August 04, 2015 07:00 ET

Derek Mracek, Ph.D., Joins SHAKER's Research and Development and Client Insights Teams

Mracek Brings Talent Analytics and Assessment Experience to Industry-Leading Virtual Job Tryout

CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwired - Aug 4, 2015) - SHAKER, the market leader in custom simulations for pre-employment testing, announced that Derek Mracek, Ph.D., has joined the firm's Research and Development and Client Insights teams as an analyst.

Mracek will utilize his selection science experience to conduct talent analytics and document business impact from hiring data. In addition, he will work on new product design for talent acquisition. Working with the R&D and Client Insights teams simultaneously, Mracek's contributions will explore SHAKER's big data sets to identify evidence-based innovations for talent acquisition technology. Mracek will leverage his background in industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology as well as his deep research and analysis experience to succeed in this position.

Eric Sydell, vice president, Research and Innovation at SHAKER, commented, "Derek stands out due to his substantial experience with research design and advanced statistical techniques. He can make an immediate contribution to our product development and innovation efforts. In particular, he has unique experience in work related to employee selection and adverse impact analysis."

Mracek said, "I wanted to capitalize on my experience creating high-fidelity engaging assessments within video games and activities commonly found in assessment centers, such as in-basket exercises and situational judgment tests. SHAKER's Virtual Job Tryout is the best place to showcase the various tools in my I-O toolbox."

Prior to joining SHAKER, Mracek conducted workforce research at ACT, Inc., helping people achieve education and workplace success. He also spent time as a research scientist at the Center for Applied Social Research, where he worked on various grants awarded by the Department of Defense. Earlier in his career, Mracek worked as a consultant for Questar, helping design an employee engagement survey and 360-degree feedback program. A recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Mracek holds his Ph.D. in I-O psychology with additional work in quantitative psychology. He also has his master's degree in I-O psychology from East Carolina University and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

SHAKER's Virtual Job Tryout® (VJT) technology enables recruiters to combine the best of predictive analytics and human judgment. Recruiters identify best-fit candidates with more precision, increase new-hire retention, and improve quality of hire. Virtual Job Tryout technology delivers pre-employment assessments as day-in-the-life experiences that educate and engage while obtaining a work sample that predicts job fit and competencies critical for success. Virtual Job Tryout technology is available in standard as well as custom configurations. It has been deployed in most industries for entry-level to mid-management positions. More information can be found at