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Recruiting talent for your organization can be expensive, time-consuming, and frustrating, especially if you don’t have cohesive strategies in place to control cost and quality of talent. In today’s tight labor market, recruiting can seem overwhelming to your in-house team as they struggle to fulfill the other duties and responsibilities of their roles. To ease the stress on their teams, many organizations are utilizing recruitment process outsourcing companies to provide the talent, technology, and strategic insight they need to improve their employer branding—and their bottom line. 

What is Recruitment Process Outsourcing? 

Recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) is a talent acquisition strategy in which the RPO provider assumes the responsibilities of sourcing, screening, and hiring as an extension (not a replacement) of an organization’s HR department. There are many common misconceptions about recruitment process outsourcing companies that prevent organizations from exploring the benefits of outsourced recruitment services. To help you determine whether RPO could be benefit your organization, we’ll debunk 5 of the most common myths surrounding RPO. 

Myth #1: RPO Companies Limit Control Over Your Organization 

Recruitment process outsourcing companies do not limit control over your organization; they collaborate with your in-house team to streamline the recruitment process. The tasks and responsibilities of the RPO are defined by your organization and carried out by the RPO provider, who then reports metrics and ROI so you can further fine-tune your cost savings and process efficiency. Your RPO partner might not be located in your physical office, but you can expect them to be accountable to you and fully transparent about their performance metrics. 

Although the RPO provider drives talent acquisition strategies, your organization has final control over all hiring decisions. You don’t lose control of your organization. Instead, you gain a partner who will actively work to deliver results within the scope of tasks you assign. 

At Anserteam, we believe teamwork makes your dream work. You call the shots, and we provide the talent, process improvements, and metrics you need to ensure success for your business. Contact us today for a virtual consultation to see which solution might serve you best. 

Myth #2: Outsourced Recruitment Services are Expensive  

Outsourced recruitment services may not be the most inexpensive option, but they are often more cost-effective than traditional recruitment. Your RPO partner is invested in improving your organizational processes and optimizing your bottom line over the long term. This is not always true for the singular, transactional solution when hiring for an isolated role within your organization.  

By analyzing the big picture and continuously seeking to reduce recruitment costs and increase the quality of hires, RPO providers often reduce costs in several ways, including: 

  • Reduce Time-to-Hire (Anserteam has seen a 76 percent reduction in time to fill orders) 
  • Increase in Talent Quality 
  • Lower turnover rate 
  • Improved efficiency at your organization 

Partnering with an RPO provider gives you access to a specialized team dedicated to sourcing qualified talent for your organization. In addition, they strive to ensure open roles are filled as quickly as possible. Since roles that remain open for months at a time lead to increased costs and reduced productivity, an RPO provider seeks to create processes that will fill roles faster and lead to increased employee satisfaction. Outsourced recruitment service providers measure and report metrics on time-to-hire, cost-of-hire, and quality-of-hire, keeping you aware of ROI at every point in the process. 

Myth #3: The Candidate Experience Suffers with Recruitment Process Outsourcing 

In actuality, RPO providers prioritize the candidate experience, building relationships with candidates on your behalf, and reaching out to them at multiple points during the hiring and employment process. Although employers have the best intentions, many fail to reach out to candidates and create an engaging employee experience. This results in unnecessary stress and ambiguity for applicants. By using outsourced recruitment services, you gain a partner dedicated to strategic workforce planning and a dedicated HR extension focused on building and improving your employer brand.  

RPO providers think of candidates as customers and do everything possible to ensure customer satisfaction, avoid disappointment, and retain productive and engaged employees. 

Myth #4: RPO Companies Require Long-Term Agreements 

The purpose of outsourced recruitment services is to optimize value for employers. If your needs are short-term, an RPO provider can have a team ready to go quickly. If you want to streamline processes for the long haul, partnering with an RPO provider can help you create a talent pipeline for your future workforce needs. RPO companies do not require long-term agreements; they offer flexible options based on your goals and hiring needs. 

Whether you need help with a single project or want to team up for long-term strategic workforce planning, Anserteam can customize a program to fit virtually any size and type of business. There is no one-size-fits-all approach with us. We offer flexible, efficient, and effective solutions to your unique workforce management challenges. Tell us how we can help your business today! Team up with Anserteam. 

Myth #5: Recruitment Agencies and RPO Companies Operate The Same Way 

Staffing and recruitment agencies are often focused on the short-term challenge of filling job orders instead of long-term strategic workforce planning. Staffing agencies excel in transactional results but don’t always focus on qualitative metrics like hiring manager satisfaction, quality of hire, and candidate experience. Your recruitment process outsourcing partner will provide all those metrics and more, ensuring that you have the qualified talent you need to run your business, a steady pipeline to fill future vacancies, and a plan for creating a great employee experience while reducing recruitment costs. 

Find RPO Solutions and Contingent Workforce Management Services with Anserteam 

Anserteam is a leading RPO company for scalable talent acquisition strategies. Based in Dallas, Anserteam delivers outsourced recruitment services nationwide. Our Strategic Insights Team offers key industry best practices to maximize productivity, make informed hiring decisions, and identify process pitfalls before they affect your bottom line. No matter the size of your company, we believe you can streamline processes and save money. Whether you’re looking for help with recruiting services or are seeking end-to-end program management, we can customize our solutions to fit your business challenges. Contact us today.