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Will ‘Google Hire’ Take on its Rivals such as LinkedIn and Others?

April 19, 2017

The Internet search-giant seems to be gearing up for official launch of its new offering for job seekers and head hunters, to track and manage job applications on the lines of its competitors such as LinkedIn, JobVite, Greenhouse and others. Will this new Google Hire website take on its rivals? You can browse through offerings of this new hiring tool, powered by Google here.

While the new website launched seems at its early stages, showing few job listings from Warner Brothers subsidiary DramaFever as well as some startups like Medisas and Poynt. Trying to login through official gmail IDs repeatedly showed up errors stating, “Your gmail ID is not associated with an account.”

This makes us believe that the site currently has limited access to people, however the new website by Google was first spotted by Axios.  The service lets employers post job listings, accept and manage applications, according to job listing links spotted by Axios reader Colin Heilbut. So far, several tech companies seem to be using (or testing) Google Hire, including Medisas, Poynt, DramaFever, SingleHop, and CoreOS.

Interestingly, job openings on Google Hire are also listed on the bebop website, which is VMware Inc co-founder and industry veteran, Diane Greene’s startup acquired by Google in 2015. For those unaware, bebop is a development platform that makes it easy to build and maintain enterprise applications, NDTV Gadgets reported.

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In company’s efforts to get lead in enterprise development, CEO Sundar Pichai had stressed way back in 2015, that the bebop acquisition would help Google in providing integrated cloud products at every level like Android and Chromebooks, infrastructure and services in Google Cloud Platform, developer frameworks for mobile and enterprise users, and end-user applications like Gmail and Docs.

Silencing speculation and rumors on potential employer snooping, as reported by many media outlets tracking users’ search history and data being revealed to employers by the new Google Hire tool, a spokesperson from the company offered clarity to Gizmodo saying, “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 further asked, if an employer could see an user’s search history accidentally on browsing and delving deeper for information on the site, the spokesperson said,  “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.”

Google has ridden out any number of such privacy-related storms already, suggesting that it still enjoys a high degree of public trust in its ability to keep data confidential—or at least, enough trust to ensure that people still routinely offer up their personal data in return for the convenience that comes with using Google products.

Also read: This Is the Internal Grading System Google Uses for Its Employees — And You Should Use It Too

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