on number of employees, with unlimited restricted manager logins at no additional cost.ApplicantPro™ helps you create and manage a custom ...

From $60 / month

All Sizes / Industries


ApplicantStack Recruit

4.5 (697 ratings)

ApplicantStack is an affordable and easy-to-use ATS that allows you to post jobs, collect applications, automate your workflow, manage compliance, and features paperless onboarding.ApplicantStack is ...

From $65 / month


ATS OnDemand

ATS OnDemand Platform

4 (59 ratings)

Geared towards mid to large-sized companies, ATSOD is an affordable “pay as you grow” solution that features a variety of add-on modules to assist in recruitment and hiring tasks.ATS OnDemand is a, ...

From $100 / user

All Sizes / Industries


AutomotoHR ATS

No ratings found

Target, attract and hire the top talent with AutoMotoHR’s niche ATS. Includes recruitment, HR and hiring marketing capabilities.Transform Your HR and Recruiting Into a High-Powered Employment Brand ...

Pricing not available

All Sizes / Industries


Avature ATS

5 (44 ratings)

Avature is a highly flexible enterprise SaaS platform for Global Talent Acquisition and Talent Management, and the leading global provider of CRM for recruiting. Founded by Dimitri Boylan, co-founder ...

Pricing not available

Staffing Companies


Avionté Staffing Software

3.5 (52 ratings)

Staffing Software Solutions- Integrated Front & Back Office Our Goal: Simplify Without Sacrifice. Avionté Staffing Software provides innovative staffing technology solutions that are designed to ...

Pricing not available



BambooHR ATS

4.5 (899 ratings)

BambooHR is the No. 1 online HR software for small and medium-sized businesses that have outgrown using spreadsheets to manage their employee information. BambooHR’s intuitive interface, streamlined ...

Pricing not available

High-Consequence / Gov Contracting


BirdDogHR Recruitment ATS

4 (110 ratings)

BirdDogHR's cloud-based software and services streamlines the employee lifecycle and improves candidate quality and flow, shortens time to hire, centralizes learning, and increases employee ...

From $69.99 / month

All Sizes / Industries

Bond International Software


3.5 (3 ratings)

Bond International Software has been a global provider of staffing and recruitment software for over 40 years and is headquartered in the United Kingdom with offices in the United States, Australia, ...

Pricing not available


Breezy HR

Breezy HR ATS

4.5 (1211 ratings)

Standout features: Chrome extension plug-in for candidate sourcing, video interview capability, custom candidate scorecards and interviewing guides for hiring managers.Breezy HR is end-to-end ...

From $49 / month

Staffing / RPO / Corporate HR


BrightMove ATS

4 (426 ratings)

BrightMove is a leading provider of on-demand recruiting software for staffing firms, RPO providers & corporate HR departments. Founded in 2005, BrightMove has quickly become a system of choice for ...

Pricing not available

Staffing Companies


Bullhorn ATS

4 (1222 ratings)

From sourcing to candidate placement, the Bullhorn ATS eliminates manual data entry, streamlining the recruiting process and enabling your team to move faster and work smarter. Bullhorn provides ...

From $99 / month / user

All Sizes / Industries


CareerPlug ATS

4.5 (87 ratings)

Hiring software, applicant tracking system and paperless onboarding platform to make attracting, evaluating and hiring top talent easier.CareerPlug provides easy-to-use software and proactive ...

Pricing not available

Agencies / Startups / Non-profits

CATS Software

CATS For Recruiters / HR

4 (211 ratings)

CATS is a customizable, web-based applicant tracking system and recruiting software built for internal HR and recruiting agencies.The CATS Applicant Tracking System is the fastest growing and most ...

From $99 / month / user




4.5 (310 ratings)

Complete talent management tool to manage job posting, applicant profiles, interviews and reviewing feedback, hiring, onboarding with notifications, and reporting features. CEIPAL Cloud Portal is an ...

From $19 / month / user

Human Resources Industry


Dayforce Recruiting

No ratings found

Dayforce Recruiting is a simplified recruiting ATS for candidates, hiring managers and administrators. Identify staffing needs, create job requisitions, and find and hire best-fit candidates.Ceridian ...

Pricing not available



ClearCompany Applicant Tracking

4.5 (311 ratings)

Talent management and recruiting software, particularly great for SMBs, as the pricing model is by module.ClearCompany is a Talent Management Software provider and the only HR software powered by a ...

