The Optimize Hire Difference

Custom Tests

Proven Results

Optimize Hire creates custom tests for your industry by collaborating with psychology and personality experts at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Proven results - Optimize Hire pre-employment tests are validated for predictive ability by psychology and personality experts at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Optimize Hire pre-employment tests are totally customizable, helping you ensure you get the assessment that’s right for your unique job openings and company culture. Basic, industry-specific Optimize Hire pre-employment tests take only 8-10 minutes and enjoy highest completion rate on the market at 96%.

Our pre-employment tests were developed by experts at the Wharton School to find the best soft skill predictors of job performance. Those experts still conduct our validation studies and collaborate on assessment customizations. All Optimize Hire pre-employment tests are validated and comply with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission standards.

How does it help?

Our industry-specific pre-employment testing is based on decades of industrial psychology research and continued validation study data to find the best predictors of job performance. We know from the dozens of validation studies we've conducted over the years that high scores on our pre-employment test correspond with improved job performance in all of the following areas. Click on any of them to see real validation results from our clients.



Sales Revenue

Supervisor Performance Ratings

Customer Service



What do we test?

We start out with 9 individual traits across the three areas described below. These traits have decades of peer-reviewed, published research backing up their efficacy as the best predictors of job performance. If you’re looking for customization, we then connect you with a researcher at the Wharton School to discuss the right trait add-ons for finding the employees that will help you meet your specific business goals.

Optimize Hire Pre employment testing tests cognitive ability, proven by experts such as Dr. Shane Frederick and Yale University to be highly predictive of good job performance.

cognitive ability

Optimize Hire Pre-Employment Tests assess personality traits like emotional stability and conscientiousness, proven by experts to be predictive of job success.


Optimize Hire Pre-Employment Testing tests four different types of motivation, proven by psychology experts to be predictive of job success outcomes like reduced turnover and higher supervisor ratings.


How it works

The number one, explaining the first step in using Optimize Hire Pre-Employment Testing.

assess applicants

Applicants apply to your job and take an Optimize Hire Pre Employment Test right from their phone or computer during the initial step of the application process. The testing process takes only 8-10 minutes, making it one of the shortest assessments on the market.

The number two. Explaining the second step in using Optimize Hire Pre-Employment Tests.

applicants ranked automatically

Your ATS instantly ranks all applicants based on their assessment scores. Decades of research show that recruiters and managers who focus on the highest scoring applicants and then review their resumes are more likely to recruit better-performing talent.

The number three. Explaining the third and final step of hiring applicants using Optimize Hire Pre-Employment Testing.

Interview Applicants

Optimize Hire generates a customized interview guide for each applicant to dive deeper into any potential problem areas uncovered by the assessment. The questions in the interview guide are specially developed by hiring experts at the Wharton School to accurately probe the specific traits assessed by the Optimize Hire Pre Employment Test. Questions are populated based on each applicant’s answers to the hiring assessment.

Created by Dr. Adam Grant

Dr. Adam Grant is an organizational and management psychologist at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The three-time New York Times best-selling author created the Optimize Hire Pre-Employment Test.

Optimize Hire Pre-Employment Tests were designed by Dr. Adam Grant, a world-famous psychologist best-known for his research on Helping Motivation, a trait exhibited by people who are more likely than others to help their co-workers and customers. Dr. Grant’s work on helping motivation shows that givers are more successful and make companies more successful. Read more on the Optimize Hire origin story here.

What's included in the annual license?


Optimize Hire Talent Assessments integrate seamlessly with iCIMS, Greenhouse, and any other Applicant Tracking System. If your business uses either of these applicant tracking systems to manage your hiring processes, simply contact us and we can have our pre-employment tests integrated into your system right away.

If you use a different applicant tracking system, contact us anyway. We can easily integrate our pre-employment tests with your current ATS. If you don’t use an ATS at all, Optimize Hire has one built-in at no added cost to you.


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Our Clients

We have clients in every industry. To learn how we customize our assessments to find the best predictors of job performance in your industry, check out our industries page or give us a call at 800.330.2020.