April 15, 2015 10:00 ET

SHAKER to Highlight Thought Leadership in Recruiting and Assessments at 30th Annual SIOP Conference

Experts to Present 10 Educational Sessions; Company to Exhibit and Sponsor Conference Events

CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwired - Apr 15, 2015) - SHAKER, the market leader in custom simulations for pre-employment testing, today announced details of its extensive thought leadership at the Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology's 30th Annual Conference, SIOP 2015. The three-day event will take place at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown from Thursday, April 23 - Saturday, April 25, 2015.

The SIOP conference is focused on the field of industrial and organizational (I-O) psychology, providing industry professionals with the opportunity to learn about current research and best practices in addition to sharing knowledge and networking. SHAKER will attend this year's event as an exhibitor and sponsor and will present the company's research and thought leadership during 10 educational sessions, including:

  • The Candidate Experience: What Applicants Want, What Companies Need (Thursday, April 23 at 10:30 a.m.) - During this session, SHAKER senior associate and selection scientist Jackie Carpenter and vice president Joseph P. Murphy will join a panel of thought leaders to consider data from the Candidate Experience Awards survey and the complexities, challenges and opportunities for improvement in recruiting and selection practices.
  • Workforce Analytics' Impact on Validating Employee Selection Procedures (Thursday, April 23 at 12:00 p.m.) - Jared Ferrell, associate and team leader of Research and Development at SHAKER will contribute to a panel discussion on how workforce analytics can minimize drawbacks of local studies while promoting organization-specific results.
  • Cutting to the Chase: Streamlining the Hiring Process (Thursday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m.) - In this panel, Christie Brodbeck, Virtual Job Tryout Talent Analytics scientist, and Eric Sydell, vice president, Research and Innovation at SHAKER, will participate in a conversation about recent efforts to streamline pre-hire assessments and improve the candidate experience.
  • Talent Acquisition Transformation: Lessons Learned and How I-O Adds Value (Friday, April 24 at 8:00 a.m.) - Mike Hudy, vice president, Selection Science at SHAKER, and a panel of industry insiders will explore the role and value of I-O professionals in talent acquisition transformations and steps taken to overcome potential obstacles.
  • Critical Discussions Regarding Mobile Assessments: Can You Hear Us Now? (Friday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m.)  - During this session, Jared Ferrell will co-chair a panel that aims to open a dialogue surrounding the current state of mobile-delivered assessment technology as well as future research directions.
  • A Look under the Hood of Media-Rich Recruitment Tools (Friday, April 24 at 12:00 p.m.) - During this symposium, Christie Brodbeck and Eric Sydell will present findings from an innovative media-rich candidate recruitment and selection campaign, sharing challenges encountered, strategic decisions made during the development and resulting outcomes.
  • A Survivor's Guide to Age Discrimination (Friday, April 24 at 12:30 p.m.) - In this poster presentation, Mike Reeves, new product development associate at SHAKER, will share results from a survey of 227 workers aged 50 and up on the topic of age discrimination in the workplace.
  • Biases and Compensatory Strategies: The Efficacy of Training Intervention (Friday, April 24 at 3:30 p.m.) - This session, submitted by Jensen Mecca, content analytics associate at SHAKER, will feature of panel from the University of Oklahoma who will investigate training intervention targeting biases and compensatory strategies in ethical decision making. 
  • Gamification of HR Processes: Three Case Study Examples (Saturday, April 25 at 8:00 a.m.) - During this symposium, Daly Vaughn, senior associate and team leader, Virtual Job Tryout Build; Scott Goodman, vice president, Client Solutions; and Jackie Carpenter from SHAKER will share three case studies demonstrating how gamification can be successfully applied to distinct HR processes: recruitment, selection and training.
  • Under the Hood: Practical Challenges in Developing Technology-Enhanced Assessments (Saturday, April 25 at 10:30 a.m.) - Eric Sydell will partake in a panel about the practical challenges faced in designing and developing technology-enhanced assessments and the issues related to technology, collaboration and project management.

"Candidate experience and quality of hire are critical to the success of companies, and the SIOP Annual Conference provides SHAKER with the platform to connect with the I-O community and share our research on emerging assessment practices," said Joseph P. Murphy, vice president, SHAKER. "SHAKER remains committed to supporting the talent analytics and predictive modeling needs of employers with innovative pre-employment testing, and we will showcase that through our thought leadership and participation in this year's event." 

SHAKER will be exhibiting the company's pre-employment assessment solutions delivered with Virtual Job Tryout® technology during the conference at Booth No. 306 on the exhibition floor. In addition, SHAKER is a Sustaining Partner of the SIOP Annual Conference as well as a sponsor of the associated 23rd Frank Landy 5K Fun Run, which will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Registration and additional details on SIOP 2015 may be accessed at:

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 out-of-the-box 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