3 Major Pitfalls of Applicant Tracking Systems – A Quick Look

Applicant Tracking System

Let’s all face it. Applicant tracking systems (ATS) is nothing new and is mandatory for recruiters these days’ in order to make the best possible hires.

What is an Applicant Tracking System?

For all those who are new in the domain in the recruitment industry, ATS refers to applicant tracking systems, which is a software program that automates the process of recruitment tracking by handling job applications and resume data electronically.

These days’ most companies and internet job portals fall back on the ATS, due to the sheer volume of interest they have in each and every position vacant in their organization.

Use of Applicant Tracking Systems

Needless to say that these days’ ATSs are used rampantly by all companies. However, when appearing for an interview, candidates are often asked to furnish a hard copy of a resume. But, these do not mean that the importance of ATSs become any less.

Bigger organizations usually prefer using ATSs as it helps in dealing with a lot of backlog in hiring. Moreover, when you are hiring for more nearly 100 positions at one time, the workforce and budget is simply not available to process the thousands of resumes. While ATSs are highly beneficial in terms of streamlining the process of interview, there are a few downfalls of using them as well. These pitfalls are particularly rough for job seekers since according to some experts, nearly three-quarters of applicants are not getting past the system.

3 Major Pitfalls of Applicant Tracking Systems

Some of the major pitfalls of an ATS are explained in the paragraphs below:

#1. Miss out on potentially good candidates

One of the major pitfalls of an ATS is that, there’s a strong chance of missing out on potentially good job candidates. ATSs ae usually designed to look for resumes and applications that meet the exact requirements of the vacant job position advertised for. While, this might not sound like anything grossly bad, but often times it can imply that candidates with valuable job experience, and planning to switch careers or industries, and have a varied resume, do not even get considered for the role.

#2. Sometimes inaccurate and unreliable

Occasional inaccuracy and unreliability is another major drawback on ATSs. This might come as a surprise for many, but nonetheless, it is a fact and happens often. For example, it has been found that applicant tracking systems often reject resumes for unacceptable reasons, such as the scanner unable to read them properly. On the other hand, if a resume is a little more complex than others, thus may also cause the system to reject it. Needless to say that this is definitely unfair for candidates and businesses alike.

#3. Eliminating perfectly reliable candidates

Yes. This is a fact. In certain cases, ATSs do end up eliminating perfectly reliable candidates. This is because, ATSs often have a limit for the applicant’s information. This implies that organizations often end up eliminating some candidates who may be perfectly suitable for the job. Needless to say that this is certainly counterproductive.

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