What is Applicant Tracking System?

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An applicant tracking system automates an organization’s recruiting and staffing operations, and provides a central repository for candidate data - including résumés and applications. An ATS is built to help you better manage every stage in the recruiting process, from application to hire, while delivering greater overall efficiency.

Applicant Tracking System

What is an applicant tracking system (ATS) and why and how do companies use them?

Applicant tracking systems (ATS) are used by many employers to process job applications and to manage the hiring process. Applicant tracking systems provide an automated way for companies to manage the entire recruiting process, from receiving applications to hiring employees.

The information in the database is used for screening candidates, applicant testing, scheduling interviews, managing the hiring process, checking references, and completing new-hire paperwork.

Why Companies Use Applicant Tracking Systems

Applicant tracking systems are are also used for regulatory compliance and to track sources of candidates - where the candidate found the job posting i.e. on a job board, directly from a company website, through a referral or from another source.


Ready to take a deeper dive into the world of applicant tracking systems? Check out the ATS Buyer’s Guide for everything you need to know to make a worthwhile investment in your firm’s future.

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