Finding and hiring the perfect candidate is easy when you have the right recruitment tools. But with so many types of HR recruitment software on the market, how can you find the best HR software for your company? Follow these five steps.

Map Recruitment Process Flow

What are your recruitment process steps? What do you do first, and what follows from that? Plot out your recruiting tasks and create a flowchart of recruitment steps. Under each step, write down what you need to do. Which of these tasks could HR recruitment software help you complete more easily?

List the Best HR Recruitment Software Options 

HR recruitment software abounds, so do a quick review of the top ten HR software products available. (Don’t forget to include ApplicantStack, of course.) If anything turns you off about the HR software, strike it from your list. You should end up with two or three recruitment tools that stand out based on your needs and recruitment process flow. Narrow down your list using:

  • Customer reviews
  • Independent product reviews from objective sources like G2 Crowd and Software Advice
  • Product features lists
  • Testimonials
  • Screenshots and examples

Don’t forget to take cost and ease-of-use into account. If the HR recruitment software is too hard to use, your hiring managers will bypass it and return to the old, inefficient, manual way of doing things.

Try Them Out

Once you’ve got your short list of HR recruitment software, see the product in action. Ask for a live product demo, view an online video demonstration, or get a free trial of the HR recruitment software. A free trial is the best way to determine whether or not this HR recruitment software fits your needs and is easy to use. If the company doesn’t offer a free trial, ask them for one. If they’re hesitant, cross them off your list.

Verify Good Customer Support

Even the best HR recruitment software has a learning curve, and you’re going to have some questions as you get up and running. Look at the company’s support policy. How can you get in touch with them? How long does it typically take for them to respond to support requests? Check the reviews to see what other customers have to say about their responsiveness.

Read the Terms

That fine print actually means something, so make sure you review it. Some HR software companies will charge you for adding new users or switching to a different application. Others have exit costs if you want to make a change down the road. You may want to consider software-as-a-service recruitment tools. SaaS companies are easy to start service with, and unlike contracts, they’re easy to get out of if they don’t meet your needs.

Once you’ve found the best HR recruitment software for your company , you’re ready to make your purchase. The recruitment tools you’ve chosen will help your business optimize and automate recruitment, so your hiring managers and HR team can spend more time vetting the best candidates.