Optimize Hire Team

Optimize Hire partners with researchers at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to ensure that our hiring assessment is the most reliable and accurate on the market.

Dr. Adam Grant

Dr. Adam Grant

Optimize Hire scientific research is led by Dr. Adam Grant, the top-rated teacher at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania for 5 consecutive years. Adam has 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 influencers under 40. He is also the author of 2 New York Times bestselling books Give and Take and Originals.

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.

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 many bestselling books such as David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell as well as in hundreds of media outlets including: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Time Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, CNN, Forbes, and The Financial Times.

Dane Barnes - Optimize HireDane Barnes-Co-Founder & Head of Business Development

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

Dane has 8+ years of pre-employment assessment industry experience. He has advised more than 1,000+ 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.