CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Oct 9, 2012) - The Talent Board, a non-profit organization focused on the elevation and promotion of a quality candidate experience, today announced the winners of the second annual North American Candidate Experience Awards (known as "The CandEs") at the 15 Annual HR Technology® Conference & Exposition. During a special session at the event, 37 companies were recognized as winners of the 2012 Candidate Experience Awards for representing a quality candidate engagement strategy.

The 2012 CandEs are founded on a survey-based evaluation processes that included three rounds. Round one consisted of a comprehensive employer survey that addressed how companies produce their candidate experience. In the second round of the competition, the Talent Board administered a candidate survey of the company's 2012 employment candidates. Round three entailed an evaluation by a panel of expert judges. Overall, 90 companies applied to the award, and more than 17,500 candidate surveys were completed.

The following seven organizations were named as 2012 CandEs Winners with Distinction:

  • Adidas Group
  • Automatic Data Processing (ADP)
  • Case-Mate Inc.
  • Deloitte
  • Intuit Inc.
  • Risk Management Solutions

The following 30 companies were recognized as 2012 CandEs Winners:

  • Achievers
  • AT&T
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Boston Scientific
  • The Bozzuto Group
  • Business & Technology Resource Group
  • Capital One
  • Cliffs Natural Resources
  • Deluxe Corporation
  • H-E-B
  • Herman Miller, Inc.
  • Hill Holliday
  • Hyatt Corporation
  • InfoReliance Corporation
  • Informatica
  • Intel Corporation
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Midmark Corporation
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • PepsiCo
  • Providge Consulting
  • Rex Healthcare
  • The RiverWoods Company
  • Sage North America
  • Sapient
  • Stryker Corporation
  • Wall Street Services
  • Wal-Mart Canada Corp
  • Weatherby Healthcare
  • W. L. Gore & Associates

In addition to being named a CandEs Award winner, PepsiCo also received the first annual Candidate Voice Award for outstanding effort in obtaining candidate responses.

"I was surprised and delighted to hear that PepsiCo received unique recognition with the Candidate Voice Award. We strongly believe that the candidate experience is a personal one. That is why we chose to personalize our requests to candidates when asking them to participate in the survey, which helped us garner such a large response," said Chris Hoyt, global talent engagement and marketing leader with PepsiCo.

"We are proud to announce the winners of the 2012 CandEs and recognize the companies that have raised the bar in terms of the candidate experience they provide. The recruiting practices the winners utilize add value to the entire recruitment discipline and demonstrate what a positive candidate experience should be," commented Joseph P. Murphy, a judge for the 2012 awards.

"In conducting the CandEs, employers better understand how their recruiting, screening and onboarding practices impact their employment brand and their ability to attract top talent. The organizations that have received the CandE Award demonstrate a focus and passion for a candidate experience that leaves applicants with a positive impression of the company, whether they get the job or not," commented Elaine Orler, Talent Board chairman and president of Talent Function Group.

She continued, "The Candidate Experience Awards recognized all companies that met the standard for candidate experience excellence in 2012. We had 24 winners in 2011, and this year, we are proud to recognize 37 companies for their passion and focused efforts on a positive candidate experience. As we continue to survey organizations in the future, we expect to see even more winners next year."

The findings from the 2012 CandEs study will be released later this year. Companies interested in the 2013 Candidate Experience Awards can learn more at:

About The Talent Board
The 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