Cande Awards

How to Register

The 2020 Program Opens in January, Learn More About The Program Below:

Congratulations on taking your first step in participating in this year’s Talent Board Candidate Experience Award and Benchmark Research Program (the CandEs).

The 2020 Program will be opening in January for companies to register and participate again, and it will be our 10 year anniversary, so we are very excited to have your participation! You can learn more about the program below, and come back to this page starting in January to begin your 2020 registration. Thank you!

The Talent Board Benchmark Research Program helps companies around the world better understand and improve their overall candidate experience through survey research. Any organization big or small across industries interested in improving their candidate experience and recruiting processes will benefit from participating in the Talent Board CandE Awards and Benchmark Research Program.

All your employer and candidate data will be treated confidentially and leveraged anonymously for Talent Board research reports, articles, and presentations. Only the names of winning organizations will be shared publicly (those organizations that have the highest positive candidate ratings in our research).

The 2020 program opens in January, and although there’s no deadline to start, the deadline to complete your employer survey (Round 1) and collect responses to your Candidate Survey link (Round 2) by the August 30, 2020 deadline.

Download the 2019 benchmark program overview including timeline here, and you can watch the brief 2019 program overview webinar here. – More information coming soon for 2020!

Employers enjoy the following benchmark research program benefits:

  •      Confidential research program for employers and candidates
  •      Methodology resources and best practices provided
  •      Comprehensive aggregate benchmarking data
  •      Industry recognition for highest positive candidate ratings
  •      Access to industry peers and experts on candidate experience

The Talent Board Benchmark Research Program is available globally through regional efforts that include: North America (NA); Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); Asia-Pacific (APAC); and Latin America (LATAM). The program is offered in multiple languages as well and we continue to add more as we expand to additional countries and regions.

Founded in 2011, Talent Board is the first non-profit organization focused on the elevation and promotion of a quality candidate experience. The organization, Candidate Experience Awards program and its sponsors are dedicated to recognizing the candidate experience offered by companies throughout the entire recruitment cycle and to forever changing the manner in which job candidates are treated.

We’ve also grown dramatically in the numbers of companies and candidates participating in the CandEs, with hundreds of global companies participating and nearly 1 million candidate responses to date.

There is a one-time annual registration to participate in any or all of the regions: $500 USD.

Once you submit your registration fee via the secure PayPay link (starting in January 2020 and we verify receipt, then we’ll send you the direct link to complete registration for whatever regions you want to participate in (within 1-2 business days). Companies can pay in their currency of choice including Pounds, Euros, Australian Dollar and more through the PayPal link.

If you cannot pay via PayPal (with an account or credit card), then we can invoice you to pay via bank transfer (electronic funds) or corporate credit card in your currency of choice as well. Please contact support@thetalentboard.org to be invoiced, starting in January 2020.

We realize that a few firms may have such incredible budget restrictions that while they would love to participate, they find themselves unable to. If you are one of those, please contact us directly at support@thetalentboard.org and we will work with you to ensure no company misses out that really wants to improve their recruiting process and candidate experience.

The 2020 program opens in January, and although there’s no deadline to start, the deadline to complete your employer survey (Round 1) and collect responses to your Candidate Survey link (Round 2) by the August 30, 2020 deadline.

Download the 2019 benchmark program overview including timeline here, and you can watch the brief 2019 program overview webinar here. – More information coming soon for 2020!

 

Talent Board CandE Benchmark Program Process

(Please find more information about the 2019 CandE Program below – we will be updating for 2020 very soon, thank you!)

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 and we collect the responses. To be considered for a CandE Award an employer must successfully complete round 1 and 2.

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

  • 66 Questions (reduced by 13% from previous years)
  • Covers pre-application to onboarding as well as candidate experience self-assessment
  • Takes 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on how many team members need to be involved
  • Download the 2019 Employer Survey questions here.

2. Round 2 is a related survey for the candidates to complete via a random sampling of an employer’s previous year’s rejected candidates. Rounds 1 and 2 are required to participate in the CandE Awards, but employers will still receive their data whether they win or not.

  • 69 Questions (reduced by 20% from previous years)
  • Covers pre-application to onboarding and includes multiple candidate ratings
  • Takes 5-10 minutes to complete depending on how far candidates got in recruiting process – most candidates need only to answer less than half of the questions
  • Download the 2019 Candidate Survey questions here.

Although there is no deadline to start the annual program, there are regional deadlines to finish the surveys. The timeline for benchmark analysis and award consideration and is outlined below:

  1. Employer Registration and Employer Survey (Round 1) – Opens in January 2020
  2. Candidate Survey (Round 2 – required for Awards) – Opens in March 2020
  3. Survey Completion Deadlines:
    • 2020 deadline for North America, EMEA, APAC & LATAM is August 30, 2020
    • 2019 participation is closed – CandE Winners can be viewed here (2019 APAC, EMEA & LATAM to be announced this month, stay tuned!)
  4. CandE Award Winners Notified within 2 weeks after deadlines – Check out the 2018 winners here!

