Recruiting Software

What is Recruiting Software?

Recruiting software is software that helps organizations optimize the hiring process, from finding and attracting candidates to screening resumes and sending out offer letters. Recruiting software is often called an applicant tracking system or ATS, though these two are not exactly the same. Recruiting software is a broader category that encompasses applicant tracking systems as well as other tools that specialize in individual phases of the hiring process.

Most recruiting software fits into one of four categories:

  1. Sourcing
  2. Engagement
  3. Selection
  4. Hiring

Sourcing software helps recruiters find and attract candidates; it can be especially valuable for identifying passive candidates who may not otherwise see an organization’s job ads. Candidate engagement platforms help streamline communication between recruiters and candidates to keep candidates engaged and informed throughout the hiring process, which in turn can improve an organization’s hiring rate.

Screening and selection software can speed up the entire process by automating one of the most time-consuming steps of recruiting: choosing qualified candidates from among all the applicants. Recruiting software focused on the selection phase may offer features such as artificial intelligence screening, assessments and evaluations, central collaboration for hiring managers, and more to make this phase easier. Finally, some organizations may use recruiting software that manages the actual step of hiring and bridges the gap between candidate experience and employee experience. Some of these platforms may even dip into elements of onboarding to make the transition as smooth as possible for new employees exiting the hiring funnel.

Related: Applicant Tracking Software (ATS)

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