Pricing not available

High-Growth Companies


Comeet ATS

5 (28 ratings)

Comeet was founded in 2013 to bring modern collaboration and workflow tools to help high-growth companies build their global teams. Comeet's investors include David Cao VP, former HR, Global ...

Pricing not available

All Sizes / Industries



4 (136 ratings)

COMPAS was developed by a San Francisco based recruiting team who was thoroughly dissatisfied with the functionality and pricing of tools and technologies available for recruiting and staffing. ...

Pricing not available

All Sizes / Industries

Cornerstone OnDemand

Cornerstone Recruiting

4 (220 ratings)

Cornerstone OnDemand's ATS lets recruiting teams keep track of job requisitions, manage candidate profiles and resumes, view application statuses, and exchange candidate feedback, all from a single ...

From $8 / month / user

All Sizes / Industries


Crelate Recruiting Software

4.5 (189 ratings)

Crelate is a full-featured ATS solution built specifically for Recruiting Agencies, Executive Search and Staffing Firms.The mission of Crelate is simple - provide software & services that: - Helps ...

From $68 / month / user


Decision Toolbox

Recruiting Machine

No ratings found

Decision Toolbox (DT) provides end-to-end recruitment services for a 7% cost per hire on average while incorporating rigorous quality controls and a twelve-month candidate warranty. Armed with the ...

Pricing not available

Government Contractors / Firms


Deltek Talent Acquisition

4 (62 ratings)

Deltek Talent Acquisition provides the components needed for the application-to-hire process, employee recruitment, wizard-type workflow management for ease of use, and hundreds of personalization ...

Pricing not available

Enterprise Staffing Firms / Employers


Erecruit Enterprise Staffing Software

No ratings found

Erecruit is the leading innovator in enterprise staffing software, VMS and onboarding solutions for large staffing firms and employers. Erecruit uses modern, standards-based technologies to provide a ...

Pricing not available




4.5 (54 ratings)

ExactHire’s HireCentric ATS makes it easy for qualified applicants to apply and its mobile-responsive, web-based portal is customized for your company.ExactHire - Technology for Hiring As business ...

From $120 / month

All Sizes / Industries

gr8 People

gr8 People Talent Platform

No ratings found

gr8 People is the One-Experience Talent Platform to Recruit gr8. Worldwide. 100 percent purpose-built to deliver the unfair advantage companies demand to compete for talent around the world. It’s the ...

Pricing not available

All Sizes / Industries


Greenhouse Recruiting

4.5 (573 ratings)

From strategic sourcing to customizable interview kits, Greenhouse provides a technology platform that helps organizations of all sizes improve their recruiting performance.Greenhouse Recruiting ...

From $6,600 / year

Healthcare Industry


Healthcaresource Recruiting Software

4 (29 ratings)

HealthCareSource is a niche healthcare ATS that accelerates hiring, improves management and staff productivity, attracts better personnel, and reduces hiring costs.With more than 3,000 healthcare ...

Pricing not available



Hirebridge Recruiter

3 (10 ratings)

A low-cost, full-featured and easy-to-use ATS to manage the recruiting and hiring process - from posting and screening top candidates to analyzing the effectiveness of a company's recruiting ...

From $50 / month / user

SMB | Mid-Size | Agency | Enterprise


HireHive Recruiting Software

No ratings found

Cloud based solution for recruiting. Post jobs to job boards and social media with one click and manage all candidates in one place.HireHive is easy to use recruiting software that helps you find and ...

From $49 / month

Entrepreneurs / SMB / Franchise


Hireology Talent Management Platform

2.5 (12 ratings)

Hireology’s most unique feature is the ability to help recruiters identify how a candidate’s past behavior will impact future performance by gauging applicants against Hireology’s proprietary “67 ...

From $49 / month



HireRabbit ATS

No ratings found

HireRabbit provides cloud-based, scalable ATS software to companies to streamline recruiting activities across social networks. HireRabbit helps you design beautiful career-site on social networks, ...

From $69 / month

All Sizes / Industries


HiringThing Applicant Tracking Solution

4.5 (90 ratings)

Hiring managers can source candidates and compare them collaboratively, then measure the recruitment strategy’s success.HiringThing is easy-to-use online software that helps companies hire. When you ...

