Google Hire hasn't even been around for a full year yet, and the search giant is already adding new features. The added functionality, known as "candidate discovery," makes filling open positions even easier, leveraging the company's search expertise and machine learning solutions.
"Hire makes it easy for you to identify talent, build strong candidate relationships and efficiently manage the interview process end-to-end," Berit (Johnson) Hoffmann, senior product manager at Google, said in a blog post.
Google Hire integrates with Gmail, Google Calendar and other G Suite apps, presumably making it easy to use and enabling businesses to access all candidate information and communications in one place. Hire should also help with logistics, such as scheduling interviews and collaborating with hiring managers.
Hire's new features are intended to improve the odds that a company quickly fills an open position, reducing wasted time and money. Research demonstrates that the longer a position is open and the more candidates that are interviewed, the more money companies leave on the table.
"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," Hoffmann said. "That adds up."
The new candidate discovery features build on Hire's existing functionality by including:
- Automatically generated lists of suitable candidates based on job criteria
- Insights into job requirements that recognize experienced candidates, regardless of past job titles
- Indices of previously interviewed candidates that made positive impressions and might be a fit for newly opened positions
Candidate discovery builds on Google Hire's existing slate of features, which include:
- A database of hundreds of candidates
- Candidate information, such as resumes, qualifications and notes
- Tracked interview progress and where candidates are in the recruitment pipeline
- Feedback from interviewing team and discuss hiring decisions
- Communication with candidates via Gmail
- A calendar to schedule meetings and add notes to meeting invitations, such as interview questions and candidates' contact information
- Analysis and visualization of candidates and hiring data in Sheets
- Synced data across G Suite
Google Hire features an intuitive user interface with a clean layout, making it easier to use and train staff compared to clunky recruitment software and apps. And because it's designed for small businesses, it isn't bloated with features small businesses don't need.
Hire is available for businesses that use G Suite and have fewer than 1,000 employees. The app can be used to recruit all types of positions, including part-time, full-time and upper management positions. For more information and to try Hire, visit http://hire.google.com. Businesses can also request a demo at http://hire.google.com/request-demo/.
Hire joins a fairly big field of recruiting apps such as LinkedIn Recruiter, JazzHR and Zoho Recruit. For more insights into what's available for small businesses, see Business News Daily's recruiting software review category.
Editor's note: Google announced on Aug. 28, 2019 that it will end support for Google Hire on Sept. 1, 2020.
Additional reporting by Sara Angeles.