Applicant Tracking Laser Focus

myStaffingPro is focused on applicant tracking.  We recognize that we COULD create our own HRIS or performance management system, but the end solution would be “just ok”.  Frankly, there are already enough “just ok” talent management suites.  So rather than being everything, we are being ourselves, an applicant tracking system vendor.

BUT, that’s not all folks.  Although we don’t have our own HRIS or performance management system, we have partnered with more than 400 background, assessment, WOTC, eVerify, HRIS, learning, performance, etc. vendors.  Our expansive partner list allows companies to pick and build their best-in-class solution.  The result: end-to-end solution that meets all needs rather than settling for “just ok”.

What’s the point of all of this?

Before you jump on the “just ok” bundle bandwagon, start your buying process by defining your needs.  Make sure you go into the selection process knowing what you are looking for and what you don’t need.  For help on evaluating your recruiting needs, check out our applicant tracking evaluation toolkit.

10 Tips for Buying an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

Before you sign on the dotted line, do your research to make sure that you are getting exactly what you bargained for.  Below I’ve outlined my 10 tips to buying an applicant tracking system (ATS).

  1. Don’t believe the hype!  Spending millions in marketing might make a particular system popular, but it doesn’t always make it the best.  Wade through the marketing promises and get your hands dirty evaluating the system for yourself.
  2. Schedule multiple demos with the applicant tracking vendor.  On the first call, walk through the high level demo.  On the second call, ask the vendor to walk through a series of scenarios so that you can see how the software actually works in the manner that you will use it.  (Thank you #TChat for this tip!)
  3. Perception isn’t always reality.  Be wary of a demo on PowerPoint!
  4. Run a Google search for complaints from users and applicants.  You might be surprised at what you find.
  5. Find out the vendor’s background.  How long has the company been around?  Did they build the ATS or acquire it?  How are they funded? Is their applicant tracking system a whim product that was created to fill a gap, or it is truly a system that will meet your needs.
  6. Ask around!  Expand your reference search beyond the beautiful list that the salesperson provides to you.  Check out their customer list online and/or on social networks and ask to speak with someone outside of the list.
  7. Consider your sources. The magazine, website, or social platform that plugs XYZ vendor as the best system available while displaying their life size ad might not be the best resource.  Instead, visit their career site to see who they are actually using.
  8. Analyze your pricing quote to prevent surprises in the future.  Watch out for hidden fees or additional features that were padded into your quote to jack up the price.  For more information, read our guide to applicant tracking pricing.
  9. Annoy customer services.  Does the vendor boast that they have excellent customer service?  Challenge them!  Test their responsiveness and assistance.  If their customer service stinks now, do you really think it will improve once they get your money?
  10. You know what’s best for you.  No one understands your needs and your process like you to. Make sure you go into the selection process knowing what you are looking for and what you don’t need. For help on evaluating your needs, check out our applicant tracking evaluation toolkit.

Don’t Get Egged this Halloween Season!

This year our sales team heard from overwhelming number of companies who were looking to replace their current applicant tracking system.  Although it’s good news for us, I often wonder why the client selected their applicant tracking system in the first place.  Was it the brand, marketing, or false promises that lead them down the wrong track?

With over 100 vendors in the marketplace, it is essential that you take the time to decipher the level of pricing, functionality, flexibility, and support that you are looking for.  To assist you in your search, I would suggest the following resources:

Once you have determined WHAT you’re looking for, it’s time to narrow down vendors to and start the demo and selection process.  Due diligence is essential to prevent making an incorrect decision that leaves you with egg on your face.