How to buy an Applicant Tracking System in 2024



How to plan, research, evaluate, buy and implement an Applicant Tracking System

The benefits of a well-chosen and implemented ATS can be immense. A survey from Capterra reported that 94% of recruiters and hiring professionals say their ATS or recruiting software has positively impacted their hiring process.

However, too often mistakes are made through a lack of understanding and some projects sadly fail. According to Information Age, 19% of IT projects fail completely.

This guide will provide you with all the tools and knowledge you will need to be confident of ensuring a highly successful ATS project.

As HR, Recruiters and Talent Acquisition  professionals, planning, buying, and implementing technology is not something many people will have had any training or guidance in and we’ve yet to find anyone that offers it! In fact, it is this missing knowledge and understanding that has been a driver for producing this guide.


This guide includes:

  • Understand why you are buying a new ATS
  • The strategic return on investment from recruitment technology
  • The importance of creating a business case for buying an ATS
  • Finding and selecting ATS providers that are right for you
  • Putting together evaluation teams, requirements list and running demonstrations
  • Understanding ATS providers’ roadmaps, development, integrations, and security
  • Pricing, licencing, negotiation, and avoiding hidden costs
  • Set yourself up for success - stakeholder alignment & forging productive partnerships with your provider
  • Scoping, implementation and change
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How to buy an Applicant Tracking System