Why Matchpoint?

We predict performance

Psychology and statistics, in one of the most compelling and promising Big Data/Big Analytics combinations, have generated deep insights into the drivers of high performance in jobs and how to assess those qualities in people.

Matchpoint Careers leverages this psychometric science to address the challenges of hiring and career guidance. We deliver the first fully-automated, online use of proven science to dramatically increase the likelihood of employers hiring top performers and individuals finding their best-fit career. This will revolutionize recruitment and career preparation.

We solve a big and growing problem

Companies spend huge sums on recruitment. Well over one hundred billion dollars are spent annually recruiting and hiring employees. The average cost-per-hire of the 30+ million people who start new jobs at all levels in the United States every year is between $1,500 and $10,000; the cost-per-hire for the graduate population or for senior executives is much higher.

Seen from the employee perspective, the costs are just as high. The average job search time is seven and a half months, and the average worker will have to find a new job eleven times in his or her life. Universities and colleges are increasingly being judged on their ability to make their students workforce-ready rather than on traditional academic goals, so need to invest heavily at a time when state and endowment support is shrinking. As fees increase to make up the shortfall, student debt in the US has reached $1 trillion.

The return on this investment in recruitment and career preparation is deplorable. Thirty percent of business failures are due to hiring errors. Over half of new hires fail to achieve good ratings six months after hiring. Nearly half leave within the first 18 months. The average employee spends less than four years in a job, and over a quarter of all US workers have been with their current employer for less than a year. 80% of this failure is not due to skill deficits but because the new hire didn't fit in the organization.

Matchpoint reinvents recruitment and career choice by focusing on the science behind fit: accurate performance prediction. Our proprietary matching algorithms assess the fit between people and jobs, based on the results of the decades of research into the predictors of performance in thousands of roles.

Matchpoint both reduces the cost of recruiting and optimizes candidate-job fit. Our client companies spend less time and money hiring the best suited candidates, reduce turnover and dramatically increase productivity and profitability. Our client individuals and educational institutions get career guidance and support that helps them make the right career choices early, and gives them the targeted development support they need to perform highly in their future jobs.

We realize a compelling vision

We founded Matchpoint Careers in order to enable the proven science of performance prediction to be accessible to all organizations and individuals. If the best performance predictors can be applied at scale, business efficiency and individual careers will be transformed. With this aim in mind, we constantly capture the stunning advances in psychometric science and internet reach and data processing capacity to make getting the right people in the right jobs easier, quicker and cheaper for everyone.

Working at Matchpoint

We are always looking for good people to join our teams. Take the assessments to get your Personal Predictive Profile and, if you're a strong match for one of our openings, we'll invite you to final selection. If you think you can make a specific contribution to our business, contact us directly at working@matchpointcareers.com once you've completed the assessments.

Leadership Team

Paul Basile
CEO and co-founder

Prior to Matchpoint Careers, Co-Founder and CEO Paul Basile was involved in three other start-ups: a software-as-a-service business with outsourced learning management solutions; a consulting firm providing culture change to corporate leadership teams; and a global energy exploration and development company.

Paul has lived and worked in seven countries and has led business units in four industries. He was European President of DBM, a leading outplacement company whose main mission is helping people find jobs. He has been President of Asia-Pacific for SHL, the world leader in people assessment, head of e-business for Hay Group, and chief marketing officer for The Boston Consulting Group, Hay Group, and IMD. He also led marketing for Computer Sciences Corporation in Europe and was President of CSC France.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, with Honors, from Princeton University, a Masters in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT and a Masters from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

 

John Hughes
Chief Operating Officer

John Hughes is a senior executive specializing in digital brand development and transformation, brand positioning and optimization, for startups and established companies. He has obtained proven results in traffic & revenue growth, operational streamlining, improving ROI/profit margins, and facilitating editorial objectives to create balanced online content transformation for major media entities, boards of directors, private equity firms and Wall Street banks.

