How Do You Recruit Great Talent? The Top Benefits of Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)

Advice from experts · 8/2/2023 · 1 min read

How Do You Recruit Great Talent? The Top Benefits of Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)

When I joined RocketPower a little over a year ago, one of the things that immediately caught my attention was their People Power Business motto. That rings especially true in today's competitive job market, where finding and attracting top talent is crucial for the success of any organization.

Recruiting, however, can be time-consuming, resource-intensive, and complex. This is where Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) comes into play. RPO is a strategic partnership between a company and an external provider that assumes responsibility for some or all aspects of the recruitment process. It is no surprise that some of the best companies in the world such as Google, Trellix, Uber, Amazon or IBM, just to name a few, have had successful RPO implementations. In this article, we will explore the top benefits of RPO and how it can transform your organization's hiring practices.

Cost Savings

One of the primary benefits of RPO is cost savings. According to Deloitte, the cost savings with RPO can range from 10-40% compared to traditional recruitment methods. If done right and optimized, the results could potentially be better. Traditional recruitment methods involve various expenses including advertising, candidate sourcing, pre-employment assessments, and background checks. By outsourcing recruitment to a specialized provider, organizations can reduce their recruitment costs significantly. RPO providers often have economies of scale, access to technology platforms, and expertise in sourcing and screening candidates, which can lead to cost efficiencies and improved ROI.

Scalability and Flexibility

Business needs fluctuate over time, and hiring requirements may vary depending on market conditions and organizational growth. RPO offers scalability and flexibility to adapt to these changing needs. Whether you need to scale up your recruitment efforts to handle a sudden surge in hiring or downsize during slower periods, an RPO partner can quickly adjust their resources and processes to align with your requirements. In one of the projects I have led recently, we quickly adjusted the size of our global sourcing team across the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions for a cyber-security company, optimizing the use of their budget and allowing their recruitment function to remain agile and responsive to the ever-changing talent landscape.

Access to Specialized Expertise

Recruitment is a specialized field that requires expertise in sourcing, screening, and selecting the right candidates. RPO providers have dedicated recruitment professionals who possess in-depth knowledge of industry trends, best practices, and the latest recruitment technologies. By partnering with an RPO provider, organizations gain access to this specialized expertise without having to invest in extensive training or building an internal recruitment team from scratch. This know-how can significantly enhance the quality of hires, reducing time-to-fill positions. The key question talent acquisition stakeholders have to answer is how much time and resources they need to spend to be as productive and efficient as an RPO organization. The answer is too much, especially when you know the proven and cost-effective RPO solutions that already exist.

Improved Quality of Hires

Finding top talent isn't just about filling positions; it's about finding the right candidates who align with your organization's culture, values, and long-term goals. RPO providers focus on understanding your unique talent requirements and developing targeted recruitment strategies to attract and engage high-quality candidates. They employ advanced assessment techniques and tools to evaluate candidates' skills, competencies, and cultural fit. With their expertise, RPO providers can improve the overall quality of hires, resulting in higher employee productivity, lower turnover rates, and better organizational performance. According to a survey by the Recruitment Process Outsourcing Association, 96% of organizations that use RPO services are satisfied with the results, highlighting its effectiveness.

Enhanced Candidate Experience

A positive candidate experience is vital for attracting and retaining top talent. RPO providers understand this and prioritize creating a seamless and engaging recruitment journey for candidates. They leverage technology platforms, such as applicant tracking systems and candidate relationship management systems, to streamline the application process, provide timely feedback, and ensure effective communication. This enhances the candidate experience, improves employer branding, and increases the likelihood of attracting high-caliber candidates who may become stellar performers for the organization. At RocketPower, we pride ourselves on being true candidate advocates from the moment we engage with them all the way to the onboarding point, ensuring that all their doubts, concerns, needs, and questions are fully addressed.

Time Savings

Recruitment can be time-consuming, especially when managing multiple job openings simultaneously. RPO providers specialize in efficient recruitment practices, leveraging their expertise and tools to streamline the entire hiring process. They handle candidate sourcing, screening, interview scheduling, and offer management, freeing up internal HR and hiring teams to focus on core business activities. By reducing the time spent on administrative tasks, organizations can expedite the recruitment process, reduce time-to-fill positions, and gain a competitive edge in securing top talent. According to the Everest group, RPO can reduce time-to-fill positions by up to 40%, enabling organizations to quickly secure top talent and maintain business continuity.

Compliance, Diversity and Risk Management

Employment laws and regulations are continuously evolving, making compliance a complex task for organizations. RPO providers stay up-to-date with legal requirements and have expertise in navigating compliance and social issues related to recruitment, such as equal employment opportunity regulations and opportunities as well as background checks. They ensure that your recruitment processes align with legal and industry standards, thereby reducing the risk of non-compliance and potential legal or business consequences. Partnering with an RPO provider can give you peace of mind knowing that your recruitment practices are in line with legal obligations and social expectations.

Final Thoughts

Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) is a transformational tool for any organization's hiring practices. From cost savings and scalability to specialized expertise and improved candidate experiences, RPO provides a strategic approach to talent acquisition. By partnering with an RPO provider, organizations can optimize their recruitment processes, attract high-quality candidates, reduce time-to-fill positions, and gain a competitive edge in today's talent-driven market. As a result, embracing RPO can be a game-changer in building a robust and effective recruitment function.