Analysis of Administrators in digital forensics and in operational and strategic analysis competition-EPSO/AD/395/21

Dear all,

Become a CSI of the IT investigation

If you are a big fan of CSI and an IT expert in digital forensics, this competition is for you. Even more, if you didn’t like CSI but still you are an IT expert in digital forensics, this competition is still for you. The European Institutions need more and more highly specialized technical profiles, the world is changing and you can be a part of that change. Before we begin with our analysis, remember, if you want to read about the competition in the field of EU expenditure and anti-corruption and in the field of customs and trade, tobacco and counterfeit goods, which was published the same day, go to the article where we explain every detail.

How many spots are available? When does the process begin?

A good number of spots are available, 40 spots in total, distributed in 2 fields with 20 spots for Digital forensics (field 1) and 20 more spots for Operational and strategic analysis (field 2). Please note that you can only apply to one single field. Be careful! the process began on the 7th October and it will be open for joining until 9 November NOON (let’s say 11.59 AM CET). Until then, you can fill in and validate your application. Approximately, you have been given one month +2 days , that’s more than enough but don’t fall asleep.

What are the criteria to be a candidate?

The general criteria, as usual: Enjoy full rights as a citizen of a Member State of the EU (UK is not longer an option), meet any obligations under national laws on military service, and meet the character requirements for the duties concerned

Specific criteria – languages

LANGUAGE 1: You can choose among the 24 official languages of the EU and you should have, minimum, a C1 level. If you are a native speaker, you should qualify yourself as C2 and be CAREFUL! do not say you have a level below C1 for any language competence (listening, reading, oral communication, written communication…), otherwise you will be disqualified automatically. The computer-based tests or CBT (verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning) will be taken in Language 1 and also we can fill in our application (except the Talent Screener) in this language.

LANGUAGE 2: ENGLISH or FRENCH (sorry, you can only choose between these 2, duty calls for it and EPSO explain it long and clear why). Here we need a B2 level minimum (no need to have a degree to justify it, the tests in the Assessment Centre will be done in this language and if you can work through them, then you will qualify as having the level required). Remember not to put any item (written, oral level, or any other) below B2 level in your application.

REMINDER – Language 1 and Language 2 cannot be the same. Even if you try, the application form will alert you. On the bright side, communication with EPSO can take place in any of the languages you have declared in your application form at B2 level or higher.

Specific conditions – Work experience and studies

Let’s go field by field

Field 1: Digital forensics

Bear in mind it will take time to fill in all the information that reflects the experience required

Field 2: Operational and strategic analysis

To explain the part “professional experience in the field” means that when describing your professional experience in the application (CV- work experience), you must clearly identify the experiences and activities equal or similar to those you are expected to do in the European Institutions and described in the notice, so take a good look at the third column. In order to do so, our past webinar could help .

What are test I have to pass? and the competition phases?

Based on the notice of competition + our experience we split the process in 3 phases: 1) fill in the application, 2) Talent Screener evaluation 3) the Assessment Centre. Once you have passed the competition, you will have to decide how to celebrate it..

  • Phase 1 Fill in the Application – You’ve got until 9 November (noon) to send your application and before that, fill it in with love and care. This is the first step of the process, and the moment to differentiate yourself from the other candidates and all their experience (honestly, we don’t think EPSO expects a lot of candidates, but rather a few good ones with long CVs) in relation with the two different profiles.
  • (wait we are still in phase 1) What is a TALENT SCREENER? The Talent Screener is a set of questions related to your academic and professional background that you must answer in your application, you can find the questions on the Annex II of the notice of competition. The board of the competition is in charge of evaluating the answers. Keep in mind that all candidates in the same profile and field answer the same questions. In this way, the responses of all the candidates are structured in the same way, which allows the board to make an evaluation (as objective as such a type of test allows) of the compared merits of all the candidates. Remember to look at Annex II or the application form for all the details, and if you think we can be of help, our expected to do in the European Institutions and described in the notice, so take a good look at the third column. In order to do so, our past webinar could help where we focused on tips to fill in the Talent Screener for specialist competitions.
  • PHASE 2 – Talent Screener evaluation. Here you can do nothing but wait. It is the task of the board to read your Talent Screener and rate it. We remind you that the selection based on qualifications will be carried out only for those candidates deemed eligible… , using solely the information provided in this Talent Screener section (in language 2) WITHOUT cross-checking with the rest of your application. You should therefore include all relevant information in your answers, even if already mentioned in other sections of your application form. The questions are based on the selection criteria included in this notice (check the photo above). The best of all this is that up to 3 times the openings will go to the Assessment Centre. We are talking about about 120 candidates, 60 per field (if our math is right… yes it is :-)!
  • Phase 3 – Assessment. Congrats! You are one of the 204 candidates with the highest marks in the Talent Screener and you have been invited to the Assessment Centre. We have reached the final round, in which we will also have to present all our documents related to education and professional experience in digital format (they need to be uploaded into a platform before doing the Assessment Centre tests), so prepare them in advance to avoid last minute rush.
  • First we’ll have the computer-based tests (CBT). We know, you though you have escape it… keep dreaming. Still, there is no need to get a high mark, only passing it is enough (like it is the case for CAST exams).
  • Now talking about the other tests, the competition turns classic. In front of you two of the most classic test you may face : Case Study and Competence Based Interview. Between the two tests you can gather a total of 80 points, with the particularity that you need and overall 40/80 to pass, but not minimum marks per competence.
Some practice, some effort and a some guidance and it will be done 😉
  • Anyway, although the more points we get in competences part the better (we can help with that), the key part is the field-related test where you will have to demonstrate your knowledge, and above all, your relevant experience for this position. To do so, you will have the Interview in the Field (also structured but with clear focus on your work experience) up to 100 points in that test. (we can help with that too)

When will EPSO contact me?

All the situations under which EPSO will write you in your profile, not by email, although sometimes we may get a warning message.

Many of you ask about when EPSO will tell you that you have passed to the next phased, or have been invited to the Assessment Centre, or…. you read/heard rumors about the development of the competitions somewhere. Better to isolate yourself from that noise and focus on the real messages. EPSO commits itself (it’s in Annex III of the notice of competition) to communicate with you after the Talent Screeners have been evaluated to inform you on the results and to invite you to the Assessment Centre. In the meantime, it can take weeks or months to receive any information, so keep calm. You can always contact EPSO too, as candidates you are entitled to do so but be careful, replies can be a bit cryptic or copy/paste from the notice.

