Google Adds AI-Driven Updates to Its Hire Recruiting App

New features in the Google Hire app help streamline, speed up recruitment process for organizations, company says.

Google Hire Job Recruiting

Google has updated its Hire recruiting app with new features that the company says makes it easier for corporate human resources and recruiting staffs to find and hire new employees. 

Like many Google products and services these days the updates to Hire incorporate artificial intelligence capabilities. The new features are designed to speed up the interview scheduling process, enable recruiters to analyze resumes more quickly, and to schedule meetings with candidates of interest. 

"By incorporating Google AI, Hire now reduces repetitive, time-consuming tasks, into one-click interactions," said Google Hire product manager Berit Hoffmann, in a company blog June 19. "This means hiring teams can spend less time with logistics and more time connecting with people." 

When Google introduced Hire last July, it was designed primarily for use by recruiters at medium and small enterprises. Hire works with G Suite applications such as Gmail and Calendar so recruiters do not have to constantly keep switching between applications when contacting potential hires, scheduling interviews or engaging with job candidates them in other ways. 

Google has said that with Hire for instance, recruiters can communicate with job candidates in either Gmail or directly within Hire and have the content be automatically synchronized across both applications. 

Similarly, Hire's integration with G Suite gives recruiters a way to schedule job interviews based on the interviewer's schedule in Google Calendar. Hire also allows recruiters to track the candidate pipeline and pull data in for analysis using Google's Sheet spreadsheet app, Google has noted. 

The AI-enabled features that Google announced this week update some of those capabilities. For example, Hire now uses artificial intelligence to automatically suggest potential interviewers, time slots and interview rooms for specific job candidates. The feature eliminates the need for those involved in the recruiting process to find available time on calendars for an interview, book rooms and brief interviewers about a job applicant's background, Hoffmann said. 

With the integration of AI techniques, Hire is now also able to automatically analyze specific terms in a job description and highlight those terms in a job applicant's resume. For example, if a job requirement calls for candidates to have experience as a sales executive, Hire will automatically highlight terms pertinent to that requirement in the applicant's resume so recruiters can analyze applications faster. 

Google added the feature after observing people who were working with Hire frequently use "Ctrl+F" to search for specific skills when scanning resumes, Hoffmann said. 

A third significant update in Hire speeds up the ability for recruiters to reach candidates to schedule interviews and to follow up on job offers. Hire now offers a click-to-call function that allows recruiters to more quickly reach job candidates and a function for automatically logging calls so other members of a recruiting team knows who might have spoken with a potential hire. 

Besides the tools designed to help organizations streamline the recruiting process, Google also offers tools to help people find jobs faster. One example is the Google for Jobs feature in Google Search that gives people a way to search for jobs across virtually every category—including those in areas such as retail and hospitality that are not covered by typical job search sites. 

Jaikumar Vijayan

Jaikumar Vijayan

Vijayan is an award-winning independent journalist and tech content creation specialist covering data security and privacy, business intelligence, big data and data analytics.