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Evaluating a cloud-based hiring platform: 6 keys

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This post is sponsored by SmartRecruiters.

Finding the right candidates for your organization is no small feat, especially in today’s saturated job market. To stay on top of this, a growing number of organizations are turning to cloud hiring platforms as a way to recruit and vet potential talent.

But what should you look for in a hiring platform? In its white paper, Guide to Cloud Hiring Platforms: 6 Requirements, cloud provider SmartRecruiters outlines the six keys you need to consider when choosing a hiring system.

A delightful candidate experience. Make sure you can offer job hunters a simple, efficient engagement experience. Candidates should be able to apply for or get information about a job opening with one click, from any device. The system should integrate with the major social networks, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, and pre-fill forms with the candidate’s information. It should also provide timely communication — personalized to the candidate’s job profile — and allow recruits to respond to invitations for interviews.

Easy adoption. Hiring managers have enough on their plates. Make sure the system they use is easy to implement and manage. A cloud-based service eliminates the need for time-consuming deployment and configuration. It should also support collaboration, allowing team members to review and discuss candidates through a single portal.

Optimized for mobile. Candidates want anytime, anywhere from any device connectivity with potential employers. Your cloud service should include a mobile Web site that allows job hunters to peruse and apply for new openings. It should also offer iOS and Android apps that enable managers to easily keep up with new applicants, receive feedback from other team members and check the talent pool, right from their mobile device.

Connected to what matters. An integrated platform centralizes all stakeholders and communication channels on a single system. Push out job notices through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social avenues. Create online job boards with posts for specific markets, regions and positions. Build areas to manage recruiters and agencies. Streamlining on a cloud service allows you to efficiently manage all your critical touch points and teams.

Socially engaging . Your platform should foster intuitive social engagement. It should allow users to share jobs, refer candidates and submit resumes. It should also enable hiring managers to interact with potential recruits, communicate privately with team members and collect hiring documents. Ideally, your hiring platform should function as an extension of your organization’s social media strategy.

Smart analytics and reports. An effective cloud service should come with reporting functions that enable you to gather data and see how your outreaches are performing. Analytics give you deep insight which you can use to plan future initiatives and forecast outcomes.

A cloud-based hiring system allows you to keep your attention focused on your most critical task: finding talent. For more insight on evaluating a system or connecting with the right job hunters, download SmartRecruiters’ Guide to Cloud Hiring Platforms: 6 Requirements and The Candidates Are Coming — Hide Your ATS!