Written by Holly Watson | March 30, 2016
You’ve been given the all-clear to begin your search for recruitment software. But where should you start?
The recruitment software market is becoming increasingly crowded and difficult to navigate – it can be hard to find exactly what your business is looking for.
As such, it’s important to have a plan in place when you start your search – after all, this is going to be what your team uses to manage recruitment activities so it needs to work for everyone and meet your company’s requirements.
We know the struggles that companies can go through when it comes to finding the perfect piece of recruitment software for them, so we’ve put together a list of four steps you should take to kick off your search:
1. Have a requirements meeting
The requirements meeting should be the first thing that you think about doing; after all, there’s no point in starting your search if you have no idea what you’re looking for.
Sit down with your team and discuss your biggest recruitment challenges – these are the things that are holding up your recruitment process and slowing you down.
For example, if you find that a great deal of your time is spent fielding calls from unsuccessful applicants, you might want to consider investing in a system that can send automated candidate communications.
Once you’ve produced your list of recruitment challenges, as well as any features that you’d like your system to have, make sure that you keep these things at the forefront of your mind in your search.
It’s easy to be led off track, particularly if you look at a piece of software that’s visually awesome. However, if it doesn’t match up with your requirements, it’s not going to be worth your money.
2. Research the market
When making any purchase for your business, it’s important to complete extensive research of what’s currently on the market.
Remember to stick to your list of requirements. Try making a grid, with your requirements listed in columns at the top, with each supplier listed in rows down the side, so you can fill this in as you gather information. This will make it easier to compare suppliers.
Researching the market also allows you to get an idea of pricing and what you should be expecting for your budget. This will stop you going into your demonstrations blind and with unreasonable expectations regarding what you’re likely to get for your money.
3. Book some demos
You can only learn a certain amount of information about a piece of recruitment software by looking at websites and trawling through brochures. Book as many software demonstrations as possible so that you can see first-hand how each piece of software works and how easy it is to use.
Try to include as many members of your team as possible in these demonstrations. Don’t forget, these are the people who will be using the system on a day-to-day basis so their opinion is vital.
Demos are also a great time for asking questions – don’t be afraid to query anything that the supplier shows you and raise any issues or concerns.
4. Confide in your potential suppliers
Don’t be cautious about sharing information with your potential suppliers. Some companies might be reluctant to provide details of their budget at an earlier stage, however sharing this information will ensure that your supplier only shows you the most suitable options within your price range.
Don’t forget – at the end of this process you’re going to be entering a partnership with one of these vendors so it’s important to be honest and open so you can get exactly what you’re looking for.
Are you ready to start your search for recruitment software? Request a demo of Webrecruit’s Fusion today.