SmarterSelect Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

SmarterSelect

Online applicant & application management solution

4.45/5 (151 reviews)

SmarterSelect overview

What is SmarterSelect?

SmarterSelect is a web based application management platform that allows schools, awards organizations, and scholarship & grant providers to create, collect, analyze and evaluate customized application forms. The solution eliminates paper applications, helping companies to save time and focus entirely on selecting the right candidates.

The online application system helps organizations to manage the entire application process by first creating an intuitive form for applicants. Application forms can be made as simple or as comprehensive as necessary using multiple choice question types. The question flow can be tailored to change depending on the respondents answers. With the data collected, SmarterSelect automatically scores respondents based on predefined formula.

The solution helps users to schedule applicant interviews by sending invitations via text or email and provides a simple interface via which applicants can respond. The application authenticates users via single sign on and integrates with CRM/ MMS platforms from Abila/ netForum, Personify, iMIS and GIN systems to support SSO. SmarterSelect is mobile responsive and optimized to work on mobile devices. Users can analyze respondent reports on the move, through their smartphones and tablets.

Pricing

Starting from
$1000/year
Pricing options
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Free trial
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Devices

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Markets

United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia

Supported languages

English
SmarterSelect screenshot: Automatically calculate totals, scores, and formulas2017 SmarterSelect ABS TutorialSmarterSelect screenshot: Change the flow of questions depending on the applicant's answersSmarterSelect screenshot: Create program application forms easilySmarterSelect screenshot: Pre-qualify candidates with SmarterSelect's initial screening toolsSmarterSelect screenshot: Create any type of program, award, scholarship, etc. and define application deadlines SmarterSelect screenshot: Enable applicants to provide referee contact informationSmarterSelect screenshot: Link to the application from any website and start accepting online applications immediatelySmarterSelect screenshot: Select the desired dates and times for application deadlinesSmarterSelect screenshot: Specify the unique contact for each specific program

SmarterSelect reviews

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Katrina Perkosky

Great software. Great support. Great value.

Used weekly for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-11-28
Review Source: Capterra

It's easy to make custom applications and export the data from those applications, which saves time doing boring data entry work. The custom options help me offer tools to our review committees, which makes their partnerships with us more meaningful. It also has turned our application process nearly paperless, which saves us printing and paper costs, and makes looking up historical information easy.

Pros
Smarter Select is an easy-to-use platform that meets many needs for our organization. We can easily and quickly create custom applications for our variety of grant and scholarship programs. We find it very valuable to have online evaluator access, which allows our committees to get a jump start on the review process, oftentimes allowing them to reduce their number of in-person meetings, which is a big plus for busy schedules. Because application data can be easily exported into a csv/spreadsheet file, it is easy to upload to our database management system, which saves me countless hours of data entry. When I have had issues in the past, their support staff have been amazingly responsive -- my issues are often addressed and fixed the same day. I also appreciate their focus on education. Their free webinars have made it easy for me to understand the software's capabilities and new features and upgrades. All around, I'm a big fan of Smarter Select and would not be able to do my job as efficiently or easy without it!

Cons
Honestly, I have very few negative comments concerning Smarter Select. There are a few quirks to the system that you have to get used to, but once you do, it's very reliable and easy to use. Honestly, I'm hard pressed to come up with an actual con. If I can offer an improvement, it would be that once users log in, they could see any applications they have yet to complete, instead of just past applications. I would also like a way to better sort disabled past applications -- we have a lot of different apps and it gets a little crowded looking through our history. Other than that, it really is a great product.

Response from SmarterSelect


Hi Katrina,
Many thanks for your review! Our support team will contact you shortly with info on how applicants can view apps they need to complete.
Regards,
Robert

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Debbie Sellers

SmarterSelect for Grants and Scholarships

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2016-08-29
Review Source: Capterra

We have been a SmarterSelect "Bells & Whistles" subscriber since 2012. A a county-wide community foundation we utilize the program for our annual community grant cycle, multiple teacher grant programs, and over 40 scholarship programs. Each of these programs including a application, grant acceptance, and final report component. We evaluated multiple software programs before selecting SmarterSelect and continue to review programs recommended by our field. We have not found another program that offers the flexibility, features, and functionality of SmarterSelect. The SmarterSelect development team is receptive to ideas for new/enhanced features and is very responsive to issues.

Pros
The program continues to evolve in response to user input. Technical support and online tutorials make program creation and editing simple. The ability to copy & edit programs makes preparation for annual grant & scholarship cycles quick and easy. The creation of 40+ scholarship programs, some requiring unique applications and some utilizing a common application was initially a daunting task, but once the initial time investment was made, each year requires less and less time. The program itself is not difficult to use. The more complex and diverse your needs, the more complex the process becomes; however, an information technology or programming specialist is not required.

