Spherion Merges Assessment Business into Recruitment Process Outsourcing Division

Long-standing expertise in candidate assessment adds value to the hiring process for RPO clients

May 29, 2008 // Franchising.com // FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Spherion Corporation (NYSE: SFN) today announced the expansion of its recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) operations by merging its assessment business with the company's RPO services division. This strategic decision underscores Spherion RPO's commitment to providing the highest level of service to its RPO clients. Spherion's depth and breadth of experience in candidate assessment, as well as its proprietary PeopleScreen® technology, will add long-term value for clients in an increasingly challenging hiring market.

As an established market leader in end-to-end RPO engagements, Spherion is committed to working with clients to find the best candidates for all open positions. The addition of the assessment offering in the RPO services division will provide the highest quality support for clients during the candidate screening process. Spherion's PeopleScreen® technology provides a cost effective, consistent method to prescreen for qualified candidates that also ensures objectivity in accordance with legal requirements.

"We remain committed to expanding our RPO platform to provide clients with the most innovative and effective models for finding qualified candidates," said William Grubbs, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Spherion Corporation. "In today's war for talent, it's imperative that we serve as a strategic hiring partner, helping our clients navigate an increasingly complex recruitment landscape."

Rebecca Callahan, senior vice president of Spherion RPO, added: "We're seeing a real demand in the marketplace to integrate best-in-class screening technology with our industry-recognized superior RPO performance. Our assessment offering is customized to each client's needs and works to more efficiently identify qualified candidates through a detailed prescreening process."

PeopleScreen® is a patented two-tier prescreen technology recruitment tool that (1) screens for basic qualifications and "must have" requirements of job candidates; and (2) evaluates the candidates' compatibility for the position by identifying work-related attitudes and behaviors. This technology has proven to broaden the candidate pool with higher qualified individuals to ensure a consistent and unbiased screening process which reduces time-to-hire, cost-per-hire and turnover. Furthermore, its real-time access allows recruiters and hiring managers to screen out unqualified candidates and schedule follow-up interviews with high-potential candidates to save the hiring staff time and money. The system also facilitates equal treatment of all candidates to aid an organization in compliance with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) regulations.

To learn more about Spherion's RPO services, visit http://www.spherionrpo.com/ .

About Spherion[/2h]Spherion Corporation (NYSE: SFN) is a leading recruiting and staffing company that provides integrated solutions and breakout specialties to meet the evolving needs of companies and job candidates. As an industry pioneer for more than 60 years, Spherion has sourced, screened and placed millions of individuals in temporary, temp-to-hire and full-time jobs.

With approximately 700 locations in the United States and Canada, Spherion delivers innovative workforce solutions that improve business performance. Spherion provides its services to more than 8,000 customers, from Fortune 500 companies to a wide range of small and mid-size organizations. Employing more than 300,000 people annually through its network, Spherion is one of North America's largest employers. Spherion operates under the following brands: Spherion Staffing Services Group for administrative, clerical and light industrial workers; Technisource for technology professionals and solutions; The Mergis Group for accounting and finance and other professional positions; Todays Office Professionals for specialty administrative personnel; and Spherion Recruitment Process Outsourcing. To learn more, visit http://www.spherion.com/

SOURCE: Spherion Corporation

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