Run hiring like a business by creating a hiring supply chain with your applicant tracking system.


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When it comes to manufacturing a product, anything that slows progress impacts the bottom line. Excessive inventory, inefficient processes and wasted resources are common examples of inefficiencies that slow growth. Like producing a product, another business function that easily gets derailed by inefficiencies and broken processes is hiring. Whether you still have an inbox full of potential job applicants, or you’re working with email and spreadsheets, an applicant tracking system is the answer to creating a hiring supply chain that produce hires faster, smarter and safer.

Like a typical manufacturing process, the goal of corporate recruiting is to recruit job applicants as efficiently and effectively as possible. You won’t catch a successful manufacturer still using email and spreadsheets to track their supply chain production processes. Today’s manufacturers, no matter their size, use technology to track inventory, production and fulfillment processes closely. Supply chain software creates the visibility that business managers need to detect bottlenecks and other problems before they become costly mistakes.

Similarly, employers can’t expect to hire successfully without the right applicant tracking system in place. Smart employers of every size are (or already have) replacing manual and email driven recruiting processes with modern applicant tracking systems that immediately empower them to organize and manage all facets of the recruiting and hiring processes. Today’s modern, cloud-based applicant tracking systems provide employers the same type of automation, process improvement and visibility that supply chain managers have long relied on to be successful.


STEP 1: Requisition / Job Approval
Create automated, email-driven job (and offer) approval processes to ensure that the proper budgets are in place before you mobilize recruiting resources.

STEP 2: Automate Online Employment Application Processes
Modern applicant tracking systems now feature deep integrations with employers’ websites that empower applicants to apply online easily from any device or computer. Smart, stage-specific emails and auto-responders keep everyone involved in the process up-to-date increasing the collaboration between employers and job applicants.

STEP 3: Automate Job Advertising
Smart applicant tracking systems will automatically distribute jobs to the world’s largest job search engines at no cost. Additionally, modern applicant tracking systems empower employers to post to the most popular job boards with one-click and without a middleman or other costly job distribution solutions.

STEP 4: Applicant Screening, Filtering and Assessment
Listen, humans, specifically good recruiters, still have the best heuristics engines to make assumptions about potential job fits. Scoring systems that rate candidates based on answers to screening questions or worse, on key words on their resumes, are inaccurate and risky from a compliance perspective. However, the best applicant tracking systems will feature predictive, behavioral assessments that help employers prioritize applicants that have the most potential to be a fit for specific job openings.

STEP 5: Interview Scheduling Automation
The most modern applicant tracking systems integrate with employers’ corporate email programs like MS Outlook and Gmail to help automate the cumbersome task of interview scheduling. Today’s applicant tracking systems include intelligent interview scheduling software that eliviates the lionshare of administrative burden on HR and recruiting teams that coordinate job interviews with applicants and hiring managers.

STEP 6: Feedback and Evaluation Collection
Closing the loop on the interview process is a critical step at the end of every recruiting process. An applicant tracking system helps HR and recruiting teams illicit feedback from interviewers. Feedback is then stored in the system so managers can easily access data used to make the decisions that drive hiring.

STEP 7: Background Checks and Drug Screening
Today, applicant tracking systems integrate seamlessly with pre employment background and drug screening resources. Users click a button right on an applicant’s record to launch the screening process – no forms to collect, no sensitive information to gather.

STEP 8: Reporting
When an applicant tracking system is implemented properly and discrete stages that represent each step of the hiring supply chain are standardized, then and only then, will employers effortlessly create custom reports that tell the story of recruiting performance. Recruiting analytics that generate staffing, requisition, budget and general recruiting KPI reports come as functionality of modern applicant tracking systems.

Are you ready to create a hiring supply chain that turns your recruiting process into a well-oiled machine? Want to improve your time to fill? Need better visibility into your recruiting pipelines? Do you wish you had better recruiting analytics reports? Contact a Newton applicant tracking system specialist today to learn how employers using Newton hire employees faster, smarter an safer.


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