Talent Board Announces Winners of 2021 Global Candidate Experience Awards

This year we’re giving away 65 CandE Awards to 55 companies from around the world that have the highest candidate experience ratings in the 2021 CandE Benchmark Research. A world that still grapples with COVID-19, social unrest and political unrest. A world where employees are quitting in record numbers and fewer job candidates apply for jobs in the now frenzied hiring that many organizations big and small across industries are experiencing. Many recruiters carry job requisition volumes of 60-70+ each (we heard from a company that they’re carrying well over 100 each).

However, no matter what the world looks like, it’s inspiring to see so many companies continue to improve their candidate experience, especially in the face of such continued adversity. 

Every year we’re asked about what’s different in candidate experience? What’s new and fresh?

Absolutely nothing is our answer. 

Every year the same competitive differentiators make all the difference in candidate experience, no matter what the world looks like or the recruiting technologies available. Transparency, consistent communication and feedback loops at every stage of the recruitment process continue to be critical, can equate to a greater fairness for candidates, and can generate a positive impact on business outcomes and the employment brand. 

This year over 150 companies hiring around the world registered to participate in the 2021 Global CandE Awards Benchmark Research Program, which ultimately collected the thoughts and experiences of nearly 200,000 job candidates. The largest study of its kind, our Talent Board benchmark research has evaluated responses from over 1,200 of global employers and over 1.25 million job seekers since 2011. 

Winners were identified through a comprehensive data analysis based on their job candidates’ satisfaction survey scores. To qualify, each company committed to a statistically significant candidate response rate, where the proportion of respondents who were not hired met or exceeded a set standard. The final analysis included four key questions that had a significant impact on determining the winners:

  1. The candidates’ overall ranking of their candidate experience
  2. Whether or not they would reapply to the organization in the future
  3. Whether or not they would refer other job seekers to the organization in the future
  4. And how the candidates would change their business relationship status with the organization going forward based on their experience

The above analysis resulted in a final CandE score for each participating organization. This year 55 organizations big and small across multiple industries received the CandE Awards due to having the highest positive candidate experience ratings in North America; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia-Pacific (APAC); and Latin America. We continue to see an increased focus on Candidate Experience and the value it brings to an organization.

The (48) 2021 North American CandE Awards Winners are (in alphabetical order below):

  • ABB Canada
  • Atlantic Health System
  • Auburn-Washburn USD 437
  • BASF
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Celanese
  • Citizens
  • Colorado Springs Utilities
  • Conagra Brands
  • D2L
  • Dartmouth-Hitchcock
  • Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, Inc.
  • E & J. Gallo Winery
  • Emerald
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • Foot Locker, Inc.
  • Grifols / Biomat USA
  • GuideWell
  • Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian
  • Ingevity
  • Inspire Brands
  • Intel Corporation
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • JSX
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Maxar Technologies
  • Messer North America, Inc.
  • NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Progress Residential
  • Ritchie Bros.
  • SASR Workforce Solutions
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spero Therapeutics
  • St Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Stanford University
  • Stantec
  • Syneos Health
  • Takeda Pharmaceuticals
  • Valvoline Inc.
  • Virtusa
  • Waste Management
  • West Monroe
  • Workiva 


The (6) 2021 EMEA CandE Awards Winners are (in alphabetical order below):

  • Accenture
  • engineering people GmbH
  • Intel Corporation
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Syneos Health
  • Virtusa


The (9) 2021 APAC CandE Awards Winners are (in alphabetical order below):

  • Accenture
  • Flex
  • Intel Corporation
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Komatsu
  • Procter & Gamble
  • TeleTech
  • UST
  • Virtusa


The (2) 2021 Latin America CandE Awards Winners are (in alphabetical order below):

  • Intel Corporation
  • Johnson & Johnson


Along with the 55 CandE Winners, all employers participating in this year’s Candidate Experience Awards will be celebrated at the 2021 CandE Awards Virtual Conference titled “Sustaining the CandE Continuity” and will take place on November 17-18. 

Registration is free and HR and recruiting leaders and their teams can register here. Join us!


Be safe and well.

Kevin Grossman, Talent Board President

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