How do you measure RPO performance?

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Define metrics and establish processes that will help you assess the performance of your RPO.

An RPO solution can have a significant impact on your overall business. Outsourcing your recruitment has the potential to help reduce costs & time-to-hire, increase the quality of the talent you employ as well as improving your internal recruitment processes. In general, an RPO solution can play an important part in bringing your business one step closer to achieving your overall organisational goals.

 

So, how can you measure the effectiveness of your RPO?

 

Start by agreeing clear SLAs & KPIs. These should be aligned with your wider business objectives as this will help you to evaluate the RPO performance in the context of your overall business strategy. What’s more, the KPIs should be set based on the services that your RPO partner provides. Typically these services will include the following:

  • Sourcing

  • Advertising jobs

  • Screening

  • Shortlisting

  • Candidate assessment & testing

  • Interviewing

  • Reporting on KPIs and SLAs

  • A scalable team (to increase/decrease pending on business requirements)

  • Offer management

  • Employer branding

  • Creating and managing talent pools

  • Process Improvement

  • Governance & Oversight

 

Each of the above will be measured in different ways. When discussing your reporting requirements with your provider, ensure you both agree on how you’d like your services to be tracked, measured and reported on.

 

Some of the most commonly used KPIs in the RPO world are:

  • Source of hire

  • Number of applications

  • Time to hire

  • Cost per hire

  • Quality of candidate pool

  • Number of hires

  • CV sent to interview ratio

  • Interview to offer ratio

  • Offer to acceptance ratio

  • Diversity of candidates

  • Employee referral to hire ratio

  • Job views

 

Some of these metrics inform you of the actual ROI on your RPO, while others will indicate which elements of your recruitment process should be further optimized and improved.

Along with the quantitative measures, you might want to track qualitative aspects of your service such as the experience of the hiring managers & candidates or even cultural fit. Collecting and recording feedback from your employees and candidates is necessary when gathering this information, however, the RPO provider can assist in the collection of this material.

Understanding & relating this data in the context of the wider business will help you to further optimize your hiring process and get the most out of your RPO partnership.

 

If you're wondering if RPO could be the right choice for your business, contact us via this form to arrange an informal chat. Our experts will be happy to talk you through different possibilities and help you evaluate if recruitment outsourcing is something that could suit your business. 

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