These products aim to provide an end-to-end solution to recruitment management, right from inviting, screening and assessing applications to interviewing and hiring new employees. Most of the products in the recruiting & applications category typically feature the ability to automatically advertise open positions to popular job boards, while some even allow you to post job listings to niche, industry-specific job sites. Other common features include collecting and organizing applicant data, creating pre-screening questions, evaluating and ranking applicants on the basis of skills, years of experience and educational qualification, scheduling interviews, sending automated notifications, reminders, alerts and follow-ups to candidates, creating a talent pool for future use and sharing applicant data with colleagues. Read the full software guide...
Recruiting & applications software is any digital solution that streamlines and automates the processes involved in recruiting new employees. For example, posting jobs, screening applications, interviewing, onboarding and the placement of selected candidates. Most products in this category enable you to automate posting jobs on company websites and/or online job boards. Some products even allow for posting to niche, industry-specific job sites.
Hiring managers can use this software to quickly reach out to a large pool of potential employees. On the other hand, job seekers can use the same product to apply for jobs in just a few clicks. The software can scan a résumé in the format it was submitted, but it uses a set format for keying in applicant information into a searchable database, which allows for easy and quick retrieval of relevant data.This helps recruiters search through hundreds of résumés in minutes.
Other key functionalities to look for include applicant tracking, candidate relationship management, reporting and analytics, pre-screening and applicant scoring.
There are predominantly two types of buyers who look for recruiting and applications software – in-house recruiters and staffing agencies. If you are an in-house recruiter, you need a product that will seamlessly integrate with your existing human resource information system (HRIS).
In addition, the software should be able to help you screen candidates based on preset criteria. Other features to look for include the ability to schedule interviews, send automated notifications, follow-up on candidates and share applicant data with hiring managers and receive feedback from them.
On the other hand, staffing agencies will need a product that will help them collect, organize and maintain a large database of applicants and clients. They may also look for features, such as social media integration, applicant tracking, employer tracking and automated candidate matching. Some agencies may even require tracking time cards of placed candidates.
What software you need depends on your exact requirements. For instance, if you are more focused on social recruiting, look for a product that offers social buttons for instant sharing of job postings on social sites, such as, LinkedIn and Twitter. Consider any other specific needs, such as, whether you need video interviewing, the ability to automatically import résumés and CV parsing capabilities.
You’ll also find products that let recruiters monitor the social activity of candidates. Some can even pull out profile pictures of candidates from social networks. Other important factors to consider include ease of use, scalability, customization and branding options.
|360 Degree Feedback||Gather and manage anonymous feedback for employees from co-workers and managers.|
|API||Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are programmatic intersections with external products or platforms that allow for custom integrations with your own solutions or other solutions you are using.|
|Application Tracking||Assists with managing applications, interviewing, hiring and onboarding new applicants to help streamline recruiting processes.|
|Behavioral Testing||Evaluate an individuals propensity towards different kinds of behaviour.|
|Budgeting||Planning and tracking capabilities for financial budgets and plans often used to manage funds across different departments or for investor / shareholder oversight.|
|Calendar Management||Manage and update calendars for scheduling or consolidation of events across teams, departments or business functions.|
|Cognitive Testing||Cognitive tests are assessments (like IQ) of the cognitive capabilities of humans and other animals.|
|Dashboard||Dashboards are digital interfaces commonly used to visualise data or give quick access to important features and functions of online platforms. They often serve as an overview gateway in software applications.|
|Data Export||Exporting functionality can be used to streamline the migration of data sets and information across systems, platforms or applications.|
|Data Import||Importing functionality allows you to use data sets from other systems or platforms to cut down on data entry requirements or to more easily migrate records from similar applications you have used in the past.|
|Data Visualization||Data visualization features render a visual interpretation of data sets through the use of charts, infographics and other visual cues generally in form of a reporting dashboard.|
|Email Integration||Integration with email clients or providers to create and send emails as well as view received emails within an application.|
|Employee Database||Manage and update employee records in a centralised database. Used to keep information about work entry, age, past roles and other employee details.|
|Employee Engagement||Collect feedback from employees to recognize achievements, gather feedback and improve employee participation processes in the workplace.|
|Employee Incentive Management||Manage and track incentive schemes for your employees to improve performance and loyalty / retention rate.|
|Employee Onboarding||Streamlines the onboarding process for new employees in form of checklists, password and access management features, as well as other induction elements.|
|External Integrations||Integrations with other software products or platforms to improve efficiency and compatibility across systems.|
|Feedback Management||Manage feedback through the use of surveys and similar elements issued to employees and/or customers to consolidate new ideas or track employee performance.|
|Forecasting||Forecast upcoming expenses, sales, revenue, user levels, etc. through the use of predictive methods and past data.|
|Multi-User||Supports more than just one user account and generally allows for collaboration with colleagues.|
|Notifications||Includes notification support and sends you alerts with information on important events and other time sensitive instances. For example through push notifications on mobile phones or email notifications.|
|Onboarding||Helps onboard new employees or customers.|
|Personality Testing||Questionnaire or other standardized instrument designed to reveal aspects of an individual's character or psychological makeup.|
|Psychometric Testing||Standard and scientific method used to measure individuals' mental capabilities and behavioural style.|
|Scheduling||Schedule tasks, resources, appointments, payments, communications, etc.|
|Softphone||Similarly to VOIP, Softphone features allow you to make calls via the internet.|
|Soft Skill Testing||Evaluate whether an individual has the personal attributes needed to interact effectively with their peers.|
|Travel Management||Manage travel plans and expenses for employees, prospects or potential recruits through a central environment.|
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