Good morning all,
I am planning to apply for both these positions but I need some tips on what to put. Does anyone know if traineeship periods taken into account, if paid? Or the bar practice (which in some countries is taken before the Bar exam)?
Have you eventually applied for this position?
I applied for the case-worker position; still no replies. I wonder if they will notify all candidates, even those not pre-selected?!
Today they have sent the invitation letter. I have been invited. And You?
Still nothing! Can I ask you if it was an invitation for the caseworker or legal assistant competition?
I could apply only for the former.
What is the date in the invitation, in case? How far in time?
I applied for the legal assistant position AST4. The date is May, 19th.
Ha I see, best of luck then!
I could not apply for that. Did you also apply for caseworker and got any news?
No I didn't apply for the caseworker. On the 19th there will be a written quiz by email. It's a new procedure due to COVID19 emergency.
Hi! Do you have any idea of what they are going to ask as the centres are closed?
On the 19th of May they invited you for a test? Written test or interview?
Best of luck, then!
Let me know how it goes. I am applying for the new policy officer position, which is similar to Ast but with less years of experience required. Have you seen it?
Yes, I've applied for this position too.
Can I ask you something to reassure me, as I am not completely sure?!
The signature on the application is not mandatory at this time, correct? They will only ask for your signature if you are short-listed? So I do not print and sign it. That is what I understand from the very last lines.
Also, on the new announcement for FGIV there is no explicit requirement to state for any job or traineeship if that was paid, as it was the case for the first vacancy - case analyst- and I believe assistant as well. Are you going to state it?
Does anyone know what the policy is for taking traineeships into account in the job applications? Are those taken into account also if they were not paid?
Hello. Today I have done the written test for Ast4 position legal assistant. In my opinion the test was quiet difficult because in 90 mins you had to read a 18 pages long sentence of the CJEU and answering 3 questions. The subject of the law case was not inherent to EPPO's activities and role. The second document of the test was an article about VAT Fraud and this was quiet simple to face with 4 questions.
well good that you have done, it, for now! And fingers crossed for the results! Yes, an ECJ decision of 18 pages is not simple! Were you asked to answer short open questions, or was it a multiple choice test?
Have they told you when are the results expected?
Open questions but not so short. Nothing about the results.
Did you receive an invitation to the next step (the interview)?
Yes. I have my interview in the 15th of June. You?
Me too, on the next day. Good luck!:)
Awesome. How did u find the written test?
It took me a lot to read all the documents, and I had time just to write very short answers, even if they were not very difficult.
How did you manage your interview? How did you find the questions and the interviewers? They asked you about your notice period, and they mentioned when they would inform you about the final results?
The interview was quiet challenging with twelve questions and 7 of them were technical about EPPO. The remaining questions were about personal skills or behavioural. The members were nice and calm. I asked them about the results and they said that the written tests will be corrected in the last two week of June and the results will be out on the first two weeks of July. What about your interview?
It was almost the same, pretty challenging, considering that it was my first interview entirely in English. I appreciated the calm and gentility of the interviewers. They told me the same thing, but I was afraid that I misunderstood - I was almost sure that we'll give another technical interview, the final one (needed to check in detail our experience and to split us to the different units). It will be difficult to wait so much time but, fortunately, I have to pass some exams in the next month that will keep me busy. I wish you good luck and maybe we'll have the chance to meet :)
Did they check your third language?
did they check any other languages except English ? Like all the languages you put in your application?
Anyway Good Luck to you too. Let's hope to work together!!!!
I notice that they like to keep us in suspense :)
I guess you have no news ...
You are guessing right. No news. I think that this week should be the right one. Fingers crossed.
Can I ask if you did the written test remotelly (on your PC) or in the premises of EC or another European organisation?
Remotely on the PC.
Good luck to all of you! I keep reading your posts, I applied to the last position of policy officer and my hopes are on that one.
Hopefully we will soon all work together!
Indeed good luck to everyone. I'm on the ICT Specialist one. Does anyone have a clear understanding (or already did) of what are the written tests about?
Seems to be like a bunch of material document to read and then reply in an open manner? Something like a use case?
I've received the email from EPPO: I'm in the reserve list for AST4 Legal Assistant :)
That's good news! Well done!
I have my interview on Friday.
Good luck for Friday!
Good Luck :)
Me too :)) I'm still processing the news...
What do you think will be the next step?
First of all, congratulations to you too. I think we'll have to wait till they will set up the new office and start calling the reserve list's candidates to underwrite the contract. It's the first time for me so i don't really know how it specifically works.
Let's keep in touch.
Just to let you know, the reserve list is nothing more than a shortlist of candidates. It doesn't mean that you are hired neither that they will offer a job position. In the ICT case I know that there are 3 people for each job position in that list. Therefore is highly possible that 2 out of three will never be contacted for a job.
All I'm saying is don't quite your jobs yet :-)
Ehi Val thank you for your advice but it's normale that if I don't see the contract I'll never quit my actual job :)
Of course :) But I think and hope that, in our case, the procedure will be faster than usual because EPPO has to become operational at the end of the year when it will receive around 3000 cases and another 2000 cases every year. I'm sure that they need a lot of people to handle so many cases, at least one administrator and one legal assistant for every 22 countries (maybe more for the problematic countries, maybe less for non-problematic countries). Of course, the IT support will be vital because all these cases have to be registered in the CMS. So, I have a premonition that we won't have to wait for years to be called for a position because it is a lot of work to do! :)
Have you signed the contracts? I the answer is yes, how long it took from the inclusion on the reserve list?
