You are already using Google Searches to find and recruit candidates. You’re probably searching for Google+ Profiles for candidates as well. Now you can add some of the other features of Google+ like Circles, Messenger and Instant Upload to your recruiter toolbelt. If you’re not already using Google + for IT recruiting, in today’s post we’re going to show you three ways you can use Google+ for recruiting.
- Circles on Google+ allow you to organize all of your contacts into separate groupings, or Circles.
- Depending on how you set your privacy mode, users may or may not be able to see a list of people in your collection of circles.
How Circles can be used for recruiting
- Using Circles, you can organize all your contacts however you like. For example you can separate your candidate contact list by skill sets, years of experience, locations, or all of the above. There’s no limit to how many circles you can create.
- You can then share highly targeted messages or updates based on the circle. For example, if you had a Java job that you wanted to share, you could create a Java circle for the Java developers you know and then share your job to this specific group or ‘Circle’ without spamming other people to which the jobs wouldn’t apply.
- Hangouts is a multi-person video chatting feature of Google +
- Unlike Skype or other voice-over-Internet Protocol services, on Hangouts you have the option of having a video chat with multiple people at once (up to 10 people).
- People can even dial-in to a hangout without a webcam
How can Hangouts be used for recruiting
- The obvious way to use it is for interviewing candidates; whether your candidate has a webcam or not, they can connect to a Hangout.
- The game changing aspect of the Hangouts feature is that now you can interview a candidate with the hiring manager listening in to the conversation as well, if you like.
- Google also recently added a new feature called ‘On Air’ which allows you to broadcast your hangout and record it.
- It can also be used for training new recruiters, allowing you to listen and watch as they interview a candidate for the first time, and then you can give them feedback after the meeting.
- Specific to mobile devices, it stores photos and videos in a private album. You can keep it private or share the content.
How can Instant Upload be used for Recruiting
- Using the ‘On Air’ feature of hangouts, you can now upload a Hangout, aka a meeting with a candidate. Or you could record a ‘How To’ video, upload it to Instant Upload, and then share it with the appropriate circles. It’s a pretty streamlined way to get your video content out to large groups of people.
You might also want to read a recent article titled, Leveraging Social Media for Recruiting in which we discuss how to search Google+ profiles.
Have you tried using any of the above Google + tools for recruiting? Let us know in the comments section below.