Guest blog spot by Outside-In® Team Member Alex Patton
Previously, the CBI Way blog series has focused on Recruitment Process Outsourcing; from building the right solution for the identified challenge, through post-implementation strategies for success. Along the way, we briefly touched on the differing types of RPO engagements, including Project RPO. Without the huge commitment, price, and scope of an Enterprise or Full RPO, a Project RPO engagement just might be the best solution for a company looking for talent acquisition support.
A survey mentioned before in the CBI Way series, done by HRO today, showed that of 3,500 HR executives, just sixteen percent considered themselves “highly knowledgeable” about Recruitment Process Outsourcing. With hiring continuing to increase with the help of a strengthening economy (2.2 million jobs added in 2013), this survey highlights one advantage of a project RPO: the ability to outsource specific recruitment processes for a set amount of time or particular project needs, and perhaps a “try before you buy” approach to a larger engagement.
As an example, a business could engage an RPO provider for simply the sourcing of qualified and interested candidates, to be submitted to the client on a pre-determined timetable, with feedback provided after submittal. This type of project could be perfect for the hiring of a specific position or a new department, with the client taking over the rest of the recruiting/hiring process: screening, interviewing, and on-boarding. With success, this first engagement can lead to a more involved and long-term solution (Partial or Full RPO), specifically with smaller companies who have a limited HR department or none at all.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of a Project-Based RPO is the flexibility of the solution, allowing for an increase or decrease in the number of hours worked by the provider depending on the results desired, further engagement of the candidates (i.e. screening, background checks), or moving focus towards another need seamlessly.
Whether you’re a small business looking for a little motivation, push, and direction, or thousands of employees strong, considering outsourcing talent acquisition because your HR department is feeling overwhelmed, Project RPO could be the perfect fix to a frustrating challenge. A cost-effective, focused, and flexible solution, this type of Recruitment Process Outsourcing is less publicized, yet, is an incredibly viable option for talent acquisition challenges.