We appreciate your participation and keep raising the candidate experience bar!

The 2020 program opens in January, and although there’s no deadline to start, the deadline to complete your employer survey (Round 1) and collect responses to your Candidate Survey link (Round 2) by the August 30, 2020 deadline.

Download the 2019 benchmark program overview including timeline here, and you can watch the brief 2019 program overview webinar here. – More information coming soon for 2020!

You can read the following with more information about each of the research rounds, CandE benchmark research levels, frequently asked questions, and feel free to contact us should you have any questions.


Round 1 – Employer Survey

Within 2-3 days of completing your registration, you will receive your unique link for your Round 1 Employer Survey in an email from Survale. This is the first of two primary data collection stages, and required to be considered for a CandE Award.

The Employer Survey asks you to provide information about how you treat candidates in each segment of the hiring process: Candidate Attraction, Application Management, Candidate Selection and Disposition, Finalist Management and New Hire Onboarding. We also ask a few questions about your industry, total hires and other related business questions.

Once the Employer Survey is completed, you will receive confirmation of submission and we will contact you regarding the requirements necessary to proceed to Round 2 – the Candidate Survey. If you choose not to proceed to Round 2, your company information will remain anonymous and confidential and you will receive complimentary access to your data sets compared to the aggregated total of the top ranked Benchmark Companies (CandE Winners).

The 2019 Employer Survey questions are available for download here.

Round 2 – Candidate Survey

If you choose to continue to Round 2, you will first need to complete a brief methodology survey that will help you decide on which candidate populations to target. Talent Board will provide you a unique link or links (if you choose to participate in multiple regions) for you to forward to your candidates directly in order to survey them about their experience with your organization.

We will provide additional details on options for inviting and engaging your candidates in the survey process. You will invite your candidates to respond to the Candidate Survey/s, and we will collect their results as a secure and impartial research organization. You will have real time access to your candidate responses in the Survale data platform.

If your company completes Rounds 1 and 2 (in any region), and our data analyses and final stacked ranking reveals that your candidate experience excels in Round 2, you could be a recipient of a Candidate Experience Award. We will notify the winners directly first, and then announce them by name via press releases and then by ranking at our in-person and virtual Candidate Experience Awards Gala Receptions in North America, EMEA, APAC and Latin America. These ceremonies will honor the top ranked Benchmark Company achievements and are open to all participants. PLEASE NOTE that your company identity remains completely anonymous and confidential should you not be a recipient of an Award.

The 2019 Candidate Survey questions are available for download here.

CandE Benchmark Research Levels

PROGRAM LEVEL: CandE Explorer PROGRAM LEVEL: CandE Investigator PROGRAM LEVEL: CandE Innovator
REGISTRATION FEE: $500 REGISTRATION FEE: $2,500 REGISTRATION FEE: $5,000+
LEVEL INCLUDES ($5,000 VALUE): LEVEL INCLUDES ($7,500 VALUE): LEVEL INCLUDES ($12,500+ VALUE):
Confidential research program for employers and candidates in 1-4 global regions (North America, EMEA, APAC and Latin America) X X
Survey methodology resources and best practices provided X X
Comprehensive aggregate benchmarking data provided X X
Access to Survale platform to take surveys and review aggregate data X X
Employer survey provided (64 questions total — takes 30+ minutes to complete) X X
Candidate survey provided (66 questions total — takes 5-10 minutes to complete — candidates only answer questions based on how far they got in the recruiting process and most will only have to answer fewer than half the questions) X X
Industry recognition for employers by company size and hiring volume with highest positive candidate ratings (CandE Awards) X X
CandE winners get 1 complimentary ticket for CandE awards galas X X
Discounts to CandE awards galas and related events X X
30-minute key data review 1-on-1 session with Talent Board team 1-2 hour virtual key data review presentation and consult – introduction to candidate experience audit 3-4 hour virtual or onsite key data review presentation and consult (travel billed separately)
2 additional complimentary tickets for CandE awards galas (whether a winner or not) Complete candidate experience audit including benchmark analyses by industry and executive report
Monthly virtual meeting with industry peers
3 additional complimentary tickets for CandE awards galas (whether a winner or not)
Benchmark analyses by industry and executive report
$500 off HR.com Recruitment Marketing Certification
Discounts from CandE sponsors


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 investing the time 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 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 now Latin America (LATAM). The employer and candidate surveys are available in English and multiple other languages.

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. 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.