Best Free Recruiting Software — 2022

The best free recruiting software, benefits, pitfalls, features, and more.

Phil Strazzulla
HR Tech Expert, Harvard MBA, Software Enthusiast
October 10, 2022

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Not only does Manatal cover most of the features you’d expect from a budget-friendly ATS, the platform tops that off with AI-powered actions, such as candidate filtering and recommendations. All of Manatal’s features can be trialed for free for up to 14 days, no credit card required.

You can use myInterview's free-forever plan to send interview links for one open position. You can start the hiring process without worrying about an expiration date.

Vultus is an affordable recruiting and workforce management solution that allows you to trial its offerings for free.

Calendly stands out from its competitors for its ease of use, slick design, and the amount of time it saves. It’s also one of the few scheduling tools with an indefinite free plan.

We love Zoho Recruit because as with all of Zoho's products, it is quite robust. It is also completely free when hiring for only one active job.

We love Freshteams because it is a robust and user-friendly ATS. Their free plan serves companies with up to 50 users quite well, eliminating the need to supplement their offering with additional tools.

Kruts takes the hassle and admin from candidate management while improving your recruitment experience with content-rich career sites, interview scheduling, automated onboarding portal, and more.

GoHire is an affordable recruiting solution that's also scalable; SMBs can derive value from its introductory plans, and upgrade as their operation grows.

We love SmartRecruiters because their SmartStart plan is designed with small businesses in mind. Besides it being free of charge, SmartStart allows for an unlimited number of users, a perk Free ATSs rarely provide.

Unlike other free products that are often limited in functionality, MightyRecruiter is a robust ATS that allows for unlimited job posting across various job boards. It also comes with a comprehensive resume database, employee referral features, a reporting dashboard and a branded career website at no additional cost.

We love SeekOut because it packs a Sourcing Assistant that is incredibly powerful for a free tool. They put many variants of artificial intelligence within the context of a search engine for talent.

On top of being an affordable solution, Recooty has a lengthy 15-day free trial of its paid plans as well as a free forever plan.

Gem gathers data from tools that recruitment teams use on a day-to-day basis, such as LinkedIn InMail, ATS, and email, and combines it into a single talent management hub that automates candidate sourcing and engagement while providing detailed insights to support and optimize your recruiting strategy.

We love Indeed because of its massive database of candidates. Companies of any size can post jobs on it and access their talent pool - all for free.

Best Free Recruiting Software — 2022

The best free recruiting software, benefits, pitfalls, features, and more.

Phil Strazzulla, HR Tech Expert, Harvard MBA, Software Enthusiast Oct 10, 2022

Talent acquisition teams know that a good recruiting software solution makes their lives way easier while also invigorating their hiring process. From candidate sourcing and job posting to resume parsing and interview scheduling, the right recruiting tools mean more of the best talent in your pipeline and more efficient recruiting cycles.

Those tools can add up in cost over time. If you’re a large business with an extensive HR team, you might want to check out our Best Recruiting Software page for the best of different categories and all-in-one paid options.

However if you’re visiting this page, you are likely a startup or small business who can’t afford to spend money on enterprise-level software. As such, we have curated a list of the best free and inexpensive recruitment software choices, including some of the major players that have options for free trials. That way, it’s easier to find the right solution that fits your recruiting needs as well as your budget.

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An Intro On Free Recruiting Software

Talent acquisition teams know that a good recruiting software solution makes their lives way easier while also invigorating their hiring process. From candidate sourcing and job posting to resume parsing and interview scheduling, the right recruiting tools mean more of the best talent in your pipeline and more efficient recruiting cycles.

Those tools can add up in cost over time. If you’re a large business with an extensive HR team, you might want to check out our Best Recruiting Software page for the best of different categories and all-in-one paid options.

However if you’re visiting this page, you are likely a startup or small business who can’t afford to spend money on enterprise-level software. As such, we have curated a list of the best free and inexpensive recruitment software choices, including some of the major players that have options for free trials. That way, it’s easier to find the right solution that fits your recruiting needs as well as your budget.

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We surveyed the landscape and came up with these free recruiting software solutions that your team should look into.

Manatal

Review:

Manatal is a budget-friendly recruiting software that helps HR teams find and hire the right people. Through it, you can create a custom-branded career page, post jobs to multiple job boards, upload candidate profiles and automatically enrich them with data derived from their social media accounts. 