What can I expect of this job? Is my degree valid?

Both are typical questions of the candidates, therefore we invite you to check Annex I and Annex II from the notice of competition. As you can see from the image, it sends you to Annex I to find all the details of your expected tasks to be performed once you are an administrator in the area of anti-fraud (OLAF counts on you!!!). Let us remind you an AD7 will join the institutions with a net salary above 6.000 € and this can be higher depending if you have family dependent on you and other conditions.

Can you help me?

Let share some useful links for this competition and any other. In the mean time don’t forget our training for Assessment and our past webinars .

List of useful resources

  1. El CBT o los test psicotécnicos (ES)
  2. The Assesment centre (EN)
  3. 10 free resources (EN/ES).
  4. YSE trainings

Analysis of ANTI-FRAUD INVESTIGATORS (AD 7) AND ANTI-FRAUD EXPERTS (AD 9) competition-EPSO/AD/394/21

Dear all,

Not the same working in OLAF than working with OLAF

What a season we are having! Instead of tree leaves falling, we have plenty of competitions blossoming. Rare flowers in form of competitions for specialist appear in front of our eyes, full with colors and small details to take into account if we want to apply. So after the competition for Technicians in audiovisual, building or laboratory, we got a new competition aimed for specialist and experts in two areas of Anti-fraud investigation : In the field of EU expenditure and anti-corruption and in the field of customs and trade, tobacco and counterfeit goods.

How many spots are available? When does it begin?

A good number of spots are available, in total 68 spots, distributed in 2 fields and 2 grades but you can only apply to one single grade and field. Be careful! the process began on the 7th October and it will be open for joining until 9 November NOON (let’s say 11.59 AM CET). Until then, you can fulfill and validate your application. Approximately you have been given one month +2 days , that’s more than enough but don’t fell sleep.

Plenty of options to chose

What are the criteria to be a candidate?

General criteria: Enjoy full rights as a citizen of a Member State of the EU (UK is not longer an option), meet any obligations under national laws on military service , and meet the character requirements for the duties concerned

Specific criteria – languages

You will be able to use your languages in the above task

LANGUAGE 1: You can choose among the 24 official languages of the EU and you should have, minimum, C1. If you are a native speaker, you should qualify yourself as C2 and CAREFUL! do not put any item of the level of language under C1 (otherwise you will be disqualified automatically). The CBT (verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning) test will be taken in this language 1 and also we can fill in our application (except the Talent Screener) in this language.

LANGUAGE 2: ENGLISH or FRENCH (sorry, you can only choose between these 2, duty calls for it and EPSO explain it long and clear why). Here we need a B2 level minimum (no need of having a degree to justify it, the assessment centre will be in this language and if you can work through it, then you have the level required). Remember not to put any item (written, oral level, or any other) below B2 level in your application.

REMINDER – language 1 and language 2 can not be the same. Even if you try, the application form will alert you. On the bright side, communication with EPSO can take place in one of the languages you have declared in your application form at B2 level or higher.

Specific conditions – Work experience and studies

Let’s go field by field

Field 1: Anti-fraud investigations and operations in the field of EU expenditure and anti-corruption

If you go for AD9, don’t forget to explain the 3 years of professional experience in managing complex investigation

Field 2: Anti-fraud investigations and operations in the field of customs and trade, tobacco and counterfeit goods

To explain the part “professional experience in the field” means that when describing your professional experience in the application (CV- work experience), you must clearly identify the experiences and activities equal or similar to those you are expected to do in the European Institutions and describe in the notice. In order to do so, our past webinar could help.

What are test I have to pass? and the competition phases?

Based on the notice of competition + our experience we split the process in 3 phases : 1) fill in the application, 2) The Talent evaluation 3) the Assessment Centre and the party at the end is optional.

  • Phase 1 Fill in the Application – You’ve got until 9 November (noon) to send your application and before that, fill it in with love and care. This is the first step of a competition and the way to differentiate yourself from the other candidates and all their experience (honestly, we don’t think EPSO expects a lot of candidates, but a few good ones with long CVs) in relation with the two different profiles.
  • (wait we are still in phase 1) What is a TALENT SCREENER? This is a list of questions related to your academic and professional background that you must answer in your application, you can find the questions on the Annex II of the notice of competition. The board of the competition is in charge of evaluating the answers. Keep in mind that all candidates in the same profile and field answer the same questions. In this way, the responses of all the candidates are structured in the same way, which allows the board to make an evaluation (as objective as such a type of test allows) of the compared merits of all the candidates. Remember to look at annex II or the application form for all the details, and if you think we can be of help, ouexpected to do in the European Institutions and described in the notice, so take a good look at the third column. In order to do so, our past webinar could help.
Remember that successful candidates will be mainly recruited by the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF).
  • PHASE 2 – Talent Screener evaluation. Here you can do nothing but wait. It is the task of the board to read your Talent Screener and rate it. We remind you the selection based on qualifications will be carried out only for those candidates deemed eligible… , using solely the information provided in this Talent Screener section (in language 2). You should therefore include all relevant information in your answers, even if already mentioned in other sections of your application form. The questions are based on the selection criteria included in this notice (check the photo above). The best of all this is that up to a total of 3 times the openings will go to the Assessment Centre. We are talking about about 204 candidates (if our math is right..yes it is :-)!
  • Phase 3 Assessment. Congrats! you are one of the 204 candidates with the highest marks in the Talent Screener and you have been invited to the Assessment Centre, the final round. In this round, you will also have to present all your papers in digital format (it used to be a USB memory stick before, now in the online Assessment Centre you will have to upload the pertinent papers before having the test), so prepare them in advance to avoid last minute rush.
  • First we’ll have the CBT (computer-based test). We know, you thought you have escape it… keep dreaming. Still you don’t need much to pass it (like an ordinary CAST exam) and there is no need of having a high mark, only passing it is enough.
  • Now talking about the other tests, the competition turns into a classic. In front of you two of the most classic test you may face : Case Study and Competence Based Interview. Between the two tests you can gather a total of 80 points, with the particularity that you need and overall 40/80 to pass but not minimum marks per competence.
Some practice, some effort and a some guidance and it will be done 😉
  • Anyway, although the more points we get in competences part, the better (we can help with that). Still, the key part is the field-related test, where you will have to demonstrate your knowledge, and above all, your relevant experience for this position. To do so, you will have the Interview in the Field (also structured but with clear focus on your work experience) up to 100 points in that test (we can help with that too).

