21 Tech Recruiting Tools To Scale Your Hiring In 2021

The 2021 Recruiting Toolkit

The conventional methods of recruiting can no longer keep up with the rapidly changing landscape of the tech world. With it becoming increasingly difficult to find skilled talent, recruiters have to think out of the box to attract and retain the best candidates out there.

How can that be done? Technology, of course. It is the one-stop solution for most of the challenges in the tech industry. There are automated tools for every step of the recruiting lifecycle, from sourcing to onboarding. 

However, there is a lot of noise in this space, and it can be hard to tell what’s real from what’s simply a good marketing pitch. You may not need tools for all the stages of hiring. Depending on your requirements, do your research and choose wisely.

Tech recruiting tools for each stage of the hiring process

Tech recruiting tools required for each stage of the hiring lifecycle

Job aggregator tools for sourcing 

Talent sourcing takes up a huge chunk of time for recruiters. Without the help of sourcing tools, it will be akin to searching for a needle in a haystack. Automated job aggregator tools make it easy to grow your talent pipeline. There are plenty of avenues like job portals, placement agencies, social media, and hiring challenges to source candidates from.

Job boards and job aggregators are fundamental to the recruiting ecosystem because direct applicants make up 48% of all hires. Let’s take a look at their key features:

  • increases the visibility of your job postings across a wide range of job boards/portals
  • carry out an in-depth search of candidates using filters like skills, experience, location, etc. to spot the best ones
  • find resumes, contact information, online portfolios, etc., and gather the data under one profile for each candidate. These profiles can be quickly added to your pipeline and you can engage with them over a period of time
  • make a quick assessment of the candidate based on their portfolio and projects
  • All the data related to a candidate can be stored on one platform with easy accessibility to the entire HR team

Job aggregators to keep in mind:

  • Indeed is said to be the largest platform for external hires with 75% of job applications coming in and 47% of all hires in the US, in 2020
  • Glassdoor has its own job board where 83% of its 64 million monthly users are currently looking for a job
  • LinkedIn provides a Job Search Tool with advanced search capabilities and can filter out results based on location, skills, industry, and recommendations

Standalone applicant tracking systems (ATS)

Using numerous job boards and portals for posting your job vacancies can quickly become exhausting if you have to do it manually. A study by GetApp shows that 86% of recruiters say using an ATS has increased the speed at which they hire candidates. 

A good ATS offers capabilities like:

  • job opening posting across multiple job boards and websites
  • automated screening of candidates, and their resumes, which also decreases human bias and errors
  • database assistance where you can store all applicants’ information
  • view the status of each candidate throughout the interview process 
  • send out assessment invites from the ATS itself to the selected candidates and prepare a performance report in real-time
  • initiate offer letters directly from the ATS, get them signed by the candidates, and save the documents digitally on the cloud 

Offering most of the features listed above, we have some good ATS options in the mix like:

  • Lever, a San Francisco startup, focuses on diversity and metric-based recruiting
  • Naukri RMS, automates the hiring process from end-to-end
  • LinkedIn Talent Hub, allows customers to source, manage, and hire in one integrated platform

Recruitment CRM tools for engagement

Waiting for a role to open to begin scouting for skilled developers is not a good idea. Instead, build and maintain a talent pool of passive candidates. Keep them engaged with company updates and relevant content so that you know exactly whom to approach for any role when the time comes. This is where recruitment CRM tools step in. They help in:

  • building a personal connection with the candidates during the hiring process
  • keep your candidates in the know by sending timely updates at each stage in the process
  • reduce time-to-hire by eliminating manual data entry and increase productivity with collaborative hiring
  • effectively engage prospective candidates through social media
  • nurture and engage candidates who were not hired in this phase but can be given an opportunity in the future

Recruitment CRM tools that need to be tried out for yourself:

  • Zoho has a cloud-based CRM platform that offers diverse solutions to building a relationship with your candidates
  • Yello provides an automated talent acquisition platform with a variety of services
  • Beamery, a London based startup offers self-styled recruitment marketing software

Tech screening and assessment software

With scores of applications coming in, it is a huge task for recruiters to identify the ones worth talking to. Do the applicants with great resumes possess the skills that they say they have? The technical screening round is designed to filter candidates who exhibit the skills they listed on their resumes. Assessments are an effective way to test the behavioral and technical skills of developers. Coding assessment tools provide features like:

