Assessment Experts Rocket-Hire Launch the First Online Buyer's Guide to Screening & Assessment Systems

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Followup to successful print version helps organizations select the right technology vendors in a fast-growing field. Published by Dr. Charles Handler, industry thought-leader, consultant and advisor, the subscription guide provides unique searchability and in-depth information.

Rocket-Hire, a leading consultancy in the field of technology-based assessment systems, has announced the launch of it’s much-awaited Online Buyer's Guide to Screening & Assessment Systems. The new subscription service replaces their sold-out print Buyer's Guide, adding completely revised content and powerful interactive features in a continually updated online format.

The Buyer's Guide, available through, provides a comprehensive, unbiased survey of technology-based screening and assessment products and services. Rocket-Hire has found strong demand for a complete information source covering this field. In particular, hiring organizations are concerned about keeping up-to-date with new offerings in this fast-growing industry. The online Buyer's Guide is designed to meet both these needs.

“Using information technology to screen job-seekers has evolved in a few short years from an innovation, to a common practice, to an increasingly crowded industry,” says Charles Handler, PhD, Rocket-Hire's president and founder. According to a recent survey (, nearly half of large companies already use some kind of assessment tools, and their use is expected to continue growing rapidly as assessment moves from isolated tactical or local uses to mainstream acceptance.

At the same time, the field of assessment technology vendors is increasingly complex and fragmented. “Researching and choosing a vendor can be a major ordeal for many organizations, largely because the space has yet to mature and become more manageable,” says Dr. Handler. “It's very difficult to identify all the players and see the market as one entity. By providing a clear, comprehensive information source that enables comparisons, we can save hiring organizations significant time, effort, and money.”


The print version of the Buyer's Guide, published in 2003, was an immediate success and eventually sold out its entire print run. Rocket-Hire has spent more than a year preparing its expanded, online successor. The new Buyer's Guide offers in-depth profiles of more than 50 vendors including every major provider, extensive real-world case studies, and a candid “bottom-line” assessment of each vendor's strengths and weaknesses.

Interactive features include a unique vendor comparison engine, which allows users to compare vendors head-to-head on a wide range of features and capabilities, as well as educational resources and links. The Buyer's Guide is updated on a monthly basis to reflect the latest developments in a fast-changing industry. The service is available by subscription to single users and companies at a range of pricing and service levels, some of which also include personal consultation with Dr. Handler.

Handler expects the online Buyer's Guide to have a significant effect on the growth of the assessment technology market. “One major barrier that keeps companies from using assessment more strategically and for higher-level jobs is the lack of a clear, comprehensive view of the market. Without that perspective it's difficult to justify a major investment. We hope that by providing this kind of information, the Buyer's Guide contributes to the overall success and evolution of assessment technologies.”


Rocket-Hire is a consultancy dedicated to helping organizations use technology and best practices to build effective, legally sound employee selection systems. Founder Dr. Charles Handler combines almost a decade of experience in the design and validation of technology-based employee selection systems with hands-on experience working for leaders in both the online recruiting and online assessment industries. Rocket-Hire has helped companies across a range of industries understand the complex world of assessment technology, including organizations in retail, manufacturing, telecommunications, technology, and public safety.

Dr. Handler is an internationally known thought leader in the development of online screening and assessment technology. He regularly writes about online assessment and other strategic HR issues in the Electronic Recruiting Exchange, Workforce Management, and, is a frequent speaker, and serves as an advisor to Brainbench, Career Builder, ePredix, and other assessment technology firms.

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