Google’s new tool to help small businesses make hires launches today

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Google Hire taps G Suite to simplify the process

Google has launched Hire, a new way for businesses to find and hire job seekers within the familiar confines of G Suite.

Originally teased back in April, Hire lets employers keep tabs on potential candidates using familiar Google-made applications in place of other competing recruitment tools. It’s currently only available in the US.

Hire syncs up directly with G Suite, allowing businesses to perform tasks like contacting candidates directly though Gmail, scheduling interview availability though Google Calendar, and tracking stats on potential employees through Sheets.

Intended for small-to-medium-sized businesses, Hire also keeps track of candidates that made an impression but didn’t make the cut, allowing employers to find “silver medal” applicants easier if another position suddenly opens up.

G Suite-able for work

Though Hire hopes to expedite the hiring process, (a 2015 study claims the average time for US companies to fill a job position is 52 days) the use of Google accounts — both professional or personal — for tracking job hires did raise concerns earlier this year.

While syncing up Hire to a Google account is a major part of the process, a Google spokesperson assured TechRadar a few months back that “only information that a candidate voluntarily provides would be passed to a prospective employer as part of their online application.”

Interested employers in the US can purchase access to Hire or request a free demo beginning today. While any major business could potentially benefit from Google’s new service, the tech giant says Hire is currently available only to businesses with under 1,000 employees.

And if you’re a job seeker, don’t forget Google also now shows detailed information on vacant positions in search results.

Related product: Google Glass

Our Verdict:

Google created the most sought-after sci-fi-looking gadget that everyone wanted to wear at least once. Its hands-free picture-taking and head-tracking navigation were visions of our future, and Google Now alerts were put to good use here. But its everyday uses were limited and privacy remained a concern. Not everyone got their money’s worth from this one-of-a-kind, discontinued novelty.

 FOR

  • Slick, comfortable design
  • Easy-to-take hands-free photos
  • Google Now rocks
  • Head-tracking navigation is surreal
  • Conversation starter
 AGAINST

  • Outrageously expensive
  • Battery life is very poor
  • 5MP photos need good lighting
  • Limited number of apps

Article by Parker Wilhelm from Techradar