Applicant Tracking System (ATS) Software FAQs

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What is included in Cornerstone Recruiting Suite?


Cornerstone Recruiting Suite includes Cornerstone Recruiting, our Applicant Tracking System (ATS), and Cornerstone Onboarding, our new hire onboarding solution.

What is an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)?


An applicant tracking system is a software solution that automates and streamlines an organization’s recruiting processes. Collecting all candidate data, requisitions, and recruiting workflows in one easily accessible location, an ATS centralizes the recruiting process. With this technology, you can reduce time spent on manual processes, improve collaboration, and make smarter hiring decisions.

What can you do with an ATS?


Automate Job Posting – Easily create job ads and post to career sites, job boards, social networks, recruiting agencies, and internally

Manage Candidate Data – Centralize your recruiting data and track and store all your applicant information in a one place to reduce manual, paper-based processes

Manage Employee Referrals – Track employee referrals and manage payouts

Create Career Sites – Showcase your unique culture, elevate your employment brand, and reach more qualified job seekers with an unlimited number of branded, customizable career sites

Track Recruiting Metrics – Gain the data you need to optimize your hiring process by tracking key metrics and identifying areas that need improvement

Customize and Standardize Workflows – Define your organization’s hiring process and the candidate experience. Workflow templates allow you to easily predefine and standardize the information and preferences that make up your recruiting process

What are the benefits of using an ATS?


Automate and streamline recruiting processes – Streamline your hiring processes with tools that remove the administrative burden. From easily tracking and managing every applicant through every step of the hiring process, to managing interview and offer letters, an ATS is designed to help recruiters and hiring teams get more done with less time and effort.

Provide a painless and engaging candidate experience – The power has shifted from employer to candidate, and candidates today want and expect great experience. Give them what they want and stand out against the rest with customizable career sites that allow you to elevate your unique employer brand and culture and a painless application process that makes it easy for candidates to apply – across all devices.

Alleviate compliance issues – Minimize compliance concerns by standardizing job postings, interview questions, self-assessments, and candidate screening. With comprehensive reporting capabilities, you have all the data you need to properly and efficiently run an audit.

Optimize your hiring process – Centralize all your recruiting data to track key hiring metrics and gain actionable data on the effectiveness of your hiring processes. With real-time data you can identify areas that need improvement, address bottlenecks, and make better hiring decisions – all improving your bottom line.

What are the features of an Applicant Tracking System?


ATS software solutions can include a wide variety of features, but the following are the most common ones you should consider:

Applicant Tracking – Track and manage all applicants through the entire hiring process

Job Posting – Easily create job ads and post to career sites, job boards, and social networks

Employee Referral Management – Track employee referrals and manage payouts

Career Sites – Branded, configurable web pages to showcase your organizations culture with interactive media, messages, and resource

Interview Management – Manage the interview process with tools at that allow you to schedule interviews, request references, collect interview feedback

Offer Letter Management – Create, manage, and track offer letters to support seamless, end-to-end communication with the candidate

Screening – Configure pre-screening questions and 3rd party assessments

Reporting and Dashboards – Track and visualize key talent acquisition metrics

What is employee onboarding?


Employee onboarding is the process in which new hires gain the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviors needed to become effective members of their new organization. Onboarding helps new hires adjust to the social and performance aspects of their new jobs and integrates them into the organization and its culture.

What is onboarding software?


Onboarding software is a technology solution that facilitates a new hire’s or seasoned employee’s transition into a new role. With tools that make it easy to track the progress of each hire through the onboarding process, collect critical employee information, and route important forms, onboarding solutions improve efficiency and standardize onboarding processes. It allows organizations to provide a personalized experience and ensures new hires have everything they need to be prepared for their new role even before day one. With this technology, you can engage employees faster, ensure compliance, and accelerate a new hire’s time to productivity.

What can you do with onboarding software?


