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Justin Wiegand, PhD (Sift HR Principal Consultant)

Justin Wiegand, PhD | Principal Consultant

Sift HR is led by Justin Wiegand (LinkedIn).  Justin worked as a Human Resources Analyst for Shell in Texas and Louisiana before returning to his alma mater, the University of Illinois, to complete a PhD in Human Resources and Industrial Relations focused on fit assessment. He taught Planning and Staffing for Illinois' top-ranked HR master’s program and was named to the list of teachers rated excellent by their students on multiple occasions.  He has presented at various meetings of the Academy of Management (AOM), Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP), and Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) and has received numerous awards, grants, and fellowships for his work including distinctions from Ford, Caterpillar, the National Science Foundation, and the State of Illinois. Justin will join the faculty of the Fowler College of Business at San Diego State University in fall 2019.

Sift HR formed naturally for Justin.  After repeatedly presenting on the vast data demonstrating the predictive ability of fit assessments over interviews and resume reviews, he was often asked some version of, why aren’t more companies using assessments?  Knowing the reason was something other than they don't work, Justin sat down with HR leaders and hiring managers to find out barriers to launch. He discovered doubt about assessments' legality, a lack of knowledge on their predictive ability and how they can be used to improve existing processes like interviews, and concerns on their cost and ease of implementation. He launched Sift HR to break down these barriers and make adaptive assessment accessible to every organization. Justin has a passion for HR excellence and a deep knowledge of fit evaluation across industries, organizations, and jobs.


Ben Gerber (Sift HR Client Advisor)

Ben Gerber | Client Advisor

Ben Gerber (LinkedIn) is an independent client advisor for Sift HR, helping organizations focus on the most critical component of culture, their people. Ben's HR training, data analytics experience, and passion for using data to make individuals and organizations better make him a great fit for Sift HR.  Ben makes it easy for organizations to use PXT Select data for evidence-based hiring and development decisions.

Ben is professionally certified with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-CP) and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership and Human Resources from Purdue University where he specialized in organizational development, planning, and training.

After school, Ben led a team through career development planning, his organization in cross-departmental integration, and most recently, conducted corporate data system alignment accomplishing two goals: benchmarking human behavior's relationship to buying patterns and developing a data analytics dashboard for decision-making.


Brock Wiegand (Sift HR Client Advisor)

Brock Wiegand | Client Advisor

Brock Wiegand (LinkedIn) is an independent client advisor for Sift HR, working directly with clients on employee selection and development. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Human Resources Management certification from Illinois State University.  Brock worked alongside Dr. Alexandra Ilie at Illinois State, studying burnout and stress in the workplace and was a Benefits Representative for University HR.  He graduated summa cum laude.

After school, Brock served in Mexico for two years as a caregiver for children coming from hard places. There, he saw first-hand the importance of having the right people in the right place within an organization. Sift HR was a great fit for him on his return.  Mixing his passion for people, service, and business psychology, Brock brings exceptional customer service, knowledge, and energy to Sift HR.

Reach out for a free consultation to see how Sift HR can partner with you to improve selection and development!