When will EPSO contact me?

All the situations under which EPSO will write you in your profile, not by email, although sometimes we may get a warning message.

Many of you ask about when EPSO will tell you that you have passed to the next phase, or have been invited to the Assessment, or…. you read/heard rumors about the development of the competitions. Better to isolate yourself from that noise and focus on the real messages. EPSO commits itself (it’s in Annex III of the notice) to communicate with you after the Talent Screeners have been evaluated to inform you on the results and to invite you to the Assessment Centre. In the meantime, it can take weeks or months to receive any information, so keep calm. You can always contact EPSO too, as candidates you are entitled to do so but be careful, replies can be a bit cryptic or copy/paste from the notice.

What can I expect of this job? Is my degree valid?

Both are typical questions of the candidates, therefore we invite you to check Annex I and Annex II from the notice of competition. As you can see from the image, it sends you to Annex I to find all the details of your expected tasks to be performed once you are an administrator in the area of anti-fraud (OLAF counts on you!!!). Let’s us remind you an AD7 will join the institutions with a net salary above 6.000 € and this can be higher depending if you have family dependent on you and other conditions. If you enter as AD9 …. the next round of beers is on you?

Can you help me?

Let share some useful links for this competition and any other. In the mean time don’t forget our training for Assessment and our past webinars .

List of useful resources

  1. El CBT o los test psicotécnicos (ES)
  2. The Assesment centre (EN)
  3. 10 free resources (EN/ES).
  4. YSE trainings

Analizamos la convocatoria de Técnicos y asistentes EPSO/AST/150/21-ámbito 3 Técnicos de laboratorio y EPSO/AST-SC/11/21 asistentes de laboratorio

Hola a todos,

Donde dice técnico, también lease asistente que son muy parecidos los requisitos

¡El final de Septiembre viene cargado! Caen las hojas y con ellas caen las plazas de EPSO, 231 vacantes que nos llegan repartidas en 4 perfiles : Técnicos audiovisuales y de conferencia, Técnicos de la construcción, Técnicos de laboratorio y Asistentes de laboratorio. En el presente post nos vamos a centrar en los dos perfiles de laboratorio, Técnicos de laboratorio y Asistentes de laboratorio ya que presentan más similitudes y en esta otra entrada, hablaremos de los dos perfiles de Técnicos audiovisuales y de construcción. Para ello, lo presentaríamos en formato cinemascope, aprovechando que hay técnicos audiovisuales en nuestro laboratorio recién acondicionado, bueno más bien no,así que vamos a lo que sabemos hacer bien . Así que aquí va nuestro análisis ¿con arial 12 y formato justificado? bueno en formato blog, legible, dispuesto a informar y arrancar una sonrisa a partes iguales. Si lo que estabas buscando era nuestro análisis de la oposición de Data protection, pincha aquí

¿Cuántas plazas? y ¿Cuándo arranca?

Parece un pocker de oposiciones, pero no lo es, EPSO va a tope y se parece más a un ordago.
una introducción rápida al puesto.

Pues la cosa viene con un pleno de oportunidades, en total 35 vacantes divididas en 20 para Técnicos de laboratorio y 15 para asistentes. Con una limitación, únicamente podemos presentarnos a uno de los perfiles bajo código AST/150/21 (es decir, perfiles de técnico audovisiual, construcción o laboratorio) y si podemos presentarnos a técnico y asistente de laboratorio, ya que son dos oposiciones distintas. (tiene otro código (AST-SC/11/21 y por tanto es otra oposición) ¡Hay para tod@s! Atentos que esto ha arrancado ya y tenéis hasta el 26 de Octubre AL MEDIODIA para validar vuestra inscripción. Es decir un mes aproximadamente. Aquí tenéis la convocatoria por si no la encontráis. (y siendo así de fácil, seguro os la leéis de cabo a rabo)

¿Condiciones para poder presentarse? ¿idiomas? ¿experiencia profesional?

Las condiciones clásicas (o generales) aplican : tener nacionalidad de Estado miembro de la UE, el servicio militar cumplido y cumplir con los demás requisitos para las tareas del puesto.

Condiciones específicas – idiomas

LENGUA 1: A elegir entre las 24 lenguas de la Unión y debemos tener mínimo C2. Que nadie ponga en la aplicación ningún apartado (expresión escrita, expresión oral, comprensión escrita y comprensión oral) por debajo de C2 o seréis automáticamente eliminados. En esta lengua haremos el CBT (razonamiento verbal, numérico y abstracto) y también podemos rellenar nuestra candidatura.

LENGUA 2: INGLÉS o FRANCÉS (si, sólo podeis elegir una de esas dos, el curro obliga) aquí piden tener mínimo B2 (no hay que mandar título, si sois autodidactas y eficaces trabajando en esos idiomas esto es lo vuestro). En este idioma, no pongáis en la aplicación ningún apartado por debajo de ese nivel. Además, recordad que será la lengua en la que vamos a rellenar el Talent Screener y haremos el Assessment.

OJO – Lengua 1 y lengua 2 no pueden ser la misma, no seamos pillines y para comunicaros con EPSO, si fuera necesario, tendréis que usar la lengua 2. . Nadie se agobie, al rellenar la candidatura, el formulario os avisa si habéis seleccionado la misma lengua.