From $22 / month

SMB / Franchise


Hyrell Hiring Solutions

4.5 (255 ratings)

Hyrell is a cloud-based recruiting and hiring management solution that helps organizations find, qualify, engage, and hire the best applicants possible.We believe that hiring a new employee should be ...

From $200 / month

Human Resources Industry


iApplicants Hiring Software

No ratings found

iApplicants creates a web-based careers website allowing you to manage unlimited job openings. Highly customizable.iApplicants helps employers easily track and screen their employment applications ...

From $55 / month

Large Companies


IBM Kenexa Brassring

3.5 (201 ratings)

The IBM Kenexa Talent Suite is the first ATS offered by IBM since it acquired Kenexa in late 2012. This platform uses Big Data and analytics to help find and attract the best employees.IBM Kenexa ...

From $5,000 / month

All Sizes / Industries


iCims Recruit

4 (826 ratings)

iCIMS supports customers of all sizes in managing every step of their recruitment lifecycle within a single system of record. We help employers win the war for top talent through our cloud-based, ...

Pricing not available

Staffing / Recruiting Industries


IdealTraits ATS

No ratings found

A niche ATS designed to attract, assess, and identify top performing LSPs and CSRs for insurance agencies.IdealTraits is a personality assessment tool and hiring process used by more that 3,000 ...

$299 - $999 one-time fee

Large Companies


Infor Talent Science

4.5 (2 ratings)

Infor focuses on business applications for organizations delivered via cloud computing as a service.PeopleAnswers, a leading provider of predictive talent analytics and talent science software ...

Pricing not available

HR / Agency / Franchise



4.5 (404 ratings)

JazzHR is a user-friendly and affordable ATS, and the creator of HR's first integrated crowd-sourcing, big-data and predictive analytics initiative.JazzHR is powerful, user-friendly and affordable ...

From $89 / month

Staffing / In-House


JobAdder Recruitment Software

4.5 (140 ratings)

JobAdder is a cloud based recruitment management platform.JobAdder is a global recruitment platform built for staffing agency and in-house corporate recruiters. Used by over 10,000 people every day, ...

From $99 / month / user

Global Staffing / Fortune 500


JobDiva Recruiting Solutions

4.5 (1185 ratings)

JobDiva is the leading global Applicant Tracking System and front-to-back Talent Management solution, redefining the standard for cutting-edge technology and innovation, and serving more than 22,000 ...

Pricing not available

All Sizes / Industries


Jobscience Staffing Software

4 (195 ratings)

Jobscience’s ATS is recruiting software for enterprise companies hiring internally. The company also has Staffing Software for recruiting and staffing companies.Jobscience envisions a future in which ...

Pricing not available



Jobscore START / SCALE

4 (30 ratings)

JobScore’s START product is affordable, self-service recruiting software for smaller businesses. Its SCALE product is a powerful, modern ATS that helps employers reach hiring goals.JobScore is a ...

From $49 / month

SMB / Mid-Size / Agency


Jobsoid ATS

No ratings found

Jobsoid is an intelligent recruitment software that automatically screens candidate applications and suggests the best fit for a certain job profiles in your company.Jobsoid is an Online Applicant ...

From $50 / month

Emerging / Mid-Market / Enterprise


Jobvite Hire

4 (535 ratings)

Jobvite’s web-based ATS service enables its clients to create job invitations, known as "jobvites." Jobvite is the leading recruiting software company that helps emerging, mid-market, and enterprise ...

Pricing not available

Healthcare | EDU | GOV | SMB | Enterprise


Kronos Talent Acquisition

4 (229 ratings)

The Kronos Workforce Ready® suite combines workforce management and human capital management in one cloud platform to help you manage your entire workforce from pre-hire to retire. Kronos is a ...

Pricing not available

All Sizes / Industries


Lever Hire

4.5 (347 ratings)

Features like one-click sourcing, two-way email sync, and @-mentions make it easy for a team to strategically source, interview, and hire top talent.Lever is modern hiring software that interviewers, ...

Pricing not available

Human Resources Industry


LocalWork ATS

No ratings found

Ideally suited for organizations with 20 -150 employees, LocalWork’s ATS has a drag and drop landing page builder to showcase your company culture. LocalWork is a recruitment marketing software. ...

