Hire, a new G Suite app unveiled by Google in a blog post on Tuesday, aims to make it easier for SMBs to recruit new candidates and manage the interview process.

Part of the greater Google for Jobs initiative, announced in May, Hire looks to assist businesses in finding new job candidates, building relationships with them, and addressing all aspects of the interview process. To accomplish this, it integrates with existing G Suite apps like Gmail, Google Calendar, and Sheets.

Gmail is the communication arm of Hire. Hiring managers or recruiters can send emails through Gmail or through Hire directly and the emails will sync across both apps. So no matter which app they prefer, they’ll be able to track communication with a candidate.

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The Google Calendar integration with Hire offers the ability for employers to schedule job interviews, the post said. The interviewer’s schedule will be accessible, in order to find the right time, and details such as contact information, interview schedule, and interview questions will automatically be added to the event.

The hiring pipeline for a given candidate can be tracked through Hire. However, if the hiring manager wants more information about the candidate, they can use Google Sheets to analyze and visualize data about the candidate, the post said.

Hire offers a powerful search function within an applicant pool. For example, the post said, searching “front end engineer” would return candidates with skills in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Candidates are ranked by experience, with experts moved to the top of the list.

Past applicants are easy to track with Hire, as the tool resurfaces them for new positions and offers emails templates for employers to stay in touch with them. It will also show when they last applied, the post said. Job postings can also be optimized for Google Search, and users can also customize different parts of the hiring process as well.

According to the post, Google relied on user testing to build out the final design of Hire. The product has a simple, minimalistic design. Hire has been beta tested with firms like price comparison site Brad’s Deals to help them find and hire talent.

Currently, Hire is only available to US-based businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees that use G Suite. Interested companies can request a demo here.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. Google Hire is a new G Suite app that aims to simplify the hiring process for SMBs, making it easier to find, track, and interview talent.
  2. Hire integrates with other G Suite apps like Gmail, Google Calendar, and Sheets to help hiring managers understand the talent pipeline and analyze potential candidates.
  3. US businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees, which are currently using G Suite, are eligible to try Hire.