In 2014, the Talent Board, a non-profit organization, conducted the 4th annual North American Candidate Experience Awards (CandE Awards) to recognize companies for setting a high standard for how they engage and treat employment candidates.  2014 surpassed the previous years’ programs with an unbelievable response from more than 170 companies registering and more than 95,000 candidates responding to our survey.

Attending our Awards Announcement and Reception in September this year, were over 250 people, including the heads of Talent Acquisition and their teams for most of our 62 winners.  In addition, we also held our inaugural Candidate Experience Symposium with again, approximately 200 individuals attending.  Libby Sartain, noted HR and Talent speaker and advisor, delivered the keynote address and Sue Meisinger, columnist, speaker and former president and CEO of SHRM, moderated our panel of “Winners with Distinction.  Additional panel discussions included many current and multi-year winners of the CandE Awards.

For those unfamiliar with the CandE Awards, it is annual competition process where:

  • Employers have the opportunity to benchmark their candidate experience against that of other companies
  • Employers have the opportunity to participate in a 3rd party survey of their employment candidates to see what their candidates really think of their process

The CandE Award process is a competition, but it is also designed to provide every organization that chooses to participate, confidential and specific data to help them determine how they can improve their candidate experience.  There is no cost to the employer, only time spent to complete the registration and the survey.  Registration for the 2015 program will open March 15, 2015.  The results of the 2014 NAM Candidate Experience Survey will be available in early March as well.