How do I apply for a job at an EU institution?

How do I apply for a job at an EU institution? by dgeezer

This article was written by Global Graduates, published on 18th March 2015 and has been read 6371 times.

Ok, so you've read the job description and discovered you're the perfect candidate. All that's left is to apply! The problem is, you have no idea what the application process involves... Luckily for you, we've laid it out for you!

1. Create an EPSO account
The first step in the application process is creating an account with EPSO (European Personnel Selection Office). You can do so here and it's really quick and easy! Once you've created an account, you can indicate which job you intend to apply for.

2. Look out for a 'Notice of Competition'
Concours (aka the details for available roles) are announced by EPSO in a ‘Notice of Competition’ so make sure you keep an eye on their website, or follow them on Twitter so that you can get in there quickly once details are published!

The notice of competition for this concours can be found here. Make sure you read it carefully so you know the nature of the duties of the job, and the application process!

3. Complete the online application form.
For the initial stage of the application, you will need to fill out an online form with your education and professional experience (if any is required!).

You'll also have to complete the language assessment section, where you'll have to list all the EU languages you speak. Language 1 can be any one of the 24 EU languages and most of your CBT tests will be in this language. Language 2 has to be English, French or German and will be the language of the E-tray exercise and assessment day (more on those later!). 

Finally, you'll answer the motivation questions, which basically perform the role of a cover letter - how is your education and experience relevant to the profile you are applying for and why do you want to work for the EU?

4. Validate your application and book the Computer-based (CBT) pre-selection tests.
It's important to book the online CBT tests as soon as you can, as slots fill up early!

5. Take the CBT tests.
The CBT tests assess (among other things) your Verbal, Numerical and Abstract Reasoning skills. Make sure you take advantage of the online practice tests (rather than trying to wing it on the day), as you'll have to be speedy in order to get a high score.

Remember, the CBT tests will mostly be in Language 1 from your application form, other than the situational judgement tests which are in Language 2.

6. E-Tray exercise.
The E-tray exercise is a new addition to the AD5 Generalist assessments for 2015 (sorry!). As per the rest of the assessment, this online test will assess you on EPSO's competencies. There are lots of mock exercises on the internet, so make sure you get some practice in.

Remember, the E-tray exercise will be in Language 2 from your application form.

7. Assessment Centre in either Brussels or Luxembourg.
You've made it to the assessment day and you're off to Brussels/Luxembourg! Hurrah!

On the day you'll have to do a group exercise, an oral presentation and a structured interview, all in your second language (which just means the language you put in second place on the application form, rather than a language which isn't your mother tongue). There'll also be a separate written case study.

8. The Reserve List.
If you make it through stages 1-7 successfully, you'll be added to the Reserve List, which is a database of information used by Heads of Units to recruit new staff. 

Got it? Great! It's time to apply!

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