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Employers Have Many Options in Hiring Strategies February 22, 2013

Posted by Darwin in applicant tracking software, Applicant Tracking System.
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Human Resources departments in companies have to be flexible and willing to change. The practice of placing offerings on “Help Wanted” websites can be a less than productive way to find the right applicant. Posting a job with specific requirements can have people who are qualified apply, people are close to qualifying but not quite, and people you wouldn’t trust to wash your dog. It takes time to sort through all of those applications to find the group of people to interview.

Often, an internal recruiter, or someone who is actually part of the HR department of the company with a position to fill, will use search firms to create a larger pool of qualified candidates to sort through. It is more difficult, both practically and ethically for an internal recruiter to get the attention and create interest from someone who already has a job and even more so for someone who already has a job at a competitor’s company. The outside company can search for candidates, while the internal recruiter can make certain the candidates actually meet the requirements for the position; this can be especially important for specialized employment chances such as engineering.

One of the things that both outside searchers and internal recruiters must both do is get those qualified candidates to fill out applications. Many companies are turning to job application software to help make that process more efficient. In many ways, job application software is just what it sounds like, a job candidate fills out a job application online, and the application is then returned to the HR department. What the software allows simplifies the rest of the job hiring process too.

The application can be a general or as specific as required for each position to be filled. The candidate will have an opportunity to upload a resume and other information that the hiring company may require. There is a section of the application in which references are listed; however, the people listed as references will sent an email with specific information that is important for that job. Sometimes the person making the reference will simply be required to fill bubbles for a candidate, sometimes a written reference can be part of the process.

By having the references, history of employment, education, and other pertinent information all included in the electronic application, it is easier and less cumbersome for the HR person to determine who should be interviewed and who to pass on. Another benefit is the electronic file will stay there so there will no longer be file cabinets full of applicants who had applied in case other openings occur.

Companies are finding it necessary to be more creative and flexible in how they recruit and hire prospective employees. Applicant tracking systems are just a part of how that flexibility can make the job easier.

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