Selecting an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) recruitment solution versus a best-in-breed talent acquisition solution is common these days, especially as companies look to reduce costs. What companies should also consider is that cost reduction is not necessarily a worthwhile tradeoff when it comes to “winning the war for talent.”
Identifying top talent can be a challenge. HR professionals need a platform that can efficiently track applicants, is easy-to-use for both employees and applicants, and is configurable enough to empower users to streamline their own unique process. Recruiters need to maximize their focus and put all of their attention into attracting, organizing, communicating, and retaining top talent for their companies. They should not be spending their time with data entry.
The Solution: Best-in-Class Integrations
The best way recruiters can save time is through a system integration, the process of bringing together your vendor subsystems into a single platform and ensuring that the systems function together seamlessly. This way, companies can optimize and streamline their recruitment processes by automating feeds between their applicant tracking system and other vendors such as assessment, background check, and job requisition providers. With an integration, pre-hire processes can be completed with speed and accuracy – eliminating the need to check multiple systems for information. There are many success stories from companies that are benefiting from reduced turnaround times and system simplicity by integrating their current ATS with vendors.
The Power of Using One System and the Benefits of APIs
Recruiters should be able to focus on the tasks at hand within the recruitment lifecycle without having to leave the ATS. The use of application programming interface (API) allows users to see just one interface, but behind the scenes, vendor applications need to work together. This type of integration is seamless, since the user never notices when software functions are handed from one application to another. An API specifies a set of functions or routines that accomplish a specific task or are allowed to interact with a specific software component.
Web Service API and integration tools allow recruiters to share data between their ATS and other recruitment vendors without extensive customization, which involves far more time and technical resources Examples of these types of recruitment vendors includes tasks like sourcing, screening, building relationships, background screening, tax credit processing, I-9 processing, offers, etc. Simplifying the process by which information is gathered and stored allows recruiters to focus on their number one priority: finding top talent, which is of course the ultimate goal of a well-functioning ATS.
By eliminating manual data entry, companies also prevent common errors that can slow down the recruitment process. Integration technology establishes a direct line of access to the information their vendors need, thus avoiding the hassle of having to log-in to several websites. This in turn reduces typos, transposed numbers, and other similar mistakes.
Additionally, ensure your ATS Professional Services team has a breadth of experience with API’s and other interface programs provided by the leading vendors. An experienced Professional Services team will put your company in the best position for success when integrating virtually any third party HR system.
To win the war for talent, organizations without ATS integrations should reassess their systems. If you are a recruiter, raise the issue to your management team. If you are a recruiting manager, initiate a dialogue with relevant people in IT to start the ball rolling and discern what is feasible and reasonable for your organization and system-specific requirements. If you are a recruiting technology manager, prioritizing technical needs is important. Even before tackling integration issues, make sure recruiters can access and fully utilize the ATS itself. Then focus on the system integration opportunities your organization should be reaping benefits from and allow recruiters to do what they love….Connect, Recruit, Onboard.