What's Coming Up in November 2022 - EPSO Rundown | EU Training

What's Coming Up in November 2022 - EPSO Rundown

There is such an immense amount of activity going on with EPSO that our heads are spinning. A new competition was released, and another one is set to be released, so many are in progress, and SCBI assignments are being released left and right. On the other hand... a lot of candidates are still waiting for results or any news from EPSO. Grab yourself a cuppa tea or coffee, click on the EPSO competition you're interested in below and read all about it!

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Upcoming EPSO Competitions

ASSISTANTS IN THE FIELDS OF OPERATIONAL / TECHNICAL SECURITY AND OPERATIONAL HEALTH & SAFETY

Another great opportunity for assistants - EPSO will be releasing another AST3 competition in mid-November.

The day after applications open, EU Training will hold an interactive information webcast presented by Andras Baneth, #1 expert on EU Careers. You will be able to ask questions directly from him during the live session. The aim is to to help you understand the selection process of this particular EPSO competition and the best ways to prepare effectively for each phase, 

You can register for the LIVE information session here - it's FREE!

Join the Facebook group here: Assistants in Safety & Security EPSO EXAMS

This is a great opportunity to share tips and tricks, rumors and experiences with other candidates in your competition.

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IN PROGRESS...

Here is the list of competitions currently in progress and in varying phases of EPSO selection exams.

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ENERGY, CLIMATE & ENVIRONMENT AD6 (EPSO/AD/401/22)

EPSO launched a new AD6 competition on 20 October covering three profiles: Energy, Climate and Environment. After the application period closes, your eligibility will be checked first, followed by the talent screener review. Once you have been deemed eligible you will move on to the Assessment Centre phase, which will include the following exams: Computer-Based Test (CBT) which is eliminatory, Case Study (CS), Situational Competency-Based Interview (SCBI) and Field-Related Interview (FRI).

Important dates >>>

  • Submit your application by: 22 November 2022 at 12:00 (Noon) Brussels Time / CET

Additional resources >>>

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ASSISTANTS (EPSO/AST/154/22)

EPSO released a huge AST3 competition in September covering six profiles and a whopping total of 492 places on the Reserve List (all profiles combined).

Following this there will be the classic EPSO pre-selection phase - the CBT - testing your reasoning skills. This means the pass mark is not enough and only candidates with the highest scores will have their applications screened for eligibility. The Assessment Centre will include a Field-Related Interview (FRI), a Situational Competency-Based Interview (SCBI) and a Case Study (CS). 

Here's how to prepare >>>

Since we don't know any indicative dates yet, here are some resources that will be useful for you once the dates are released by EPSO:

--->  PRE-SELECTION (CBT)

---> ASSESSMENT CENTRE (AC)

Additional resources >>>

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ADMINISTRATORS IN THE FIELD OF AUDIT (EPSO/AD/399/22 - AD7)

Eligibility checks were completed in September, currently the Talent Screeners are being evaluated - everybody's on pins and needles waiting for the results! What we know from the Notice of Competition is that the AC phase will include the Computer-Based Test (CBT), a Field-Related Interview (FRI), a Competency-Based Interview (CBI) and a Situational Competency-Based Interview (SCBI).

Here's how to prepare >>>

Since we don't know any indicative dates yet, here are some resources that will be useful for you once the dates are released by EPSO:

---> PREPARE FOR YOUR COMPUTER-BASED TEST

---PREPARE FOR YOUR ASSESSMENT CENTRE

Additional resources >>>

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ICT EXPERTS IN DIFFERENT FIELDS (EPSO/AD/398/22 - AD7 / AD8) 

ICT EXPERTS IN DIFFERENT FIELDS (EPSO/AST/151/22 - AST4)

Eligibility checks were already completed in September, currently Talent Screeners are being reviewed. What we know from the Notice of Competitions is that the AC phase will include the Computer-Based Test (CBT), a Field-Related Interview (FRI), a Situational Competency-Based Interview (SCBI) and a Case Study (CS).

Here's how to prepare >>>

Since we don't know any indicative dates yet, here are some resources that will be useful for you once the dates are released by EPSO:

---> PREPARE FOR YOUR COMPUTER-BASED TEST

---> ASSESSMENT CENTRE (AC)

Additional resources >>>

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LINGUISTIC ASSISTANTS (EPSO/AST/152/22)

This competition covers the following language profiles:

  • Estonian (ET)
  • Croatian (HR)
  • Italian (IT)
  • Dutch (NL)
  • Polish (PL)
  • Portuguese (PT)

Candidates have already had their Computer-Based Tests, now eligibility is being checked. Once candidates are deemed to be eligible they will move into the next phase - the Assessment Centre. We know that the AC will include a Case Study (CS) and a Competency-Based Interview (CBI). Dates are not published yet (as of 25 October 2022, date this article was published).

