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Google Hire Is Shutting Down

Andrew Martins
Andrew Martins

Two years after its unveiling, Google Hire is being put out to pasture.

  • Google Hire was created after the tech giant acquired Bebop in 2015.
  • Hire used AI to streamline the hiring process by posting to multiple job sites and tracking potential candidates. It integrated with the rest of Google's suite of products.
  • Existing users of the program will be able to continue using it until September 2020.

After just over two years of service, Google is adding its recruitment platform Google Hire to the well-documented list of properties it has unceremoniously shut down.

Launched by the California-based tech giant in July 2017, Google Hire was touted as an easy-to-use platform that streamlined the entire hiring process. Utilizing AI tech integrated with Google's G Suite, Google Hire was created to make talent acquisition simpler for companies with up to 1,000 employees.

Company plans to refocus its efforts on other Google Cloud products

Google announced its intentions to end Google Hire support in an email to existing customers, stating that it was planning on "focusing our resources on other products in the Google Cloud portfolio."

"We are deeply grateful to our customers, as well as the champions and advocates who have joined and supported us along the way," the company wrote.

For $200 to $400 a month, depending on the plan a company opted in to, Google Hire would provide tools that let HR professionals post open job positions to multiple websites without leaving the dashboard. The platform also helped users schedule interviews, communicate with potential candidates and keep records on previous applicants, among other things.

Despite recent updates, support for Google Hire ends Sept. 1, 2020

The news of Google Hire's closure comes just a year after the company released an accompanying Android app. Last June, the company also announced a host of new features for Hire, including click-to-call functionality and tools to highlight resumes for specific keywords.

Hire originally came to be after Google acquired VMware founder Diane Greene's company Bebop for $3 million in 2015. Greene eventually joined the company as the head of Google's Cloud division before vacating the role earlier this year.

Despite Google's announcement yesterday, customers will still have access to Hire until their contracts expire, or until support officially ends on Sept. 1, 2020. The company said it plans to stop charging for the service following the next billing cycle.

Andrew Martins
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I am a former newspaper editor who has transitioned to strictly cover the business world for business.com and Business News Daily. I am a four-time New Jersey Press Award winner and prior to joining my current team, I was the editor of six weekly newspapers that covered multiple counties in the state.