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Apply Connect Integration

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SmartRecruiters' LinkedIn Apply Connect (AC) integration enables your organization to allow candidates to complete their applications on LinkedIn. 

The LinkedIn Apply Connect integration is not yet live in SmartRecruiters but only availabe to selected Beta customers at this moment. Customers who are not selected as Beta customers will continue to have access to LinkedIn Easy Apply integration

The Integration includes four main features:

  • Post job via Apply Connect and allow candidates to apply on LinkedIn
  • Deliver completed applications to SmartRecruiters
  • LinkedIn members snippet on Candidates Search List
  • Candidates can see update of their applications on LinkedIn

You do not need a LinkedIn Recruiter contract to enable the integration. Without the LinkedIn Recruiter contract, your organization will NOT be able to notify your candidate application status on LinkedIn.

Manage Integration

To enable the LinkedIn Apply Connect integration, navigates to LinkedIn ATS integration in 'Settings / Admins > Apps & Integration' and choose LinkedIn ATS Integration

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In the page, select the Apply Connect tab and click on the toggle to enable the integration

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Once the integration is enabled, you have the option enable the LinkedIn Apply Package by associating the Apply Connect integraiton with a LinkedIn Recruiter contract.

You can post jobs via LinkedIn Apply Connect as long as the integration is enabled. Adding the contract enables you to enjoy additional functions offer by the LinkedIn Apply Connect integration, including:

  1. Ability to notify candidates on their application status via LinkedIn.
  2. See LinkedIn Applicant highlights in candidate profiles.

To add a contract, click on the 'MANAGE' button and on the pop up LinkedIn integration widget, click 'Choose package'. Scroll down to the 'Apply Package' and check the checkbox for the package and click 'Save changes'

You can only add one LinkedIn Recruiter contract to the Apply Connect integration. If your organization has multiple LinkedIn Recruiter contracts, please make sure these contracts all belongs to the same LinkedIn organization otherwise the integration may not work properly.

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Once the contract is added, you will see both the integration is enabled and Apply Package is active

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Post Jobs via Apply Connect

Once the integration is enabled, you can post job Apply Connect jobs onto LinkedIn. The LinkedIn Apply Connect integrations support both free (LinkedIn limited listing) and paid LinkedIn jobs (LinkedIn premium postings)

For free job postings onto LinkedIn, make sure the box 'Use LinkedIn Apply Connect for this job posting' is checked before publishing the job posting.



Similarly for paid job postings, after you selected LinkedIn and checked out, make sure the box 'Use LinkedIn Apply Connect for this job posting' is checked before proceeding.


Checkboxes of each job postings should be checked by default if the checkbox 'Enable Apply Connect by default for all my LinkedIn job postings', on the integration page, is checked. Vice versa, if the checkbox on the integration page is unchecked, checkboxes of each job postings would be left unchecked.


Regardless of the default option on the integration, your users can always choose to post or not to post job postings via LinkedIn Apply Connect on each individual free and paid job postings.

Candidate Apply Experience via Apply Connect

If a job is posted via LinkedIn Apply Connect, candidates can apply and complete their job applications on LinkedIn.

Once the candidate clicked the 'Apply' button on the job posting, the application flow begins with the candidate filling his/her contact information


The next couple steps allow the candidate to upload his/her resume, to update and edit work experience and to answer standard background questions. If custom screening questions are configured for the job, the candidate can answer them as part of the application


The candidate can review his/her application before submitting the application


LinkedIn Applicant Highlight

For candidate who applied via LinkedIn Apply Connect, there will be a LinkedIn icon display next to their profile in the candidate search page.

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Hover the mouse over the icon of the candidate and you can view a snippet of his/her LinkedIn profile which can help your team learn more about the candidate quickly.

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If the Apply Package is enabled, LinkedIn Applicant highlight is also displayed in the LinkedIn widget in SmartRecruiters' candidate profile

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Candidate Application Updates on LinkedIn 

After candidates applied to the job via Apply Connect, they can receive application update on LinkedIn based on the 3 following events:

  1. Application Viewed - When a hiring team member viewed the candidate profile page of a candidate
  2. Resume Downloaded - When a hiring team member download the candidate resume
  3. Application Rejected - When the application moved to the 'Rejected' state in SmartRecruiters

LinkedIn application notifications are optional. On the integration widget, you may enable or disable candidate application updates on LinkedIn. Notifications include both display of LinkedIn application status and email notification on LinkedIn.

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Application Status

On the job which the candidate had applied via Apply Connect, he/she can see the application status

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LinkedIn Notifications

Notification emails are also sent by LinkedIn to candidates for application status update.


Notification emails sent by LinkedIn, in most cases, are triggered immediately after the action took place in SmartRecruiters.

Application rejection notification is the only exception where the sent time of the LinkedIn rejection notifications are determined by SmartRecruiters' auto rejection notification email setting if the delay rejection configuration is enabled.

If the delay rejection configuration is NOT enabled, rejection notifications will be sent to candidates immediately after the action took place in SmartRecruiters.