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Taleo Specifics and Users

Oracle offers Taleo in two different versions: one for enterprises and one for small and medium-sized businesses. However, both versions include modules for recruiting, onboarding, performance management, learning and development, succession planning, and compensation management. 

In addition to these features, Taleo has a strong social media analytics capability. This means that Taleo is able to post job vacancies via social media channels, receive applications through mobile apps, and recruit via referrals and job boards.

Therefore, it's important that candidates be aware of the job boards and job recruiting sites (,, they see online, as these systems can automatically send their resumes and CVs to the Taleo system where they are processed, scanned, and reviewed for keywords and compatibility.

Which Companies Use Taleo?

More than 5,000 customers use Taleo software, including roughly half the businesses on the Fortune 100 list.

Here is a list of some of the well-known companies that utilize Taleo:

Macy's Staples Best Buy EasyJet Deloitte
Toyota GAP Citi Marriott HP
Starbucks Toys "R" Us Visa CEB  
Hyatt Target AT&T Amazon  

Taleo Partnerships

Taleo has over 140 partnerships with a variety of companies and organizations, but some of the most well-known and most beneficial partnerships have been with the following companies:


Wonderlic has integrated its various pre-hire assessments and exams into the Taleo system. These assessments include job-specific questionnaires, cognitive ability tests, personality tests, skills tests, and surveys. The Wonderlic Cognitive Ability Test (previously known as the Wonderlic Personnel Test) and the Wonderlic Basic Skills Test (WBST) are frequently used for job placement.

Thomas International

Thomas International has integrated its personality assessment tools into the Taleo system. Candidates are now able to use one portal for their hiring process instead of going between the Taleo system and another company. This is also helpful for employers as it enables them to view and analyze a candidate's application and assessment results all within one system, thereby cutting down on hiring time.

Thomas International is used in 60 countries and has been primarily designed to assist small and medium-sized businesses.

Assess Systems

Assess Systems has integrated its entry-level pre-employment assessments, competency-based talent selection, and development solutions into the Taleo system. This has allowed it to assist hiring managers in a unique way—by analyzing a candidate's compatibility to a company and position and then producing the top scoring candidates to the hiring manager(s).

The use of this resource has amplified the importance of candidates doing well on their assessments, in addition to everything else. By doing well, candidates can ensure their application has a higher chance of making it into the hands of a recruiter.

Other Taleo Partnerships: 


Deloitte Hitachi IBM PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Capgemini Fujitsu Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Infosys TCS (Tata Consulting Services)

When Is an ATS Used in the Hiring Process?

It's estimated that 70–80% of large companies utilize an ATS, while smaller businesses utilize it about 50% of the time. Typically, an ATS is implemented within the first stages of the hiring process. This way employers can focus on the qualified candidates.

Additionally, an ATS can be used to post job openings on websites or job boards, screen resumes, and compose interview requests to potential candidates by email. Other features include automated resume ranking, customized forms, pre-screening questions/assessments, and response tracking. 

As more companies begin to utilize applicant tracking systems, the more likely it is you will encounter them as well. Therefore, it's important to understand what the ATS is really looking for, how to manipulate the system in your favor, and how to beat an ATS while still presenting yourself in a professional and honest way.

Typically, after an applicant encounters and passes through an ATS, he or she will undertake assessment tests, exams, or interviews. The assessments, which can include aptitude tests, cognitive ability tests, personality tests, and skills tests, cover a range of topics that vary in difficulty. Additionally, candidates may face multiple interviews in a variety of formats: in-person, video, or telephone. Therefore, it's highly advised that candidates prepare for each element of the hiring process.

Taleo Information

Taleo, acquired by Oracle (as of 2012), is a very popular applicant tracking system (ATS) used by various employers across an array of professions. Taleo, before it was acquired by Oracle, had about 1,000 employees, but since being taken over by Oracle, it now has over 130,000 employees worldwide.

In addition to its many employees, Taleo also serves over 5,000 customers across 180 countries. Taleo has produced over 10 million hires out of the 200 million candidate applications it has received and reviewed. It has also created over 140 partnerships with companies like Facebook, Wonderlic, and Macy's.

As more companies begin to use applicant tracking systems, it's imperative that you understand how each ATS works.  

ATS Preparation with JobTestPrep

JobTestPrep offers a plethora of resources to help you ace a wide variety of assessment tests and different types of interviews (in-person, telephone, or video). Our resources for these assessments and interviews are catered to a vast field of professions.

Additionally, JobTestPrep is in the process of creating an ATS PrepPack™ that will provide tips and preparation methods to help you overcome the obstacles of an ATS, thus ensuring a higher chance of securing your desired job. Start preparing today and apply with confidence.

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