HRchitect Tech Vendor News: Talent Board Announces 2013 North American Candidate Experience Awards Winners

Third Annual Award and Benchmarking Program Honors Companies Providing Job Applicants with a Quality Candidate Experience


LAS VEGAS – October 8, 2013 –Talent Board, a non-profit organization focused on the elevation and promotion of a positive candidate experience, announced the winners of the third annual North American Candidate Experience (CandE) Awards at the 16th Annual HR Technology® Conference & Exposition. During a special awards reception on Monday, October 7, 2013, 64 companies were recognized as winners of the 2013 Candidate Experience Awards for representing a quality candidate engagement strategy.

The CandE Award program has grown rapidly since its inception, as more companies recognize the role that candidate experience plays in improving employer brand and enhancing their ability to attract and engage top talent. As a result, participation has increased greatly since the first awards in 2011, in which 52 companies applied, 11,000 candidates were surveyed and 24 winners were recognized. For 2013, 122 companies applied to the award, and responses were collected from more than 46,000 candidate surveys.

The 64 winners of the 2013 NAM Candidate Experience Awards are:

·         Accenture

·         adidas Group

·         ADP

·         American Airlines, Inc.

·         American Family Insurance

·         Amplify Federal Credit Union

·         Avanade Inc.

·         BASF Corporation

·         Blackbaud

·         Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

·         Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota

·         Blum Shapiro & Company, P.C.

·         Bridgepoint Education

·         Capital One Financial Corp.

·         CDW

·         CH2M HILL

·         Chesapeake Energy

·         Colorado Springs Utilities

·         ConAgra Foods

·         CVS Caremark

·         Deloitte

·         Deluxe Corporation

·         Enterprise Holdings, Inc.

·         Flowserve

·         Genentech

·         General Dynamics Information Technology

·         General Motors

·         HEB Grocery Company LP

·         Humana

·         InfoReliance

·         Informatica

·         Intel Corporation

·         Intellectual Ventures

·         InterContinental Hotels Group

·         Intuit, Inc.

·         iPlace USA Inc

·         LifePoint Hospitals

·         Lockheed Martin

·         McGladrey

·         McGraw Hill Financial

·         MetLife

·         Midmark Corporation

·         Ochsner Health System

·         Parata Systems

·         PepsiCo

·         Percolate Industries, Inc.

·         Providge Consulting

·         Raymond James Financial, Inc.

·         RMS

·         Sapient

·         Shoppers Drug Mart

·         SmartIT Staffing, Inc.

·         Spectrum Health

·         SWIFT

·         The Bozzuto Group

·         The Hershey Company

·         T-Mobile US, Inc.

·         Under Armour, Inc.

·         Vidant Medical Center

·         W.L. Gore & Associates

·         Wall Street Services

·         Wal-mart, Inc. (US)

·         Wells Fargo

·         WilsonHCG

“The winners of the 2013 CandE Awards have certainly raised the bar in terms of providing an exceptional candidate experience and showing their peers what a successful candidate engagement strategy should look like,” said Sue Meisinger, a judge for the 2013 awards. “Along with my fellow judges, we are proud to recognize the companies that demonstrate their commitment to developing and implementing the practices that enable an enhanced candidate experience and add value to the recruitment function.”

In today’s highly competitive hiring environment, the ability to provide a transparent and insightful candidate experience can give any organization a significant advantage. Although the CandE Awards is a competition, it was developed to enable any company to benchmark and improve their candidate experience, based on comprehensive surveys conducted by their job candidates. Following an extensive selection process, the CandE Awards recognize all companies that meet the standard of candidate experience excellence in 2013.

“The findings from this year’s surveys show that nearly 60 percent of candidates have some aspect of a relationship with the company before they applied, whether as a customer or a friend or relative of a current employee,” said Elaine Orler, chairman and co-founder of the Talent Board. “When companies are able to deliver a positive candidate experience, they continue to foster quality relationships with these individuals and build respect. The organizations selected as CandE Award winners show a firm understanding of the need to continuously improve their recruitment practices and provide their job applicants with a positive, rewarding and insightful candidate experience, regardless of whether or not they are hired.”


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