5 Reasons to Integrate Pre-Hire Assessments with Your ATS

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Posted by Chris Platts on 12 January 2022

Why Should You Integrate Pre-Hire Assessments with Your ATS? 

Integrating pre-hire assessments with your Applicant Tracking System (ATS) can help you streamline the hiring process and reduce time to hire. Nearly all companies are using some kind of ATS during the recruitment process. In fact, over 98% of Fortune 500 companies use an ATS. As a recruiter, your ATS is invaluable. However, if you’re not integrating this system with your pre-hire assessment tools, you could be wasting valuable resources. 

What is a Pre-Hire Assessment? 

Increasingly, recruiters are using candidate selection tools such as pre-hire assessments to help them find the best candidates and reduce hiring time. Pre-hire assessments can help you learn more about your candidates and discover if they have the right skills for the role. More and more small businesses are using these tools as they can see how effective they’ve been for larger companies. 

The Benefits of Pre-Hire Assessments

Before we move on to the benefits of integrating pre-hire assessments into your ATS software, we should examine the advantages of pre-hire assessments. Pre-hire assessments such as Realistic Job Assessments can help you effectively communicate your employer brand and automatically (and fairly) score and rank applicants for suitability. 

Here are some reasons why you should use pre-hire assessments during the recruitment process: 

  • Increase in new hire performance 
  • Reduction in hire failures 
  • Reduction in time to hire
  • Growth in new-hire diversity  

Why Should You Integrate Pre-Hire Assessments into ATS? 

Integrating pre-hire assessments into your ATS has many advantages, whether it’s your first time using an assessment tool or you’re a veteran of the process.

1. Better Candidate Experience 

Integration with your ATS provides a better experience for candidates. An integrated system keeps candidates engaged and lowers the number of candidate drop-offs during the initial recruitment process. A seamless integration will also give candidates a better impression of your organisation. 

When you integrate your pre-hire assessments with your ATS, candidates can receive the assessment immediately after submitting their applications. This further increases candidate engagement with the process because there’s no delay between their application and receiving the assessment. Depending on the type of integration, candidates can find out immediately if they have been successful or not and if they will progress to the next stage. 

2. Save Recruiters Time 

When your ATS automatically sends assessments, that means you don’t have to do it manually. This automation saves you time and reduces the risk of any errors associated with manual data entry. 

3. Better Recruiter Experience 

As a recruiter, you can directly see candidate scores and reports in your ATS, which makes it easier to analyse the data as it comes in, and as there’s no switching between applications, the process also takes less time. An integrated system can help you further by simplifying the candidate shortlisting process by creating a list of the top candidates based on available data. In short, ATS integrations make the process smoother and more straightforward. 

4. Security 

Keeping data safe is vital for every organisation. When you use a full integration, fewer logins are required, which means fewer opportunities for data breaches. 

5. Embed your Employer Brand

Integration with your ATS makes it easier to communicate your brand and values to prospective candidates. As candidates won’t have to switch platforms during the recruitment process, you can control the candidate experience more effectively. 

Bonus Reason: Better Data Analysis

At ThriveMap, we can integrate seamlessly with any ATS and provide data analysis that compares assessment data to post-hire performance or retention. We use this data analysis to suggest improvements to your assessments over time, which provides long-term benefits for your organisation. 

Types of ATS Integration

There are different types of ATS integration, and it’s essential to understand the differences between them, so you can pick the style most suitable for you. 

Full Integration

Full integration is also known as end-to-end integration. With full integration, assessment links are automatically sent to candidates. The process is customisable, so you can also send it later during the recruitment process if you wish.

Candidate scores and reports are generated by the assessment software, sent back instantly to the ATS and displayed natively on the candidate record. Candidates can usually be ranked or sorted by assessment score. Hiring managers or recruiters don’t need a login to access candidate reports and scorecards.

Partial Integration 

A partial integration usually involves automatically sending assessments (via webhooks). However, it may not have the ability to send the data back into the ATS from the assessment vendor. So, while you won’t need to log in to send assessments, you may need to log in to the assessment provider’s dashboard to see the candidate results.

Integration via Middleware 

You can also create your own integration using third-party software such as Zapier. This system has many of the same benefits as a partial or full integration, but you will need to have a Zapier account to trigger assessment send requests. While this can be a cheaper option, it can also have inconsistent results depending on the different software you are using. One thing to keep in mind is that it can pose an additional security risk because it involves relying on a third-party integration. See how ThriveMap integrates with Zapier here.

No Integration

If you decide not to integrate your pre-hire assessment with your ATS, you must send assessments manually and view results via the assessment vendor’s dashboard. In this scenario, you miss out on the opportunity for more effective data analysis. You must spend more time sending assessments and matching employee data and scores manually. 


Integrating pre-hire assessment with your ATS makes the process smoother and more straightforward for candidates and hiring managers. Candidates will be more engaged with the recruitment process while hiring managers can save time, avoid errors and analyse the data more efficiently. When it comes to choosing an integration, you can choose from full integration, partial integration or design your own integration with third-party software like Zapier. Ultimately, integrating your pre-hire assessment with your ATS leads to a more efficient process and can increase the quality of your hires while reducing time to hire.


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