We like that Manatal features a customizable recruiting pipeline that’s drag-and-drop enabled. It also has an AI-powered recommendations engine that recommends suitable candidates based on your job descriptions, customizable analytics dashboards, a mobile app for on-the-go access, and a LinkedIn chrome extension, allowing you to quickly connect with and save the candidates who fit your job requirements.

Manatal

Stats:

Manatal

Pricing:

Manatal has two plans with fixed pricing. When Billed annually, they cost as follows:

  • Professional: This plan costs $15 per user per month for up to 15 jobs per account and 10,000 candidates. Customers on this plan can add unlimited guests.
  • Enterprise: This plan costs $35 per user per month for unlimited jobs per account, as well as unlimited  candidates and guests.

Note:

  • “Users” refers to the individuals with full unrestricted access to Manatal’s platform and its features such as recruiters and HR professionals who actively use the software.
  • “Guests” refers to individuals who are invited to collaborate on the platform through a dedicated portal such as hiring managers and decision-makers. These guests can access the platform free of charge and do not count towards the billable number of users.

Manatal has two plans with fixed pricing. When Billed annually, they cost as follows:

  • Professional: This plan costs $15 per user per month for up to 15 jobs per account and 10,000 candidates. Customers on this plan can add unlimited guests.
  • Enterprise: This plan costs $35 per user per month for unlimited jobs per account, as well as unlimited  candidates and guests.

Note:

  • “Users” refers to the individuals with full unrestricted access to Manatal’s platform and its features such as recruiters and HR professionals who actively use the software.
  • “Guests” refers to individuals who are invited to collaborate on the platform through a dedicated portal such as hiring managers and decision-makers. Thes

Best For

Manatal is used by organizations of all sizes across different industries, but it’s worth noting that the ball-park of their customers are SMEs.

Zoho Recruit

Review:

Zoho Recruit has a free plan that provides services for candidate management, email management, and interview scheduling. Zoho Recruit integrates easily with Google applications and supports 26 languages, allowing you to reach a large applicant pool. It also features simple resume search and 5 customized email templates.

Unfortunately, the free plan allows for only one active job opening. Overall, Zoho Recruit offers much more comprehensive solutions through their paid plans. However, you can start small and upgrade as you go, since they don’t require you to commit for a specific timeframe. Also, they have a 45-day money-back guarantee.

Zoho Recruit

Stats:

  • Over 6,000 business customers globally
  • Source from over 75 job boards 
  • 50+ products for growing businesses
  • Zoho has 13,000+ employees spanning the globe

Zoho Recruit

Pricing:

Zoho Recruit has three paid plans on top of the free plan.

  • Standard is $30 per user per month, with many more features compared to the Free version.
  • Professional is $60 per user per month, with key features like assessments and social recruiting.
  • Enterprise is $90 per user per month, and rounds out Zoho's entire feature set, except for the add-ons. 

The client portal and video interview modules are what’s available as add-ons. Zoho Recruit also has a 15-day free trial, as well as a free-forever version. The free version has limited features and only 1 active job at a time.

Best For:

Zoho Recruit is perfect for large and small companies of various industries that use premium and niche job boards to give them an edge over competitors. It is also worth considering for smaller recruiting firms, but also has tons of functionality that enterprise companies would value. Of course, any company wanting a free ATS that can integrate with the rest of their tech stack would be wise to consider them.

Recooty

Review:

Recooty's free applicant tracking system (ATS) enough functionality for small businesses to attract and hire the right people. Their free plan allows for one active job post at a time, job widget integration, the creation of branded careers page and social network sharing. They also offer a 15 day trial of their paid plans so you can test out some of their more advanced features before committing.

Recooty

Stats:

Over 15000 jobs have been posted and over 500,000 applications received through Recooty.

Recooty

Pricing:

The company offers four pricing plans:

  • Free plan - Limited to one active job slot, one user, and one location.
  • Pro Plan - the plan goes for $49/month with 10 Active job slots, 10 slots, and 3 locations.
  • Ultra Plan - goes for $ 99/month with 25 active job slots, 50 users, 10 locations, and all features under the Pro plan.
  • Max Plan- goes for $ 199/month while offering 75 active job slots, 100 users, and 20 locations and all features under the Ultra plan.

All the plans come with a 14-day trial period in which you can test the service without providing your credit card details. After the trial period ends, you will need to update your card to continue using the services.