Condiciones específicas – Experiencia de Estudios y laboral

Pues aquí tenemos 2 estupendas opciones para cumplir el requisito de la experiencia profesional en cada uno de los perfiles

  • OPCIÓN 1- Técnico : EDUCACIÓN+EXPERIENCIA LABORAL para poder presentarnos nos van a pedir estudios superiores FP grado superior (Técnico superior) y de ahí para arriba. , en línea con las tareas a desarrollar (en el anexo I, perfil 1 para audiovisual, perfil 2 para construcción, se describen o en la foto que tenéis un poco más abajo). A esto habrá que sumarle 3 años más de experiencia profesional en el ámbito de la oposición.
  • OPCIÓN 2-Técnico : SÓLO EXPERIENCIA PROFESIONAL –pues si, con que tengas un de enseñanza secundaria y 6 años de experiencia relacionados con las tareas a realizar ( el famoso anexo I nos las describe) ¡adelante!
  • OPCIÓN 1- Asistente : EDUCACIÓN Un nivel de enseñanza superior de un mínimo de un año, acreditado por un título directamente relacionado con las funciones, tal como se indica en el anexo I
  • OPCIÓN 2-Asistente : EDUCACIÓN Y EXPERIENCIA PROFESIONAL -Un nivel de estudios secundarios acreditado por un título que dé acceso a estudios superiores o una formación profesional de 1 año al menos (equivalente al nivel 4 del Marco Europeo de Cualificaciones) y relacionada con el puesto , seguido de un mínimo de tres años de experiencia profesional directamente relacionada con las funciones, tal como se indica en el anexo I.

¿Qué quiere decir “en relación con el puesto”?

Ejemplos prácticos :

  1. “en relación con el puesto” = si tengo 20 años de experiencia de investigación en mecánica cuantica y piden 3 años de experiencia como abogado, no lo cumplo. (y seré descalificado de la oposición)
  2. “en relación con el puesto” = si tengo 3 años de experiencia cocinando croqUEtas y piden 3 años de experiencia en cocinado de croqUEtas, si lo cumplo

En esta oposición eso significa que nuestra experiencia deberá estar lo más cercana a lo que se indica en la naturaleza de las funciones, es decir, en el anexo I de la convocatoria.

  • ¡OJITO! esto son tareas, no una profesión en si misma. Pensad que muchos de vosotros podéis haber realizado estas tareas trabajando en otros oficios, así que preguntaros ¿Qué he hecho de esta lista? (anexo I y II) y nada de “esto no es para mi/no me van a coger”. Seguro tenéis más experiencia relevante de la que pensais.

¿A qué pruebas me voy a enfrentar? ¿cuántas fases son?

Siendo realistas, nosotros lo dividimos en 5 fases, todas ellas de suma importancia : 1) rellenar la candidatura (más importante de lo que piensas), 2) los test CBT, 3) la verificación de cumplimiento de las condiciones 4) evaluación de vuestro Talent Screener 5) el assesment. Y si os queréis hacer una idea de los tiempos para la oposición, al menos cuando no había pandemia de por medio, aquí tenéis un análisis

  • Fase 1 – la candidatura. Tenéis hasta el 26 de Octubre (al mediodía) para presentarla y antes rellenarla con cariño. Será clave rellenar con esmero confirmar que cumplimos con los requisitos, añadir toda la información relevante y demostrable (títulos, experiencia, etc. que tendremos que subir a nuestra aplicación cuando nos inviten al assessment.) y por último el Talent Screener. Espera …
  • (seguimos en fase 1) ¿Qué es un talent screener? es un formulario que hay en vuestra candidatura donde hay que responder a una serie de preguntas basadas en los criterios de selección del anuncio de oposición (anexo II de la convocatoria) . El tribunal es el encargado de evaluar las respuestas. A tener en cuenta que todos los candidatos contestan las mismas preguntas. De este modo, las respuestas de todos los candidatos se estructuran de la misma manera, lo que permite al tribunal efectuar una evaluación, todo lo objetiva que permite una prueba así, de los méritos comparados de todos los candidatos. Si necesitas una manita para encararlo, puedes ver nuestro webinar(no olvides darle al me gusta 😉 para esta convocatoria  o si te quieres ver otra perspectiva, el webinar que hicimos sobre el talent screener para la oposición de agricultura.

Para los técnicos de laboratorio tenemos, en version resumida :

  • Experiencia en laboratorios: instalación, organización, calibración de equipos, mantenimiento y práctica de experimentos, redacción de informes o en la compilación de resultados técnicos de experimentos
  • Experiencia profesional en el desarrollo y la realización de procedimientos normalizados de trabajo en un laboratorio. Diseño y la realización de los elementos necesarios para crear, modificar o mejorar los equipos e infraestructuras experimentales de laboratorio y la verificación de la conformidad de las infraestructura o instalaciones del laboratorio con arreglo a las normas de seguridad y protección y las normas de aseguramiento de la calidad aplicables.
  • Experiencia profesional en la redacción de pliegos de condiciones técnicas para la selección y adquisición de material de laboratorio y equipos de ensayo.

Ahora vamos con los Asistentes de Laboratorio ( si los del código EPSO/AST-SC/11/21) que son como lo anterior pero desde la perspectiva de dar apoyo

  • Experiencia en laboratorio pero más que liderar el asunto, en cuestión de ejecución práctica de tareas de apoyo relacionadas con la realización física de instalaciones técnicas sobre la base de un diseño y unas especificaciones determinadas, fabricación y mantenimiento de componentes, utilización de máquinas herramienta.; la realización de experimentos.; modificación, mejora o personalización de instalaciones físicas.
  • trabajo con protocolos de seguridad y protección y en el cumplimiento de las normas de calidad.

  • Fase 2 – Las prueLas pruebas preliminares de opciones múltiples por ordenador (CBT- Computer Based Test para los iniciados y para hacerlo más corto) se harán a continuación en función del número de candidatos . Es decir si sois muchos, pongamos 10 candidatos por plaza (por redondear), haréis el CBT inmediatamente y si no llegais a esa cifra pasamos a la fase 3, dejamos el CBT para el Assessment. ¡Aviso! El número de candidatos que decidirá si esto va antes o después, será a criterio del President@ del tribunal. Si se realiza al comienzo, esta fase pasarán todos los que superen la puntación mínima, pero la evaluación de méritos y el talent (fases siguientes) se hará por orden de nota. toca apretar y sacar buen resultado.

