The problem with Recruitment isn't solved by a new ATS

I’ve been playing around with a few new ATS (Applicant Tracking System) solutions, and the available software has definitely come a long way since Taleo.

By Ilya

I’ve been playing around with a few new ATS (Applicant Tracking System) solutions, and the available software has definitely come a long way since Taleo.


But while the User Experience is much smoother and more modern, I can’t help feeling like the core problem is still not being solved.


I imagine myself as a hiring manager, sitting in a (probably windowless) office, going through the ATS workflow: create a job post -> advertise it -> wait for CVs to come in -> screen them -> decide which to interview -> schedule interviews etc. etc.


It’s miserable! I’m having to decide the fates of real people and my company, largely based on a page of bullet points. I have no idea whether i’m making the right choices or not. So whether i’m making them in an excel spreadsheet, an old ATS, or a brand new ATS, the whole process at the base level still feels wrong.


What I want is better filtration, so instead of 200 applicants, i’m getting 20 qualified ones (and i don’t want to pay a recruiter 15k for that). Next i want to know more about each qualified candidate before scheduling a physical meeting. How about a video call or have them send in a video clip? And I want some great structured way to evaluate how they will actually contribute to our team, our company and our culture.


There is tons of innovation happening throughout HRTech and that’s exciting. But as the Industrial Age has well and truly given way to the Digital Age, as the talent-pool fills with Digital natives, as the needs of companies and styles of working change irreversibly, I can’t help feeling the Recruitment process needs an overhaul at the deepest levels, and a smoother ATS is only one piece of the puzzle.

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