5 Reasons to Integrate Your ATS System to a Talent Intelligence Platform

Your Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is a necessary part of your company’s hiring process. Without an ATS, you could not manage a large volume of applications, track each individual through the correct hiring process through on boarding, or ensure compliance with legal requirements.

An ATS is necessary, but it may not be sufficient to support all your hiring needs—especially if your company still needs to hire more people, hire faster, hire at lower cost, or improve diversity. Needs like this are better met with a Talent Intelligence Platform.

Once you have both a Talent Intelligence Platform and an ATS, there is further value in connecting these two technologies with two-way syncing. Here are five reasons to connect your ATS system to a Talent Intelligence Platform.

1. You can search your ATS

Applicant Tracking Systems are most important for standardizing business process and maintaining records. While they perform these functions very well, they are not ideal for searching the ATS database to discover new talent.

As your ATS database grows, potentially to millions of candidate records, it can become difficult to locate talent within the system. Keyword-based and Boolean searches work poorly against candidate data. Unless you know the name of a specific person whose record you wish to find, your ATS search will probably fail.

By connecting your ATS to a Talent Intelligence Platform, your existing database is accessible to the superior search capabilities of the Talent Intelligence Platform: fast indexing, ranking, and context driven by AI. The AI-driven Platform becomes the best way to interact with your ATS data.

2. You can update ATS candidate profiles automatically

Applicant Tracking Systems only contain the data that candidates have provided about themselves, and that recruiters and hiring managers have entered about the candidates. At the conclusion of the hiring cycle for a given candidate, the data is no longer refreshed.

This reality creates a challenge if your company ever wishes to recruit past candidates. Your information on a candidate’s contact information, location, current employer, skills, and professional interests quickly goes out of date.

When your ATS is connected to a Talent Intelligence Platform, the Platform’s profile for your candidate can be automatically kept current with publicly available data. You will be able to stay in touch, and remain relevant, to a larger percentage of your past candidates. And you’ll be able to discover when past candidates might be ready to consider your company again.

3. You can nurture and recruit “silver medalists”

You hire exactly one person for every open position. But chances are, you had at least one other candidate qualified and willing to take the job. The people you didn’t hire would have become great employees, and just didn’t happen to get hired at the time—so wouldn’t you want to employ them in the future?

All the investment of effort that went into recruiting these “silver medalists” is wasted if your company never engages them again. Sadly, that is often what happens. There is no place on a podium for the runner-up for a job—usually, there is only silence. What a waste!

With a Talent Intelligence Platform connected to your ATS, you have a system that’s designed to maintain relationships with the strong performers you might still want to hire in the future. The Talent Intelligence Platform can continually nurture your past candidates, until the day arrives when you will be in a position to recruit them again.

4. You can analyze hiring criteria objectively, and without limitations

Within an ATS, you have very limited ways to evaluate the potential performance of your candidates. Your interview notes are important, but subjective. You can rate candidates using test scores, past companies, years of experience, and other measures, but these are limited to the data you have.

A better and more objective way to evaluate candidates is to use AI-based models, but even if your company has tremendous technical skill to develop these models, you are limited by your data. The world’s largest companies still possess only a tiny fraction of the world’s candidate data.

A Talent Intelligence Platform offers you the ability to use models developed with the world’s intelligence. Connected to your ATS, this Platform can tell you which of your candidates best meet your holistic requirements far more accurately than any other single system or method. As a result, you can define the hiring criteria appropriate to your business and be confident that your eventual hire was considered against those criteria.

5. You can transfer data more easily among ATS and other corporate systems

Your ATS may not be designed to connect with other enterprise systems. If you decide to switch ATS providers, customize new technology, or combine existing systems, you might discover that moving your data is difficult and costly.

A Talent Intelligence Platform, by its nature, is designed to work with other sources of candidate data—ATS especially. Most ATS technologies can be integrated to a Talent Intelligence Platform easily, culminating in a two-way sync in a matter of hours.

Therefore, you can use a Talent Intelligence Platform as a hub of candidate information, bypassing the limitations of ATS data transfers.

ATS Integration Makes Your ATS More Valuable

With your ATS connected to a Talent Intelligence Platform, you gain fundamentally new powers. You have the latest information on your candidate pool. You can find candidates who meet your company’s current needs, no matter how large your database is today. You can make more hires from past candidates, and look at their qualifications more precisely and objectively.

All of this new power doesn’t make your ATS less important. On the contrary, it makes your ATS more valuable as a record of everyone your company has ever encountered. ATS integration with a Talent Intelligence Platform unlocks value.

Add AI-Powered Talent Management to Greenhouse ATS in 4 Hours

What can you do in 4 hours? At the office, there’s probably not a lot you can get finished in half a day: You can have a few meetings, give several interviews, maybe write a report. Or you could add a powerful Talent Intelligence Platform to your Greenhouse Applicant Tracking System (ATS), and gain new capabilities you never had before.

We’re partnering with Greenhouse because we agree that finding talented people is too hard today. The combination of Greenhouse ATS and the Eightfold Talent Intelligence Platform is making every aspect of talent management better for our customers.

Here are four reasons why Eightfold and Greenhouse are great together:

  1. We both work to give our customers a competitive advantage. Greenhouse optimizes recruiting operations for better interviews and more impactful hiring decisions. Eightfold reveals new sources of talent and new insights for faster hiring and greater retention. Results for our joint customers include 25% lower attrition, 60% lower cost-to-hire, and 80% faster time-to-interview.
  2. Greenhouse offers a popular ATS that captures every applicant for efficient hiring. For all the applicants who aren’t hired, Eightfold enables our customers to consider them for future roles. The combination of our platforms gives our joint customers an efficient way to grow their teams and build their employer brand.
  3. Greenhouse, like us, believes in the importance of building inclusive teams, and in particular addressing the problem of unconscious bias. People mean well, but some of our biases can’t be eliminated without help from technology. With features like targeted outreach, profile masking, and blind screening, Eightfold is removing unconscious bias leading to measurable improvements in hiring of underrepresented groups.
  4. Software shouldn’t take months and months just to get up and running. In this spirit, the integration of Greenhouse and Eightfold is fast and easy, and takes about half a day.
Greenhouse ATS with Eightfold
Add a powerful Talent Intelligence Platform to your Greenhouse Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

Many Greenhouse customers have already connected their Greenhouse ATS with Eightfold. If you are a Greenhouse customer, talk to us about how you can add Eightfold to your Greenhouse ATS.