The Big Day Is Finally Here – EPSO AD5 Competition Released!

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) released the much awaited Administrators Generalists' (EPSO/AD/388/17) Notice of Competition TODAY!

In response to this, EU Training will held a FREE Information Webcast on MONDAY 3 April, 2017 @ 6pm to familiarise candidates with the eligibility requirements, the competition’s structure, the individual tests to be undertaken, as well as changes to this year’s competition.

Click here to view the FREE 2017 EPSO AD Information Webcast

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Snapshot of the 2017 EPSO AD5 Competition

The deadline for the first part of your application needs to be submitted by 3 May 2017, at 12 midday (CET) giving you a little over one month to apply.

This competition will recruit new members of the civil service to take up roles as Administrators in the various EU Institutions. This AD5 competition is also the ideal opportunity for graduates to enter into an EU career path. Supporting decision-makers in fulfilling the mission of their institution or body, Administrators work as part of a team in the areas of policy formulation, operational delivery or resource management. For more details see ANNEX I.

Number of places available on the Reserve List has been capped at 124 places.

 

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates will need to satisfy the following:

  • Have EU citizenship
  • Fulfilled any military service requirements
  • Meet the character requirements for the duties concerned
  • Have a thorough knowledge (minimum C1 level) of one of the 24 official EU languages – will be defined as your Language 1
  • Have a good command (minimum B2 level) of at least two of the 24 official EU languages – one of which will eventually be defined as your Language 2. (Read below for more details).
  • Qualifications & Work Experience:
    Completed university studies of at least 3 years attested by a diploma, which must have be awarded by 31 July, 2017. NO PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED!

 

New Rules!

New 2-PART application process:

  • PART 1: This first part needs to be submitted by 3 May, 2017. This involves confirming your eligibility to participate in the competition, as well as picking a MINIMUM OF TWO official EU languages in which your knowledge is at B2 level or above. You must complete this part of the application process in one of the 24 official EU languages – the one you picked as your Language 1.
  • EPSO will then analyse the applications and announce the official Language 2 options based on the 5 languages most frequently declared by candidates in PART 1 of the application process. The working language requirements of the EU Institutions will also be factored in before the top 5 languages are announced.
  • PART 2: Once the “Top 5 Languages” are declared, you will be invited to complete this part of the application process by a new deadline. Here you will need to provide specific information about your qualifications (diplomas/work experience), as well as select your official Languages 1 and  2 from the languages you already declared in PART 1 of the application process.You must complete this part of the application process in your chosen Language 2 – that is, the one you will pick from the top 5 options offered by EPSO.​

How Language 1 and 2 are determined. Your Language 1 may be any of the 24 official EU languages, while your Language 2 must be picked from the 5 languages (eventually) announced by EPSO after reviewing the languages most frequently declared by candidate in PART 1 of the application process.

Be very careful which languages you declare in PART 1 of the application process!  If you did not declare in your initial application at least one of the top 5 languages announced by EPSO, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM THE COMPETITION!

  • Based on previous competitions and the institution’s requirements, we predict that English and French are probably safe bets, with German, Spanish and Italian most likely ranking high on the listing. But until EPSO officially announces the top 5 languages, no one will know with 100% certainty.

 

Selection Process

1. PRE-SELECTION 

This phase of the competition is made up of a series of computer-based multiple-choice questions and competency-based tests that will include the following:

Tests

Language

Question

Duration

Pass mark

Verbal Reasoning

Language 1

20 questions

35 min

10/20

Numerical Reasoning

Language 1

10 questions

20 min

5/10

Abstract Reasoning

Language 1

20 questions

20 min

10/20

These MCQ tests will need to be completed in your chosen Language 1.

Some good new regarding the Numerical Reasoning Test - while you will need to get at least a pass mark of 5 for it, your Numerical Reasoning Test mark will not count towards your overall Pre-Selection exam score!

Please note that these tests are eliminatory and do not count towards the other tests held at the Assessment Centre.

Naturally, you will need to do much better than a pass mark in the pre-selection exam stage if you wish to progress to the next stage of the competition. Only those with the highest total combined marks for the Verbal and Abstract Reasoning Tests will make it to the E-tray Exercise round. So plan your preparation and start practicing right now!

 

2. Intermediate Test

Approximately 15 times, but no more than 20 times, the number of successful candidates sought will be invited to this stage of the competition.

This part of the competition will include an E-tray Exercise, which will need to be completed in your chosen Language 2.

The E-tray Exercise will comprises of 15 to 25 questions and will assess 4 general competencies (each marked out of 10):

  • Analysing and Problem Solving
  • Delivering Quality and Results
  • Prioritising and Organising
  • Working With Others

You must score one of the highest total combined marks for this exercise to qualify for the next stage of the competition – the Assessment Centre.

Please note that your E-tray Exercise score will count towards your total Assessment Centre mark, so your aim will be to do exceptionally well at this stage of the competition.

 

3. Eligibility Checks

The eligibility requirements will be checked for each candidate in descending order of the total marks obtained in the E-tray Exercise, until the threshold of eligible candidates required is reached. EPSO will check whether you meet the general eligibility conditions, while the Selection Board will check compliance with the specific eligibility conditions.

 

4. ASSESSMENT CENTRE

Approximately 2 times, but no more than 2.5 times, the number of successful candidates sought will be invited to the Assessment Centre.

Test taken at the Assessment Centre will need to be completed in your chosen Language 2.

Eight general competencies will be tested through 4 tests:

  • Case Study
  • Oral Presentation
  • Competency-based Interview
  • Group Exercise

The marks obtained in the E-tray Exercise and the Assessment Centre tests will count towards your final overall competition score, which will be a total out of 80 – 10 points per competency.

 

5. RESERVE LIST

After checking candidates’ supporting documents, the selection board will draw up a Reserve List of those eligible candidates who have obtained the highest overall competition scores, until the number of successful candidates sought is reached.

 

How to apply

Make sure to ALWAYS check the official Notice of Competition and understand the rules relating to the exams. For full details on the AD5 profile and the selection procedure read the official Notice of Competition and the General Rules Governing Open Competitions to ensure you have the required qualifications and satisfy the eligibility criteria before applying. 

To start the application process, please click here

 

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