Tom began his career with academic positions at the University of Waterloo, in the Faculty of Engineering, Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Business Administration, and The University of Calgary in the Faculty of Management. During this time, he published several articles and book chapters on topics ranging from expectancy theory to motivational culture to selection utility. In 1986 he co-authored a book on the selection interview titled “Behavior description Interviewing: New, Accurate, Cost Effective.” In 1992 Tom left academia and took a position as Director of Behavior Description Systems with Personnel Decisions International (PDI), now Korn Ferry.
Since then, he has taken roles as Chief Scientist for Batrus Hollweg International of Dallas, and Senior Product Manager for Lominger International of Minneapolis. Tom currently serves as chief scientist at Peopleassessments and as Chairman and Chief Science Officer for Plenarium. Tom is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Tom has served on the advisory board for the Institute for Human Resources (HR.com), as a founding member of Global Talent Advisors, as Chair of the SHRM-ANSI standards work group (job descriptions). Tom received his Ph.D. in Industrial Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 1977 under the supervision of Dr. Marvin Dunnette.