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Understanding Recruitment Process Outsourcing

Nov 24, 2020

Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) has been a part of the recruitment landscape for some time. Despite this, few business leaders fully understand the benefits this recruitment model can bring to their team.

RPO staffing solutions are available in a wide range of options, and a strategic RPO from a consultative staffing partner brings many benefits to a company’s bottom line, cost per hire, hiring timeline, attrition rates, and more. Below is a brief overview of Recruitment Process Outsourcing:

What is an RPO?

Though there are many ways to think about an RPO, at its core Recruitment Process Outsourcing is the delegation of a company’s recruitment functions (all or partial) to a third-party vendor. The vendor is, in turn, responsible for managing the company’s open requisitions, from collaborating with the hiring managers, identifying qualified individuals for the open positions, orchestrating the interview process, and extending employment offers.

How does an RPO work?

One or more experienced recruiters from your RPO partner will serve as your organization’s internal Talent Acquisition Specialist(s). This person will function as an internal employee within your organization. Often, this integration is so seamless, a team’s employees won’t know that your TA Specialist from an outside firm.

The scope of a TA Specialist’s role varies depending on the level of support needed.
Common responsibilities of a TA Specialist are:

  • Communicating with individuals within your organization
  • Play a key role in executing staffing initiatives
  • Build recruitment strategies,
  • Managing your team’s job boards
  • Oversee all open requisitions


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How is an RPO different than the traditional hiring models?

One of the biggest differences between an RPO and traditional staffing models is the relationship between your staffing partner and your business. Unlike traditional staffing models, an RPO model provides your team with a dedicated recruiting expert who is assigned to your organization, specifically.

In traditional staffing models, a third-party recruiter will work on multiple positions for multiple clients at any given time. When you opt for an RPO solution, your team will have an on-hand experienced recruiter who works solely on your positions. This also means that any candidate found during the sourcing process becomes part of your team’s candidate data pool instead of the staffing firm’s.

How do I get started?

It is important to examine both your present recruiting objectives as well as your long-term business needs to determine the best RPO solution for your business. The range of support provided by RPO solutions ranges from transactional to consultative. A  Staffing Solution Strategist will work with you to determine the best RPO solution for your business.

RPO packages are customized to the unique needs of your business. Your RPO package will fall into one of the following support tiers:

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In recent years, Recruitment Process Outsourcing has grown in popularity due in large part to the model’s strategic and consultative approach to hiring as well as the mutual benefits it brings to both businesses and their staffing partners.  Learn how your business could benefit from RPO Solutions and get started today.