User Guide: How to enter data in Recruitment Manager Template?

In this article, we will discuss step by step how to use the Recruitment Manager Excel Template.


The template focuses on two key pieces of input information – Jobs and Applications, entered in Jobs and Application sheets respectively. There are two key output sheets. The Dashboard presents a single page summary of Recruiting metrics, with several ways to filter/drill down. The Job Report sheet allows choosing one job to see the details of that specific job.


  1. Enter info. In Settings sheet (Recruitment Stages, Application Sources and Decline Reasons)
  2. Enter information of jobs to be filled in the Jobs sheet.
  3. Enter every application you receive in the Applications sheet.
  4. As you evaluate each application and move it from one stage to next, enter the date in Applications sheet.
  5. When a final decision is made on a candidate, enter ‘HIRED’ or ‘NOT HIRED’ in the Application Status column.  Enter the Decline Reason if the candidate was not hired.
  6. When a Job order is completely filled, enter in Jobs sheet: ‘COMPLETED’ in the Status field and cost of filling the Job in Cost field.
  7. View Dashboard anytime to view the performance of recruitment process (Press Ctrl+Al+F5) to refresh calculations.
  8. View Job Report sheet for the summary of comments on Candidates for one job at a time.
  9. (Optional) Use Candidates sheet to store information about candidates.


STEP 1: Enter Settings information

Recruitment Stages: The template can accommodate up to 6 stages in recruiting process. If you have only 4 stages, just clear the last two values.

Customize Recruitment Stages
Customize Recruitment Stages

Application Sources: This will be the list of sources where you receive applications. You can customize the list as needed. Enter up to 15 sources.

Customize Application Sources

Decline Reasons: This will be the list of reasons we provide when decide not to hire a candidate. You can customize the list as needed. Enter up to 15 reasons.

Customize Decline Reasons

STEP 2: Enter Jobs

In the Jobs sheet, you will enter each job in a new row with the following information.


Recruitment Manager Excel Template – Jobs Table

Most fields are self-explanatory. The last three need some explanation.

Positions: This template can handle multiple openings of same title. For example, if you have 3 openings for Graphic Designer, you can enter them in one row and enter 3 in Positions field/column.
Status: When you enter a new job to be filled, enter ‘OPEN’ as Status. When all the positions for that job are filled, enter ‘COMPLETED’ as Status. If the job is cancelled, enter ‘CANCELLED’.
Cost: After the job is filled, enter the total cost incurred in the recruiting for that job.

STEP 3: Enter Applications

Enter each application you receive as a new row in the APPLICATIONS sheet. Start entering from Row 6. Please do not modify Row 5, as it will break calculations.

• Enter Job ID for which the application was sent.
• Enter Applicant name and the source through which you received the application.

Recruitment Manager Excel Template – Applications 1

STEP 4: Track Progress of Applications

In the next 6 columns, enter the dates on which the applicant crossed each of the recruitment stages.

Recruitment Manager Excel Template – Applications – Stage Dates

For example, in the image above, you can see the dates on which each candidate crossed the 6 stages. If a candidate does not reach a stage, please don’t enter anything in that column.

STEP 5: Update Application Status

Recruitment Manager Excel Template – Applications – Status, Reasons and Comments

When a decision is made on a candidate, update APPLICATION STATUS column. Enter ‘HIRED’ if hired or ‘NOT HIRED’ if decision was taken not to hire the person. Enter the decline reason if the candidate was not hired. For example, if the candidate reaches the interview stage but does not get the offer due to ‘Technical’ knowledge , then enter ‘Technical’ as Decline Reason.

Please enter any comments or notes about the application in the COMMENTS column.

Error Checks

While entering data in steps 4 and 5 , please make sure that there are no errors. The template assigns applications as ‘ERROR’ (see column Q named ERROR) if one or more of the following conditions apply.

Error Calculation for Applications

Those Applications with ERRORs will not be reported in Dashboard.

STEP 6: Update Job

When a job order is fully completed, go back to the Jobs sheet and update.

Status: When all the positions for that job are filled, enter ‘COMPLETED’ as Status. If the job is cancelled, enter ‘CANCELLED’.
Cost: After the job is filled, enter the total cost incurred in the recruiting for that job.

STEP 7: View Dashboard

View Dashboard anytime to view performance metrics. The dashboard is fully automated. Since it uses pivot tables for calculations, we have to refresh it whenever we added/updated input data on Jobs and Applications. Please refresh it by (DATA ribbon –> Refresh All button) or keyboard shortcut (Ctrl+Alt+F5).

Recruitment Manager Excel Template – Data Refresh
Recruitment Manager Excel Template – Dashboard


The dashboard is very flexible as it allows you to drill down using the filters. There are 10 filters/slicers available to analyze the data in detail and make smarter business decisions.

Dashboard – Slicers (or Filters)

If the dashboard does not reflect the data entered, please refresh the calculations first. Then, check if there are ERRORs in the Applications (see column Q).

STEP 8: View Job Report

In the Job Report sheet, we can choose a Job ID and view all details for that one job. We can also see the Candidates and comments for each stage. This can be a useful tool to have a meaningful discussion with the stakeholders on the applications and thus take decisions.

Job Report

STEP 9 (Optional): Enter Candidates’ data

The Candidates sheet available is optional. We can store candidates’ contact information and other notes such as Skills, Strengths and Weaknesses. We can add new columns as needed.

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