  • create highly accurate coding assessments or even custom ones based on the job role/skills/experience with minimum technical knowledge
  • make use of an extensive inbuilt library of questions across programming languages and skills with a robust proctoring system
  • set standard benchmarks for performance to shortlist candidates easily
  • sync seamlessly with your existing ATS to keep candidate information in one place

Screening tools that make the lives of recruiters easy:

  • HackerEarth Assessments helps you to objectively evaluate developers with a rich library of 13K+ questions across 80+ skills and shortlist candidates based purely on their performance
  • DevSkiller provides an automated technical screening platform that assesses candidates based on their skills
  • CodeSignal offers coding tests and assessments for hiring at scale

Coding interview tools

HackerEarth’s recent developer survey showed that 40% of developers preferred to be interviewed on interview tools that are equipped with code editors and video conferencing. For a fair and objective screening and evaluation of the applicants, coding interview tools are the best choice. They offer features such as:

  • conduct structured interviews with standard evaluation parameters
  • have real-time code editors with built-in compilers (doing away with whiteboards) 
  • allow pair-programming
  • have AI-powered functionalities
  • provide real-time feedback and automated summary of each interview
  • enable blind interviewing to combat bias in the process

Coding interview tools that come with most of the functionalities given above:

  • FaceCode allows you to invite and conduct coding interviews on a collaborative, real-time code editor that also automates your interview summaries
  • CoderPad offers an intuitive programming interface that enables you to leave the whiteboard behind
  • CodeBunk provides an online real-time editor and compiler for interviewing developers

Background check tech recruiting tools

You are ready to roll out the offer letter as the selected candidate has excelled in all the rounds of interview. It is advisable to conduct a background check before that to avoid making a bad hire as well as for additional security purposes. Some advanced features of such tools include:

  • an applicant’s ID verification, credit check, drug screening, and social media check
  • an applicant’s civil court records, motor vehicle records, and fingerprints for a more exhaustive verification
  • recruiters can create custom screening packages according to job role or department

This helps create a fuller picture of the candidate to deem whether they will be a good fit for the company. Some useful tools to try out include:

  • GoodHire provides an easy employee background check experience with its pre-bundled and custom-designed packages
  • Sterling helps create safer environments for your employees with its myriad background check services
  • Verified First enables accelerated background screening of candidates with its platform

Onboarding and core HR management software

Onboarding tools

Recruitment doesn’t end once the candidate signs the offer letter. There’s still the matter of onboarding. You are given one shot to make a great first impression on your new joiner and you do not want them to be blinded by paperwork. 

With nearly 58% of organizations focusing their onboarding programs on lengthy processes and paperwork, only 12% of employees feel that their organization does a great job of onboarding. This is a wake-up call for organizations to switch to relevant tools for onboarding. 

Make onboarding enjoyable with the latest tools in the market. They have automated capabilities to:

  • help new hires self-onboard themselves with a checklist of tasks
  • finish filling out paperwork like offer letter, tax forms, company NDAs ahead of time
  • customize the onboarding workflows like creating email addresses, allocating company devices, etc. for different candidates
  • introduce them to the rest of the team with welcome emails
HR management tools

Now that you have onboarded your new joiners, the next step is to ensure they have an easy and hassle-free employee experience. An integrated HR management tool allows you to manage the entire employee lifecycle from a single platform.

  • has self-service options for availing leaves, travel reimbursements, and timesheet entry
  • takes care of performance management and employee engagement
  • provides payroll and tax filing services
  • encourages internal collaboration among employees
  • maintains a database of existing employees’ profiles

Tools that offer services for the complete employee lifecycle:

  • BambooHR takes care of onboarding, compensation of employees, and building culture at the workplace with its integrated platform
  • Leapsome enables companies to carry out performance management, personalized development, onboarding new hires and so much more 
  • Darwinbox provides an end-to-end HRMS Suite and provides services for all stages of the employee lifecycle

Your employees are the foundation of your company. The onus falls on you, as recruiters, to give them the best possible experience. Armed with this toolkit of tech recruiting tools, you can streamline your entire hiring process and keep your employees happy, at the same time.

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