Recruitment Process Outsourcing - What is RPO and How Does It Work?

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What Is Recruitment Process Outsourcing?

Orion Talent delivers RPO solutions for an entire company, division, or large project. We get asked a lot, "What is RPO?" In Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO), a business outsources an entire sourcing, recruiting and hiring need to the experts at recruitment process outsourcing companies like Orion Talent. From the time of the first requisition to the final hire, every placement is on our company, and we deliver.

By outsourcing the whole recruiting process to an expert, you are able to free up your Hiring Managers' and Human Resources team's valuable time, giving them time to focus on your current employees, which also gives you the ability to predict what the recruiting process will look like in the long-term.

Why Turn to RPO?

By taking care of every aspect of recruiting, company leaders are able to focus on their core business functions, while trusting experts to improve recruiting effectiveness, cut costs, reduce turnover, and enable growth. All of these benefits add up to an impressive competitive advantage.

Orion Talent RPO Solutions Offer:

  • Diversity, Civilian & Military Talent Pipeline
  • Award Winning RPO Provider
  • Consultative Relationship & Expert Guidance
  • Industry Leading Technology
  • Seamless Integration
  • Proven Business Results

Is RPO right for you?

What is rpo? What is recruitment process outsourcing? What does rpo mean? Is RPO right for you?

How Does RPO Work?

Recruiting is the ongoing process of identifying, acquiring, assessing, and hiring employees. It involves recruiters, sourcers, Human Resources, and hiring managers.

  1. Market Analysis: Talent acquisition experts will evaluate the current talent supply and demand, as well as market conditions in order to develop a recruiting strategy to meet current and forecasted needs.
  2. Screening: Screening ensures that recruiters present clients with only fully vetted candidates. This step in the process is often automated, creating a seamless candidate experience that increases efficiency and reduces time-to-fill.
  3. Recruiting: RPO recruiters create a strong pipeline of excellent candidates. Throughout the hiring process, recruiters act in the best interest of a company's employer brand and ensure a positive candidate experience.
  4. Offer Management: RPO recruiting teams have the ability to maintain both automated and live touchpoints with candidates to share important information about their new role and keep them engaged leading up to their start date.
  5. Reporting: Recruiters will work with each client to define the appropriate metrics, such as cost per hire or time to fill, as well as predictive analytics that drive the performance of the engagement.

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What is the Goal of Recruitment Process Outsourcing?

The goal of RPO is to provide tools & technology when needed while becoming an extension of a company's team. RPO frees up time and resources, allowing companies to focus on other high priority initiatives.

Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) is not just a hiring strategy, but an overall business strategy that helps you best tackle time, productivity, and profitability issues.

For short-term needs, RPO can help with opening a new facility or launching a new product. RPO can also help with targeted needs such as diversity candidates. Or, RPO can restructure your entire hiring process.

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How is RPO Priced?

Successful recruiting costs your business assets such as people, time, and money. RPO frees up time and resources, allowing companies to focus on other high-priority initiatives. In RPO, all your many hiring costs are rolled into a single cost, so you know what expenses are coming down the pipeline every month.

All services are built into the scope of the RPO, so companies have a set fee for budgets. This fee typically ends up costing 60% to 75% less than the cost of engaging a traditional staffing firm.

This is especially important when many businesses are experiencing budget decreases, leading to high time-to-fill, high turnover, and high cost-per-hire. Companies leveraging talent outsourcing through Orion Talent result in an average reduction in time-to-fill of 15 days, and an average reduction in recruiting costs of 35%.

Are there different types of RPO?

Our customized recruiting solutions are built on our industry expertise, our military DNA, and unmatched access to the right ready-now candidates. Striking the optimal balance of technology-enabled efficiencies and high-touch client engagement, we create a premium level experience for each and every customer we serve.

Enterprise RPO

Our team becomes an extension of your team to effectively and efficiently manage each element of a talent acquisition strategy, from requisition to onboarding. Enterprise RPO might be chosen when a company does not have its own HR team and wants to outsource all functions of its recruiting and hiring.

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Project RPO

We partner with you to deliver short-term talent acquisition projects. You define the specific project hiring objectives, and we help achieve them on-time, on-budget. Project RPO might be chosen when a company is ramping up hiring for a new product line or new facility.

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Contingent RPO

Our experienced RPO team builds a unique talent pipeline for your specific short-term or non-permanent labor needs.

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How is RPO different than a staffing agency or internal recruiter?

Using RPO is different from either a staffing agency or internal recruiter because you gain five key benefits. Through RPO, you leverage more efficient hiring practices, more consistent processes, less risk, and more expertise, all while saving time and money.

Learn more about the differences betweeen RPO & a recruiting/staffing agency.

What is it like to work with an RPO company?

When a business engages an RPO company, the hiring manager works closely with a team of recruiters to define the appropriate metrics and predictive analytics that will drive the performance of the engagement. From there, they receive weekly reporting through a streamlined and simplified experience, complete with customized views with the most relevant information for each user group. Program managers can track program success and make informed decisions with the right metrics and insights into the entire recruiting process.

What are the Benefits of RPO?

There are many benefits of Recruitment Process Outsourcing through Orion Talent. Any business looking to design a measurable, effective, and productive hiring process that frees up their team to focus on their core business should take a look at RPO and can expect to gain:


RPO from Orion Talent can help businesses rapidly adjust to evolving priorities, such as variability in demand, geographies, demand, and volume.


You only pay for the resources you need at that time, whether it be an Enterprise partnership or short-term talent acquisition projects. This means you can predict your costs based on the complexity of your needs as opposed to being financially obligated to a fixed cost all the time.

Enhanced Candidate Experience

Talent outsourcing can promote your brand and provide a top-notch, coherent experience to candidates.

Seamless Compliance

Orion Talent solutions include Performance Metrics, ensuring data-driven, predictive compliance available in a convenient dashboard.

Global Reach

Our global reach allows us to provide region-specific solutions in EMEA, APAC, and the Americas.

Best-in-Breed Technology

Orion Talent employs both a highly customized technology platform in addition to industry leading technology, allowing us to enable your organization to be efficient and competitive.

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Orion Talent's Contingent Workforce Solutions

Recruiting Technology

GuideOn, Orion Talent's best-in-class technology platform, combined with the expertise of our tenured recruiting team and unmatched speed to deployment, will lead to lower cost per hire, better candidate quality, critical scalability, and industry-leading customer satisfaction. We have expertise with the best available recruiting technology tools on the market and will evaluate your specific needs to recommend the tools that will best serve you.

The GuideOn tech stack optimizes speed and engagement for candidates and hiring managers throughout the hiring process and beyond.

Is Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) Right for Your Company?

Do any of these describe your Talent Acquisition challenges?

  • Is it taking you too long to fill open positions?
    Do you have too much to manage and not enough hours in the day to focus on the sourcing and recruiting process?
    Is your recruiting team smaller than ideal for your current requisition volume?
    Do you use several different recruiting agencies, resulting in high recruiting costs?
    Does your internal team lack the time and bandwidth necessary to find the most qualified candidates?
    Have your positions become harder to fill than they were a year ago?

Outsourced Recruiting Resources

Learn more about how RPO can work for your organization by viewing our guides, quizes, and other resources detailing the many facets of recruitment outsource processing.