You'll appreciate Recooty's flexible and affordable pricing options if you're a small business. If you're starting, the free tier gives you access to one job posting, which is more than adequate for most small firms that only require one or two people at any given time.

Best For:

Recruitee's free solution is perfect for a small company with only one person doing the recruiting.

MyInterview

Review:

myInterview is a free video interviewing platform to help you shortlist and hire the most suitable candidates for your job. With no trial period or expiration date, you can start using MyInterview for free when you're hiring for only one job. If you hire for more than one job, you'll have to upgrade to a paid plan – and you can always downgrade to the free offering whenever you like.

MyInterview

Stats:

  • The platform has received over 5,000,000 candidate videos to date.
  • On average, myInterview users are able to speed up their time to hire by up to 70%.
  • 71% of interviews are completed in under 15 minutes.

MyInterview

Pricing:

myInterview has with five pricing plans:

  • Starter (Free forever): 1 active job, 2 user seats, 10 one-way interviews a month, 24/7 customer support, and other basic features. 
  • Growth ($59/month): 2 active jobs, 5 user seats, 360 one-way interviews a year, 24/7 customer support, and more.
  • Team ($179/month): 5 active jobs, unlimited user seats, 1200 one-way interviews a year, 120 live interviews per year, templates, video questions, advanced analytics, 24/7 customer support, and more. 
  • Performance ($539/month): 20 active jobs, unlimited user seats, 6000 one-way interviews a year, 360 live interviews per year, all Team features, and more.
  • Enterprise (Custom pricing): Unlimited active jobs, unlimited user seats, custom one-way interviews a year, custom live interviews per year, all Performance features, and more.

Best For:

Companies of all sizes can use myInterview and derive value while staying within their budgets.

Freshteam

Review:

If your company is around 50 employees in size, Freshteam’s free offering might be ideal. This package helps you stay organized by presenting all recruiting and hiring operations on a single dashboard. It provides basic applicant tracking, interview scheduling, and integration with some Google services. However, the Free plan only allows for 3 active job postings at a time and has no resume parsing feature.

The paid plans all have a 21-day free trial as well, much longer than most competitors.

Freshteam

Stats:

  • Over 5,000 customers

Freshteam

Pricing:

Freshteam’s free plan lets you add up to 50 employees and is ideal for small companies to handle their basic HR needs. The paid plans start at $1.20 per employee/month, along with a $71 monthly platform fee. These prices are lowered if you choose to pay for a full year.

Best For:

Small, growing businesses.

Indeed

Review:

Indeed is perhaps the biggest and most popular job posting platform available today. It allows companies to post jobs and apply skill assessments to those posted jobs to reach one of the largest talent pools on the internet, all for free. Once a candidate passes the assessment(s) and their credentials have been reviewed, companies can use Indeed’s built-in messaging system to reach out to candidates and schedule interviews. Though it is optional, companies can also sponsor job posts on Indeed to reach quality candidates faster.

Indeed

Stats:

  • 250 million people visit Indeed every month
  • 225 million stored resumes
  • 5 minutes to post a job for free

Indeed

Pricing:

It doesn't cost anything to post jobs to appear on Indeed's general search results. To reach more candidates however, you may want to try sponsoring your listing. The price for sponsoring a listing varies depending on the title, location and available job seekers for your posted job. After you define such criteria, Indeed will calculate and show you the price of sponsoring your listing so you’re able to decide if it’s within your budget before paying for it. To ensure you only pay for desired results, Indeed gives you 48 hours to reject unwanted applications before you’re charged.

Best For:

Businesses of all sizes looking to recruit for any position across hundreds of industries/service types.

Seekout

Review:

SeekOut is an AI-powered talent search engine designed to help your hiring team source and recruit candidates from social media sites. While most of their solutions cost money, they do offer a free Chrome extension. Called SeekOut Sourcing Assistant, the tool will extract rich information directly from LinkedIn, GitHub, and other sources, thus allowing you to organize, enrich and export candidate profiles.

Seekout

Stats:

  • 300+ customers
  • 780+ public profiles
  • 40M+ GitHub profiles
  • 70M+ expert profiles

Seekout

Pricing:

Seekout has a few different plans:

  • Premium: Access to 441M+ candidates, diversity sourcing and hiring tools, people insights, contact info for 500 candidates per month and exporting of 5,000 profiles per month.
  • Premium Tech: All of Premium, plus specific tools for sourcing tech talent. These include Coder Score rankings, GitHub search tool, direct access to candidate's code, and tailored insights.
  • SeekOut Expert: Designed specifically for Engineering and Life Sciences hiring.

