By Jen Heger - Radar Assistant Managing Editor
When Tom Cruise and his then-wife Katie Holmes were looking to hire a new estate manager for their swanky Bel Air mansion, prospective staffers had to undergo rigorous testing at the Scientology Celebrity Center in Los Angeles, a source tells RadarOnline.com exclusively.
"Tom and Katie were looking to hire a new estate manager a few years back," the source tells Radar. "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.
"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?' The questions were just odd to say the least. Another section of the test dealt with math questions. It was a very rigorous, stressful and grueling test.
"If an applicant passed the test they were then introduced to Tom's mom and sisters who work for him," the source says. "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."
As RadarOnline previously reported, Holmes filed for divorce from Cruise last June, after five years of marriage. The divorce was finalized August 20, and it was agreed that Katie be granted primary custody of Suri, the couple's daughter together.
Requests for comment from Tom Cruise and the Church of Scientology weren't immediately returned.