CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwired - Sep 1, 2015) -  SHAKER, the market leader in custom simulations for pre-employment testing, today announced details of its new strategic partnership with EmployeeScreenIQ, a global provider of employment background screening services. The resulting combination of SHAKER's Virtual Job Tryout® technology and EmployeeScreenIQ's advanced screening solutions provide the companies' joint customers with high-level insight into their candidates to make smarter, data-based hiring decisions.

Companies leveraging both SHAKER and EmployeeScreenIQ benefit from some of the most innovative technology solutions to enhance the recruiting talent acquisition process. With SHAKER's Virtual Job Tryout, an interactive simulation of the on-the-job experience designed to see how candidates will perform if hired, employers benefit from a deep look at their candidates beyond the words listed on the resume. As a result, recruiters and hiring managers can make better-informed decisions about which candidates to advance, based on objective and standardized data from a multi-method evaluation experience that mirrors the complexity of the job.

Once the top candidate for each position is identified and the company is ready to extend an offer, recruiters can then leverage EmployeeScreenIQ's premium background checks to reveal any acts of irresponsibility, violence, fraud or other deviance that can impact safety and productivity. With a feet-on-the-ground approach and taking no shortcuts, EmployeeScreenIQ scours records in each county nationwide, while leveraging the national Criminal Record Database, to reveal such criminal history or other potential red flags. Therefore, companies can confidently hire the individuals who pose no risk to their colleagues or customers.

When these two solutions are included in a company's applicant tracking system (ATS), recruiters benefit from a streamlined, automated candidate flow. By leveraging the comprehensive, real-time data delivered by SHAKER and EmployeeScreenIQ, recruiters can better vet their candidates, ensuring the right individuals are identified and given the offer, thus resulting in an improved quality of hire.

"SHAKER aims to work with other technology providers that share our mission to transform how companies recruit through the use of talent analytics and leading selection science," said Joseph P. Murphy, executive vice president of SHAKER. "The background screening solutions of EmployeeScreenIQ do just that, making the company's offerings a strong complement to SHAKER's pre-employment assessments. We are thrilled to partner with the company and work together to provide more employers with the tools to elevate their entire recruiting continuum."

"With more candidates applying to each position, employers today must look beyond the resume or interview performance to ensure they hire the right candidates the first time," said Joel Cheesman, director of Strategic Alliances for EmployeeScreenIQ. "SHAKER and EmployeeScreenIQ are both leaders in the field, providing the technology that enables recruiters to truly gauge the potential of their candidates while ensuring their top choices pose minimal risk to the safety of the workplace. The result is more confident hiring decisions that get the best people into the right positions."

About EmployeeScreenIQ
EmployeeScreenIQ helps employers make smart hiring decisions. The company achieves this through a comprehensive suite of employment background screening services including the industry's most thorough and accurate criminal background checks, resume verification services and substance abuse screening. EmployeeScreenIQ is accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a distinction earned by less than two percent of all employment screening companies. For more information, visit

SHAKER's Virtual Job Tryout® (VJT) technology, enables recruiters to combine the best of predictive analytics and human judgment. Recruiters identify best-fit candidates with more precision, increase new-hire retention and improve quality of hire. Virtual Job Tryout technology delivers pre-employment assessments as day-in-the-life experiences that educate and engage while obtaining a work sample that predicts job-fit and competencies critical for success. Virtual Job Tryout technology is available in standard as well as custom configurations. It has been deployed in most industries for entry level to mid-management positions. More information can be found at