Increasingly, organizations see recruitment software as an important HR tool. What’s the right solution for you?
With competition for good workers at an all-time high and an average cost of $4,000 to fill an open position, giving your company a foot up on hiring is essential. Recruitment software helps organize and streamline hiring.
The right software can save you time and money and prevent you from hiring the wrong people. For instance, you can use pre-screening questions to identify the stand-out candidates that are the best fit for your organization and its culture. But how do you choose the “right” software?
Consider a few steps:
Identify your recruitment goals and objectives. Are you spending too much time sorting through applications? Are you having difficulty finding enough high-quality candidates? Is corresponding with candidates consuming your time? Define your challenges and look for software that can help you overcome them. Don’t forget the importance of hiring analytics and metrics tracking.
Determine what features you need. Just as you wouldn’t walk into a car dealer with no idea of what you want in a vehicle, don’t software shop until you know what features you want and need. These might include the ability to automate tasks such as resume screening, candidate outreach, and interview scheduling; easy software integration; passive candidate management; user-friendly, intuitive interface; and/or recruitment analytics dashboards and reporting capabilities.
Find vendors with software that meets your needs, then compare/evaluate the top contenders. Take the software out for a test drive; take advantage of free trials. Ask a lot of questions. Find out (and get it in writing before you purchase) what kind of training and support the company offers. How will they provide updates? How quickly will they respond to questions or problems? Will there be a cost for training and/or support? If so, what is it?
If you already have recruitment software, now is the time to review it and make sure it is meeting your needs. If not, it might be time or a trade-in or an update. Look around, read a few reviews, and kick some tires. The right recruitment software can help ensure a smooth hiring ride in a bumpy employment environment.