The selection process is nearly that intense!
While the Jack Reacher star doesn't go so far as to test his minions' blood for traces of Xenu, Tom Cruise does force his otherwise-qualified auxiliary staff of assistants, drivers,
hit-men, & estate managers to jump through hoops at the Scientology Celebrity Center in Hollywood!
"Tom and [Katie Holmes] were looking to hire a new estate manager a few years back. They were using a high end Los Angeles employment agency that a lot of A-list celebrities use to hire staff. After going through the first round of interviews with the agency, applicants then had to take a multiple choice test at the Scientology Celebrity Center. The majority of the potential hires weren't Scientologists, but it was testing only and didn't involve any auditing."
If one surrounds themselves only with people who already think exactly as they do, there might be a lack of fresh ideas among them!
The source continued:
"The test took an entire afternoon and included questions such as 'if you saw a car stuck on the train tracks with people inside, and a train approaching, what would you do?'… Another section of the test dealt with math questions. It was a very rigorous, stressful and grueling test."
It's safe to assume anyone failing the test is immediately thrown into The Great Pit of Carkoon and left to be slowly digested by a ravenous sarlacc over the course of a thousand years, but what about those who pass?
More trials and tribulations!
The source admitted:
"If an applicant passed the test they were then introduced to Tom's mom and sisters who work for him. It was only after gaining the approval of Tom's family applicants finally got to meet with Tom and Katie, and that was scheduled for a different time and day. It was a very methodical and controlled process. The entire vetting process took well over a month-and-a-half and was extremely secretive. It was like applicants were applying to work for the President of the United States, it was that intense! Background checks, references, no stone was left unturned. The pay for the estate manager of the Bel Air mansion was $90k with full medical benefits."
That's a lot of dramz for one job, but working for an A-lister like Tommy boy is the job of a lifetime for some people!
As long as they don't violate any Equal Employment Opportunity laws, who are we to judge?
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