From $59 / month

Staffing Agency / Executive Search


Loxo ATS

No ratings found

Known for Loxo AI™, the world’s first intelligent sourcing assistant. Its proprietary technology finds top talent across hundreds of data sources and recommends the best possible matches.Loxo is not ...

From $79 / month

All Sizes / Industries


Lumesse Recruit

3.5 (21 ratings)

Lumesse TalentLink offers multiple talent acquisition processes on an open platform with extensive configurability to help you bring the right people on board quickly and effectively.Lumesse is an ...

Pricing not available

SMB / Mid-Size / Enterprise


MightyRecruiter Hiring Software

No ratings found

Provides hiring leaders and recruiters with a powerful, one-stop candidate sourcing solution. MightyRecruiter is an end-to-end recruiting solution that makes previously manual, time-consuming tasks ...

From $189 / month

SMB / Mid-Size

Newton Software

Newton ATS

4.5 (108 ratings)

Newton is an intuitive ATS designed by and for internal recruiting and HR teams. Newton is modern, easy-to-use applicant tracking software designed to organize and improve internal recruiting ...

From $399 / month

All Sizes / Industries


OpenCATS Applicant Tracking System

No ratings found

Free open source ATS designed by the recruitment community. Provides job posting, candidate application and selection management.OpenCATS is a Free and Open Source Candidate/Applicant Tracking System ...

Free. Open source.

SMB / Enterprise



3.5 (172 ratings)

Taleo's product offerings primarily focus on talent acquisition, performance management, learning and development, and compensation management.Taleo's cloud-based talent management platform unites ...

Pricing not available

All Sizes / Industries



No ratings found

PeopleSoft Recruiting Solution is an advanced ATS designed to expedite the hiring process. Candidates, recruiters and managers all gain real-time visibility into the hiring process.Oracle's ...

Pricing not available

All Sizes / Industries


PageUp Recruitment Management

3.5 (2 ratings)

We are a cloud-based talent management software provider enabling organisations across the globe to manage their entire employee lifecycle in a single end-to-end system. Our award-winning SaaS ...

Pricing not available




4 (122 ratings)

myStaffingPro’s web-based ATS provides social recruiting, applicant tracking, and onboarding to enterprise and midsize businesses.Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX) is a leading provider of integrated ...

Pricing not available



Paycom Talent Acquisition

4 (120 ratings)

Cloud-based software that offers payroll, time and labor management, talent acquisition, HR and talent management tools.Paycom (NYSE:PAYC) helps employers streamline their payroll and HR processes ...

Pricing not available

All Sizes / Industries


PCRecruiter Applicant Tracking

4 (334 ratings)

Features Outlook integration, mobile access, integrated job posting, candidate screening, unlimited storage, automated resume import, full text searching, VOIP integration, and completely ...

From $85 / month / user

Higher Education / K-12 / GOV


PeopleAdmin Talent Management

No ratings found

Niche ATS software that provides recruiting, position management, onboarding, and performance management for government and higher education.PeopleAdmin is a recognized leader in Talent Management ...

Pricing not available

All Sizes / Industries



4 (18 ratings)

ATS for enterprise global organizations, with employee populations greater than 2,000 with expertise in larger enterprises greater than 10,000 employees.PeopleFluent, the leading total workforce HCM ...

From $50K / year


Pereless Systems

Pereless ATS

4.5 (18 ratings)

A scalable, cloud-based ATS for automated recruitment, management, and organization. Its secure solution integrates with job boards, payroll, email and background check providers.Pereless Systems is ...

Pricing not available

SMB / Enterprise

Phenom People


No ratings found

More than just an ATS, Phenom People is a SaaS solution used by enterprise companies to attract, engage, nurture and convert top talent.At Phenom People, we believe great people build great ...

Pricing not available

Health Care Industry


PracticeMatch Sourcing Tools

No ratings found

A niche ATS for medical practices, PracticeMatch offers sourcing and recruitment tools designed to provide medical facilities a clear competitive hiring advantage and ROI.PracticeMatch is the premier ...

Pricing not available

All Sizes / Industries


Recruitee ATS

4.5 (179 ratings)

Recruitee is a highly collaborative ATS; from creating careers pages, posting jobs, to candidate sourcing, every team member can contribute to their company’s growth.With the motto “Build great teams ...

