HR Software Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing human resources and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting or using the search box below.

  • P

    passive candidate

    A passive candidate is a person who is not actively searching for a job.

  • payroll software

    Payroll software is technology that aims to streamline and automate the process of paying a company's employees.

  • performance and accountability reporting (PAR)

    Performance and accountability reporting (PAR) is the process of compiling and documenting factors that quantify an institution's profitability, efficiency and adherence to budget, comparing actual results against original targets.

  • performance management software

    Performance management software is designed to improve business performance by spurring employee productivity.

  • R


    A recruiter is someone who is responsible for finding job candidates, managing candidate communications and facilitating the hiring process.

  • recruitment management system

    A recruitment management system (RMS), also known as an e-recruitment or online recruitment system, is a multi-component software tool designed to automate and facilitate the processes involved in finding, attracting, assessing, interviewing and hiring new personnel.

  • recruitment marketing

    Recruitment marketing is the process of building an organization's employer brand to attract top talent.

  • recruitment process outsourcing (RPO)

    Recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) is the contracting of an organization's employee recruitment processes to a third-party service provider.

  • reference checking software

    Reference checking software is programming that automates the process of contacting and questioning the references of job applicants.The entire process occurs on the Internet and may be used independently or integrated with an applicant tracking system.

  • S

    social recruiting

    Social recruiting is a method of talent acquisition where recruiters source job candidates and/or publicize open positions via social media.

  • social sourcing

    Social sourcing, also called social recruiting, is a type of e-recruitment in which recruiters and HR managers search for job candidates by using social media sites. It can also refer to the process of gathering referrals from employees to staff a position or to posting an opening on social media websites. 

  • statutory reporting

    Statutory reporting is the mandatory submission of financial and non-financial information to a government agency.

  • succession planning

    Succession planning is the process of identifying internal candidates for leadership or other key roles within a company.

  • T

    talent acquisition

    Talent acquisition refers to the process employers use for recruiting, tracking and interviewing job candidates, and onboarding and training new employees.

  • talent management software (TM software)

    Talent management software is technology that human resource management professionals use to manage employees as a competitive advantage.