John has been interim CEO of Russell Simmons' venture, GlobalGrind LLC, as well as EVP Business Development for RadarOnline.com, SVP Business Affairs and Special Media Project at American Media, Inc., VP Entertainment Media at Hachette Filipacchi Media and VP Business Affairs at Miramax Films. John has a JD from Suffolk University Law School and a BA from Boston University. He is a member of the NY and MA Bars and the NY Friars Club.

 

Angus McDonald
Chief Scientist

Angus, our Chief Scientist, is responsible for the selection and development of our psychometric and other tests to ensure the integrity and validity of our intellectual property.

Prior to Matchpoint Careers, Angus spent over 15 years in psychology-based companies. He has led product design, development and marketing for psychometric and assessment firms; has carried out many leadership assessments as a consultant; and is author of numerous published tests and questionnaires. He is currently Chair of the British Psychological Society's Committee on Test Standards.

 

John Muhall
Chief Financial Officer

John is a Certified Public Accountant with over 27 years of experience specializing in improving enterprise profitability and cash flow of domestic and international companies. As a CPA in private practice, John served small to medium sized private companies and divisions of Fortune 100 companies throughout his career. He has an impressive track record of building enterprise value for companies in a variety of industries including: food processing, manufacturing, distribution, consumer products, textiles & apparel, professional services, construction, and insurance.

John is a partner in the firm B2B CFO®, a national firm of 185 partners providing part-time CFO services to small and middle market companies throughout the United States.

 

Fionnuala O'Conor
Co-founder and Vice-President, Product

Fionnuala draws on her deeply creative talents to craft Matchpoint products that are distinctive as well as effective. As co-founder and Vice-President for Product, she concentrates on ensuring that the predictive science leveraged by Matchpoint meets the highest standards for delivery of successful outcomes for employers, jobseekers, educational institutions and investors. She combines a profound understanding of predictive science with a commitment to understanding our clients' feedback and their experience in working with us so we can constantly improve.

Prior to Matchpoint Careers, Fionnuala worked in consulting, government and two start-ups. She created TransformingLearning.com, a performance-enhancing product for schools. She graduated from Oxford University with First Class Honors, speaks five languages and lives in New York City.

 

ADVISORY GROUP

Dave Bartram

Dr. Dave Bartram is Chief Psychologist for SHL.

Prior to taking up his position with SHL, he was Dean of the Faculty of Science and the Environment, and Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hull. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), of the International Test Commission (ITC) and of the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). He is Past-President of IAAP Division 2 (Assessment & Evaluation), President-Elect of the ITC, Convenor of the European Federation of Psychologists' Association's Board of Assessment and a past Chair of the BPS's Steering Committee on Test Standards.

He was appointed Honorary Professor in Occupational Psychology and Measurement at the University of Nottingham in 2007 and Professor Extraordinarius in the Department of Human Resource Management at the University of Pretoria in 2010. In 2004 he received the BPS Award for Distinguished Contribution to Professional Psychology. He has published widely in the area of psychological testing both scientific research and in relation to professional issues.

 

Howard Marcus

Howard Marcus is a senior global Talent Management leader. He has comprehensive global experience in talent assessment, leadership development, high-potential employee development, change leadership, succession management, performance management, career planning, executive coaching, organization design, and strategic human resources design & delivery.

Most recently Howard served as Vice President, Management and Organizational Development for The McGraw-Hill Companies, where he was responsible for corporation-wide talent management, leadership development and learning.

He has also been Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Golden Books Family Entertainment. Prior to that, he was National Director, Human Resources for KPMG Peat Marwick and Senior Vice President, Management and Organizational Development for the IMS International and A.C. Nielsen divisions of Dun & Bradstreet. Earlier in his career, he held a variety of human resources management positions at Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, including an assignment in Paris, as Director of its international human resources planning and development function. Howard started his career at the Benchmark School, an internationally known school for learning-disabled children.

Howard received his PhD in Education (Professional Psychology) from the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds MS and BA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Wendy Rothman

Wendy Rothman is a psychometrician, business psychologist and entrepreneur with 20 years experience in the business of helping people manage their careers.

