Applying Schnoz Research to Recruitment Process Outsourcing

How many different shapes of human noses are there?

The correct answer is 14, according to Abraham Tamir, an Israeli scientist.

Tamir set out to count, sort and categorize the shapes of human noses mainly because no one had ever done this experiment before.

Analyzing the shape of noses fulfilled both his scientific curiosity and his artistic appreciation for the contours and appearance of this vital part of human anatomy. Tamir also likes looking into topics that others have not yet investigated — and the nose seemed, well, ripe for the picking.

So my curiosity led me on a scientific investigation of RPO solutions. I decided I needed to know how many different kinds of Recruitment Process Outsourcing offerings there are in our industry.

Since my research time was limited, my experiment lasted only 15 minutes in duration.

My Hypothesis: I could find and aggregate more RPO product and service names within the designated time frame than there are types of noses.

My Results: Success. I found 18 solutions in 15 minutes of searching. Names I discovered during my trial were: End-to-end RPO, Hybrid RPO, Enterprise RPO, Selective RPO, Lifecycle RPO, un-RPO, Project RPO, Global RPO, Customized RPO, 2nd Generation RPO, Optimized RPO, Complete RPO, Adaptive RPO, Modular RPO, Initiative RPO, On-demand RPO, Precision RPO and Strategic RPO.

However, in reality, there should be one kind of RPO solution; one that is customized and client-specific. Generic and standardize RPO services (with fancy sounding names) may appear (or sound) good but the overall ROI is not nearly as impactful as a try tailored RPO solution. 

RPO adjectives like Optimized, Adapative or Strategic are quite meaningless if the solution is not client-centric. It should be about the client and all too often it  more about the RPO firm (and their limitations).

Perhaps some service providers might be open to renaming their RPO offerings more appropriately Vanilla RPO, Basic RPO or Simple RPO.

The Nixon nose - It was seen in 0.8 percent of noses in the research.




This is the Nixon nose – It was seen in 0.8 percent of noses in the research.






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