The actual pricing of SeekOut’s plans and services isn’t disclosed on their website. You would have to contact their sales team for a custom price quote.

Seekout also provides a free Chrome extension for sourcing, SeekOut Sourcing Assistant. It’s free to use but with a limit of getting verified social links and emails for 10 candidates per month.

Best For:

Seekout has segmented pricing plans for different industries. While there is a general plan for most businesses, Tech, Engineering, and Life Sciences hiring managers get the most functionality from Seekout. The tool can be used by companies with large in-house recruiting teams as well as small agencies looking for a user-friendly tool to reach a diverse pool of talent.

iKrut

Review:

iKrut

Stats:

iKrut

Pricing:

iKrut offers a free plan that allows you to post unlimited jobs, create unlimited users, and access an editable iKrut-powered career site and all applications. The software also has two paid options: Premium and Premium+.

  • Premium has a fixed price. Regardless of your company’s size, the Premium plan charges you £300 ($340) per month or £3,000 ($3,400) per year. It gives you access to substantially more functionality, including posting up to 50 job vacancies in the next 12 months, customizing candidate workflow in your way, and providing basic reports.
  • Premium+ price depends on the size of your company. The bigger your team is, the more you have to pay. It starts from £400 ($450) per month or £4,500 ($5,100) per year. It has everything from the Premium package plus other advanced hiring tools, such as background checking, compliance, and onboarding.

On top of that, you will get up to a 20% reduction off iKrut’s standard pricing for a multi-year deal. There is also a reduction for paying monthly upfront, yet you need to contact their team to get the details.

Best For:

iKrut budget-friendly offering is best suited for SMEs hiring fewer than 50 candidates a year.

Vultus

Review:

Vultus is a recruiting and workforce management SaaS company with free trials for both solutions. Their ATS option, called Vultus Recruit, can publish to job boards, schedule interviews, manage recruiting pipelines and even has Candidate Relationship Management capabilities. On top of their free trial, their subscription plans are extremely affordable, making it an ideal choice for a startup or small business looking for their first ATS.

Vultus

Stats:

Vultus

Pricing:

Vultus’s Recruit solution is offered over three plans that provide users with access to the same feature set; the only difference is the number of user seats purchased. Here’s how they break it down: 

  • 3-5 users: $15 per user per month billed annually
  • 6-30 users: $11 per user per month billed annually
  • 30+ users: $8 per user per month billed annually

Through the above plans, users can access the features of job posting, candidate sourcing, hotlist management, resume harvesting and parsing, candidate database management, account and contacts management, boolean search, mass mails, several integrations, custom reports and the Vultus mobile app.

Best For:

Vultus is best suited for small companies looking for an affordable recruiting solution that seamlessly integrates into a workforce management platform.

Gem

Review:

Gem has taken many of the best practices your sales team uses to engage leads and applied them to your recruiters’ workflows when engaging candidates. It is primarily a talent engagement platform with features to support talent sourcing, candidate outreach, and recruitment pipeline management. Hiring teams can use Gem to capture information about relevant candidates, engage with them through multistage drip campaigns, and see what's working and what's not through analytics. The best part about Gem is that it integrates with a range of ATS, LinkedIn and email.

While the software is not free, they do offer a free demo and trial so you can evaluate if it is a good fit for your business.

Gem

Stats:

  • Gem is used by over 1,200 recruitment teams worldwide
  • Clients that use Gem experience a 2x increase in response rates and 5x faster talent sourcing

Gem

Pricing:

The cost of Gem's services is based on the size of your recruitment team, the number of hires, and other factors like custom ATS integrations. You can reach out to their sales team for a quote.

Best For:

Gem is best suited for large enterprises and staffing agencies that need to hire more employees in a short time period.

GoHire

Review:

GoHire is a simple to use ATS that is perfect for smaller companies focused on growing their teams. Their software will distribute your roles to job boards, schedule interviews, record candidate feedback, and communicate with candidates. This is a great offering for budget conscious companies and they offer a two week free trial.

