Pitfalls of Using Applicant Tracking Software

Applicant tracking systems (ATS) can be a helping hand to recruiters who need to spare time and work all the more effectively. In any case, no innovation is great. For the majority of the advantages of utilizing this kind of programming, there will undoubtedly be a couple of drawbacks. 

Generally, the capacity to track applicants in various ways gives you more choices with less exertion. That goes into the “Expert” section. What’s more, when you know which cons to keep an eye out for, the drawbacks won’t need to hinder your work process. 


Here’s what you can expect from well-designed software:

  • Customizable screening criteria, which allows you to keep or eliminate applications that trigger a flag
  • A more concise group of qualified applicants for each job opening
  • Less time spent on mundane activities, such as reading and deciding whether to keep or pass
  • Reduced burden on the recruiting budget
  • Automatic posting to online job boards when a position comes available
  • Tracking to measure application progress
  • A wealth of data to measure the effectiveness of any part of the process and find areas to improve
  • Easy access to previous applicant data, which helps build out the talent pipeline

An ATS is a time saver and efficiency booster. It automates tasks that either took valuable time away from other jobs or weren’t even possible before and enhances recruitment and hiring processes on various levels.


There’s no such thing as perfection with any technology. While applicant tracking software can lighten the workload and improve results at the same time, so there are a few pitfalls that can pop up along the way. Some of the most important cons” revolve around the way that an ATS reads and processes information. Here are some of the potential issues that you might encounter with an ATS:

  • Automatic elimination of every resume (even great ones) that the system can’t read and interpret
  • Missing out on potential great hires and great pipeline talent when resumes are eliminated
  • Misread resumes in PDF format
  • The inability to read most, if not all, graphics
  • Incorrectly categorized data from resumes that were created in an unusual format

The whole point of an applicant tracking system is to improve the hiring process from beginning to end. It should handle duties that don’t necessarily require a human eye, bring top talent to the forefront and keep track of all applicant data (qualified or not) so that you can access it later as needed. When you find the system that works for your company’s unique goals, you’ll have a resource that’s worth every penny.



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