De la parte de razonamiento verbal, numérico y abstracto no hablaremos mucho por aquí (podéis visitar otras entradas donde si lo hacemos y aquí recursos y cursos, el próximo arranca el martes 28 Septiembre)

  • Fase 3 Evaluacion de meritos (tu CV) verificación de cumplimiento de las condiciones (cacheo de tu CV para ver que realmente cumples el perfil y la experiencia). Asegurate bien que tu CV se ajusta en la parte de experiencia profesional a lo que se pide como perfil en la convocatoria. A medida que revisen CV, por el orden de nota del CBT (o todos en bloque si el CBT queda relegado al Assessment) y cumplan requisitos, se irá llenando la bolsa de candidatos que pasen a la fase 3, hasta un total de candidatos que EPSO marca internamente.
  • Fase 4 – Talent screener Aquí evalúan las preguntas que hemos resumido antes y tu has rellenado con tu candidatura, recuerda que las preguntas son literalmente el anexo II. Los que saquen las mejoras notas de esta evaluación pasarán a la fase final. Repetimos lo dicho antes, si necesitas una manita para encararlo, puedes apuntarte en el webinar que vamos a organizar el 6 octubre para esta convocatoria o ver el webinar que hicimos para la oposición de agricultura. Aproximadamente pasarán esta fase un número de candidatos igual a 3 veces el número de plazas es decir : 60 para Técnicos de laboratorio y 45 para asistentes. .
  • Fase 5Assessment. Llegamos a la ronda final, además de tener que presentar todos nuestros papeles en formato digital (la famosa memoria USB), aquí la cosa se pone clásica, para evaluar vuestras competencias tenemos las pruebas de toda la vida el caso práctico y la dinámica de grupo entrevista situacional sobre competencias ( ya todo un clásico del repertorio EPSO desde que arrancó la pandemia y también de nuestras formaciones ) todo ello en lengua 2
Tranquilos, no es tan fiero el león( o el assessment) como lo pintan.
  • Prueba especifica o de competencias del ámbito de especialización , como en las mejores oposiciones de especialistas tenemos una entrevista “de campo” donde evaluarán nuestra experiencia en el ánbito de la oposición. Recuerda que aquí te juegas 100 puntos de los 170 en juego, así que de las 3 pruebas, aquí hay que darlo todo y más . Esto se hará en lengua  2 (inglés o francés). ¡Recuerda prepararla bien! (si necesitas una ayudita, siempre puedes contar con nosotros, aquí nuestras formaciones).

¿ Qué puedo esperar en este trabajo? ¿y donde?

Aquí no va nada que no hayamos dicho antes, pero dado que mucha gente no se lee los anexo, os lo ponemos por si las moscas. Antes de eso, os recordamos que un AST 3 se incorpora con un sueldo base de unos 3.500 € netos (incluida cuota de expatriación) y que puede aumentar si tenéis familia al cargo y otras condiciones.

¿Y dónde es este curro estupendo?  ¡OJO! – ¡AVISO A CANDIDATOS! La intención de EPSO es que los candidatos contratados a partir de la oposición EPSO/AST/150/21 para los ámbitos 1-audovisual  y 2-construcción  serán contratados principalmente en Bruselas y Luxemburgo (para la Comisión Europea, se dará prioridad a las contrataciones en Luxemburgo). Para los contratados en el ámbito 3-Técnicos de laboratorio y  la oposición EPSO/AST-SC/11/21 de asistentes de laboratorios , se contratarán principalmente en los locales del Centro Común de Investigación de la Comisión Europea en Ispra (IT), Karlsruhe (DE), Petten (NL) y Geel (BE).

Listado de Recursos útiles

  1. El CBT o los test psicotécnicos
  2. El Assesment centre
  3. 10 recursos gratuitos para preparar esto.
  4. los Cursos YSE ( y si quieres apuntarte al de CBT, el próximo arranca en breve, puedes apuntarte aquí )

Analizamos la convocatoria de Técnicos y asistentes EPSO/AST/150/21-ámbito 1-Técnicos audiovisuales y 2- Técnicos de construcción.

Hola a todos,

¡El final de Septiembre viene cargado! Caen las hojas y con ellas caen las plazas de EPSO, 231 vacantes que nos llegan repartidas en 4 perfiles : Técnicos audiovisuales y de conferencia, Técnicos de la construcción, Técnicos de laboratorio y Asistentes de laboratorio. En el presente post nos vamos a centrar en los dos primeros perfiles, Técnicos audiovisuales y Técnicos de construcción ya que presentan más similitudes y en esta otra entrada, hablaremos de los dos perfiles de laboratorio (Técnico y asistente). Para ello, lo presentaríamos en formato cinemascope, aprovechando que hay técnicos audiovisuales en la sala recién acondicionada, pero como nosotros no lo somos, vamos a lo que sabemos hacer bien . Así que aquí va nuestro análisis ¿con arial 12 y formato justificado? bueno en formato blog, legible, dispuesto a informar y arrancar una sonrisa a partes iguales. Si lo que estabas buscando era nuestro análisis de la oposición de Data protection, pincha aquí

¿Cuántas plazas? y ¿Cuándo arranca?

Parece un pocker de oposiciones, pero no lo es, EPSO va a tope y se parece más a un ordago.
una introducción rápida al puesto.

Pues la cosa viene con un pleno de oportunidades, en total 206 vacantes divididas en 92 para Audiovisual y Conferencias y 114 para técnicos de construcción. Con una limitación, únicamente podemos presentarnos a uno de esos perfiles o audovisiual o construcción pero no a los dos (esto también afecta a los técnicos de laboratorio). Por contra, podríamos presentarnos a uno de estos perfiles y además a la oposición de asistentes de laboratorio (ya que tiene otro código (AST-SC/11/21 y por tanto es otra oposición) ¡Hay para tod@s! Atentos que esto ha arrancado ya y tenéis hasta el 26 de Octubre AL MEDIODIA para validar vuestra inscripción. Es decir un mes aproximadamente. Aquí tenéis la convocatoria por si no la encontráis. (y siendo así de fácil, seguro os la leéis de cabo a rabo)

¿Condiciones para poder presentarse? ¿idiomas? ¿experiencia profesional?

Las condiciones clásicas (o generales) aplican : tener nacionalidad de Estado miembro de la UE, el servicio militar cumplido y cumplir con los demás requisitos para las tareas del puesto.

