The spy trade is obviously one that requires secrecy, but this time around an Australian intelligence agency is recruiting online.
The Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS), the counterpart to the US’ CIA and Britain’s MI6, has just unveiled an online test that could help discover people with the right basic instincts to become secret agent.
It’s an interactive test, crafted in the form of a walk-in job interview at ASIS. You’re hit with a combination of tests to gauge your pattern recognition, conversational abilities, perception, and ability to focus despite distractions. To succeed, you need to deduce a missing number in a code series, pick out faces from a crowd, and even listen to three people talking at once to glean information.
Basically, you need to be aware of your surroundings at all times, as well as be able to empathize with strangers and get them to converse with you. After all, most intelligence work is information gathering, rather than kicking in doors and engaging in shootouts.
According to whether you pass with flying colours or are a little rough around the edges, you’ll receive a code to input when applying for the job.
Most of you probably aren’t ever going to apply, but it’s still a kick to see if you’ve got what it takes to be a spook. Might even want to put it on your résumé.