Applicant tracking software (ATS) is used by human resources professionals to better manage the entire recruiting process - from applicant searching, to screening, interviewing and hiring. These solutions allow you to manage large amounts of job applicants by sorting and filtering candidates based on pre-defined filters. They also provide a secure platform to store and backup key applicant information, including resumes, cover letters, screening tests, interview notes and progress reports.
When HR teams, recruiters, managers and employers are faced with large volumes of incoming resumes, these can be narrowed down based on the criteria you set using your applicant tracking system. This might include filtering by former employment, years of experience, grades achieved, schools attended and certain skills, abilities or certificates attained.
Applicant tracking software (ATS) not only helps to reduce the number of curriculum vitaes "CVs" you need to read, but can also provide an overview of the total number of CVs received and organize them in a logical way. Applications and resumes can be searched within the database using key terms and specific filters. This archiving makes it easy to compare like-for-like CVs, as well as to retrieve previously received CVs for new job openings.
Data is not only pulled from resumes and applications, but can also be garnered from other sources, such as social media platforms. Data protection features form a common part of most applicant tracking systems, helping you ensure you meet legislative requirements.
In addition to data mining, many applicant tracking systems help to attract the right candidates by helping to create job posts and bulletin boards. These features can be useful for making job positions available to internal candidates on a corporate career site before recruiting externally.
Many of these solutions also facilitate the training and onboarding of new candidates, providing features such as background checks, interview and training tools. These solutions also provide collaboration tools for team members and managers such as note leaving and commenting on the progress of interviews, training and on-boarding.
Applicant tracking systems often form part of larger HR software suites, as well as forming integrations or add-ons with talent management solutions. These applications can be beneficial to agency recruiters, large enterprises and small businesses alike.
GetApp's quarterly ranking showcases the top 25 Applicant Tracking (ATS) apps based in the cloud. Each app is scored using five factors, worth 20 points each, for a total possible score out of 100. These factors include user reviews, integrations, mobile app availability, media presence, and security. Each app's score is independent of commercial interests and existing relationships that GetApp has with app vendors.
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GetApp's Category Leader ranking is for business owners and decision makers looking for a comprehensive list of the leading cloud-based software products in the industry.
The ranking serves as a point of reference highlighting key factors that small businesses should look at when assessing a piece of software. These factors include user perception (reviews), compatibility (integrations and mobile compatibility), market presence (media presence), and security features (security).
An app's score is calculated using five unique data points, each scored out of 20, giving a total score out of 100. The ranking and scoring methodology ensure complete impartiality and independence from any relationships that GetApp has with app vendors.
Review scores are calculated using reviews collected from GetApp and its sister sites, Software Advice and Capterra. Scores are calculated based on the total number, average rating, and recency of reviews.
The number of reviews and average user rating are scaled against the category average. A weighting is then applied to reward recency of user reviews: reviews written in the last 6 months score up to 10 points, those written between 6 and 12 months ago score up to 6 points, and those more than 12 months old score up to 4 points. These numbers are added together to give a total maximum score of 20.
Integration scores factor in a number of variables. Up to 16 points are awarded based on the number of integrations an app has; the first 10 points are awarded based on the number of integrations relative to the category average, while 4 points are awarded based on the number of integrations relative to the leaders in the category. An additional 5 points is awarded for an integration with Zapier, a widely used software integration platform, while an extra point is given for having an open API. The total possible score for integrations is 20 points.
Mobile scores are calculated based on the availability of an iOS and Android app. 5 points are awarded for the presence of each app, with an additional 10 points being awarded for the number and average rating of reviews in both the App Store and Google Play. These review scores are calculated and scaled against the competition for a maximum of 5 points per platform and an overall maximum score of 20.
If there isn't a native iOS or Android app, the product's website is assessed using Google's PageSpeed Insights to measure mobile usability. The score is returned out of 100, then scaled to a score out of 5 for a maximum of 5 points.
Media presence is calculated using the number of Twitter followers and Facebook fans that an app has. The number of fans and followers are added together, and each app is scored based on this overall number, compared with others in the category. The first 15 points are awarded for the combined number of followers and fans scaled against the category average, while the final 5 points are awarded for the combined number of followers and fans scaled against the top leaders in the category. These two scores are added together for a total out of 20 points.
Security scoring is calculated using answers from a vendor-completed survey. The questions in the survey are based on the Cloud Security Alliance self-assessment form as part of the Security, Trust & Assurance Registry. With 15 questions, each answer is assigned a point value based on vendor response, with additional points given for security certifications, for a maximum possible score of 20.
In the event of a tie, each data point is weighted for importance, with security taking precedent, followed by reviews, integrations, mobile apps, and media presence, respectively.
*All data points combining calculations for both ratings and reviews are calculated using a Bayesian estimate, which is a weighted average that includes the number of reviews and the rating of an app, benchmarked against others in the category.