Spy search: Tradies, teachers targeted to join Aussie ranks
TEACHERS, tradies and customer-service workers are at the centre of a new drive to find Australia's next James Bond.
Australia's overseas spy agency will today launch a recruitment campaign to attract the next generation of intelligence officers to serve in the nation's interests.
Applicants will be invited to take perhaps the most interesting job interview they are likely to face, which will identify "smart", "perceptive", "empathetic" individuals with the "human intelligence"' to work for the Australian Secret Intelligence Service.
Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop said, for obvious reasons, most Australians were not aware of ASIS and its activities.
"This makes it difficult to recruit the right people to work in the fields of intelligence and espionage," she said.
"While these qualities are special, they are not unique.
"The same skills are required for a variety of professions ranging from teaching to customer service."
ASIS officers operate all around the world, gathering intelligence which has the potential to help protect and promote Australia's national interests and security.
An online campaign will be launched today - The Most Interesting Job Interview - so candidates can gauge if they're up to the job of being a secret agent.
The interactive video asks applicants to identify faces in a crowd from mugshots, quizzes them on minute and obscure details of an office and airport lounge and asks the applicants to successfully persuade a flight attendant to give them a seat upgrade.
But would-be spies are warned not to discuss their application with anyone - not even with family and friends.
Ms Bishop said potential applicants could come from diverse backgrounds.
"Applicants need to show they can build relationships, pay attention to detail and they must be willing to live overseas," she said.
"They must also be discreet and capable of collecting foreign intelligence from human sources."
Unlike parliamentarians, Australian dual citizens can apply, but it is a condition of employment that they do not use their foreign citizenship for the period of their employment with ASIS, including using foreign passports for overseas travel.
The selection process takes about seven months and involves a written application, written test, psychological test, security assessment, medical examination and a test for prohibited substances.
Take the most interesting job interview here.