Here's how to prepare >>>

Since we don't know any indicative dates yet, here are some resources that will be useful for you once the dates are released by EPSO:

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ADMINISTRATORS IN EXTERNAL RELATIONS (EPSO/AD/382/20 - AD5 / AD7)

The Assessment Centre phase commenced in September. The AC for this competition includes the following exams: Competency-Based Interview (CBI), Field-Related Interview (FRI), Case Study (CS) and a Written Test in the Field (WT). Testing for the Case Study and Written Test (both in test centres and remotely proctored) took place on 4 October 2022.

Here's how to prepare >>>

Additional resources >>

  • Become a member of the RelEx Facebook group to collaborate with others and get information first hand from other candidates.

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HEADS OF ADMINISTRATION IN EU DELEGATIONS (EPSO/AST/153/22 - AST4)

As we write this article, these candidates are in the middle of their pre-selection CBT tests, which will end on 28 October. Candidates just need to reach the pass mark, and those that do will have their Talent Screeners checked for eligibility. After eligibility checks comes the Assessment Centre. The Notice of Competition listed the following tests for the AC: Situational Competency-Based Interview (SCBI), a Field-Related Interview (FRI) and a Case Study (CS).

Here's how to prepare >>>

Since we don't know any indicative dates yet, here are some resources that will be useful for you once the dates are released by EPSO:

Additional resources >>

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ADMINISTRATORS IN THE FIELD OF MARITIME AFFAIRS & FISHERIES (EPSO/AD/397/21 - AD6)

These candidates are currently in the middle of their Assessment Centre interviews which include a Competency-Based Interview (CBI) and a Field-Related Interview (FRI).

Important dates >>>

  • The Assessment Centre period started in mid-September and goes until the end of November 2022 (indicative)

Here's how to prepare >>>

Online training sessions are available for this competition and we've already received some nice feedback from a participant who took part in 23 August 2022 FRI Simulation for the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries comp with Ticiana Tucci: "Clear presentation, attentive listening to participants without making judgement, very good knowledge of EU competitions and tests, overall very professional trainer."

More helpful resources >>>

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LAWYER LINGUISTS (AD7)

  • Irish-Language (GA) Lawyer-Linguists - EPSO/AD/396/21 

Having completed their translation tests and Computer-Based Reasoning Skills Tests, candidates have to sit for their Assessment Centre tests - Competency-Based Interview (CBI), Field-Related Interview (FRI) and Situational Competency-Based Interview (SCBI) will take place in November-December.

Important dates >>>

  • The Assessment Centre exam period will begin some time in the beginning of November 2022 according to the EPSO website..

Here's how to prepare >>>

More helpful resources >>>

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PROOFREADERS & LANGUAGE EDITORS / EPSO/AST/148/21

  • Estonian
  • Irish
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Greek 

Having done and dusted the Computer-Based Reasoning Skills Tests, next up for these candidates are the Proofreading and correcting tests, followed by the Assessment Centre. The AC will include both a CBI and an SCBI.

Important dates >>>

  • Proofreading and correcting skills will be tested from 31 October 2022 until 4 November 2022
  • The Assessment Centre exam period varies for each profile, so make sure to check your specific competition's EPSO page for official dates.

How to prepare >>>

Helpful resources >>>

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TECHNICIANS (AST)

  • Audiovisual and conference technicians - EPSO/AST/150/21 - 1
  • Building technicians - EPSO/AST/150/21 - 2
  • Laboratory technicians - EPSO/AST/150/21 - 3

The Assessment Centre exam period for Audiovisual conference technicians & Building technicians began in September and lasts until about mid December 2022. The SCBI Assignment was released on 24 October.

Laboratory technicians will begin their AC phase soon, according to the EPSO website in mid-October.

All three profiles have the Field-Related Interview (FRI), Situational Competency-Based Interview (SCBI) and Case Study. EU Training will be offering SCBI workshops once EPSO releases their SCBI assignment.

Here's how to prepare >>>

Online training sessions are available for this competition and we've already received some nice feedback from a participant who took part in 14 OCTOBER 2022 FRI Simulation for Building & Laboratory Technicians with Jan De Sutter: "Good balance between introduction and a lot of space for doing the simulation which was very good. Very clear and direct in the explanations he provided. I liked that he went directly to the point. I liked that he always made us think in terms of what the inteviewer would understand from what we presented."

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EPSO CAST COMPETITIONS

- Educational Psychologists (FG IV)
- Proofreaders (FG III)
- Translators (FG IV)
- Building management (FG II, FG III, FG IV)
- Finance (FG II, FG III, FG IV>
- Communication (FG III, FG IV)
- Political affairs / EU policies (FG III, FG IV)
- Law (FG III, FG IV)
- Information and communication technology (FG III, FG IV)
- Manual and administrative support workers (FG I)
- Child care staff (FG II)
- Project/programme management (FG III, FG IV)
- Administration / Human resources (FG II, FG III, FG IV)
- Secretaries/Clerks (FG II)

The computer-based tests booking and testing periods are continuous for these CAST profiles. 

Important dates >>>

  • You can book your slot for a Computer-Based Test between 07 November 2022 and 11 November 2022
  • Testing will take place between 14 and 21 November
  • Results are announced on 25 November 2022

Here's how to prepare >>>

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