Top 10 recruitment software packages for businesses

Whether your business is a tiny brick-and-mortar shop or an online enterprise, you’ll likely need to make hiring decisions. People are the lifeblood of any business, but recruitment can be a seriously time-consuming, difficult process.

Recruitment software uses automation to make candidates’ information easier to process, and it’s easy to customise packages and processes to fit your own needs.

Read on learn about 10 of the best recruiting software packages for businesses in the UK.

Hired

Hired positions itself as a ‘curated marketplace’ where recruiters and hiring managers are matched with tech talent who are actively looking and ready to interview. Through Hired, candidates and companies alike have insight into salary offers, similar opportunities and job details. 

Hired subverts the usual hiring process in that companies reach out to potential workers – not the other way around. Every candidate undergoes a vetting process. 

Since the site focuses on technical roles its positive response rate is an impressive 60%, compared to 8% through typical channels. 

A success fee is charged to employers at around 15% of the new hire’s salary, and a free demo is available on request.

Hire by Google

Hire is Google’s own recruitment and applicant management system and forms part of the G Suite package. Designed for medium-sized businesses, it works seamlessly with Google Calendar and Gmail. 

Google is the first place many applicants begin a job search, and its hiring system is based around that; it’s fully optimised for Google search and gives you access to a huge pool of candidates.

Like other platforms, Google Hire allows you to match the hiring process to the job requirements –  if you’re looking for a DevOps engineer, for example, you can require a coding test. 

Pricing starts at $100 per month.

Workable

Workable is a standalone applicant tracking system that streamlines the hiring process and makes it easier to find the right people for a job.

With Workable, you set up a branded careers page and then promote vacancies to relevant sites. One of the site’s big selling points is that it can publish your job listing across more than 180 free and premium job boards, ensuring that it reaches as many candidates as possible. That’s a pretty big return on investment; if anything, you might end up with more applicants than you know what to do with.

Once applications start coming in, it’s simple to filter through and make a decision. The system automatically pulls pictures from linked social media accounts to help you put a face to a name; it can also schedule interviews and run background checks.

Pricing starts from $99 per job, per month on a pay as you go basis with a free 15-day trial.

Fountain

Fountain uses automation to track, filter and analyse job candidates so you can spend more time on the interview stage. The application process is fully customisable, with Fountain offering questionnaires, personality assessments and video interviews as stages.

Businesses recruiting in large numbers will be pleased to see that the site tracks cost per hire, the time it takes to fill a vacancy and candidate drop-off rates. Fountain automatically marks the best candidate based on your criteria and can send text messages directly to applicants.

Fountain caters to small businesses and enterprises alike; its clients include John Lewis and Uber. The Lite tier, aimed toward brick-and-mortar businesses with up to three locations, is free.

Freshteam

Freshteam is another tool that can help you to source, screen, interview and hire job candidates. Its special features include candidate engagement tools, including canned responses, and the ability to save a candidate for later jobs that are a better fit.

Freshteam creates full applicant profiles that include emails, interaction history, interview scores and notes along with the pertinent details of their CV, so you can access everything you need from one place. The job application process is customisable and integrates with Skype and Google Hangouts to make video interviews easy.

Freshteam is free for businesses with up to 50 employees and three active job listings; paid packages run from $50 per month.

Jobvite

Jobvite claims to be ‘the industry’s most complete recruiting platform’. The system includes an applicant tracking system, social recruiting, on-demand video screening, analytics, onboarding and seamless integration with other HR systems. 

Bigger businesses can create branded career websites with customised forms, applications and hiring stages; Jobvite counts LinkedIn, Universal Music Group and Spotify among its customers.

Jobvite’s pricing starts from $500 per month and varies depending upon the number of staff.

Talentvine

Talentvine uses a mix of automation and professional staff to handle the recruitment process for you. Professionals write your advert and publish it to free and premium job boards including Monster, Indeed and Facebook. Pre-screening questions are automated and the built-in applicant tracking system is simple to understand and navigate.

Talentvine pricing starts from £199 for one 28-day advert.

Breezy HR

Breezy HR’s human resources system hits all the key notes, including in-depth candidate management, communication and interview scheduling. Most interestingly, Breezy offers social sourcing from a range of sites including LinkedIn, Indeed, GitHub, AngelList and Xing.

Breezy’s candidate tracking provides a birds-eye view of your applicants and their current status, along with a drag-and-drop management system. Other features include task automation, bulk email and the ability to use custom scorecards and interview guides.

The bare-bones version of Breezy is free, while paid packages start from $149 per month.

Bullhorn

Bullhorn is another cloud-based solution, though a little unusual in that it offers applicant tracking, customer relationship management and operations in one place.

Bullhorn’s system uses predictive intelligence to help increase recruiter productivity, improve candidate experiences and make better business decisions. The software is rich in insights and detailed reports while remaining easy to use. Bullhorn will also notify you with actionable insights if anything looks wrong in an account, meaning you can nip problems in the bud.

Pricing is by quote only, and Bullhorn offers four tiers: Team, Corporate, Enterprise and Enterprise Plus.

BambooHR

BambooHR is a well-rounded human resources package for small and medium businesses. Unlike other services on this list, Bamboo HR handles staff from recruitment through their time at your business. This includes onboarding, progress reports and time-off tracking, making it a good option for businesses looking for software that multitasks.

Pricing starts from $6.19 per employee per month, depending on your business’s needs.

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