Condiciones específicas – idiomas

LENGUA 1: A elegir entre las 24 lenguas de la Unión y debemos tener mínimo C2. Que nadie ponga en la aplicación ningún apartado (expresión escrita, expresión oral, comprensión escrita y comprensión oral) por debajo de C2 o seréis automáticamente eliminados. En esta lengua haremos el CBT (razonamiento verbal, numérico y abstracto) y también podemos rellenar nuestra candidatura.

LENGUA 2: INGLÉS o FRANCÉS (si, sólo podeis elegir una de esas dos, el curro obliga) aquí piden tener mínimo B2 (no hay que mandar título, si sois autodidactas y eficaces trabajando en esos idiomas esto es lo vuestro). En este idioma, no pongáis en la aplicación ningún apartado por debajo de ese nivel. Además, recordad que será la lengua en la que vamos a rellenar el Talent Screener y haremos el Assessment.

OJO – Lengua 1 y lengua 2 no pueden ser la misma, no seamos pillines y para comunicaros con EPSO, si fuera necesario, tendréis que usar la lengua 2. . Nadie se agobie, al rellenar la candidatura, el formulario os avisa si habéis seleccionado la misma lengua.

Condiciones específicas – Experiencia de Estudios y laboral

Pues aquí tenemos 2 estupendas opciones para cumplir el requisito de la experiencia profesional en cada uno de los perfiles

  • OPCIÓN 1 : EDUCACIÓN+EXPERIENCIA LABORAL para poder presentarnos nos van a pedir estudios superiores FP grado superior (Técnico superior) y de ahí para arriba. , en línea con las tareas a desarrollar (en el anexo I, perfil 1 para audiovisual, perfil 2 para construcción, se describen o en la foto que tenéis un poco más abajo). A esto habrá que sumarle 3 años más de experiencia profesional en el ámbito de la oposición.
  • OPCIÓN 2 : SÓLO EXPERIENCIA PROFESIONAL –pues si, con que tengas un de enseñanza secundaria y 6 años de experiencia relacionados con las tareas a realizar ( el famoso anexo I nos las describe) ¡adelante!

¿Qué quiere decir “en relación con el puesto”?

Ejemplos prácticos :

  1. “en relación con el puesto” = si tengo 20 años de experiencia de investigación en mecánica cuantica y piden 3 años de experiencia como abogado, no lo cumplo. (y seré descalificado de la oposición)
  2. “en relación con el puesto” = si tengo 3 años de experiencia cocinando croqUEtas y piden 3 años de experiencia en cocinado de croqUEtas, si lo cumplo

En esta oposición eso significa que nuestra experiencia deberá estar lo más cercana a lo que se indica en la naturaleza de las funciones, es decir, los anexos I y II de la convocatoria.

  • ¡OJITO! esto son tareas, no una profesión en si misma. Pensad que muchos de vosotros podéis haber realizado estas tareas trabajando en otros oficios, así que preguntaros ¿Qué he hecho de esta lista? (anexo I y II) y nada de “esto no es para mi/no me van a coger”. Seguro tenéis más experiencia relevante de la que pensais.

¿A qué pruebas me voy a enfrentar? ¿cuántas fases son?

Siendo realistas, nosotros lo dividimos en 5 fases, todas ellas de suma importancia : 1) rellenar la candidatura (más importante de lo que piensas), 2) los test CBT, 3) la verificación de cumplimiento de las condiciones 4) evaluación de vuestro Talent Screener 5) el assesment. Y si os queréis hacer una idea de los tiempos para la oposición, al menos cuando no había pandemia de por medio, aquí tenéis un análisis

  • Fase 1 – la candidatura. Tenéis hasta el 26 de Octubre (al mediodía) para presentarla y antes rellenarla con cariño. Será clave rellenar con esmero confirmar que cumplimos con los requisitos, añadir toda la información relevante y demostrable (títulos, experiencia, etc. que tendremos que subir a nuestra aplicación cuando nos inviten al assessment.) y por último el Talent Screener. Espera …
  • (seguimos en fase 1) ¿Qué es un talent screener? es un formulario que hay en vuestra candidatura donde hay que responder a una serie de preguntas basadas en los criterios de selección del anuncio de oposición (anexo II de la convocatoria) . El tribunal es el encargado de evaluar las respuestas. A tener en cuenta que todos los candidatos contestan las mismas preguntas. De este modo, las respuestas de todos los candidatos se estructuran de la misma manera, lo que permite al tribunal efectuar una evaluación, todo lo objetiva que permite una prueba así, de los méritos comparados de todos los candidatos. Si necesitas una manita para encararlo, puedes ver nuestro webinar(no olvides darle al me gusta 😉 para esta convocatoria  o si quieres ver otras perspectiva puedes ver el webinar que hicimos sobre el talent screener para la oposición de agricultura.

Para los técnicos audiovisuales y en version altamente resumida tendremos como requisitos

  • Diseño y configuración de soluciones audiovisuales
  • Mantenimiento y resolución de problemas relacionados
  • Manejo de equipos técnicos de toda clase en relación con lo audivisual
  • Experiencia en lo que cubre en anexo I de la convocatoria (ver imagen má en detalle)

Para los técnicos de construcción, igualmente en version resumida

  • Descontando el título que os da acceso a la competición (por ejemplo sois arquitectos técnicos) todos los títulos que podáis aportar (además tenéis un master, por ejemplo, u otro titulo relevante para el puesto)
  • Lo mismo para la experiencia, por encima de los 6 años que se piden, toda la que podáis aportar.
  • Experiencia en Gestión : de proyectos, de riesgos y salud, de contratos, de sistemas mediambientales y uso de herramientas IT pertinentes para le puesto

  • Fase 2 – Las prueLas pruebas preliminares de opciones múltiples por ordenador (CBT- Computer Based Test para los iniciados y para hacerlo más corto) se harán a continuación en función del número de candidatos . Es decir si sois muchos, pongamos 10 candidatos por plaza (por redondear), haréis el CBT inmediatamente y si no llegais a esa cifra pasamos a la fase 3, dejamos el CBT para el Assessment. ¡Aviso! El número de candidatos que decidirá si esto va antes o después, será a criterio del President@ del tribunal. Si se realiza al comienzo, esta fase pasarán todos los que superen la puntación mínima, pero la evaluación de méritos y el talent (fases siguientes) se hará por orden de nota. toca apretar y sacar buen resultado.