Centralize onboarding processes – Provide one central place for recruiters, HR, hiring managers, new hires, and any new hire onboarding stakeholder to coordinate, track, and complete onboarding tasks.
Track progress –  With the Onboarding Dashboard, ,make it easy to manage tasks for new hires and provide visibility to all stakeholders to help them track progress and stay up to date

Personalize the new hire experience – With new hire onboarding portals, welcome new hires with messages, videos, and important resources tailored to their specific role

Go paperless – Eliminate paperwork, filing, and redundant data entry with the capability to create, send, track, and store forms to collect important employee information

What are the benefits of onboarding software?


Automate and streamline onboarding processes – Streamline your onboarding processes with tools that remove the administrative burden, paper-based processes, and redundant data entry. Assign onboarding tasks, configure automated alerts, and easily track the onboarding progress of all new hires all in one place.
Improve time to productivity – Provide an engaging and automated new hire portal, even before ay one, that is tailored to the new hire’s specific role to help them feel welcomed and prepared for their new role. A streamlined onboarding workflow makes it easy for new hires to manage and organize their tasks and ensure they have all the important information, forms, and resources they need to get them up to speed quickly.
Improve employee retention – Go beyond forms management and deliver a seamless,
automated new hire onboarding experience that focuses less on paperwork and more time on building relationships, setting expectations, and showing new hires how they can be successful in your organization.

What are the features of an onboarding system?


Onboarding software solutions can include a wide variety of features, but the following are the most common ones you should consider:

Configurable Workflows – Implement onboarding processes and tailor the onboarding experience to fit your organization’s needs
Electronic Forms – Dynamically create fields, build forms, and send out forms to new hires to collect necessary information
Document Storage – Easily and securely store important employee documents and data in one central 
Task Management – Task assignment, automated notifications, and progress tracking helps keep everyone on track

Employee onboarding vs orientation?


Onboarding is a series of events, which includes orientation, that make up a process that helps new hires understand how to be successful in their new role. Onboarding provides customized information and resources to the new hire based on his role within the company. An onboarding strategy focuses on helping new employees feel welcomed, make connections, and understand how their day-to-day tasks are tied to the company-wide goals.

Does Cornerstone Recruiting integrate with other applications?


We understand that there are a variety of talent acquisition solutions that could fill the diverse needs of a talent acquisition team, and even more options for each specific area. With Cornerstone’s partners and Edge Marketplace, you can remove the burden of managing multiple disparate solutions by leveraging an ecosystem of best-of-breed solutions. Our pre-built integrations make it easy for your organization to extend its Cornerstone platform and seamlessly integrate all your talent acquisition solutions to get a comprehensive view into your organization.

What is the recruiting life cycle?


A recruiting life cycle is the complete end-to-end recruiting process. The full recruiting life cycle encompasses 5 main stages:

Requisition management – To successfully find the right candidate you must define your ideal candidate and write a job description that attracts the right candidates
Sourcing – To attract top talent, you must post job openings to job boards, career sites, social networks, employee referrals, and to internal employees
Screening and assessment – The goal of this stage is to narrow down all your candidates to the very best most fit talent
Offer and verification – Once you’ve found the perfect candidate, its time to extend an offer and run the necessary background checks
Onboarding – Onboarding is the process of making new employees feel welcomed and prepared for their new role so they want to stay with your organization

Cornerstar Stories

"Before, it took well over a month to find the right candidate. With Cornerstone, it can take as little as a couple of days."
Rocco Lafronza, recruiting manager at Hyatt Regency Chicago
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"With Cornerstone Recruiting, we reduced application time by streamlining the user interface, not by removing steps. "
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"Our time-to-fill has gone from 120 days to 50-70 days."
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"Recruiting allows us to create targeted career sites that address the recruitment needs of local business units."
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"Cornerstone Recruiting helps by making sure the candidates are a good match. By improving the hiring process, we are reducing attrition at the outset."
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