CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwired - Sep 6, 2017) -  Shaker, the market leader in engaging, realistic job previews and custom simulations for pre-employment testing, today announced the addition of Nicole Petersen as an analyst to the company's Design Build team. To this role, Petersen brings a broad range of experience in complex analysis and data interpretation using advanced statistical and research methodologies for the design, development and validation of assessments.

"Nicole's qualifications with Big Data stood out immediately," shared Daly Vaughn, managing associate and team leader for Shaker. "The nature of her research coupled with her consulting experience are a great fit for our expanding practices in machine learning and artificial intelligence for predicting on-the-job success."

Petersen holds a master's degree and Ph.D. in industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology from Bowling Green State University. Petersen has gained practical experience as a consultant to assessment developers, public agencies and commercial enterprises throughout her career. Most recently, she worked as assistant professor of psychology at Radford University.

Scott Goodman, vice president, Client Solutions at Shaker, said, "Nicole brings a passion for I-O psychology and analytics, a unique academic background and an infectious positivity to the workplace. We are delighted to have Nicole join the team and think she will be a great addition both culturally and in the perspective she will bring to further develop our intellectual capital."

Petersen shared, "What I find most exciting about Shaker is the combination of interesting work and collaboration with great people. Shaker offers the opportunity to work closely with a bright and engaged team of employee selection experts, while delivering a truly unique experience for clients and job applicants. This commitment to an innovative and client-centered approach promises an engaging career and I'm excited to be a part of the Shaker team."

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. VJT 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. VJT technology is available in Standard and Enterprise (custom) configurations. It has been deployed in most industries for entry-level to mid-management positions. More information can be found at