De la parte de razonamiento verbal, numérico y abstracto no hablaremos mucho por aquí (podéis visitar otras entradas donde si lo hacemos y aquí recursos y cursos, el próximo arranca el martes 28 Septiembre)

  • Fase 3 Evaluacion de meritos (tu CV) verificación de cumplimiento de las condiciones (cacheo de tu CV para ver que realmente cumples el perfil y la experiencia). Asegurate bien que tu CV se ajusta en la parte de experiencia profesional a lo que se pide como perfil en la convocatoria. A medida que revisen CV, por el orden de nota del CBT (o todos en bloque si el CBT queda relegado al Assessment) y cumplan requisitos, se irá llenando la bolsa de candidatos que pasen a la fase 3, hasta un total de candidatos que EPSO marca internamente.
  • Fase 4 – Talent screener Aquí evalúan las preguntas que hemos resumido antes y tu has rellenado con tu candidatura, recuerda que las preguntas son literalmente el anexo II. Los que saquen las mejoras notas de esta evaluación pasarán a la fase final. Repetimos lo dicho antes, si necesitas una manita para encararlo, insistimos, puedes er nuestro webinar(no olvides darle al me gusta 😉 para esta convocatoria. Aproximadamente pasarán esta fase un número de candidatos igual a 3 veces el número de plazas es decir : 276 para audiovisuales y 342 para técnicos de edificios .
  • Fase 5Assessment. Llegamos a la ronda final, además de tener que presentar todos nuestros papeles en formato digital (la famosa memoria USB), aquí la cosa se pone clásica, para evaluar vuestras competencias tenemos las pruebas de toda la vida el caso práctico y la dinámica de grupo entrevista situacional sobre competencias ( ya todo un clásico del repertorio EPSO desde que arrancó la pandemia y también de nuestras formaciones ) todo ello en lengua 2
Tranquilos, no es tan fiero el león( o el assessment) como lo pintan.
  • Prueba especifica o de competencias del ámbito de especialización , como en las mejores oposiciones de especialistas tenemos una entrevista “de campo” donde evaluarán nuestra experiencia en el ánbito de la oposición. Recuerda que aquí te juegas 100 puntos de los 170 en juego, así que de las 3 pruebas, aquí hay que darlo todo y más . Esto se hará en lengua  2 (inglés o francés). ¡Recuerda prepararla bien! (si necesitas una ayudita, siempre puedes contar con nosotros, aquí nuestras formaciones).

¿ Qué puedo esperar en este trabajo? ¿y donde?

Aquí no va nada que no hayamos dicho antes, pero dado que mucha gente no se lee los anexo, os lo ponemos por si las moscas. Antes de eso, os recordamos que un AST 3 se incorpora con un sueldo base de unos 3.500 € netos (incluida cuota de expatriación) y que puede aumentar si tenéis familia al cargo y otras condiciones.

¿Y dónde es este curro estupendo?  ¡OJO! – ¡AVISO A CANDIDATOS! La intención de EPSO es que los candidatos contratados a partir de la oposición EPSO/AST/150/21 para los ámbitos 1-audovisual  y 2-construcción  serán contratados principalmente en Bruselas y Luxemburgo (para la Comisión Europea, se dará prioridad a las contrataciones en Luxemburgo). Para los contratados en el ámbito 3-Técnicos de laboratorio y  la oposición EPSO/AST-SC/11/21 de asistentes de laboratorios , se contratarán principalmente en los locales del Centro Común de Investigación de la Comisión Europea en Ispra (IT), Karlsruhe (DE), Petten (NL) y Geel (BE).

Listado de Recursos útiles

  1. El CBT o los test psicotécnicos
  2. El Assesment centre
  3. 10 recursos gratuitos para preparar esto.
  4. los Cursos YSE ( y si quieres apuntarte al de CBT, el próximo arranca en breve, puedes apuntarte aquí

Analysis of the Administrators (AD 6) in the field of DATA PROTECTION -EPSO/AD/393/21

Dear all,

Summer is over, we are back!

Summer is almost over and the competitions are coming back to life, The right chemicals have been combined! Administrators in the field of Data Protection AD6 has been released. 76 places for the zelous guardians of our personal data. This is competition is the first among a new wave of specialist competitions like : Audiovisual and conference technicians; Laboratory support workers ; Administrators in digital forensics and more.

How many spots? When does it begin?

A good number of spots are available in total 76 spots, There is for all!!! be careful, the process has begin the 9th September and it will be open for joining until 12 October NOON (let’s say 11.59 AM CET). Until then, you can fulfill and validate your application. Approximately you have been given one month +2 days , that’s more than enough but don’t fell sleep. All competition details by EPSO, here

What are criteria to be a candidate?

The classic(or general): Enjoy full rights as a citizen of a Member State of the EU (UK is not longer an option), meet any obligations under national laws on military service , Meet the character requirements for the duties concerned

Specific criteria – languages

This time, they take a lot of time to justify the fact that you need 2 languages at C1 level.

LANGUAGE 1: You can choose among the 24 official languages of the EU and you should have, minimum, C1. If you are a native speaker, you should qualify yourself as C2 and CAREFUL! do not put any item of the level of language under C1 (otherwise you will be disqualified automatically). The CBT (verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning) test will be taken in this language 1 and also we can fill in our application (except the talent) in this language.

LANGUAGE 2: ENGLISH or FRENCH (sorry, you can only choose between these 2, duty calls for it and EPSO explain it long and clear why) Here we need a C1 level minimum (no need of having a degree to justify it, the assessment will be in this language and if you can work through it, then you have the level required). Remember not to put any item (written, oral level, or any other) below C1 level in your application.

REMINDER – language 1 and language 2 can not be the same. Even if you try, the application form will alert you. On the bright side, communication with EPSO can take place in one of the languages you have declared in your application form at B2 level or higher.

Specific conditions – Work experience and studies

  • ACADEMIC BACKGROUND+PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – you’ll need a university degree (of minimum 3 years (EPSO doesn’t specified which) followed by followed by at least 3 years’ appropriate graduate-level professional experience related to the field of the competition, i.e. the development of data protection policies and/or the application of data protection legal framework.