From $19 / month



Recruiterbox Recruiting Software

4.5 (218 ratings)

Recruiterbox is designed to include your entire team in the hiring process. Hiring managers and interviewers can enter ratings and feedback on candidates without logging into the system.Recruiterbox ...

From $250 / month

All Sizes / Industries


Resumeware CRM

No ratings found

ResumeWare is a web-based resume management and ATS. It is also an Application Service Provider (ASP), offering installation, monthly hosting and maintenance services.With ResumeWare, you can achieve ...

Pricing not available

All Sizes / Industries

SAP SuccessFactors

SAP SuccessFactors Recruiting

4 (234 ratings)

SAP SuccessFactors Recruiting provides intelligence and guidance along every step of recruiting, from sourcing to marketing to candidate management.SAP SuccessFactors is the global provider of ...

Pricing not available

Human Resources Industry

Select International

Select Employee Assessment

No ratings found

Features pre-employment assessments, developmental assessments, and hiring management systems for every industry, including: Manufacturing, Healthcare, Sales, Contact Centers, Customer ...

Pricing not available



Silkroad Talent Management System

4 (107 ratings)

SilkRoad’s high-powered ATS allows you to source, attract, engage, screen and hire top talent fast. Reduce your recruiting spend by 80% or more.SilkRoad, the world’s leader in Talent Activation, goes ...

Pricing not available

All Sizes / Industries


Simplicant Recruitment Software

4.5 (16 ratings)

Simplicant is a next-generation recruiting platform that captures the power of social networking into the team building process. Some of the most demanding and rapidly growing organizations use ...

Pricing not available

All Sizes / Industries

SmartLinx Solutions

SmartLinx ATS

No ratings found

Pricing not available

All Sizes / Industries


Smartrecruiters Talent Acquisition Suite

4 (209 ratings)

SmartRecruiters is a web-based hiring platform suitable for companies with more than 50 employees in almost any vertical.SmartRecruiters’ Talent Acquisition Suite is used by high-performance ...

From $395 / month

Staffing / Corporate / SMB


SmartSearch Staffing Platform

4 (82 ratings)

Advanced Personnel System’s SmartSearch talent acquisition and staffing management software streamlines your sourcing, recruiting and hiring in one easy-to-use solution.Advanced Personnel Systems, ...

Pricing not available

Temp / Hourly


Peoplematter HIRE

3.5 (30 ratings)

All-in-one sourcing, tracking and employee scheduling software for small businesses.PeopleMatter is the first end-to-end platform of mobile sourcing, hiring, training, scheduling, and performance ...

From $89 / month

Human Resources Industry


SnapHire ATS

No ratings found

From tailored recruitment workflows and SAP-backed reporting, SnapHire is designed to deliver a powerful yet extremely user friendly and intuitive end-to-end recruitment platform.SnapHire is an ...

Pricing not available

Human Resources Industry



No ratings found

Provides a complete solution for tracking everything from job requisitions and job postings, to every applicant’s resume and the status of the applicant through the hiring process.Headquartered in ...

Pricing not available



StaffingSoft Staffing Edition

4 (8 ratings)

StaffingSoft is an enterprise-wide Applicant Tracking System ("ATS"​) / Recruiting Software featuring a suite of tools that effectively integrate and manage talent recruiting, retention, and ...

Pricing not available

SMB / Mid-Size



No ratings found

Enables job marketing from the same system where you design and manage your jobs, plus customization to allow for multiple career sites and workflows depending on the type of job.Launched in 1999, ...

From $85 / month / user

Temp / Hourly


TalentReef ATS

3 (47 ratings)

talentReef transforms the way companies find, hire, train and manage their most valuable asset—their people. talentReef's market leading, cloud-based social recruiting and talent management solutions ...

Pricing not available

Temp / Hourly / Agency

TempWorks Software

TempWorks ATS

4 (12 ratings)

As a seamless staffing software provider, TempWorks develops customized solutions from the ground up to address your staffing needs. We service hundreds of temporary employment agencies across the ...

Pricing not available

Trucking Industry



No ratings found

A niche ATS for the trucking industry that automates the collection of truck driver work history and employment data through the web.Tenstreet represents a unique combination of capabilities and ...

