How To Register

The 2021 CandE Benchmark Research program deadline was August 31, 2021 and registration is now closed. Check out the winners of the 2021 Candidate Experience Awards here , and join us in celebrating them at our 2021 Virtual CandE Awards Conference in November.

The 2022 program will open again for companies to register in January, and we hope to have you participate then. You can learn more about the program below and what to expect, thank you.

What are Your Candidate
Experience Gaps?

Congratulations on taking your first step in participating in this year’s Talent Board and the Candidate Experience Awards (CandEs) Benchmark Research Program. Our program helps you measure and understand your candidate experience perception gaps and the impact on your business while comparing your ratings against companies big and small across industries.

Founded in 2011, Talent Board and the Candidate Experience Awards is the first non-profit research organization focused on the elevation and promotion of a quality candidate experience. Talent Board delivers annual recruiting and hiring industry benchmark research that highlights accountability, fairness and the business impact of candidate experience.

You can download our 2021 CandE program overview PDF, and our 1 page overview brief to learn more about the program as well. Want more information? Keep reading below, and we look forward to your participation with #TheCandEs when registration opens next in January 2022!

Talent Board has also launched some great new programs for 2021 – a CandE Membership Program (learn more here), Candidate Experience Audits (learn more here), as well as a Candidate Experience Certificate of Learning Program, a 6-week professional development course (learn more here).

How the CandE Benchmark Research Program Works

Here’s how the program works:

  1. Company registers
  2. Company completes the employer self-assessment survey (Round 1)
  3. Company completes methodology survey and receives candidate survey distribution guidelines
  4. Company selects candidate target population and distributes candidate survey link (Round 2)

Talent Board collects, analyzes and gives company access through its partner survey platform Survale.

The Total Investment To Participate

Total Investment to Participate:

  • $500 USD registration fee (pay in £ – € – and other currencies)
  • 3+ hours of time for employers
  • 5+ minutes of time for candidates

After 10 years of candidate experience benchmark research, Talent Board is excited to launch a new CandE Benchmark Membership program for HR and recruiting leaders and their teams.

The Talent Board CandE Benchmark Membership is an annual membership that gives recruiting leaders and their teams an opportunity to participate in our annual benchmark research program, plus many more benefits. Learn more here.

The Total Return for Participating Companies

Survey Design

  • Survey methodology guidelines, surveys and candidate targeting resources
  • API integration available to distribute via Survale if needed (additional investment when applicable)

Benchmark Data

  • Candid anonymous feedback from targeted candidates to understand your perception gaps
  • Confidential and anonymous aggregated benchmark data
  • Access to all benchmark data via secure Survale account and powerful filtering tools

Benchmark Insights

  • 1-on-1 data review to understand overall business impact
  • Access to industry peers and experts on candidate experience
  • Employers with the highest positive candidate ratings to receive public industry recognition and a CandE Award

More Details About the Talent Board CandE Benchmark Program

Our research program is comprised of two (2) primary rounds of surveys: Round 1 is the employer survey and Round 2 is the candidate survey that you’ll distribute. To be considered for a CandE Award an employer must successfully complete round 1 and 2. Whether you qualify for a CandE Award or not, you will always receive all your data back, our data analysis and the aggregate benchmark data for the region you participate in.

Round 1 is our current self-assessment employer survey designed to capture and evaluate a company’s recruitment processes and practices that impact the candidate experience. Employers will receive all their data.

Round 2 is our current candidate survey designed to capture a company’s candid candidate experience feedback. Employers will receive all their data.

  • 65 questions 
  • Covers pre-application to onboarding and includes multiple candidate ratings
  • Takes 3-5+ minutes to complete depending on how far candidates progressed in recruiting process – most candidates need only to answer less than half of the questions
  • Download the Candidate Survey questions here.

Round 2 also offers a shorter candidate survey for returning companies only designed to capture a company’s candid candidate experience feedback. Employers will receive all their data.

  • 17 questions 
  • Includes 4 key competitive ratings and other data
  • Takes 1-2 minutes to complete

Minimum Requirements:

Less than 500 annual regional hires: 50 completed surveys

  • Average 5% responses rate 
  • Distribute to a minimum of 1,000 candidates
  • 80% or more not hired; 20% or less hired

500-1,000 annual regional hires: 100 completed surveys

  • Average 5% response rate 
  • Distribute to a minimum of 2,000 candidates
  • 80% or more not hired; 20% or less hired

1,000-2,500 annual regional hires: 250 completed surveys

  • Average 5% response rate 
  • Distribute to a minimum of 5,000 candidates
  • 80% or more not hired; 20% or less hired

2,500+ annual regional hires: 500 completed surveys

  • Average 5% response rate 
  • Distribute to a minimum of 10,000 candidates
  • 80% or more not hired; 20% or less hired

Again, a little investment goes a long way to understand the impact of candidate experience on your business from pre-application to onboarding.

That's a lot of questions

It seems like a lot, but as previously mentioned, the candidate survey has logic built in to it, so candidates only see questions based on how far they got in the hiring process – no candidate will see all 65 questions. 

The number of questions for each section are below; a candidate that has applied for a role at your company would see close to half of the questions on the candidate survey. There are questions in each section where candidates can choose to leave verbatim comments as well, which you will have full access to all of your candidate comments.

Over the last couple of years, candidates on average spent 3-5 minutes completing the survey.

You can download the 2021 candidate survey questions here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it cost anything to participate in the Talent Board Candidate Experience Awards and Benchmark Program?

Yes, there is a one-time annual registration fee of $500 USD for participating in 1-4 regions.

What are the benefits of participating in the CandE Awards and Research?

In exchange for a little investment necessary to complete both the employer survey and distributing the candidate survey to a targeted population of candidates (Talent Board collects the data), each participating employer will, at a minimum, receive aggregate survey data on how they compare to other employers across industries as well as how candidates rate their experiences. In other words, each company will get specific feedback on how they can improve their candidate experience. Top-ranked benchmark companies that win a CandE award will be recognized publicly for their excellence and will receive a digital logo to proudly display on their employment marketing materials.

What countries are eligible to apply?

Currently the awards and research is available to employers in North America (NA) ; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia-Pacific (APAC); and Latin America (LATAM). The candidate survey is also available in a limited number of languages besides English.

Is there any risk that our recruiting practices and negative candidate responses will be revealed or exposed?

No. All employer and candidate responses are confidential and we do not collect any candidate contact information. Only employers that win a CandE award will be revealed publicly, and then only by ranking. The identity of employers that participate, but do not win a CandE award, will not be revealed. Certain exemplary aspects award-winning employer recruiting practices may be included in Talent Board’s annual research report or press with participating employer permission.

You can find our privacy policy here.

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