How to better use your ATS in your candidate search

It seems as though recruiters these days are getting busier and busier. This has a lot to do with the economy, but also with the fact that job postings are so much more visible now. Recruiting technology has made it so that job postings can be posted to hundreds of job boards and social media accounts with just a click of a button. With more eyes coming across your postings, you can certainly expect to receive way more applications for each job than you ever used to. So, how can recruiters sift through all resumes and applications in a manageable timeframe? How can they do this without accidentally missing out on great candidates who get screened out early in the process? I recently came across this article that suggests a great solution for this problem. The best part is, it’s right in front of you – it’s your ATS.

Don’t rely on fully automated screening

The problem comes when you rely too heavily on your ATS to do all the work for you. Recruiters need to work with the search functions on their ATS to figure out exactly what kind of screening capabilities it has. If you set it up properly, you can make sure that quality candidates are getting through the initial screening process but also cutting back on the time spent sifting through the mountain of applications you’ve received.

Filter out the bad candidates earlier in the process

You can also help this to happen by screening applicants during the application process. By working with your ATS, you can set up screening questions or requirements as part of your initial application process. This sets up filters so that any candidates that don’t meet your initial screening requirements won’t pass through to the first round of application screening. This can help cut down on the initial number of applications for review and also helps to make sure that your hiring pool is filled with quality candidates and the process isn’t being clogged up by a ton of applicants that aren’t qualified for the position you’re trying to fill.

You can drastically cut down on time spent sorting through resumes and applications just by learning how to work with your ATS and customize it to suit your needs. Are you using your ATS to its full potential? What changes could you make to help improve your efficiency?

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