The most effective Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) are built with users in mind. This is both the HR administrator/recruitment team and the applicants themselves. Due to the competitive job market and the increased use of mobile devices by applicants, companies that want to find and hire top talent quickly need ATS systems built with reliable integrations to automate many tedious aspects of the recruiting process and get applicants to apply when they are seeking new opportunities.
Integrations For The Applicant Experience
The first interaction any interested candidate has with a company is through the careers page and the ATS. Here are some "must-have" integrations employers need to find and compete for qualified candidates
Mobile Ready Recruitment Software
The majority of job seekers are searching for jobs using their mobile devices. In fact, some research shows that while Millennials may be the most active on mobile — (Indeed found 78% used mobile devices to find jobs as of 2016) — Gen Xers aren’t far behind, with around 73% searching for work on mobile devices.
In order to compete for these applicants providing an application experience that is intuitive on a phone (even if the application process is several steps) gives employers an advantage. The ability for applicants to find, research and apply for jobs "on-the-go" will improve recruiting effectiveness.
LinkedIn integrations give applicants a speedier way to apply for jobs. Most professionals that use LinkedIn keep profiles current with resume, work experience, credentials and portfolios. ATS integrations with LinkedIn streamlines the application process. When an applicant reaches the step where their professional information is required, this integration provides the ability to populate basic profile and experience information automatically. This automation is a big time saver for applicants boosting completion rates and the perception of the company.
Share drive integrations
As people adopt smartphone as the primary device for everything, job seekers are also taking advantage of cloud storage. Applying for the ‘dream job” on a moments notice, requires access to resumes via cloud storage like Box, Dropbox, Drive and more integrated file share apps are empowering job seekers to be able to apply for any job anywhere. Storing resumes, cover letters, references and key documents in the cloud opens the ability to apply for a new job as soon as you find it right from a phone.
Integrations For HR and Recruitment Professionals
When evaluating HRIS or HCM solutions look close at the ATS capabilities. Consolidating ATS and HRIS systems is feasible for most organizations especially when ATS integrations can connect with tools and platforms your hiring teams already use. Eliminating redundant processes and increasing speed of recruiting efforts can be crucial to hiring top talent before your competition.
Consider these questions when thinking about ATS integration capabilities to help maximize recruiting efforts.
- Can your recruiting team continue using existing tools alongside your applicant tracking system (e.g. integration with job boards and website and social recruiting platforms)?
- Can you unify your recruitment and ATS processes and workflow with your HRIS?
- Can you enhance efficiency and effectiveness of your screening processes with eligibility verification and background check services?
- How can you streamline the onboarding process by leveraging integration with your business systems?
Having a careers page allows companies to showcase their values and cultures to potential employees. Typically the careers pages will also have open position listings. But without an integration between your HRIS or ATS and the website, adding job listings becomes one more HR to-do task. One feature that some platforms offer is a website jobs board widget. Administrators and recruiters simply create job requisitions and those listings are fed to a mobile responsive widget onto the company website, typically via an iframe. This ATS integrations lets employers easily keep the open jobs up-to-date and searchable without the extra work or worrying if your web design is optimized for mobile devices.
Job board integrations
Job seekers will check out the company career pages to look for new opportunities, but job boards are another common way to extend the reach of a newly posted position to a broader applicant pool. An ATS or HRIS with job board integrations can be a huge time saver. Usually through an established API connection when a job requisition is created the administrators can automatically push the job requisition to external job boards. This can save hours of duplicate data entry compared to uploading jobs individually per job board. Leveraging automation employers can increase the visibility new job opportunities quickly across multiple platforms creating a better chance to be found by job seekers.
Eligibility and Background screening integrations
Having automatic integrations with eVerify and background screening companies can eliminate several manual steps in the screening process for HR and recruiting teams. Look for system that can trigger these services using workflows to take full advantage of automation. Or ask how your solution provider can assist in building a connection to services that you already use.
Employee hiring/onboarding can create hundreds of checklist tasks that HR, IT, Facilities, Legal, Finance, and employees must complete when joining a company. Using solutions that can automate onboarding tasks can keep the process organized, can save hours of work, and can improve the new employee experience. Solutions that can offer paperless onboarding, digital signatures speed the onboarding process and make sure nothing is missed. Advanced ATS integrations like user provisioning allows the “hired” trigger to automatically create user profiles for employees on common business platforms including email, Google G-suite, Office365, salesforce, etc) . This can save many hours of work and back and forth between departments.
Streamline recruiting and onboarding processes with OnePoint API integrations
OnePoint HCM platform is built on a modern web architecture, making it possible to integrate the solution with the majority of cloud based platforms that organizations use everyday. Web native applications such as OnePoint have REST API which is the gold standard for modern web applications. REST API enables our platform to access almost any data point in the system, and communicate in real time to just about any third party product that is also using REST or even legacy API, such as SOAP. We offer several built integrations ready to deploy and can discuss custom integrations to connect HCM data to other business and operational systems used by our clients.