Google Challenges LinkedIn with Hire

Google is building out its LinkedIn competitor Hire with a new feature designed to save hiring managers time when a new job becomes available. The new tool, called candidate discovery, lets recruiters sort through the applicant pool according to whether a candidate had been marked as a prospective, previously interviewed for a job, or received an offer from the company before.

The goal, Google says, is to help recruiters easily re-engage with previous candidates who may be a fit for the company, but perhaps not for the exact job they had inquired about or applied to before. The tool will also let managers sort candidates by location, like “programming in Boston,” to narrow down prospective employees based on their skills and location, not for the exact job title. They can browse through results and also look at additional notes about each applicant, such as whether an offer had been extended or why they rejected the candidate. The results will rank candidates who previously rejected an offer higher, followed by those with positive feedback.

Candidate discovery is available in beta today on Hire, which works directly on top of G Suite to track applicant contact information and calendar invites. Since its public launch last July, Hire is still marketed to just US-based small-to-midsized companies that are unlikely to outsource recruiters to help them fill open positions.