Awards to Recognize Exceptional Candidate Experience

This article accompanies Engaged from the Get-Go.

Friday, September 16, 2011
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Earlier this year, talent-acquisition gurus Elaine Orler and Mark McMillan of the Talent Function Group, Gerry Crispin of CareerXroads and Accidental Entrepreneur blogger Ed Newman officially launched The Talent Board, a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to oversee the recently announced North American Candidate Experience Awards, a competition that shines the spotlight on the way companies treat job candidates.

The first-of-its-kind award will be presented at the 2011 HR Technology® Conference during a session on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

"There are plenty of people who highlight how bad the candidate experience can be," says Elaine Orler, CEO of the Talent Function Group in San Diego. "But what about organizations that are treating their candidates with humanity and respect? There really hasn't been a way to highlight how such organizations are elevating the candidate experience."

The competition consists of three rounds, starting with a 40-question survey. If companies meet certain standards, they are awarded a "Candidate Experience" designation and invited to participate in the next round, which entails a survey of job candidates.

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Finalists advance to a third round, which involves an interview by a panel of judges that includes Tom Becker, vice president of recruiting for Experis; China Gorman, human capital management expert; Libby Sartain, former chief human resource officer at Yahoo! Inc. and Southwest Airlines; Mark Stelzner, founder of Inflexion Advisors; and Sarah White, human resource and talent management technology strategist.

In exchange for participating in the survey, companies receive specific feedback on how they compare with other applicants in the competition and ways they can improve their candidate experience.

For now, the competition is limited to U.S. and Canadian companies, though The Talent Board plans to eventually expand it globally.

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