C&S Wholesale Grocers partners with Kenexa to improve recruiting processes

Kenexa (NASDAQ:KNXA), a global provider of business solutions for human resources, today announced that C&S Wholesale Grocers, the largest food wholesaler in the U.S. with approximately 17,000 employees, has selected Kenexa Simulations to engage candidates through interactive web-based job simulations.

Serving approximately 4,600 stores from more than 60 warehouses in 11 states, C&S is responsible for distributing food to supermarkets, retail stores and military bases across America. The company will utilise Kenexa Simulations during the recruitment process to identify the candidates who are most likely to be successful within C&S and in a specific role. The interactive solution will integrate with C&S’s existing Applicant Tracking System to create a seamless candidate experience.

“Many of our candidates have grown up in the era of smartphones, iPads and video games, and they expect a certain level of interactivity during the recruitment process,” said John Leech, Senior Director, Field Talent Management, C&S. “The Kenexa Simulation offers a unique virtual experience that is not only easy to use and engaging but will also provide a realistic job preview. When we were looking for a partner to create this one-of-a-kind solution to help us attract and retain the best talent, we looked to Kenexa because of their industry recognition and know-how.”

Rudy Karsan, Kenexa’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Kenexa administers about 21 million assessments each year in multiple languages and countries, which demonstrates our ability to deliver on the science of predicting individual performance and potential. Our assessments have enabled clients to experience dramatic improvements in absenteeism and turnover rates, as well as increases in productivity, customer satisfaction and profitability. We are pleased that C&S chose us as a partner, and we look forward to helping them select and retain top performers for their warehouse positions.”

Kenexa Simulations deliver accurate job previews and ensure candidates thoroughly understand the demands of a particular role, leading to a better candidate fit. As a result, companies are able to drive high performance within the organisation while reducing the overall cost of hire. The simulations engage candidates in a virtual environment that can help identify the most talented employees.

C&S will deliver a presentation with Kenexa about the value of simulations as recruiting tools at Kenexa’s upcoming 2011 World Conference, which will be held at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, on October 11 and 12, 2011.

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