It happens almost every day. Your sales staff turns up a lead that needs a specific ATS (applicant tracking system) integration to continue talks with you. Or you receive an RFP (request for proposal) and one of the mandates is an integration with the prospect’s ATS. If Accio Data is your platform, you are in luck. There are so many options you should never have to tell your prospect “no.”
Accio already has current integrations with multiple ATS companies, but also can offer any ATS the specs to build to Accio. If the ATS has specs and is not currently on the Accio list, Accio will explore building to that ATS. In addition, several ATS companies work exclusively with a third-party integration service to build these integrations, such as Joynd (formerly HRNX).
What are your options?
Building to your CRA platform
If your prospect turns into a client, and it is time to integrate with your CRA platform, you can request the ATS integration specs from your platform provider and simply share them with the ATS. Accio Data, for example, offers a complete document with detailed specs that can be shared with the ATS provider. The document is for developers integrating alternate order-entry methods into the Accio Data platform. It may be provided to third parties who wish to automatically order from you, or you can use it to develop an alternative web-based ordering platform, to integrate into an applicant tracking system, or similar.
Building to the ATS
Alternatively, your screening platform provider could also build to the ATS specs. In this scenario, the platform provider, such as Accio Data, requests the specs from the ATS, along with a technical contact. The scope of the project is determined and then work begins. For most software platforms, once this integration is built, they can offer it again rather easily to other clients, which makes it advantageous for your provider to do the work involved at little cost to the CRA.
Using a third-party middleware provider
Several ATS companies exclusively use middleware provider Joynd to handle integrations with CRAs. Joynd, which specializes in the HR space, handles the requirements-gathering process to the go-live stage and will continue to monitor and support dataflows for the life of the connection. This is a get-what-you-pay-for option, meaning this extra hand holding and management can cost a little more out of pocket. But this may the only option for some ATS connections. Current ATS providers using this service include TalentReef, BirdDog HR, RecruiterBox and Salesforce, to name a few.
Custom ATS integrations
And, finally, there are simply some ATS providers which require totally custom integrations. This, by no means, is an indication that it cannot be done. It just requires more effort than the options above. An example of a custom integration would be Taleo Enterprise by Oracle. Taleo also requires that the CRA become a “certified partner.” This is required before a CRA can advertise and use the integration. Once the CRA gets approved to become a Taleo partner, the integration then must be certified.
Accio Data’s approach to ATS integrations
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Camille Gamble worked as Vice President of Marketing and Support for startup Verified Person Inc., acquired by Sterling Talent Solutions in 2016. Her experience also includes leading the marketing efforts for startup criminal database provider Rapsheets.com, acquired by ChoicePoint in 2004. With her background at these screening companies she brings nearly 20 years of consumer reporting agency experience to Accio Data as a business developer.