Candidates abandoning applications due to poor ATS integration

Candidates abandoning applications due to poor ATS integration


A lack of integration between job boards and applicant tracking systems (ATSs) means the needs of employers and candidates are not being sufficiently met, with candidates more likely to abandon applications before they have been completed.

A global survey of job board operators commissioned by US firm reThinkData found just 12% were able to track completed online job applications after redirecting candidates to employers’ applicant tracking systems (ATSs).

In addition, 91% of respondents said they don’t receive crucial performance information regarding the candidates they deliver to ATSs.

A total of 113 job board operators took part in the survey, which gathered data about their ability to work effectively with ATSs in serving the needs of employers and job seekers.

John Bell, reThinkData president and CEO, said the disconnect is, in large part, responsible for the soaring rate at which job candidates abandon online applications before completing them. He pointed out that researchers have estimated the candidate abandonment rate to be as high as 90%.

Bell said: “The results of the survey are very clear. Job board operators around the world feel they need to be much better integrated with ATSs.

“The widespread lack of integration between the two groups undermines everyone’s ability to serve employers and job seekers with the quality and efficiency they deserve. It also keeps most job board operators from providing accurate reports to their client organisations or even measuring their own performance and the value they deliver.”

Monday, 19 October 2015

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daniel heath Date: Oct 19, 2015

As a job board provider I would hardly expect clients to be openly forthcoming in regards to their data, in a world where everything is negotiated it would be naive to think they would be willing to show their hand so openly. Unfortunately.

Alex Hens Date: Oct 23, 2015

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