Technology is a major time-saver, especially when it comes to searching for the best new candidate. Integrating your Applicant Tracking System (ATS) with your background screening provider may seem intimidating on the surface, but it is a much-needed step that can make your hiring search more efficient. Having a realistic picture of the ATS integration process will turn the experience from a daunting task into a simple solution for your staffing department.
Research Your ATS’s Capabilities
Every ATS has a different interface, and it’s important to know what your system is capable of before beginning an integration. For example, not every ATS will allow personal identifying information, such as social security numbers and dates of birth to be entered, but that information is required for a proper background screen.
Some workflows may seem right on paper, but falter when put into the system. Researching what your ATS is capable of prior to the process will certainly help set expectations but being open to revising your plan will expedite the development. “It is so beneficial to think outside the box with integration,” explained Tris Chapman, Director of Corporate Solutions for ESS. “Our team is here to educate clients towards success.”
Additional methods and systems, such as ESS’s Swifthire candidate portal, that allow personal identifying information to be stored may be needed to meet your expectations.
Prepare for a Big Technical Project
Large-scale technical projects are quiet an undertaking and require lots of preparation. It’s crucial to build a trusting relationship with your project manager and be prepared for constant communication. Integration projects are dependent on meetings, training and testing, and while the process will be guided by your background screening provider and ATS, responsiveness is key.
ESS currently integrates with more than 40 ATS and partner platforms. We provide an array of smart solutions and accommodate both turn-key or custom integrations for any size business, many of which are completed in 30 days or less. For additional information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and click here to read more on ESS Integrations.