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5 Things to Consider Before Buying ATS

August 24,2023

Are you planning to buy the new applicant tracking system software? With thousand of different system available in the market, you have to sift through white papers and demons to get the right one.

If you are successful in getting one, then you will save your time and interview scheduling headaches. On the contrary, if you choose poorly, your new system will frustrate not only recruiter but also applicants and managers.

Way the system is priced

Some of the various pricing structures a potential ATS buyers should know are:

  • Monthly subscription fee on the basis of number of users

  • Monthly subscription fee basis of number of employees on the company

  • Pricing on the basis of job openings, resumes or applicants.

  • Flat subscription fee, irrespective of number of users, employees or job openings

Selecting the pricing model will depend on your organization. Make sure you understand them beforehand how it can strengthen your business.

How the system will help you get the potential candidates?

Well, not all ATS system will help you with recruitment. Knowing your preferred website and ideal applicants can guide your purchase decision. For instance, Are your ideal applicants active on Linkedin? If yes, then you need to find a system with LinkedIn job-posting integration. Does your company rely on employee referrals? There are systems that offer internal recruiting functionality, which means you need to search for a system that support your existing practice.

As per a recent Software Advice survey job applicants believes that frequent communication throughout the recruitment process contributes to an improved candidate experience. Therefore, it would be wise to find a system with functionality that supports your system.

Features that you really need

You should look for the latest ATS functionality to help your hiring efforts. But if you don’t think you are going to use all the capabilities that a particular system has to offer then scale back a bit. Just because any particular ATS is very popular doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the right one for you. Many times buyers discover this after it’s too late. This also lead in paying way too much for a system that you can’t even use. Always do your due diligence and take complete time before buying. You can make a list of clients that are in your business size. Call up all those companies that are using ATS and see what they have to say about them. If you want to avoid this daunting task then you can outsource your recruitment company and get the advantages of perfect ATS without even buying it.

Support offered by vendor

Software implementation and usage doesn’t always goes as planned. You should consider seeking information about their support service like where the support is located, contact procedure and how reliable they are. One really big question is whether they are located domestically or internationally. This way you can get assured about how immediately you can call them to resolve your query.

Considering these four questions can help you find a perfectly suited ATS for your practice. This can help you get an idea of what needs to be on your checklist before buying a new system.