Last week we learned that Google was quietly testing Hire, a new invite-only ATS and jobs portal. While this quickly became viral news, thanks to privacy concerns, so far there haven’t been many in depth examinations of what this new tool could mean for HR and recruiting. I’ve gathered 4 reads and 1 listen that begin to tease out Hire’s potential, good and bad.
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Misinformation spreads quickly about the new Google experiment, Hire. It’s a new jobs portal from Google and search giant is always trying to get more information about us, right? So that means Google will be selling our personal information (searches and other online behaviour) to employers and recruiters, right!? Well, no. Gizmodo talked to a Google rep about Hire and how it functions.
Speaking to Gizmodo, a Google spokesperson said, “Only information that a candidate voluntarily provides would be passed to a prospective employer as part of their online application. Private information will not be shared.” When asked specifically if it would be possible for a potential employer to accidentally see a user’s search history, the spokesperson clarified: “Google does not share private information such as search or viewing history. Only the information that applicants input into Google Hire will be shared—for example, first name, last name, email address, resume, cover letter, etc.”
Joel and company discuss the latest news about Google Jobs API and Hire, the impact it could have on the HR tech market and what it could offer to recruiters and job seekers.
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This quora thread gives you the details on Google’s in house ATS and makes the case for why Google should be in this business.
This is slightly more intangible, but Google’s ATS is a beautiful user experience. And I’m not talking the fluffy stuff like fonts, HTML5 and AJAX, I mean every click through, tab, button, whatever was in the perfect location. So navigating through the system was beautiful. It made sense. It’s like the ATS knew what you wanted to do next.
The Job Board Doctor breaks down the potential impact of Google Hire on a number of big players in the job board and recruiting market. He thinks Indeed should be worried, LinkedIn has other things to worry about, Facebook will be annoyed and small job boards should start making inquiries about integration.
Here at Workology, Jessica writes that Hire will appeal first to existing G Suite users, who love how easy and user-friendly the products are but who haven’t brought their hiring process into the 21st century. But being a Google product, it of course has the potential to become so much more. She lays out some of the key challenges that Google will face in marketing Hire and some of the ways that Google can challenge leading competitors in the space.