She is a leading interpreter of behavioral assessments for the workplace, has authored several proprietary instruments, and has coached hundreds of executives through successful (and sometimes painful) career transitions.

In addition to testing and coaching individuals from C-Suite executives to their entry-level children, Wendy has built 4 successful businesses in human capital and performance management, the largest of which grew to over $110 million.

A frequent guest presenter at business schools including NYU Stern, Harvard, and the S.C. Johnson School at Cornell, she is a founding member of The Employment Roundtable, co-author of the original Five O'Clock Club books, co-author of The Full Engagement profile and The Work Style Guide. Wendy is proud to apply principles of psychology to the world of business, helping people get more of what they want out of what they do every day.

 

Greg Ruf

Greg is Executive Chairman of Acceptd, the global leader in University Fine and Performing Arts application and audition technology; over 125 universities became Acceptd clients in its first year of operations.

Greg has launched and financed seven separate entrepreneurial ventures, has been interviewed extensively by major business publications on global recruiting trends and has authored several white papers.

He founded Resume-Link, one of the first businesses to computerize the recruitment industry, providing recruitment technology and outsourced services to over 60 top global MBA programs, the 70 of largest professional engineering membership associations and to many of the leading US newspapers. Resume-Link was sold to BrassRing.

Greg also co-founded Data Management Consulting (DMC), a technical consulting firm in the data management, integration and intelligence area. He also started Club Physique, an upscale fitness, wellness and personal training studio.

Greg co-founded MBA Focus as well as Career Services, providing recruitment technology to professional membership associations.

More recently, Greg launched Robert Gregory Partners, an Executive Coaching and Leadership Development firm which has 16 coaches and consultants across the globe.

Greg has a degree in Finance and Economics from Bowling Green State University (cum laude).

 

Kevin Wheeler

Kevin Wheeler is an entrepreneur, author, teacher, consultant and speaker. He is President of Global Learning Resources, Inc., a management consultancy that helps organizations improve their recruiting and learning capabilities.

Kevin is a thought leader in recruitment and staffing and is a sought-after speaker at events globally. He writes extensively about the future of recruitment, ways to improve and streamline current practices, and about emerging technology that supports the recruiting and staffing functions.

He is the author of hundreds of articles on recruitment and learning at ERE.net and TLNT.com as well as at many other places.

He is also the Founder and President of The Future of Talent Institute, a think tank dedicated to seeking out trends and issues that will have a direct effect on talent acquisition, how people will work, and how they will be employed 3-5 years in the future.

He has worked as a recruiting and HR leader in Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. and globally and as adjunct faculty at the University of San Francisco and on the business faculty at San Francisco State University.

 

Allen Wyke

R. Allen Wyke, who has been involved with Matchpoint Careers since late 2009, is the SVP of Digital Technology and Product Development at CNN Digital, where he oversees all technology and product development on web and mobile platforms. Allen has worked for Internet companies since 1995 and previous was CTO at iVillage Properties, CTO/CDO at Direct Brands and served in advisory or acting consulting roles at American Media, Dujour Media, Hearst, USA Today, Global Grind, Madison Logic, HealthiNation, InterMedia Outdoors and more. He has direct operational experience in digital media, online advertising, software and eCommerce and has worked for or implemented solutions at roughly 200 companies over his career.

Allen has authored over a dozen books on Internet Technologies and worked on a number of Internet Standards efforts as the W3C, OASIS and IDEAlliance. He has a degree in Computer Engineering with a minor in Economics from North Carolina State University.

 

Philip Kearney

Twenty-year veteran in digital media, specializing in brand positioning, audience acquisition, revenue optimization and scaling of businesses. Held positions as SVP/GM of American Media (& RadarOnline), as well as CPO of Russell Simmons' venture, Global Grind. Additionally authored the global digital brand strategy for Elle as well as the value creation plans for all of the Active Interest Media brands.