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Talent Board Announces Winners of 2018 EMEA and APAC Candidate Experience Awards

2018 celebrates unprecedented higher candidate experience ratings for 31 companies

SAN FRANCISCODec. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Talent Board, a non-profit organization focused on the
promotion and benchmark research of a quality candidate experience, today revealed the winners of the 2018 EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) and APAC (Asia-Pacific) Candidate Experience (CandE) Awards. Nearly 90 companies registered in these regions to participate in the 2018 Talent Board CandE Awards benchmark research program, which ultimately collected the thoughts and experiences of nearly 50,000 job candidates.

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 not hired met or exceeded a set standard. The final analysis included four key questions that had a significant impact on determining the winners: the candidates’ overall ranking of their candidate experience, the likelihood that they would reapply to the organization, whether or not they would refer other job seekers to the organization and how the candidates would change their business relationship status with the organization going forward based on their experience. The final analysis resulted in a final CandE score for each participating organization.

This year we celebrate 15 organizations that received the highest positive candidate experience ratings in EMEA with a 38 percent higher aggregate CandE score average than 2017, and 16 organizations that received the highest positive candidate experience ratings in APAC with a 17 percent higher aggregate CandE score average than 2017.

The 2018 EMEA CandE Awards winners are: (alphabetical order)

Autoliv Cankor Otomotiv Emniyet Sistemleri Sa 
diva-e Digital Value Excellence GmbH
engineering people GmbH
General Electric
Hilton Worldwide
Ispak Flexible Packaging Company
Johnson & Johnson
Marriott International
Ravago Group Turkey
Virtusa Corporation
Western Union

The 2018 APAC CandE Awards winners are: (alphabetical order)

BAE Systems Australia
General Electric
Hilton Worldwide
Johnson & Johnson
Kronos Inc
Marriott International
Pratt & Whitney
Roy Hill Holdings Pty Ltd
S&P Global
Virtusa Corporation
Wells Fargo
Western Union

“We’re so excited to see global interest in improving candidate experience increasing every year from dozens of companies of different sizes and across industry sectors,” said Kevin Grossman, Talent Board president and board member. “This year the bar has been raised yet again with employers working hard to understand the business impact of their current recruiting practices. We are grateful for this year’s EMEA and APAC CandE Award winner contributions and look forward to celebrating their efforts.”

“This year we saw global improvement in overall candidate experience, with a much higher aggregate CandE winning score average in EMEA and APAC than in North America,” said Ron Machamer, Talent Board global program manager. “However, we also continue to see candidate resentment increase globally, which means we’ve still got a lot of work to do.”

Along with the 31 EMEA and APAC CandE Winners, all employers participating in this year’s Candidate Experience Awards will be celebrated early in 2019 at upcoming events. Talent Board will also be releasing the full list of CandE winners by their final ranking order at those times.

This year’s winners will also be sharing their transformative talent acquisition stories and how they are continuously working to improve their overall candidate experience.

About Talent Board

Talent Board is a non-profit organization focused on the elevation and promotion of a quality candidate experience. The organization, Candidate Experience (CandE) 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. The CandE Awards also serve as a benchmarking program to raise awareness of the benefits of a positive candidate experience and highlight the processes, methodologies and technology that can enhance the recruiting experience as demonstrated by the winning organizations. More information can be accessed at

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