Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

What is an Applicant Tracking System (ATS)?

Applicant Tracking System (ATS) is a tool used by recruiting and HR teams to organize open job listings, manage candidate applications, and track candidates as they move through each stage of the interview and hiring process.


With our new Applicant Tracking System, we no longer need to worry about good candidates slipping through the cracks – the ATS allows us to keep track of them, every step of the way.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why should you use an Applicant Tracking System?An Applicant Tracking System should be used by all hiring organizations as it allows them to keep track of every applicant for every open job, all within one central organized system – rather than having this info scattered across various desktops, spreadsheets, etc.
  • What are the drawbacks of not using an Applicant Tracking System?Not using an Applicant Tracking System can create confusion and inefficiencies in your hiring process, as old-school methods may result in HR and hiring managers being on different pages, qualified applications getting lost in the shuffle, and applicants not receiving proper communication.
  • How is an Applicant Tracking System different from a Candidate Portal?A Candidate Portal is the candidate-facing part of the system that allows job-seekers to fill out and manage applications and track their progress. Conversely, an Applicant Tracking System is the internal, organization-facing part of the system that allows HR and hiring managers to review and keep track of applications that come through the Candidate Portal.
  • Who manages an Applicant Tracking System?Applicant Tracking Systems are managed by the HR department, with access granted to hiring managers and other stakeholders as needed.


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.


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