The movies make it look spectacular, full of tuxedos, fast cars, and impressive drones, while the reality might involve a long slow death. What are we talking about? The life of an international spy. If you have ever considered how you like your martini, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is. The Australian Secret Intelligence Service (ASIS) is hiring and are recruiting with a rather novel approach. They have developed an online interactive test to separate the wheat from the chaff at the first stage. So if you think you have what it takes to be a spy down under head over to the testing page to put yourself through its paces. If you do well on the test you’ll be given a secret code on completion that you can use to apply to a real job with the service. The code will let them know you have what it takes to do the job.
Online test assesses intelligence and empathy
Without giving away too many spoilers, the test is a mix of visual and aural exercises that will assess both your intelligence and interpersonal skills. Some of the exercises include picking the missing number from a sequence. Remembering faces in a crowd and trying to decipher information while three people are talking at the same time. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop took to morning TV to spruik the recruitment drive. "What we are looking for is people from diverse range of backgrounds. People who have got a curious outlook, who are obviously intelligent — it's an intelligence service," she said. "People who are observant, bright, able to form relationships. Be prepared to be deployed overseas and act in Australia's national interest."
When the host of the morning TV show, Sunrise, David Koch asked what the job would entail, Bishop replied: “"Well, I can't go into details about particular operations because it is called a secret intelligence service for a good reason.”
People have been sharing their experiences of the test on social media with most mocking the process. Completing the test definitely doesn’t guarantee you an interview, it seems like it is the first step for now if you have your heart set on becoming an Australian spy. The recruitment process for a role in ASIS generally takes seven months.
Intelligence agencies constantly recruiting
If you aren’t an Australian citizen but still fancy yourself as a spy, most intelligence agencies the world are relatively straightforward about how to begin the recruitment process. The Central Intelligence Agency in the United States of America has a recruitment page that outlines both current availabilities and student training programs. If you are a UK resident then head over to the Secret Intelligence Service page. Keep in mind, if you don’t have the skills to be out on the ground as an international spy, all the agencies require a huge amount of staff to help run the agencies from administration to technical experts. These jobs won’t see you blowing up stuff with a pen, but you’ll still get to impress people at parties.