100+ HR Technologies and Recruiting Tools Worth Watching in Q2 2017.


The competition for your HR Technology dollar is more cutthroat – and more lucrative – than ever before.

This means, of course, getting ahead of that competition requires these technology providers to offer products or platforms that are truly innovative in their approach to solving some of our biggest talent challenges.

This marks something of a departure from the more traditional legacy providers (traditionally speaking), whose roadmaps have long been iterative (at best).

For these aspiring category killers, of course, competition kind of sucks.  But for recruiters, HR leaders, candidates and the employees we serve, it’s kind of a win win.

After all, we all get better HR tech that’s simpler to use, cheaper to implement and more effective at solving even the most persistent talent challenges, like candidate experience or writing job descriptions that are actually worth reading or whatever trending topic happens to be hot in talent today.

So consider this list something of a State of the HR Technology Union – and know that it’s a pretty good time to be in this business. They say the geeks will inherit, and nowhere is that prediction proving more prescient than in the weird little world of talent acquisition and management.

Consider this list 100+ proof points that recruiting is not only not broken, contrary to popular belief, but with these new tools and technologies, it’s actually working better than ever before. It’s a great time to be in this business. Trust me.


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This list is designed with HR & recruiting practitioners in mind. It’s my hope that you will find something on here that can help your talent organization function effectively or efficiently, address a particular pain point or actual business problem you’re having, or just helps make your job(and life) a little bit easier.

If you see something you like, remember that this list is only a first step; you’ll want to do your own due diligence – and a demo – to make sure that it’s the right fit for you and your organization. If you like what you see – or if you don’t – make sure you share what you learned with your peers, along with any feedback you can provide to make their search for the latest and greatest in HR Technology a little simpler, too.

To make this list as easy as possible for practitioners to understand and utilize, I wanted to add a few housekeeping and addendum items before we get started. This list is in alphabetical order. This list is not meant to be exhaustive nor inclusive of the thousands of great HR and recruiting tech out there in the world.

Some of these entrants might include companies to which I’m either an advisor or consultant or which might be current, former or prospective RecruitingDaily clients. While I am not explicitly calling these out on this list, I don’t believe in conflicts of interest, either.

If you want, drop me a line and I’ll be happy to walk you through this specific list of plays. I have no problem telling you any of this information and want to be as upfront as possible if you’re interested. All my advisor roles are noted within my LinkedIn bio.

This is just a list of who I find interesting at this moment, and not intended as a recommendation. Again, if you want a specific rationalization or justification for why I included any of these technologies on this list, I’m happy to share that, too.

The categories listed are ones that I have defined instead of the companies themselves. This means that while the vendors on the list may see themselves differently than how I’ve categorized them, this is how I see them, instead.

Turns out, it’s nearly impossible to categorize HR Technology or software. But they’ll likely set you straight if you set up a demo on what their product does, where it fits, and how (and if) it can help solve your biggest talent challenges of today – and tomorrow.

Recruiting Daily Presents:

The 100+ HR Technologies To Watch | Q1 2017 Edition.

Without further ado, I’m excited to present the list of the top HR Technologies to Watch in Q2 2017:

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And there you have it. All of it. At least, until we put out our next edition in Q3 (probably Julyish), so if you have a cool new HR technology or talent tool we may have overlooked, please let me know by leaving a comment below, and we’ll review and revise accordingly.

Remember: a demo a day keeps mediocrity away. And in this business, that’s about all you can ask for.

Editor’s Note: If you love the Twitters, here is a complete list of 2016 (Q2, Q3, Q4) and 2017 (Q1) firms. Oh, and one more thing: while this list includes several current and former RecruitingDaily clients,

RecruitingDaily did not receive compensation or considerations from any of the companies included on this list, and all companies included were selected solely on merit. If you’d prefer pay for play, well, please make all checks out to cash, and we’ll make sure to invent a magic quadrant for you, too.

About the Author:

William Tincup is the President of RecruitingDaily. At the intersection of HR and technology, he’s a Writer, Speaker, Advisor, Consultant, Investor, Storyteller & Teacher. He’s been writing about HR related issues for over a decade. William serves on the Board of Advisors / Board of Directors for 15 HR technology startups.

William is a graduate of the University of Alabama of Birmingham with a BA in Art History. He also earned an MA in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

Follow him on Twitter @WilliamTincup or connect with him on LinkedIn.

William is the President of RecruitingDaily. At the intersection of HR and technology, he’s a writer, speaker, advisor, consultant, investor, storyteller & teacher. He’s written over 200 HR articles, spoken at over 150 HR & recruiting conferences and he’s conducted over 1000 HR podcasts. William prides himself on being easy to find on The Internet, Google him and connect with him via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Not up to speed in the social media game? Reach out via email. William serves on the Board of Advisors for Talentegy, Wellocity, GlitchPath, Talent Ninja, Universum Americas, Engagedly, Echovate, VibeCatch, Continu, Hyphen, Bevy, Happie, RolePoint, Causecast, Work4Labs, Talent Tech Labs, and SmartRecruiters. He was previously an advisor to PeopleMatter (sold to Snagajob Q2 2016), Good.Co (sold to StepStone Q1 2016), Smarterer (sold to Pluralsight Q4 2014) and a board member of Chequed (merged to create OutMatch Q3 2015). William is a graduate of the University of Alabama of Birmingham with a BA in Art History. He also earned an MA in American Indian Studies from the University of Arizona and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.

  • William thanks for listing CredEd and our personal AI Learning Assistants among such exciting companies!

    • William Tincup

      Kevin, keep doing what you do man. William

  • Beth

    Nice roundup! I may be biased (I am), but I’m still watching Recruitee this year 😉 Here is a white paper from them on collaborative hiring if anyone is interested: http://bit.ly/2md30cV

    • William Tincup

      Beth, yeah, I like Recruitee as well. I listed them last year (Q2 2016) but haven’t seen anything new from them. Might be time for an update. William

      • Beth

        They just posted a blog post announcing their Android and iOS mobile apps! Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/2r7M8Xr
        I also think they are due to release a web app update fairly soon. I’ll update here when I hear something! Thanks for the response.

  • Marian Johnson

    Great list for all those recruitment innovators out there. Bet you $100 FluentIQ Test Center will be on there next Q 🙂

    • William Tincup

      Marian, now that is funny. I owe you an email. Talk soon. William

  • Mark

    Hi William, thanks so much for the credit for 8LEGS, great to see it on the list! Do you by any chance have a category or could create one called ‘Lead Generation’ which I believe is quite suited to what we do?

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  • Shawna Berthold

    Thanks for including Talentegy. Excited to be part of your great list to watch! Do you have a category for Talent Experience Management or User Experience and Analytics? That’s probably more in line with our solution.

  • Many thanks for including Opening.io into your list, we’re delighted. Great to see so many companies aiming to better the industry. It is indeed what we are aiming for too with our science-first approach to candidate prescreening and talent rediscovery. We’ve worked hard on our near-human AI and look forward to seeing other companies making intelligence the norm. We’re pretty open and always happy to share so I’d like to encourage interaction and exchange. 🙂

    Andreea | CEO & Co-Founder Opening.io

  • Marjo Kuosmanen

    Thank you for sharing! What tools would you recommend for company that employees globally +500? HRM, performance management, talent management tool? I´m looking for a solution that could tackle most of the employment lifecycle areas so that employees/managers don´t need to use several different tools. Thanks in advance!

  • WhoKnows Inc. http://corp.whoknows.com — I know you know 🙂

  • Stan T

    Hey William! Great list. You might want to add ChiefOnboarding next time too!

    Link: https://chiefonboarding.com

  • Cindy Lee

    Thanks for the great list. I think Rakuna Recruit – a mobile recruiting app is a good recruiting tool, as well. A mobile recruiting app such as Rakuna Recruit is a perfect campus recruiting solution for recruiters who have trouble handling stacks of paper resumes and managing candidates’ information after traveling to various campus job fairs. Thanks to Rakuna Recruit, recruiters can capture resumes and evaluate candidates instantly, track candidates’ data on recruit dashboard, and manage all recruiting events simply all in one source.

    Link: https://www.rakuna.co/recruit_dashboard

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