Five Commandments for Picking your Company’s Applicant Management Software

An efficient and easy to use Applicant Management Solution for your company can often be the difference between countless hours of unnecessary work and smooth sailing. This is why picking the right software solution for your applicant management and recruiting needs is a very big deal.  Because there are so many options out there, I decided to create a top ‘Five Commandments’ to help you pick out the right solution for your company. Enjoy.

1. Thou shalt pick an applicant management solution that is completely online.

Many software solutions require lengthy and large downloads that can bog down your computer system and time efficiency. Welcome to the age of the internet. Unless you are flying a satellite, you shouldn’t have to download software to your computer, or worst, use a CD-ROM installation disk.

Your applicant management solution will be far easier to manage across multiple hiring managers and recruiters if it lives online. It will also boost productivity. Recruiters can log in at work, at home, on the road, at the airport or on vacation (if they are really devoted). Pretty much anywhere they have internet access, which today consists of a large portion of the modernized world.

2. Thou shalt pick applicant management software with good features, not more features.

Many applicant management solutions tout the endless amounts of bells and whistles which makes their product better than the next guys’. Realize that this is just a marketing ploy. More features are not better. In fact, too many useless features can hinder an efficient hiring process by distracting your hiring managers.

Look out for the important features that will make it cheaper and easier for end goal of hiring people. Tools that let people collaborate, inform, and recruit.

3.   3. Thy applicant management software must be easy to set up.

This one is a no brainer. The initial stages of using a product usually speak to what the entire process will be like. If the software is easy to access and set up, it probably will be easy to use throughout.

4.   4.  Thou shalt find applicant management software that provides human support

Very often the help and support you will receive for a piece of recruiting software will be limited to a readme.txt file located on the CD-Rom you purchase. Make sure you find a solution that provides real, live human beings to back you up when the going gets tough. Whether it is email, chat or phone support, it will be helpful to have someone on the other line.

5.   5. Thy software shall possess the ability to track history

One overlooked feature is the ability to look back and see what’s worked and what hasn’t. This is an important addition to your hiring software solution. How organized and efficiently does it lay it all out there? Just by looking at the history overview you should be able to make informed decision on who and what is making the right moves.


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