The days when applicants could bluff their way through job interviews may soon be over if one university professor has his way. Dr Harry Hui Chi-chiu has devised several methods to ensure that bosses in the service industry employ the right workers. One of these is a psychological test to help them find employees with the right attitude. Dr Hui, senior lecturer and industrial-organisational psychologist at the University of Hong Kong, said his idea would be described in a manual available only to companies. The Industry Department commissioned him to carry out the research in an attempt to improve standards in the service industry. Dr Hui said another way of interviewing, called Profiling of Motivated Abilities, worked by allowing the interviewer to analyse the content of an interviewee's comments by using a score sheet. He said employers would ask potential employees to describe their six best achievements, which would then be psychologically analysed. Dr Hui said: 'Well documented research has shown that if an employer only relies on instinct when assessing a candidate it is only as good as chance. 'Under this system, they will have objective ways to evaluate the candidate.' He said the department had backed the initiative last year to improve standards in the service sector, which counts for up to 80 per cent of gross domestic product in Hong Kong. A department spokesman said Dr Hui had been granted funds under the services support fund for the project, which will last 15 months.