All the best
Hi. Still no news for me. I don't know about the other guys. Yesterday the 22 EP took oath in front of the Court of ustice. There are still the EDPs to choose. Maybe in the next weeks we'll know something more.
No news for me either. I really don't think that anything will change untill end of 2020
Thank you for the answers.
Best of luck!
has anyone news about the selection for Policy Officer? Where are they now?
I had the written test on the 21st of September and the interview is on the 6th of October
Wow. I was still waiting that they let me know if the application form was exhamined. It is strange that they didn't answer at all. Maybe because I was retained in the reserve list of the legal assistants.
If you are not shortlisted, they usually inform you about this in about 4 months since the deadline for applications.
I am in the same situation. I think that we are no longer eligible for other positions.
I think so office.pal. Even if I believe that this inelegibility is not so correct because it had to be mentioned in the competition advice.
I agree...but I rather prefer to see this as proof that they need our expertise, and they consider that we are more useful in the legal assistant position :))
Eheheheeh yes, for sure I prefer this interpretation. But if we are so useful and smart why are they delaying the "Call"? :)
Because they don't need us...yet. They have to receive/ choose the needed number of EDPs (+ their staff) in every MS, and, after that, they can ask for the files and start working them. With some luck, maybe we'll receive a call in late November :)
What was the written test about? Same as mine with a EJC's sentence and an article to comment?
An ECJ decision as well and 3 open answer questions based on it. No article to comment.
About the technical part of the interview, it was based on EPPO regulation and PIF Directive or something else?
Yes, basically, the technical part of the interview was about EPPO functions and PIF directive.
The email for the Policy Officer position has been sent to me this morning. Not invited to the next phase. What about you who have been selected for the AST4? Have you been not admitted too?
LK: After much debate, and with 3,000 cases expected to land on our desks when we start, we now have funding for 140 European delegated prosecutors, but we are still missing resources for key Luxembourg-based staff, who will be key to the success of our mission. We need financial investigators and case analysts. With their expertise, we can aggregate and analyze information to investigate cross-border crime more efficiently.
So this means we still have to wait the money :)
How have you been doing? I am sure you saw there is a new competition for Junior Legal Officer (although they require 6 years of experience, so I can't see how they can call him junior!!!). Can I ask to those of you who have been selected if you were asked to bring proof of your experience -for the position of last year where they required 6/9 years of experience- what kind of documents did they ask? Did they ask also for proof you were paid, during your traineeships?
I applied for the Junior Legal Assistant vacancy. Deadline of applications was feb 15th. 2021.
How long do they take to get back to you, either considering your application or dismissing it?
thanks and congratulations to all who have gone through the process (and specially to those who have succeeded at it!)
@André: it usually takes months. Last year the deadline for policy officer (FGIV) was on 30th of June, they contacted the short-listed candidates on mid-september and notified all the rest of the candidates around late November. They received more than 500 applications for that vacancy and I expect it should be the same this time.
Hi guys ,
Anyone that's already been through the "experience " with the EPPO interviews and written tests, could recommend how we can prepare ourselves for a legal position? As for the tests specifically are they eu law related? And the technical part of the interviews is related only to EPPO' function or more ?
thanks and good luck to all
Good morning Emma.
Have you applied for the legal assistant possition which deadline was set about mid February? If so, have you already been notified of your aplication assessment and have you been selected for the written examination?
I have also applied and I have not hear back from them. If you have and have been selected, then I guess that is bad news for me.
I believe when you (hopefully, we) are selected for the exam, they should sketch out some pointers and tips on what to study and prepare.
yes I have been notified about the tests. But maybe they will notify other candidates too in due time. So maybe you can wait another 1-2 weeks .
How can you be so sure? Don't they contact all srait up?
I am not sure at all !! I am just making an assumption. Maybe they contacted everyone maybe not ..
Thanks anyway Emma. Congratualtions on your assessment. I guess that's it.
We're out, otherwise we would know already. There cannot be a great deal of a gap between assessments, otherwise it would be unfair for those who would be reached after, leaving them with a shorter time frame to prepare their exam.
All the luck for your exams.
anyone who wants to share his/her experience with EPPO legal AST position interview and written tests ? Any news ?
Are you writing because they contacted the short-listed candidates for Junior Legal Assistant?
Same issue here. Have they contacted you already?
Hello jack ,
I did not receive any mail, so I assume I was not selected. But my candidacy was not so strong, after all, I did not meet a criterion.
André I think you are right, if you do not receive any news within a few days you shall assume you are not selected, unfortunately. But to be sure you can still mail/phone them, perhaps wait a few days. They always reply.
Thanks for the inpuy. I have done that a few ago and they told me that they would get back to me around mil of April. So if Emma got her assessment, I guess we're out.
I think I'll just wait up, though without any expectations.
All the best,
Has anyone of you been recruited with a formal contract?
I'm on the reserve list for AST4 Legal Assistant.
Hope to hear some news from you soon.
Could you tell me how you prepared for the written test and what was about the interview ? Also did they check all the languages you put in your application? Or you got interviewed only in English ?
thanks a lot for your input ,
For the written test I studied the Eppo Regulation and many articles and books about EPPO.
The interview was in english and they also checked at the end of the interview the other language, in my case Spanish, with a brief conversation held by an external member of the exam commission.