Derek Mracek, Ph.D., has joined Shaker’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. Also, 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 in-depth 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.”
Before 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.