Cons
Latency. The time it takes to move between applications can cause frustration for system administrators and evaluators.

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Gabby Sheridan

SmarterSelect is a great tool to utilitize with any company!

Used weekly for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2020-09-09
Review Source: Capterra

Overall we love using this software. It has made it so easy for us to send out surveys and applications to our nurses.

Pros
SmarterSelect made it easy for us to make applications for different volunteer groups that we have. It is so easy to put the information into SmarterSelect and create applications and surveys, and send those out to our nurses.

Cons
I thought about this question for a while and truly cannot think of anything that I would say negatively about this program. We haven’t run into any issues using this software. It is easy to use and very functional.

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Jenny Woo

Would like more user-friendly and customization!

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2018-11-02
Review Source: Capterra

Pros
I like that it meets the basic needs of our program in terms of letting students apply to our program.

Cons
The user interface feels very slow and clunky. It's not super intuitive. For example, when creating an application form, I assume I can just edit by clicking on what I see, but in order to actually edit a section, I have to click through the sections on the right hand side first, and that doesn't seem very intuitive. I also wish we could create our own statuses that would allow us to do specific autoscoring. For example, one of the things we need to do is make sure that the applicants have submitted the correct attachments. I wish we could check for that in SmarterSelect continuously throughout the application period and not just at the end.

Response from SmarterSelect


Hi Jenny, Many thanks for your review! We appreciate your feedback on our user interface as we continuous work to improve it. Regarding your own statuses, create them with a multiple choice question with the Admin question class so that only you can see them.
Regards,
Robert

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Paige Jovanovic

The platform is easy to navigate and very helpful. I do have issues with getting responses from CS.

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2017-11-16
Review Source: Capterra

This has helped our program streamline our application process. It also makes it possible to contact applicants and receive documentation more efficiently. Thank to this program we are able to track metrics and properly evaluate our recruitment and program.

Pros
I love the new features and how easy it is to contact/update applicants. Creating our own blast emails and having the capability to edit pre-formatted ones also helps us with our unique application process.

Cons
Whenever I have an issue with the platform, or unsure about the limitations of a feature I find it difficult to contact customer service or a specialist. The "Submit form" process is not personable and difficult to explain the issues I experience. I would prefer to have an account manager to discuss how to maximize the efficiency of the platform rather than the videos, which are not helpful in our unique process. Also, I would like to have the capability to split the application into phases, and not sure if that is possible with this platform.

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SmarterSelect pricing

Starting from
$1000/year
Pricing options
Subscription
Free trial
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Create : $1,000/annum (500 users)
Enhance : $3,000/annum (2500 users)
Enterprise : $5,000/annum (Unlimited users)

SmarterSelect features

Activity Tracking
Auditing
Data Import/Export

API (407 other apps)
Access Control (167 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (223 other apps)
Alerts / Escalation (116 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (165 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (110 other apps)
Compliance Management (120 other apps)
Data Visualization (116 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (118 other apps)
Monitoring (264 other apps)
Real Time Data (109 other apps)
Real Time Monitoring (140 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (181 other apps)
Role-Based Permissions (102 other apps)
Search Functionality (104 other apps)
Third Party Integration (223 other apps)
Workflow Management (137 other apps)

Security and privacy

Encryption

Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options
This will ask you to sign in with LinkedIn

Videos and tutorials

Additional information for SmarterSelect

Key features of SmarterSelect

  • Request tracking
  • Analyze data
  • Ad hoc reporting
  • Applicant workflow
  • Auditing
  • Automatic reminders
  • Customizable application forms
  • Data filtering
  • Instant messaging
  • Applicant interview scheduling
  • Pre-screening
  • Real time notifications
  • Single sign-on
  • Send SMS messages to users
  • Links to Facebook
  • Website integration
  • PDF conversion
  • Email monitoring
  • Data export
  • Customizable questions
  • Question library
  • Scheduled emails
  • Application forms
  • Applicant tracking
  • List printing
  • Match applicants to programs
  • Email & text reminders and broadcasts
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Benefits

• SmarterSelect enables organizations to create their own custom application forms, to which respondents can attach documents or files.

• SmarterSelect can automatically calculate totals, scores and formulas for initial applicant screening and ranking.

• Users can design customized reports to analyze applicant data.

• Users can share data with others in PDF format or export it to an internal database for further use.

• The software provides real-time updates on the status of all applications, notifying users of any application modification or progression.