The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO), runs open recruitment competitions to fill positions in the EU institutions.
It’s recently launched a new selection procedure, moving away from the out-dated testing of EU knowledge to a modernised competency based system, like those found in most graduate recruitment programmes.
As and when needed:
For the March Administrators’ competition the types of candidates sought will vary year on year, but those likely to be recruited include European Public Administration (which covers all areas of policy, strategy and operational roles), Law and Economics.
What's the Concours application process like?
It's essentially 3 stages:
1. Online application form: which asks for the usual details about academic background and career
2. 1st stage: A computer based test of general ability such as numerical, verbal and abstract reasoning. This is carried out in your first language at a test centre in London or Edinburgh (or there are test centres across the world if you're going to be abroad during the testing period)
3. Final stage: The Assessment Centre, a 1 to 1 ½ day assessment carried out in Brussels. At graduate level this includes a group negotiation, a policy decision-making exercise, a presentation and an interview structured around the required competencies.
The competencies tested are:
Analysis and Problem Solving
Delivering Quality and Results
Learning and Development
Prioritising and Organising
Working with Others
This process is designed to take 7-9 months. So people applying in March should hear about whether they've been sucessful in the following December/January.
If I pass the application process do I then pick my job?
No, not exactly, like with the UK Government's highly regarded Fast Stream scheme you are recruited on to a list, from which departments can then select you based on your preferences, skills and background.
In the original application form you have the chance to outline your motivation and say whether you would prefer working in areas like battling climate change or negotiating international trade agreements.
So should I apply?
Definitely! By working for the EU, you could help the lives of 500 million Europeans and you could also make a huge difference for Britain.
Your knowledge of how the UK does things - our culture, economy and politics - could help ensure that the EU is doing the right things for the UK and the other member states, and making a positive difference in the world.
And it's a great opportunity for you. You can work abroad; earn a decent salary; meet people from across many countries; and make a real difference.