RPO Algorithms

About a month ago, I heard author Dan Slater interviewed on NPR. Dan Slater’s new book, “Love in the Time of Algorithms,” explores the history and modern-day implications of the explosive growth of online dating, now a $2 billion business in North America. His book offers an interesting history of computer-aided matchmaking and an investigation into the mystery of whether science, with the help of a computer program, can actually predict love.

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When I heard Mr. Slater interviewed on public radio, I naturally thought of all the possible RPO algorithm applications. It seems to me that it would be so much easier for buyers if they could go to RPOmatch.com or RPOharmony.com enter some data, have some automated reasoning applied and out comes their RPO service provider soul mate. 

No more RFPs. No more site visits and lengthy presentations. The entire recruitment process outsourcing vendor selection would be completed by buyers’ and service providers’ profiles being connected through mathematics.


For example, if a Recruitment Process Outsourcing buyer entered the follow characteristics:

  • Pure play RPO
  • Financial Services Life Sciences, Healthcare, Technology and Consumer Brands industry focus
  • Has exclusive TRM technology
  • Loves challenges, directness and innovation

Then the algorithmic RPO service provider output would be:


I like everything about this revolutionary matchmaking method except, there would be no need for sales people anymore and I’d be out of a job.

Yeah, now that I think about it, RPO algorithms would never work.

Post contributed by Barry Diamond. Follow me on Twitter @bddiamond

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