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Recruitment Process Outsourcing, also known as RPO, involves a company turning all or some of its hiring duties over to an external company. The external company, an RPO, has the task of finding a specific number of employees using a list of specific needs and a timeframe set by the company. For example, Hire Velocity was tasked with hiring over 900 assistant store managers and bi-lingual sales consultants over the period of 12 months for a major telecommunications company. Hire Velocity saved this telecommunication company about $260 per hire made, saving the company a total of about $236,340.

Many companies are left wondering whether it would be best for them to do the hiring internally, through the use of a contract recruiter, or use an RPO to do some or all of its hiring tasks. The company needs to ask itself if it can handle the increased workload of hiring a large amount of employees in a specific time frame. It is important for the company to consider all of the steps in the hiring process. The first step is active sourcing and screening, which is manually going through its applicant tracking system, job boards, and social networks to find potential applicants. Then the company must screen every applicant to ensure that they have the skills, education, and experience that the company is looking for. These two steps alone can often be overwhelming for a company that is looking to hire a lot of qualified candidates in a specific time frame.

This is where an RPO can help relieve the stress of mass hiring from a company. A company can choose to have an RPO do some of the hiring tasks, called RPO On-Demand, or have the RPO take over the whole hiring process, called Enterprise RPO.  For example, a major home improvement store company hired Hire Velocity to do diversity sourcing and screening. Hire Velocity used its resources, including over 200 job boards and 5,000 content partners, to source potential candidates using the needs and wants of the company.  Hire Velocity then telephone-screened each potential candidate to make sure his or her skills, education, and experience met the needs of the home improvement store company. This process led to 49 bi-lingual store managers and human resources managers being hired.

Recruitment Process Outsourcing can be a great tool for a company to take the stress out of hiring and reduce costs by up to 50%. However, it is up to the company to evaluate its needs and resources to see if it would be beneficial to hire an RPO or do the hiring internally. With an RPO, every task is managed for the company and all tools are supplied.  With a contract recruiter, the overall work must still be managed internally as well as all tools needed to do the job.  If you’re looking to do volume hiring quickly in an efficient and cost effective manner, the RPO may be just the solution to your current hiring challenges!