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10 Applicant Tracking Statistics That Prove You’re Hiring Like an ‘ATShole’

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Are you an ‘ATShole?’

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Is your organization one of the many whose applicant tracking system (ATS) is frustrating job applicants, scaring away new hires, and giving you a reputation as a company that doesn’t care about the candidate experience?

Odds are, yes, yes you are.

Below are the statistics that show this sorry state of affairs is real, and that prove you’re likely hiring like an ATShole.

1. 75% of recruiters and hiring professionals use a recruiting or applicant tracking system. (Source: Capterra)>>Share This!

2. 94% of recruiters and hiring professionals say their ATS or recruiting software has positively impacted their hiring process. Only 4% say it has had a negative effect. (Source: Capterra)>>Share This!

3. However, job applicants disagree. Fully 80% of candidates described their online job search and online job applications as stressful. (Source: Jibe)>>Share This!

4. Another 60% of job candidates are unable to complete online applications due to encountering tech hurdles. (Source: Jibe)>>Share This!

5. As many as 75% of qualified job applicants are rejected by ATSs due to spurious reasons like incorrect resume formatting. (Source: Forbes)>>Share This!

6. 60% of applicants quit an online application because it was too complex or too long. (Source: CareerBuilder)>>Share This!

7. While 70% of applicants feel an online application should be five steps or fewer, only 40% of employers think the same. (Source: CareerBuilder)>>Share This!

8. Almost 40% of recruiters and hiring managers have not gone through the job application process on their own website to test it. (Source: CareerBuilder)>>Share This!

9. In a test, one company created a perfect resume for an ideal candidate for a clinical scientist role, it scored a mere 43% relevance because the ATS it was submitted to misread it. (Source: Bersin & Associates)>>Share This!

10. In another test, one large firm found that the resumes of 3 out of 5 of their top engineers were screened out automatically by their ATS as not relevant. (Source: ERE Media)>>Share This!

Do you have any similar horror stories about losing good applicants due to automated errors?  Have you ever gotten negative Glassdoor reviews of your hiring process because your ATS makes it too impersonal?  What have you done to add a human touch to your candidate experience?

Add your thoughts in the comments below!

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JP Medved

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J.P. currently works as a Content Editor at Capterra, a privately held technology and online media company focused on bringing together buyers and sellers of business software. He is a graduate of Georgetown University where he founded The Georgetown Federalist. Follow him on Twitter at @rizzleJPizzle.

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More data makes for a better match, however no data (if you ask too much and the applicants bail) is killing the ROI of recruitment sourcing! Thank goodness SimpleAPI is now online to fix this problem for job boards and ATSs – and the length of the application becomes much less of an issue.

EMPLOYERS: If you want to fix this once and for all, send a note to your ATS to push them into action! http://simple-api.com/ats#tab-4

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