Written by Holly Watson | December 22, 2015
When you’re starting to think about investing in recruitment software, it’s likely that you will be attending multiple demonstrations.
There’s a great deal of software on the market and, as such, it’s important to get the most out of these demos that you possibly can.
A recruitment software demonstration is your chance to ask any of the questions that you have about the software.
And, if you’re going to be investing precious money and time into your new system, it’s important that you’re told and shown everything that you need to know.
So, how can you be sure that you’re getting the most value out of your demo?
Here are Webrecruit’s four top tips to ensure that you get all the information you need from your recruitment software demonstration:
1. Ask the right questions
Before your demonstration, sit down and prepare a list of questions. It’s always good to have questions prepared as when you’re being told a lot of information, it can be easy to get distracted and forget what your original queries were.
Talk to your HR Team and get their input – after all, they’re going to be the people using the system on a day-to-day basis, so make sure any queries or concerns that they have are answered.
If you’re stuck for ideas, common questions that our Tech Team hears from clients are:
“How long will the implementation take?”
“How much will it cost?”
“How are you different from other suppliers?”
Don’t just ask your prepared questions; also query anything that confuses you during the demonstration.
2. Prepare yourself
It’s important that you don’t go into a demonstration blind. It can be easy to be won over when you’re being shown a smart bit of technology that seems to solve every HR admin problem that you’ve ever experienced.
Make sure that you research the market first and establish a price that you’re willing to pay. Don’t be tempted to automatically choose the cheapest system – lots of recruitment software can scale with your business. Although a system might be cheaper in the short term, you might not be able to enhance it as your business and requirements grow.
Weigh up the cost of recruitment software against that value that it can deliver to your business.
Additionally, it’s important to look into the scale of the software already on the market and think about your requirements. Do you just need a system that will support your existing processes? Or does your business require a full-blown, enterprise level piece of kit?
3. Make suppliers aware of your requirements
Before going into your recruitment software demonstration, make sure that the supplier is aware of some basic information about your HR function – explain your current recruitment process, how many employees you have and who will likely be using your system.
It’s also important to talk about what you’re hoping to achieve as a business and why you’re thinking about using recruitment software. This will give suppliers a chance to tailor their demonstrations to meet your unique needs and requirements.
4. Explain your technical ability before your demo
If you’re a bit of a technophobe, explain this before your demo. This will ensure that your supplier explains the software in the right way and makes things as simple as possible. If your supplier is going at too fast of a pace in the demo, don’t be afraid to interrupt them and let them know.
Likewise, if you have strong technical abilities, a simplistic demo might be a bit boring or borderline patronising. So it’s important to explain your technical ability before you start.
If you’re tech-savvy but your team aren’t, it might be worth getting one or two members to sit on the demo with you to make sure that everything makes sense to them. Again, remember that it’s your HR Team who will be using the system on a day-to-day basis.
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