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Google Launches Hire, a Talent Recruiting App for SMBs

Google’s Berit Johnson
Google's Berit Johnson

Google has launched an app to help small- and medium-sized businesses attract and recruit employees. The new app, Hire, fully integrates with G Suite, including Gmail and Google Calendar, which is already used by more than 3 million businesses.

In a blog introducing Hire, Google Cloud Senior Product Manager Berit Johnson said the app makes it easier for businesses to identify talent, build strong candidate relationships and manage the interview process.

“A lot of tools that employees rely on at work are clunky, unintuitive and hard to learn - endless configuration options, tables and lists and mind-numbing data entry. The Hire product team set out to change that,” Johnson wrote. “With a mindset of ‘less is more,’ the team conducted hundreds of user-testing sessions and worked with early adopter customers for more than a year to simplify and optimize every aspect of the user experience.”

Hire is available now to U.S.-based businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees that use G Suite. The cost is based on the size of the business, but Google has yet to release any information about specific pricing plans.

Google Hire Features

Hire is designed for all industries, but it’s a tool managed service providers (MSPs) and value-added resellers who are looking for new talent could explore.

According to a study by Bersin by Deloitte, it takes an average of 52 days to fill an open position and costs about $4,000 to interview, schedule and assess each candidate.

Hire allows employers to:

  • Communicate with candidates in Gmail or Hire with emails automatically syncing in both
  • Schedule interviews in Hire with visibility into an interviewer's schedule from Calendar
  • Track the candidate pipeline in Hire, and then analyze and visualize the data in Sheets

Hire also automatically includes important hiring details in calendar invites, including contact information, the full interview schedule and what questions each interviewer should focus on.

“Hire and G Suite are made to work well together so recruiting team members can focus on their top priorities instead of wasting time copy-pasting across tools,” Johnson wrote.

Google for Jobs

Hire isn’t Google’s first foray into the talent marketplace.

In May, the company unveiled Google for Jobs, a new search option that uses machine learning to provide more comprehensive, in-depth and relevant search results for job seekers in a single place on the web.

Users can set up job alerts, see reviews of the company from trusted sites, find out how long the commute time would be and more.

Google for Jobs was created in collaboration with the job matching industry, including organizations like LinkedIn, Monster, WayUp, DirectEmployers, CareerBuilder, Glassdoor and Facebook.