Optimize Hire Team

Optimize Hire helps hundreds of organizations drastically improve hiring decisions and reduce the time spent on the hiring process by up to 90%.

Dr. Adam Grant

Dr. Adam Grant leads Optimize Hire scientific research

Optimize Hire scientific research is led by Dr. Adam Grant, the top-rated teacher at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book Give and Take. Adam has also been recognized as one of HR’s most influential international thinkers, the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers, and the world’s top 40 business professors under 40.


He received his Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Michigan in organizational psychology and his B.A. from Harvard University, magna cum laude with highest honors, Phi Beta Kappa honors, and the John Harvard Scholarship for highest academic achievement.

Teaching and Consulting

His speaking and consulting clients include Google, the NFL, Merck, Pixar, Goldman Sachs, the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, Facebook, Estée Lauder, Apple, MTV, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, JP Morgan, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Nickelodeon, and the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Navy. At Wharton, he has been honored with the Excellence in Teaching Award for all of his classes and earned the Goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty MBA Teaching Award.

Media Coverage

Dr. Grant has appeared twice on the Today Show and was profiled in the New York Times Magazine cover story, “Is giving the secret to getting ahead?“. His studies have been highlighted in bestselling books such as David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, Drive and To Sell Is Human by Daniel Pink, and Quiet by Susan Cain, as well as in hundreds of media outlets including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, BusinessWeek, Time Magazine, Fast Company, The Daily Telegraph, CNN, Forbes, The Financial Times, and the Freakonomics blog.


Dane Barnes - Optimize HireDane Barnes leads Optimize Hire business development

Dane Barnes is the co-founder and head of business development at Optimize Hire.

Dane has 6+ years of pre-employment assessment industry experience. He has advised 800+ HR leaders on improving hiring decisions and possesses a deep understanding of pre-employment assessment transformation projects. Dane graduated with distinction from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

While at UNC, Dane worked as a research assistant for Dr. Adam Grant investigating the link between motivation, personality traits, and job performance.

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