Thursday, March 22, 2012

Scientology: Adventures in Employment - Part 1



Before I say anything in this post, let me first say that I have not studied Scientology and I cannot begin to tell you everything they believe. This is merely a brief but true story of my encounter with them.

I worked for Scientologists for a total of 3.5 days in 2005. A lot of weird stuff went down in that time, thus it was suggested that I separate the story into 2 parts: Application --> Hire and Working. Here is part 1:

Application --> Hire

When I was 19 I had a 3 month period where I was unemployed. I was looking for work and had decided to stay focused on administrative positions.

I applied for a role at a local physical therapy office. I will only refer to it as HM as this will play into the story in part 2. The role at HM was the executive assistant to the head physical therapist. Wow, was I in for a treat.

I was called in for an interview so I got myself all dressed up and brought a copy of my resume and references along.  I looked like this: 


Except a different outfit, no brief case, less sassy and I actually looked like me. Basically, not like that at all, except for the brown hair.

The receptionist "Keisha" was not very friendly. I had to sit in 1 of 3 seats that were next to her desk and listen to her answer the phone for about 15 minutes. Thrilling. Then I met with the CEO of the company- it was a very small office, as you can probably guess.

The CEO, "Bill" was an older gentleman, he asked me the normal interview questions (strengths, weaknesses, etc.), told me about the company and the job and explained that where they look at experience, they want the right kind of people in their company - Sounds great, right? The he asked me to meet with his niece, the COO.

I waited for 45 minutes to meet with the COO, "Katherine." She was young, tall, thin and blonde, but very serious. Kind of like this: 

except a different person. She asked me some more typical interview questions, yadda, yadda, yadda. Then she asked me to take some tests.

Now, what kind of tests would you expect if you were me? Applying for an admin job, I'm thinking typing, filing (therefore alphabetizing or number sequences) etc.? Right?

Nope!

I had to take an IQ test first to see if I was as smart as this guy: 

I'm not, but close enough. Then I had to take a personality test. I wasn't sure exactly what personality they were hoping for. I assumed something like this: 

Happy administrative assistant excited about doing her job. I would find out later, they were hoping more for something along the lines of this: