Scientology in Tel Aviv poses as a job recruitment firm

February 5, 2013 - 6:59 PM by

U-man logoMy son has been looking for a job. Recently released from the army after three years with some very solid computer skills under his belt, he has been sending his CV out to various manpower agencies and headhunters. The other day, he received a call from the U-Man agency, which had listed a posting for a position at a biotech firm in Jerusalem that sounded promising.

The woman on the other end of the line invited him in for a personal interview. This was a bit strange – he’d never had to meet any of the other headhunters; they just wanted to make a shidduch as fast as possible and collect their commission. But she said it was mandatory. Could she tell him a bit about the interview? he asked. No, she responded. “It’s a personal test and I can’t go into any details about it.”

Both annoyed and intrigued, my son did what any 21st century jobseeker does: he Googled U-Man. What he found was surprising: the firm appears to be a front for none other than the Israeli branch of the Church of Scientology.

According to my digging, a business consulting firm called U-Man is linked with Scientology in a number of European countries where it offers a personality test called the “Oxford Capacity Analysis” (OCA). The test asks 200 very bizarre questions that have seemingly very little to do with job placement, such as “Do you make thoughtless remarks or accusations which later you regret?” “Do your past failures still worry you?” “Are you normally considered ‘cold?’” “Do you often “sit and think” about death, sickness, pain and sorrow?” The full list of questions (in English) is here.

The test is then graded and the applicant is given a rigged, highly negative score, according to the website, which is dedicated to debunking Scientology. Test takers are urged to sign up for “advanced” courses and seminars, which will help them, improve their human interactions (and presumably land that dream job in the end). These courses cost money, of course, and before long, the unsuspecting jobseeker is on the road to becoming a full-fledged Scientologist.

The woman at U-Man didn’t tell my son the name of the test (which has nothing to do with Oxford the university), but an experience reported by another Israeli confirmed that the OCA is indeed the test being offered by U-Man Israel. His report is here (it’s in Hebrew, but Google Translate does a passable job on this post).

Suffice it to say my son didn’t schlep in to the U-Man office in Tel Aviv. Scientology will have to find another victim. For other jobseekers: consider yourself warned.


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