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Our founders, Mike Russiello, Bill Lake, and Shoa Appelman, have a history of product innovation in the employment testing industry. After working together at technology services firm EDS Corporation (now HP) starting in 1991, they left in 1998 to start Brainbench, an employment testing company. Brainbench pioneered several head-turning innovations including online computer-adaptive testing, virtual test centers, online skills certification testing, multi-dimensional pre-hire testing, and corporate skills benchmarking.
Brainbench rapidly became a significant player in the pre-employment testing industry, and was acquired in 2006 by Qwiz Holdings. Post-acquisition, Mike and Bill remained with Qwiz, which was renamed PreVisor, and which became one of the largest employment testing firms in the United States, before leaving to start ClicFlic in late 2008/early 2009. Previsor later merged with SHL Corporation in 2011, which itself was acquired by The Corporate Executive Board (CEB) in 2012 and is now known as CEB - SHL Talent Measurement.
In 2009, ClicFlic was launched as a simulation technology and services company. The company experienced the significant demand among corporations and government agencies for more interactive, simulation-based eLearning and assessment.
It soon became clear that there is significant demand among employers and recruiting organizations to provide a better, more engaging candidate experience. So, after several years perfecting its technology, animation expertise, and measurement methods for simulation-based assessment, a growing library of job-specific pre-hire assessments and job previews was launched and the company changed its name to HR Avatar. A new era of simulation-based pre-employment testing has begun!

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What Our Customers Say
"We've been using HR Avatar's technology for several years now for complex custom assessments. Our clients love them!"
Suzanne Tsacoumis, Vice President, Human Resources Research Organization (HumRRO)
"Simulation-Based Assessments give the candidate a virtual snapshot of the work they will be asked to do when they are on the job."
John Austin, CEO, Talegent
"Our candidates used to complain when we asked them to take tests, now they tell their friends about their experience!"
Alan Strauss, President, StartFinder

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