HR Suite or Recruiting Software: a guide for businesses

Updated on: 17. November 2023

The choice between an HR suite and a software for recruiting lacks both the emotional pathos and the philosophical depth of the famous “To Be or Not To Be” monologue…

The choice between an HR suite and a software for recruiting lacks both the emotional pathos and the philosophical depth of the famous “To Be or Not To Be” monologue from Hamlet. However, this decision can be a decisive factor for the success of your recruitment efforts. On one side there is a holistic HR suite embracing processes such as payroll, personnel development, application management etc.: the seemingly perfect all-round solution. On the other hand there are specialized systems focused on recruiting and applicant tracking, the so-called best-of-breeds. Now, which solution is better for your business? Here are a few things you should consider before making this decision.


Things a HR suite won’t do

HR suites focus mainly on the internal business management. If you, for example, take a look at a job board of a company that uses the ERP system for recruiting, you will quickly realize that devil is in the details: the job search is usually very confusing, filling in online application forms usually takes hours. But in the face of talent shortage this process shouldn’t be tedious as top talents don’t want to spend this extra time.

HR suites will facilitate business processes or HR tasks such as staff planning and development but not the modern recruiting. One reason for this is the fact, that not so long ago the administrative principle of recruiting was ‘there are more applicants than places’. Due to demographic change the situation has changed in favour of the candidate for whom the prospects are getting better. The large and heavy HR vendors will take at least a few more years to adapt to that change.

‘Holistic’ HR systems knitted into the fabric of the company as it sells the brand message is difficult to come by: most of them are modules of third-party vendors. Furthermore there is the question about the need for interfaces. If you take a closer look on the possible intersections the added value of a fully integrated ERP system decreases to a minimum.

Further aspects a HR suite is missing

  • Innovation
  • Value for money
  • The advantages of the cloud
  • Specialized support

Benefits of the best-of-breed software

Focus on recruiting
The provider of a best-of-breed solution for recruiting and application management will be thoroughly focused on this particular subject. As a result, it will create a greater extent of functionality through frequent updates, more intuitive user interface and high quality support.

Updates on a regular basis
Regular updates are an important factor for the success of your recruiting. The social media platforms evolve rapidly and it’s vital for the recruiting systems to keep up with these changes.

The highly specialized recruiting market requires plenty of passion and innovation potential. Best-of-breed vendors are fully and solely dedicated to recruiting and application management and can therefore always offer you the newest trends for your recruiting.

Read more about the topic in our eBook. It will facilitate the decision for the right system.

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