I had a talk with the manager of a technical department at a big sized company I've been doing some work with as a consultant. She told me they are looking for technical people and asked if I'd like to work with them at a specific technical position. I said yes and she was very enthusiastic.
This company is particularly structured and full of red tape. Before applying for the position and having an interview with the manager (I basically already had this interview as mentioned above), I had to take a 3 hours role/group play non-technical evaluation session with other 8 candidates who wanted to apply for different non-technical positions.
The result of this evaluation session was negative. Basically, HR says I don't know how to work in a group, make an argument, take a decision and so on. There were no comments; I can only infer this because those were the skills being evaluated, apparently.
At this point, I do not know what to do next. The manager wants me to get on board and I have a strong track record of references that can prove I can do what HR in a 3 hours evaluation deemed me unable to. What would be the correct course of action? Do I apply? I tried to ask HR for more information on their decision but they have been dead silent.