About Orion

The Leader in Applicant Screening and Employee Surveying

We stack the profit-making odds in your favor with applicant screening. The Orion applicant screening system focuses very narrowly on gathering only the information that directly impacts your profitability. This is what makes us different than other assessment providers.

We really only do one thing: stack the profit-making odds in your favor by providing the information your managers need to hire profit-enhancing employees and solve profit-draining problems.

And, we do this more reliably, more cost-effectively, and more efficiently than anyone else, without any special hardware, providing only the information that you need and want, in a form which best meets your needs, at a lower cost.

What We Do

Since 1985 we've pioneered new ways to get results


Develop and implement personal computer based scoring, reporting, and applicant tracking.


Develop and validate universal non-industry-specific attitudinal scales.


Create a flexible, fully customized approach to meeting clients’ assessment and reporting needs.

Fully Automated

Offer fully automated 24/7 telephone-based assessment scoring, via phone and fax.


Integrate assessment systems with clients’ intra-company mainframe and network systems.

Attitude Assessment

Assess specific work-related attitudes that directly target profit-making behaviors rather than psychological factors and personal values.


Provide an integrated assessment system independent of specialized hardware.


Provide onboard employee surveying.

About Mike

Mike Wilkerson was raised in Atwood, Oklahoma, a small farming community in Hughes County. One of four brothers, he graduated from Atwood High School in 1963. He attended East Central University, and in 1970 graduated with a bachelor of arts in education.

In 1972, he became an agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and served in that capacity until 1978, when he was promoted to the Inspector-in-Charge of the Tulsa regional office. While an agent, he attended polygraph school, graduating first in his class. One of his notable polygraph cases involved the “searching peak of tension tests” administered to Larry Leon Chaney, who was charged with the kidnapping and murder of Susan Gaither Ashmore and Kathy Brown. As a result of the polygraph test, the bodies of his two victims were found in shallow graves in rural Sequoyah County. The polygraph examination is recognized as a historic use of a lie detector as a search instrument, and is taught in polygraph schools worldwide. The examination and technique was published in the American Polygraph Association Journal and Wilkerson received commendations from the governor, the OSBI, and the district attorney’s office.

In April 1978, Wilkerson lead the manhunt and capture of Gene Leroy Hart, who was sought for the murders of three Girl Scouts while they attended Girl Scout Camp. Wilkerson was awarded the OSBI Distinguished Service Medal for his actions.

In 1979, he graduated from the University of Tulsa College of Law and was admitted to the Oklahoma Bar. He left the OSBI in 1978 and founded a personnel assessment company that eventually became Orion Systems, one of the nation’s largest personnel assessment companies. Orion Systems has administered more than 30 million surveys.

In 1980, he co-authored the best-selling book Someone Cry for the Children: The Unsolved Girl Scout Murders of Oklahoma and the Case of Gene Leroy Hart.

In 2004, the governor appointed Wilkerson to serve as an OSBI commissioner. He completed his seven-year term in 2012.

On December 9, 2017, Mike was inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame. Approximately 55 law officers, dating to the 1880s, have been so honored.