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3 Types of Recruitment Process Outsourcing: Choosing the RPO That’s Best for You

Recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) has become an increasingly popular recruitment solution over the last several years. Businesses can partner with a third party that takes on some or all components of the recruitment and hiring process. Some of the primary advantages of RPO—flexibility, scalability, and speed—have resonated deeply with organizations as they ramp up their workforces to meet fluctuations in demand. 

The RPO model that’s right for your business depends on your hiring needs and preferences. In a new infographic from Broadleaf, we summarize the three types of RPO and the benefits they can bring to your company. 

What are the different types of RPO? 

Recruitment process outsourcing isn’t one-size-fits-all. There are three different types of RPO: 

  1. On-demand: Sometimes referred to as “FlexRPO,” on-demand RPO provides dedicated recruiting resources when your team needs extra support. This is a great option for businesses that experience seasonal hiring spikes. In this model, the RPO partner typically handles specific components of the hiring process, such as sourcing, screening, phone interviews, and/or offer management. Read an on-demand RPO client success story here.
  2. Project-based: Project-based RPO can be deployed during times of transformation and growth, including strategic changes and new product launches. Similar to an on-demand model, you’ll gain access to a team of recruiters that can deliver you more staff when you need them most. Read a project-based client success story here.
  3. Enterprise: Lastly, if you’re looking to outsource all aspects of your recruitment process—from sourcing and screening to conducting interviews and negotiating offers—enterprise RPO might be the best option for you. Also known as full talent lifecycle RPO, an enterprise model has a consistent focus on enhancing operational efficiencies, generating cost savings, improving compliance, and increasing candidate quality. Read an enterprise RPO client success story here. 

How should businesses choose the best RPO for them? 

Choosing the right RPO is an important decision that will impact your talent acquisition efforts and ultimately your bottom line. Here are some questions to consider as you determine which RPO model is best for your business: 

  • What are the biggest talent acquisition challenges you’re facing today? What challenges do you expect in the future? 
  • Do you experience seasonal spikes in hiring during certain times of the year? How long do these spikes last, and are they predictable? 
  • Are you hiring at multiple locations? 
  • What types of jobs are you hiring for? Is it a high volume of one position, or are the opportunities more spread out? 
  • How is your organization currently handling recruiting and hiring? If these responsibilities fall to internal resources, how much bandwidth do they have for other tasks? 
  • What metrics do you currently have for your talent acquisition efforts? 
  • If you move forward with RPO, how will you measure success? 

The answers to these questions will also help guide discussions with potential RPO partners. This is information they’ll want to know to uncover your existing pain points and find a path forward that meets your needs. 

Broadleaf has experience delivering all three types of RPO and can work with you to determine which model is best for your business. Contact our team of RPO experts today to get the conversation going. 

Related: New Report: Three Key Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Trends Employers Should Know 

This blog was written by Joe O’Shea, Broadleaf’s Vice President of Client Delivery.