Pricing not available


The Applicant Manager


4.5 (158 ratings)

The Applicant Manager (TAM) is an easy-to-use, customizable, cloud-based ATS that streamlines the recruiting process in a personalized way.The Applicant Manager is a cloud-based applicant tracking ...

From $80 / month

Staffing / Recruiting Industries

Top Echelon

Big Biller

No ratings found

Since 1988, Top Echelon has provided recruiting software, tools, and services to help recruiters make more placements! These tools range in scope from recruiting websites to online recruiting ...

Pricing not available

All Sizes / Industries


TrackerRMS Recruitment

4.5 (99 ratings)

TrackerRMS is a leading cloud based Recruitment and CRM software provider supporting companies and users from start up's to enterprise level customers. Headquartered in California, with offices in ...

Pricing not available

All Sizes / Industries


TribePad ATS

No ratings found

TribePad’s talent pool features make it easy to segment and nurture talent for future roles. Its advanced web search allows you to find the perfect candidate among 30 million profiles at the click of ...

From $1,500 / month

All Sizes / Industries

Ultimate Software


4 (488 ratings)

Ultimate Software's cloud-based UltiPro helps simplify and deliver personalized talent acquisition experiences.Ultimate Software’s cloud-based UltiPro® helps simplify and improve work experiences for ...

Pricing not available



Vultus Recruit

4.5 (42 ratings)

We are a proven organization creating cloud technology solutions that empower businesses to build a strong human capital. We facilitate to build connections that strengthen human relationships. Get ...

Pricing not available

Real Estate Industry


WizeHire ATS

5 (94 ratings)

An online recruiting service and ATS. WizeHire helps employers write and post quality job ads, assess candidates for personality fit, and hire with ease.Hiring great people is the life blood of your ...

From $199 / month



Workable ATS

4.5 (450 ratings)

Workable is a web-based system with intuitive design so users do not need a consultant or hours on the phone to get started. Get up and running within 15 minutes, no installation required.Workable is ...

From $50 / month

Mid-Size / Enterprise / Fortune 50


Workday Recruiting

4.5 (328 ratings)

With workforce planning, recruiting, talent management, and learning in one system that works across devices, Workday helps your company gain complete visibility into your global workforce.Workday is ...

Pricing not available

All Sizes / Industries


Yello Talent Relationship Management

No ratings found

You Had Me at Yello Work with the Chicago-based software leader that is radically reinventing recruiting. Employers of all sizes – from Fortune 500 multinationals and large public sector ...

Pricing not available

Staffing | Corporate | SMB | Enterprise

Zoho Corporation

Zoho Recruit

4.5 (1190 ratings)

Founded in 1996, Zoho Corporation is the software company behind three great brands: Zoho, ManageEngine and WebNMS. Zoho offers beautifully smart software to help you grow your business. With over 20 ...

Pricing not available

Guide to Choosing an Applicant Tracking System

How Were ATS Platforms Chosen?

ATS products were chosen for assessment based on a number of factors considered representative of commonly offered services and feature sets seen among a significant percentage of competitors.

Additionally, user ratings available on respected industry and community platforms were assessed to determine average levels of user satisfaction with the applicant tracking platforms.

For consideration of list inclusion, it was necessary to establish a threshold of conventional as well as crowd-sourced trust and user satisfaction metrics for the applicant tracking platforms that were reviewed. This threshold allows for a more reliable estimate about the average end user satisfaction with a particular system. Examples of factors that may have been considered include:

  • Ease of use
  • User friendliness
  • Platform migration features & support
  • Management & reporting functionality
  • Fulfillment of common recruiting functionality needs (detailed below)

Correspondingly, it was necessary to exclude platforms where an insufficient volume of third party metrics were available to assess customer success and satisfaction with a particular platform.

Functionality To Consider
For Applicant Tracking Systems

Your talent acquisition needs may be complex, however the fact remains that the process can be broken down into a few functional components for any business. In considering a new platform for your talent recruiting efforts, it’s important that these primary functions be met so that your recruitment pipeline is streamlined and productive.

These are the five primary areas of functionality to keep in mind when assessing a new application tracking system:

Comprehensive Applicant Workflow & Tracking

One of the most important aspects of a well-rounded tracking system is a comprehensive and user-friendly workflow which allows efficient management for your recruiters.

This is particularly important when dealing with large applicant volumes, as an efficient workflow will allow greater assurance in the integrity and productivity of your candidate pipelines.

