Google Hire to be shut down two years after it was launched

The applicant tracking system developed by Google will be 'sunset' on 1 September 2020.

Google will shut down its job application tracking system “Google Hire” that was launched just two years ago. The G Suite tool was built for recruiters at small and midsized companies but will be ‘sunset’ on September 1st, 2020.

A statement issued by Google said, “While Hire has been successful, we’re focusing our resources on other products in the Google Cloud portfolio. We are deeply grateful to our customers, as well as the champions and advocates who have joined and supported us along the way.” 

Google Hire is an applicant tracking system developed by Google that since being launched in 2017 received positive reviews from HR professionals for it’s usefulness in helping small to medium enterprises (SMEs) driving efficiency in its recruitment practices, distributing jobs, identify and attract candidates, build strong relationships with candidates, and efficiently manage the interview process – using familiar Google solutions such as Google Search, Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sheets and Google Hangouts. 

The tool was available to companies in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada who use G Suite. Recruiters in South Africa who would have been waiting for the platform to be available locally will now be thoroughly disappointed as Google Hire was considered to be light years ahead of most of its competition in terms of helping drive hiring efficiency and productivity within the SME market.