SMART Need for Applicant Tracking

At my company, it is annual performance review time. As I was writing up my SMART* explanation, it got me thinking about the applicant tracking buying process. Is your buying process SMART? Meaning, is it specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timely?

To save time and extra running around, the applicant tracking buying process should be:

  • Specific, in that it answers:
    • Who is involved?
    • What do I want to accomplish?
    • Which constraints or requirements are present?
    • Why do I want to do this? Is it to cut costs, deliver a benefit, or correct a current process?
  • Measurable. Answer:
    • How much will it save?
    • How will I know if I’ve made a good decision?
    • How will it be better than what we are currently doing?
  • Attainable
  • Realistic
  • Timely

How do you approach buying an applicant tracking system? Are you SMART? If you are looking for a SMART guide, download our Six Steps to Creating a Business Case for an Applicant Tracking System.



* SMART is from a paper by George T. Doran called There’s a S.M.A.R.T. way to write management’s goals and objectives which appeared in the November 1981 issue of Management Review.

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