The platform should provide applicant tracking data that answers questions such as:

  • What stage of the process?
  • What tasks have been completed?
  • What tasks are still outstanding?
  • Have communications on both ends been timely?
  • Should the candidate be moved to the next stage?

Candidate Communication Tracking

Efficient management of communication between recruiters and candidates is paramount to streamlining your talent acquisition process.

Optimal communication tracking features typically include analytics that may assist you with establishing trends in your candidate lifecycle.

Ability to establish candidate lifecycle trends is advantageous and may allow you to optimize candidate / recruiter interaction. Platform features to consider, which encourage good communication include:

  • Scheduling & event notifications
  • Candidate history & supplemental information
  • Management-level reporting functionality
  • Task delegation & tracking capability

Interview Scheduling Management

With larger companies and more specialized positions, often the interview process contains multiple stages and requirements before successful completion.

Many tracking platforms provide clear transparency, particularly for multi-step interview processes, so management and scheduling can be fulfilled efficiently.

To ensure the platform you’re considering meets your scheduling needs, consider whether the system offers several features, such as:

  • Communication analytics & reporting
  • Calendar integrations & sharing
  • Scheduling acceptance indicators
  • Multiple communication methods & reminders

Background Check Management

The background check submission process is often straightforward. Some positions, however, may require multiple background checks, making a significantly more extensive process overall.

Regardless of the complexity of your background check processes, it is important that the applicant tracking systems you consider have at least some form of task completion tracking and reporting functionality.

These are some common questions that the system’s functionality should answer:

  • Which background checks have been completed?
  • What were the results?
  • What is the estimated completion timeframe? (important for multi-step background check processes)

Onboarding Task Fulfillment

As a company grows, and as its talent on-boarding complexity evolves, it is important to have a structure in place to ensure the integrity of your onboarding process.

Comprehensive applicant tracking platforms typically have features to help streamline on-boarding. This is a benefit to both the employer as well as ensuring the new employee’s smooth transition into the company.

Onboarding management features to look for with your prospective ATS:

  • Task completion status
  • Task scheduling
  • Communication & reminders
  • Restricted status based on task completion level

Performance Benefits of an Ideal ATS

Time is money, and robust ATS platforms can help you save both. Furthermore, your talent acquisition specialists, HR department, and candidates will thank you for time saved as well! The following are a few of the key areas of the talent acquisition process which a good ATS can help streamline:

Applicant Lifecycle Management

With technical hurdles overcome, timely communication between applicants and recruiters fulfilled, and an applicant workflow established, you can ensure candidates flow through the hiring lifecycle quickly and efficiently.

Often, much of the difficulty and inefficiency with the talent acquisition process is contained within the gaps between candidate workflow stages.

An optimal workflow will typically allow for custom actions to assist with atypical applications or circumstances. Less optimal workflows tend miss these non-standard situations, causing inadvertent candidate drop off or disqualification in certain cases.

Communication Management

If a picture is worth one thousand words, managed applicant communication is worth one thousand emails! Significant time and effort is often expended in communication between your team members and candidates. Ideal candidate tracking systems usually excel in managing applicant communications with ease.

As with the importance of establishing a consistent method of managing the candidate lifecycle, it’s similarly important to have consistent methods of managing and tracking communication with applicants.

Significant time is typically expended with manual management and scheduling of communication between acquisition specialists and applicants. Well-rounded applicant tracking systems solve this problem by offering:

  • Structure
  • Analytics to gauge performance
  • Signals to initiate action

Final Stage Action Management

Many of the earlier stages of the hiring process can be easily streamlined. When a candidate reaches later stages, there is often an added degree of complexity in managing the final components of the process.

The question you need to ask is which of the prospective ATS platforms, you’re considering, also offer flexibility for highly specific and custom needs. There is no one-size-fits-all recruitment system, so it’s important to make decisions based on how best the system meets your individual company needs.

For many positional roles, it’s not just a “job” you might be filling, but rather a long term business relationship established between the company and prospective candidate. Accordingly, utilizing a platform that can manage the final stages of talent acquisition & onboarding can also provide a great experience for the candidate.

Side Benefit: A smooth talent acquisition process is a core component of good company culture. In the long term, this may also help your company attract higher quality talent as your company culture gains wider exposure in the marketplace.