Applicant Pool

What is an Applicant Pool?

The complete collection of candidates who apply for a given job position.


Our Trash Collector position garnered way more interest than we expected – the Applicant Pool has over 500 people in it!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who is considered part of the Applicant Pool?Any job candidate who completes an application to a particular position is considered part of that position’s Applicant Pool.
  • Why is it important to track your Applicant Pool?It’s important to track your Applicant Pool because it allows you to manage a hiring process efficiently, effectively, and fairly. You can keep track of which candidates have been moved forward, which need to receive rejections, and make sure good candidates (for the current or even future positions) don’t fall through the cracks.
  • How can you manage an Applicant Pool?The easiest way to manage an Applicant Pool is by using an Applicant Tracking Software (ATS) combined with an online Candidate Portal – this allows candidates to submit their applications digitally, and allows HR to keep those applications organized all in one interconnected system.
  • Who manages an Applicant Pool?In a larger organization, an Applicant Pool is typically managed by Human Resources, using input from the hiring manager to determine who moves forward. In a small organization with no dedicated HR department or manager, an Applicant Pool may be tracked by the hiring manager.


The workplace is evolving faster than ever before thanks to new HR solutions, rapidly developing technology, ever-present digital security threats, and more, and you need a partner that will help your organization stay agile and on top of the moment.

From strategic talent management to the best onboarding technology, Rival offers secure platforms that enable people to thrive in a changing workplace. Contact Rival today to talk to an expert to see how we can help you attract the best talent and keep them on board and performing up to your expectations.


Rival goes beyond traditional talent management to help our clients attract, retain, and align people to their business.