Our Top Picks

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Freshteam
  • Deployment: Web-based, Android
  • Customer service: Email, phone, live support
  • Workflow automation

With Freshteam’s applicant tracking system, recruiters can automate mini workflows, such as creating forms or interview scorecards. All candidate details are centrally located, and teams can easily collaborate to interview and hire candidates. Offers can be created and tracked, and documents can be approved and signed within the ATS. Once employees are onboarded, employee information is tracked, including time off approvals.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Customizable hiring process at all levels
  • Sprout plan free for organizations with up to 50 employees

Cons

  • Branded site only available at Garden and Estate levels
  • Onboarding and offboarding not available with Sprout or Blossom

Summary

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Freshteam
  • Starting Price
    • Blossom: $50/month
    • Garden: $100/month
    • Estate: $200/month
  • Free Trial/Demo
    21-Day Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Android
  • Support Options
    Email, Phone, Live Support
  • Candidate Tracking
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, Android
  • Customer service: Email, phone, live support
  • Workflow automation
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OpenCATS
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based
  • Customer service: Email
  • Skill-based tagging

With OpenCATS, recruiters can track and organize the full recruitment life cycle. Companies can use the software for internal or external candidate and client management and use skill-based tagging to isolate certain candidates. Resumes are stored on a self-hosted database, and to create a more streamlined experience, organizations can add their own branding. Reporting gives users a quick overview of recruiting activity, and data is backed up regularly.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Intuitive interface
  • Built-in calendar system and emailing

Cons

  • Requires some technical knowledge to install
  • No role-based views

Summary

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OpenCATS
  • Starting Price
    • Custom Quote
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Mac, Windows, Web-Based
  • Support Options
    Email
  • Candidate Tracking
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based
  • Customer service: Email
  • Skill-based tagging
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SmartStart
  • Deployment: Web-based, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Email, phone
  • Interview scorecards

SmartStart is the free open-source application tracking system within SmartRecruiters for organizations with up to 250 employees. Managers can post to LinkedIn and over 400 free and paid job boards with just one click. Companies can create their own branded websites with videos and client testimonials to create a better candidate experience. Managers have customizable interview scorecards for tracking applicants and the overall hiring process. Collaboration across teams is transparent and easy.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Branded websites
  • Data privacy compliance
  • One-click application

Cons

  • Can post only up to 10 jobs

Summary

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SmartStart
  • Starting Price
    • $100/month/user
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Free Demo
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, iPhone / iPad, Android
  • Support Options
    Email, Phone
  • Candidate Tracking
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, iPhone/iPad, Android
  • Customer service: Email, phone
  • Interview scorecards
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TalentHire
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, Android, iPhone/iPad
  • Customer service: Email, phone, live support
  • Multiple job form distribution

TalentHire from Ceipal integrates with over 50 vendor management systems and allows companies to post multiple jobs on many boards at once. Managers can create workflows for more efficient screening and then parse any applicants from various job boards. Once they find suitable candidates, they can initiate eBoarding, which includes streamlining paperwork documents and automating notifications on behalf of their clients. With TalentHire, users can get reports on candidate placements, billing rates, and other valuable metrics on their desktop or mobile.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Automate processes and paperwork
  • Aggregate applicant data from numerous job boards
  • CRM for client communication

Cons

  • Pricing is high compared to others

Summary

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TalentHire
  • Starting Price
    • TalentHire: $114/month
    • WorkForce: $105/month
    • Both Platforms: $304/month
  • Free Trial/Demo
    14-Day Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Mac, Windows, Web-Based, iPhone / iPad, Android
  • Support Options
    Email, Phone, Live Support
  • Candidate Tracking
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, Android, iPhone/iPad
  • Customer service: Email, phone, live support
  • Multiple job form distribution
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Zoho Recruit
  • Deployment: Web-based, Android, iPhone/iPad
  • Customer service: Email, phone
  • Video interviews

Zoho Recruit’s applicant tracking system helps organizations of all sizes manage their candidate database. Businesses can structure their hiring pipeline in ways that reduce the time it takes to fill a position, with more accuracy thanks to a semantic search. The candidate portal makes it easy for applicants to fill out job applications, and with its AI assistance, finding the right fit for open positions is easier. Zoho Recruit provides video interview capabilities and shareable recorded interviews. Analytics reports provide job openings overviews and other data that give HR insights into ways to improve its hiring processes and other workflows.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Reporting dashboard and analytics
  • Reporting analytics and KPI
  • Facebook integrations

Cons

  • Free plan only supports 1 job
  • Custom reporting only available for Professional and Enterprise

Summary

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Zoho Recruit
  • Starting Price
    • Standard: $20.84/month/user
    • Professional: $41.67/month/user
    • Enterprise: $62.5/month/user
  • Free Trial/Demo
    15-Day Free Trial
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, iPhone / iPad, Android
  • Support Options
    Email, Phone
  • Candidate Tracking
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, Android, iPhone/iPad
  • Customer service: Email, phone
  • Video interviews

How We Chose the Best Open-Source Applicant Tracking Systems

On average, the time between interview and hire is about a month. In that time, recruiters need to keep up with all the application data, including interview scheduling and all the necessary paperwork that needs to be filled out. Open-source application tracking systems, or ATS, provide a centralized data repository, which is crucial, especially when it comes to shortlisting and communication. We chose the best system based on three simple criteria: features, integration options, and reporting capabilities.

Applicant Tracking Features

When it comes to the intricacies of human capital management, juggling all the required tasks comes down to the kind of features it has. Typical software uses search to sift through the resume database for details and can bring up candidate profiles that may be tagged by certain skill categories. 

Integrations

Ideally, this type of software will have pre-built or accessible connectors to complementary software. This includes the ability to share data with the company’s existing HR information or management system. It’s all about streamlining workflows and saving time.

Reports

Reports help users understand how to improve applicant tracking processes. For example, the follow-up timeframe may need to be adjusted, especially when it comes to making an offer. Finding ways to be more productive and efficient goes a long way to building teams better