The company I'm doing contract work for recently advertised for some new permanent staff. As I'm only doing this as stop-gap til something more suitable turns up, I didn't apply. But some of the others did. Part of this was on-line psychometric testing. Despite doing the job for over 3 months, none of them got through to the interview stage. Conversations with long serving staff reveal that people who have been doing the job for 20 to 30 years were given the test as an experiment. They all failed. One of my fellow contractors who failed has a friend who did the test. Because her friend doesn't speak very good English, she sat with her through the test and helped with the answers. Her friend passed. People who have been recruited through this test have made safety-critical errors, to the extent that some of them have been put on othe duties. What does this say about the test? Is it fit for purpose? What are the HR dept playing at? Is someone up there from a rival firm trying to bring down the company from within? I sincerely hope that the successful applicants turn out to be real wrong 'uns. Thieves, junkies, muggers and serial killers who drag the name of the company though the dirt, and endanger the HR department. Rant over.