ERIC J. SYDELL, PH.D.

Vice President, Research and Innovation

Eric directs Shaker’s research and product innovation initiatives. A valuable project leader for a long list of high-profile clients, Eric has expertise in extracting insights from large data sets and developing talent acquisition strategies that align with business objectives. Driving growth through ingenuity, Eric has pioneered the transformation and adaptation of the assessment experience from desktop workstations to mobile devices. Over the last 20 years he has developed new ways to leverage technology not only to improve the assessment and selection process, but elevate the candidate experience.

Eric created the Research and Development group to drive innovation at Shaker, establishing a way for professional staff to share ideas and explore forward-thinking methods. He leads the production of Standard Virtual Job Tryouts, ready-to-use assessment systems for a wide variety of job types based on Shaker’s award-winning Virtual Job Tryout technology.

Passionate about pushing the presumed limits of psychometric measurement routines, Eric has led the creation of practices to design groundbreaking client solutions. Mobilizing resources, fostering collaboration, and challenging assumptions are basic to Eric’s approach to stretching the boundaries of the possibilities for candidate assessment and keeping Shaker on the front line of connecting clients to solutions that best support their business goals.

Eric has earned client trust and industry credibility with his deep knowledge of selection science, predictive modeling, talent analytics, and candidate experience. A regular presenter at professional conferences, he has published work on simulation scoring and taught and lectured extensively on assessment innovation, performance, testing procedures, and other human resource issues.

Eric is one of the founders of Shaker. He previously served as a Consultant at CEB/SHL.

Education

  • PhD, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Akron
  • MA, Industrial/Organizational Psychology, University of Akron
  • BA, Psychology, James Madison University

Professional Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Society for Industrial/ and Organizational Psychology (SIOP)
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