Today there are numerous solutions available for managing your recruiting process, but choosing the right solution that fits your model can be a challenge. There are many factors that influence the buyer’s decision in picking the applicant tracking system (ATS), such as budget constraints, ease of use, and compatibility with existing systems.

With so much to consider, how do you find a system that will be right for your business?


Company Requirements

Every company is unique and therefore will have a unique recruiting process, which means there’s no one system that will work for everyone. A good place to start is to talk to your recruiting team to find out what they want/need from an ATS that they currently don’t have. Once you have created your wish list, you can start looking around at different vendors.


Since your wish list is highly specific to your company’s needs, you aren’t likely to find a solution that fits all of your requirements right out of the box. This is why it’s important to look for a solution that allows for customization. This will allow you make additions or enhancements to the system to ensure that you have something that does everything you need it to do.

Business Impacts

You also need to think about how the system will impact your business during the implementation process. How much time and effort is required to learn the program? What is the turnaround time for your queries from the vendor? How long will it take to set up the system? Are there enough valuable features to justify the cost? These are some important questions you need to ask any vendor you are considering.

Determining what is most important to your staff and your business is the best way to find an ATS that will be a good fit. There are many great quality systems around, but not all of them will work for every business.

If you are in the market for a new ATS, what criteria are you using? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments, as we would love to hear from you.