Hiring Basics: What An ATS Can And Can’t Do For You

Applicant tracking systems (ATS) help organize large numbers of applications to keep recruiters’ workflow streamlined and less stressful. Large companies have been using this technology for years to keep track of their potential hires, and smaller businesses are beginning to use this technology as well. As such, it’s important to understand what an ATS can and can’t do for your recruiting operation. What exactly does an ATS do? On the hiring side, it consolidates candidate information into a user-friendly format so that it’s easy to find and easy to contact potential hires. For the candidate, it provides a clutter-free interface on which to put their application materials. As companies grow beyond the scope of manual database maintenance and outreach, an ATS is almost a must-have to keep track of candidate flow. Here’s where an ATS doesn’t help you: It doesn’t have the functionality to filter out unsuitable candidates. So hiring managers and recruiters still have to sift through

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