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How do you know when your business is ready for Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO)?

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The employment market is in the best shape it's been in a long time, which makes it difficult to hire quality talent. In this rapidly changing job climate, businesses need to ensure that their recruitment processes are the best they can be to compete and retain key talent.

Not only does Recruitment Process Outsourcing help enhance your business's internal recruitment process it also provides other supports when you need it the most.

It's perfectly normal for an in-house team to consider an RPO provider for various reasons. Maybe they don't have the budget or time to invest in their recruitment process as the business grows, or maybe they don't have adequate expertise.

The many benefits of RPO such as the potential savings on your recruitment budget and time can help immensely, but how do you know when your business is ready to work with an RPO provider?

We've listed five possible reasons below.

1. You have high-volume project-based roles

RPO is useful for high-volume recruitment (for example, call centre staff), short and medium roles on a project-to-project basis, as well as fully replacing all internal recruitment in an organisation.

If you're looking to hire a lot of people in a short timeline but feel like your recruitment team cant manage the task, an RPO provider can work alongside your team to assist at any or every stage of the process.

2. It's taking too long to fill roles

Interview processes are getting shorter and shorter. According to the Cpl 2019 Salary Guide, clients have sped up the interview processes to ensure they don't miss out on the best candidates. Those failing to do so will lose out on top talent.

If your hiring process is too long, that can also set back your overall business goals. It will also reduce your productivity and drive your recruitment costs up. Another reason why it could be taking too long to fill roles is you might not have access to enough candidates.

An RPO provider can provide the expertise you need to fill those roles, review your existing process and identify areas that can be improved. Working with an RPO provider also means you have a much bigger pool of potential candidate to choose from.

3. Your churn rate is high (and you're always hiring)

If your employees keep leaving, it could be due to any of these reasons:

  • Your recruitment process isn't effectively screening candidates and they're ultimately not a suitable fit for the role
  • The workplace culture isn't meeting the employee's expectations
  • Your onboarding process needs improving

With an RPO model, since the provider will take ownership of these duties, they are fully accountable for the results they deliver. The provider will look at every step of your recruitment process to make sure your business hires the talent it needs and keeps them.

4. Your team lacks the experience to fill specific roles

If your business offers a wide range of services with lots of different skills needed, it's unrealistic to rely solely on an in-house recruitment team to fill all those roles.

For example, a recruiter that specialises in finance is unlikely to effectively hire software development or customer success employees.

An RPO provider will provide you with the expertise you need to fill a variety of roles and evaluate the candidate so they meet your requirements.

5. Your team can't cope with the demand

If you need to recruit a large number of employees for a project but your recruitment team can't meet the timelines set, an RPO solution is particularly useful.

RPO services can be scaled up or down, this flexibility means their involvement can be altered to demand and your budget.

It's important to recognise the signs if you need help with your recruitment process, and RPO could you give an accelerated solution without sacrificing any elements along the way.

If you have a lot of roles to fill but lack the manpower to fulfil them, your team lacks the experience to effectively fill the more specialised roles or you feel that your current recruitment process is having a negative effect on your current talent chain an experienced RPO provider can have a positive impact across your business.

Looking for an RPO solution for your business?

Cpl has been a leading Recruitment Process Outsourcing provider over the last 15 years with access to over 1.6 million candidates. See how we helped one of the world's largest pharmaceutical manufacturers Pfizer grow their workforce in Ireland.

Click here to request a free consultation with one of our Recruitment Process Outsourcing experts and discuss how we can grow your business.