Source : The Devon Group

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, NV--(Marketwired - Oct 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

"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."

Attendees of the HR Technology Conference & Exposition will learn more about the winners and those designated with distinction for how they exceed in providing a stellar candidate experience during "The Third Annual Candidate Experience Awards - The CandEs!" session, today at 4:00 p.m. PDT. During the session, this year's winners will share ideas, strategies and the enabling technologies that have placed them in the winner's circle.

In addition, the initial findings and preliminary details from the 2013 CandE Awards research will be published in the following months, and pre-registration for the report can be accessed at:

Companies interested in the 2014 program can learn more at:

About Talent Board
Talent Board is a non-profit organization focused on the elevation and promotion of a quality candidate experience. The organization, awards program and its sponsors are dedicated to recognizing the candidate experience offered by companies through the entire recruitment cycle, and to forever changing the manner in which job candidates are treated. More information can be accessed at