GoHire

Stats:

  • Processed over 2,000,000 applications in the year 2021
  • Serves over 2,500 customers
  • Has over 100,000 monthly users

GoHire

Pricing:

GoHire.io offers three pricing plans to meet the needs of businesses. The plans provide flexible schedules for both monthly and annual payments. The company also offers a cancel anytime policy that is helpful when a business is not hiring. For new users, the company offers a free 14-day trial. The plans are:

  • Starter costs £58 per month (about $74) and includes baseline features, with 3 active job posts, 3 active talent pools, Interview Scheduler & Calendar Sync, Customizable Pipeline Stages, and unlimited team members.
  • Growth costs £83 per month (about $125) and provides everything from Starter plus 10 Active Job Posts, Talent Pools, Application Form Editor, Bulk Actions, Team Inbox, and @Mention Team members.
  • Pro costs £165 per month (about $241) and provides all Growth features Plus Unlimited Active Job Posts, Automated Stage Actions, Advanced Reporting, Selection Questionnaires, Interview Scorecards, Careers Page Editor, Slack Integration, Zapier Integration, Audit Log, and Priority Support.

Best For:

GoHire is best for small business that are scaling quickly but need an affordable ATS.

MightyRecruiter

Review:

Ideal for small and medium-sized businesses, MightyRecruiter is a free recruitment software that helps companies streamline their talent-sourcing process. The tool allows you to attract candidates through a custom-branded career page, post unlimited job openings across 29+ job boards, access a resume database of over 21 million candidates, rank and filter candidates. To speed up your sourcing efforts further, the platform packs over 200 ready-to-use job description templates and suggests suitable candidates for your job posts based on defined criteria.

MightyRecruiter

Stats:

  • MightyRecruiter allows you to post job openings on 29+ job boards for free and access their resume database for over 21 million candidates.
  • GTM Pros reduced their average time-to-fill open positions by 40% using MightyRecruiter.

MightyRecruiter

Pricing:

MightyRecruiter is free to use. However, viewing the full resumes of candidates on their resume database costs extra.

Best For:

MightyRecruiter is best suited for SMBs. It is a free ATS that packs a decent range of features to streamline recruitment for companies hiring under 50 candidates a year.

Calendly

Review:

Calendly is an appointment scheduling software that happens to have an indefinite free plan. Although not built for recruiting per se, HR managers can use it at the interviewing stage of recruiting. 

It natively integrates with all the popular calendars and video conferencing tools. In the free version, you can create unlimited one-on-one events, send automated event notifications to your candidates, and customize your booking link. If you find the free plan limiting, you can always upgrade to the paid plans, which are still inexpensive compared to other scheduling tools. There’s also a free 14-day trial period for the paid plans.

Calendly

Stats:

  • 10 million user base spread across the world
  • Used by 50,000 companies
  • Over 100 partner integrations
  • Ancestry, a genealogy company saw a 40% reduction in scheduling emails after using Calendly 
  • Cengage, an Ed-Tech company had a 30% increase in annual retention of employees after using Calendly
  • AgriWebb, a company in the agriculture industry experienced a 75% reduction in time to schedule customer success calls because of Calendly

Calendly

Pricing:

Calendly is totally free for a single calendar per user. It costs $8 per user per month for 2 calendars and $12 per user per month for 6 calendars. The premium pricing plans offer more functionality as well.

Best For:

Companies of all sizes looking for an affordable and user-friendly scheduling solution. Sole business owners and small businesses might find Calendly particularly helpful since there’s a free plan as well.

SmartRecruiters

Review:

SmartStart is the free version of SmartRecruiters talent acquisition service, specifically made for smaller businesses. You’ll have access to an unlimited number of users as well as a variety of services including multi-board job posting, scheduling management tools, candidate database management and one-click apply.

SmartStart’s unlimited user accessibility enables many hands to be a part of the hiring process, unlike many other free options. The service also offers one-click job postings on any of over 200 available job boards. Unfortunately SmartStart is limited to 10 active job postings at one time. If your team finds this is holding you back, there are different plans you can upgrade to.

SmartRecruiters

Stats:

SmartRecruiters

Pricing:

SmartStart is completely free for up to 10 active jobs at a time.

Best For:

Growing small businesses and startups.

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Final Advice

We hope this listing of free recruiting software was useful for your recruiting team. We also have a specific list of free Applicant Tracking Systems that could enhance your recruiting process too.  If you have any additions, please send us a note, or leave a comment, and we’ll be happy to update the list!

Lastly, if you have the budget to buy, we recommend checking out our page on the best recruiting software out there, complete with questions to ask on demos, ROI calculations, etc.  Enjoy!

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