Shaker International Wins IPAC 2019 Innovations in Assessment Award

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Award Granted for AI-Powered Realistic Job Previews, Pushing the Industry Fast Forward

The International Personnel Assessment Council (IPAC) has awarded their 2019 Innovations in Assessment Award to Derek Mracek, Eric Sydell, Isaac Thompson, and Nick Koenig of Shaker International for their work in AI-Powered Realistic Job Previews (RJPs). The team received their award at the IPAC 2019 Conference on July 16th in Minneapolis, MN. They later presented their ground-breaking work for the IPAC conference attendees.

The Innovations in Assessment Award “recognizes an individual or a work group for the development of an innovative personnel assessment tool, the use of an existing assessment tool in an innovative manner, or general innovations in assessment policies or procedures which resulted in improved effectiveness, efficiencies, or cost savings” (IPAC).

“Candidates at all job levels deserve an experience that allows their own assessment of personal fit before getting the job. High-fidelity RJPs provide a better candidate experience and are more predictive and fair but were not scalable for most companies due to scoring complexity. Our data and science team capitalized on recent advancements in machine learning and deep learning to automatically score simulation responses in a way that replicates expert judgement. This innovation gives companies the ability to leverage RJPs across industries and job levels to drive better hiring outcomes for a greater number of hires,” explained Eric Sydell, vice president of research and innovation at Shaker International.

The industrial-organizational (I/O) psychology scientific community has long quantified the power of high-fidelity RJPs, which provide more information per minute than almost any other method of assessment. However, they have generally been reserved for executive roles due to the difficulty of scoring, requiring a costly panel of experts to evaluate each one. By utilizing AI, candidates can now try out select roles, responding to the simulations in their own words. Responses are scored in less than a tenth of a second by a unique bias-free AI that replicates and scales expert judgement.

“This new type of assessment changes the game for the candidate, allowing them to experience the job in higher fidelity than ever before while more accurately assessing true candidate abilities, providing a renewed experience that can both be highly predictive of on-the-job success (delivering a strong ROI for companies) while maintaining a great candidate experience,” added Shaker International President Brian Stern. “I’m so proud of the work this team had done and the contributions they’ve made to the field of assessment.”

The team was honored to receive this reward from IPAC, recognizing their contributions to the field of assessment science, demonstrating the strength of deep learning combined with more traditional assessment center guidelines – a true advancement in hiring practices.

Shaker International merged with Montage in May, 2019, transforming talent acquisition by embedding predictive intelligence into automated hiring workflows that enable a better candidate experience and smarter hiring decisions for 100% of an organization’s hires. To learn more about the merger of Shaker International and Montage, please visit:

About Shaker International
Leveraging almost two decades of rigorous, data-driven science powered by the latest technology that has delivered proven results for leading global brands, Shaker International provides Predictive Talent Intelligence that helps companies improve quality of hire, reduce turnover, create recruiting efficiencies and deliver a better hiring experience. Shaker International’s award-winning, multi-method Virtual Job Tryouts™ engage and educate candidates, provide them with an opportunity to demonstrate a wide range of abilities and accurately predict on-the-job performance. Their AI-enabled Virtual Job Tryouts have been deployed across most industries in 68 countries and 13 languages. See

About Montage
Montage is the single solution to engage, interview and hire better candidates, faster. We partner with many of the world's most well-respected brands, including 100 of the Fortune 500, to create the high-tech, high-touch hiring experience the modern candidate expects. As the pioneer of purpose-built video interviewing, our proprietary technology integrates seamlessly with enterprise needs for reliability, scalability, compliance and security. We are committed to market driven-innovation, incorporating applicable science and data in our solutions to speed the process and improve the predictability of talent acquisition. Our commitment to superior client service and support is unique in the industry. We help each and every client at every stage of our partnership because we sincerely want them to succeed – and believe in building relationships for the long term. See for more information.

About IPAC
IPAC provides members and others in the field with easily accessed and varied opportunities to learn, share, experience, and teach state-of-the-art recruitment and merit-based assessment practices. Every year, IPAC hosts a three-day conference, which presents trends and best practices in a collaborative environment to work through I/O related challenges. The relationships created and resources discovered at the conference extend throughout the year through ongoing conversations online, IPAC publications, regional events and monthly updates.

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