About Us

Work Skills First is a boutique human resources consulting firm that builds employment screening tools (e.g., interviews, tests, simulations) for organizations. These employment screening tools are built by industrial psychologists with substantial expertise in employment testing. Employers benefit by receiving applicants' objective, non-biased employment test results. Applicants benefit by being assessed with professionally developed, standardized employment screening tools that treat each applicant fairly and in the same manner.  

As needed by the client, Work Skills First will conduct job analyses, prepare validity technical documentation, and provide expert witness services.


Test development projects are typically led by Dr. Michael A. McDaniel. He received his Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology, a discipline that follows a scientist/practitioner model. With respect to science, Dr. McDaniel is listed by Google Scholar as the number 1 cited researcher for employment testing and in the top 4 cited researchers in personnel selection and staffing. His expertise in employment testing research and development resulted in his election as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association of Psychological Science, and the Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. With respect to practice, Work Skills First has provided employment testing and/or consulting services to many organizations, including large and small employers, both public and private. Also, Dr. McDaniel has served as an expert witness in litigation related to employment testing. His publications are here.


  • Abbey Carpet
  • Affordable Care Inc.
  • All Microwave Center, Inc.
  • American Institutes for Research
  • Asses Systems International
  • Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
  • Basic Insurance Agency, Inc
  • Biddle and Associates
  • BMS Gemini Recruitment Co. Ltd
  • Boat Tune Inc.
  • Brightstar Care
  • Bryant & Startton
  • Caliber, an ICF Consulting Company
  • CapitalOne
  • Certegy Ltd
  • Choice Hotels International
  • City of Brandon (Canada)
  • City of Columbia, MO
  • City of Columbus, OH
  • City of Jackonsville, FL
  • City Utilities, Springfield, MO
  • Claimserve Co.
  • Credit Suisse
  • David Venable & Associates, PC
  • Dominion Virginia Power
  • Duquesne Light
  • Energy Harbor Nuclear
  • Evergy
  • Evergy Kansas Central, Inc. (formerly Westar Energy)
  • Evergy Metro, Inc. (formerly Kansas City Power and Light)
  • Exceptional Staffing
  • Exardius
  • Think Resources, Inc.
  • Travis County, TX
  • TR & Associates
  • TTS-Top Talent Solutions
  • Fellows Staffing
  • Financial Management Intern Program
  • FirstEnergy
  • Floor Covering Brokers
  • Florida Pain Management Center
  • Gardner Restoration, Inc.
  • Goodwill, DE
  • Guillen, Suede and Co.
  • Hand Therapy Network
  • HR Chally
  • Hunt Dimming
  • Insight Global
  • Landmark Design Associates
  • Manpower
  • Mar-Test Inc.
  • Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
  • Mobile Solutions
  • Morgan Services, Inc.
  • National Science Foundation
  • Newson Organizational Consulting
  • Nexia Strategy
  • PAGEmployment
  • Quality Banner Company
  • Sage Construction
  • SelectStaff Training Institute
  • Sid Savage Auto Dealer Supplies
  • Skane Tax Solutions
  • Spherion Staffing and Recruiting
  • State of Alabama Personnel Department
  • Telesight
  • Volunteers of America Southeast
  • UMWA Health & Retirement Funds
  • U.S. Army Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences
  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management
  • U.S. Postal Inspection Service
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Valley Communications Center
  • VCS Group, Inc.
  • Visteon Resource Staffing Practice
  • Vista RMS
  • WestWorks Mortgage
  • YCMNET Advisors

Contact Us

Work Skills First, Inc.
Arlington, VA