Meet The Team

Get in touch with us anytime! You'll always speak directly to one of our team members, or you'll hear back from us within a business day.

Adam Grant of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School

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Dr. Adam Grant created the Optimize Hire pre employment test. We work directly with experts at the Wharton School, where for the past seven years Dr. Grant has been the top-rated professor, on validation studies and assessment customizations. Dr. Grant is a three-time New York Times best-selling author and host of WorkLife, a TED podcast. Those are just a few of his many accomplishments.

Clara Femia, Customer Service Manager of Optimize Hire Pre Employment Testing

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Clara is the Marketing Manager at Optimize Hire and a graduate of the School of Media and Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she concentrated in public relations. Clara has worked across the gamut of audience engagement and communications roles at several media and health-care organizations including the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy, the #1-ranked pharmacy school in the nation. 

Dane Barnes, Managing Director of Optimize Hire

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Dane is Managing Director and co-founder of Optimize Hire. With over ten years of experience working in talent assessment, Dane knows the ins and outs of the industry. Dane was also a student of Dr. Adam Grant while attending the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is well-versed in the psychology as well as the business aspect of pre-employment testing.

Sidd Jambhekar, Business Development Manager of Optimize Hire Pre Employment Testing

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Sidd is the Business Development Manager at Optimize Hire and a graduate of the Kenan-Flagler School of Business at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he concentrated in marketing and consulting. Sidd’s experience ranges from corporate finance to accounting to sales, and includes time working for NBCUniversal Media in Los Angeles.


Our Story

Nine years ago, co-founders Dr. Adam Grant and Dane Barnes were collaborating on a consulting project to help a large company in North Carolina improve employee sales revenues and customer service ratings. Dr. Grant hypothesized that a pre-employment test could predict employee success better than the hiring model in place at the time, but he was unsatisfied with the shoddy science used by assessments already on the market. Undeterred, Dr. Grant built a new assessment based on 100 years of published, peer-reviewed scientific evidence and began a validation study. The results were so exceptional that Optimize Hire became a standalone company; we knew with Dr. Grant’s test we could make a meaningful difference for organizations across the nation and throughout the world.

Optimize continues to further develop powerful pre-employment testing with the help of experts at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where Dr. Grant conducts research and teaches. Our first clients included hundreds of customers in the retail health-care industry, and soon after we expanded to helping companies in a broad variety of industries including enterprise sales, financial services, contact centers, and retailers. Now, with 9 years of research and development on our heels, we focus on improving the hiring processes of multi-billion dollar companies in all industries who are hiring hundreds or thousands of people per year. Our smooth integration with iCIMS, Greenhouse and other applicant tracking systems has contributed significantly to that effort.

We know from empirical evidence and head-to-head validation studies that our pre-employment tests are far superior to other assessments on the market. Optimize Hire is not as old as some other pre-employment testing companies on the market, but we’re eating up their market share because our pre-employment tests are markedly more accurate and shorter in length.

Our goal is happier employees and more productive workplaces. Let us help you get there.