REMEMBER!professional experience in the field of data protection” means that when describing your professional experience in the application (CV- work experience), you must clearly identify the experiences and activities equal or similar to those you are expected to do in the European Institutions and describe in the notice. This webinar can help . Bear in mind EPSO is looking for people with real experience on the subject.

What are test I have to pass? and the competition phases?

Based on the notice + our experience we split the process in 5 phases : 1) fill in the application, 2) The Fiel Related MCQ, 3) the Assessment, 4) The CBT and 5) Final screening.

  • Phase 1 Fill in the Application – You got until 12 October (noon) to send your application and before that, fulfill it with love and care. This is the first step of a competition and the way to differentiate you from many other, perhaps hundreds, of candidates and also give you the green light into the reserve list. Remember to explain all your relevant working experience in relation with the competition areas.
  • PHase 2 Field Related testThe first test will be a field related test (contrary to other competitions)
  • This includes 40 questions related (most likely) to Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council (1) and of the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council (2), of the Police Data Protection Directive (EU) 2016/680 of the European Parliament and of the Council (3) and of other relevant Union legislation, as well as monitoring policy and legislative developments relating to the protection of personal data.
  • This test is eliminatory, which means that in order to proceed to the next phase of the competition, you must obtain at least the pass mark indicated in the table above. ALSO!! The mark obtained will be added to the other marks obtained at the assessment centre in the calculation of your total score (in total, in this competition you can get 300 points – spoiler alert!)
  • Phase 3 Assessment. Up to 3 times 76 , ie 228 candidates with the highest marks in the previous test, will be invited to the assessment. We have reached the final round, in addition to having to present all our papers in digital format (the famous USB memory stick,, now in the online assessment, turned into upload the pertinent papers before the assessment, so prepare them in advance but no need to do it during the CBT). Here things get peculiar, since last year, the competition tests replaced the group exercise by a Situational Competence interview. The rest, business as usual, SCBI is combined with the case study (for general competences) in total 80 points, and for this no knowledge is required, only your competences. BUT (yes, big but) the key part is the field-related test where you will have to demonstrate your knowledge, and above all, your relevant experience for this position. To do so, you will have the Interview in the Field (also structured but with clear focus on your work experience) up to 140 points in that test.
It’s easier than it looks, trust us, we know it 😉
  • Phase 4CBT – Despite the usual procedure in other competitions, this time the CBT comes at then and it has NO minimum threshold to pass it, great!!!!! (yes, you can breath now).About verbalnumerical and abstract reasoning, we won’t give too many details here (you can visit our blog and also here links to our resources and trainings.  BUT where is the trap? yes, there is one. The 40 points at the stake in this test, are added to the total score to select the candidates so that´s why we got in this competition 300 points : 40 Field MCQ + 80 Asssessment + 140 Field interview + 40 CBT = 300 points
  • Phase 5 CV screeneing Check of the documents and fulfillment of the experience by order given in your marks,
We don’t lie, look there is nothing before “out of 20” no minimum result to pass, yupi!!!!!!!

What can I expect of this job? Is my degree valid?

Both are typical questions of all the candidates, therefore we invite you to check Annex I and Annex II from the notice of competition. As you can see from the image, it sends you to Annex I to find all the details of your expected tasks to be performed once you are an administrator in the area of data protection (you won’t be caught by surprise). Also we remind you an AD6 will join the institutions with a net salary above 5.000 € and this can be higher depending if you have family dependent on you and other conditions.

That’s your future job, challenging enough?

Can you help me?

The fact all other competitions at the CBT stage and with remaining candidates to take the CBT have adopted the same dates gives us some solid hope this time it will be the right one (in case you still need some help with the CBT check this (in English) and this for CBT trainings in Spanish .

List of useful resources

  1. El CBT o los test psicotécnicos (ES)
  2. The Assesment centre (EN)
  3. 10 free resources (EN/ES).
  4. YSE trainings

The competitions are moving!! EU law, Secretaries, External relations and more!

Dear all,

and more competitions are striking for the first time

The summer break is here but it doesn’t mean we can stop, EPSO moves on and so we do, as we cannot choose what kind of surprises we get, so the best thing we can do is to adapt to them. EPSO is committed to make the competitions possible, And after long struggle, there is an end for each competition, read until the end of this article to see what happened to our candidates SPOILER!!! Believe it or not, there is a happy ending for those of you in the EPSO competitions.

Something you should (absolutely) know

Las 22nd December, a modification (addendum) of several competitions was published that included two relevant facts and one reminder :

  • Fact 1 : All active competitions will be evaluated online. Including CBT (also you can take this test in the old traditional CBT facility /Prometric center)
  • Fact 2 : When they say online, they mean it for all tests (CBT, knowledge test, E-tray, Assessment Centre). Online tests can be done both at EPSO’s test centers or at home (all this possibility should be clearly indicated in the official communications through your candidate profile).
  • Reminder : SCBI or Situational Competence Based Interview replaces the group exercise for online testing (not big deal, let us know when you are there, we know it well and our successful candidates too 😉

In case you are skeptical on these facts, allow us to copy some points extracted from the addendums :

Here you have the reference, online CBT testing is a reality

How is your competition doing among EPSO competitions?

Let’s go competition by competition to clarify it (we’ll follow from highest to lowest EPSO reference number). Please, be aware the following analysis is done based on the information published in EPSO web page and our experience as candidates (yes, we once were where you are now) and trainers.

1.-Administrators in policymaking and law-making in the field of health EPSO/AD/392/21 – 1 food safety EPSO/AD/392/21 – 2 auditing inspection and evaluation in the field of health and food safety EPSO/AD/392/21 – 3

Remember our analysis of this competition (profile 1, profile 2 and profile 3) ? well, not much have changed. In total there has been 1454 split in 710, 465 and 289 application on each profile respectively. So the wise EPSO has decided to go to the eligibility check (CV screening) and then to the Talent evaluation. It will take a while so we expect the assessment by the beginning of 2022. When the moment for the assessment comes, If you think we can help you with our trainings, you can check our next sessions or subscribe for the next ones.

2.-Experts in technical support to Member States’ Structural Reforms EPSO/AD/391/21 – 1
Experts in the Schengen acquis EPSO/AD/391/21 – 2

Well, finally the expert in Structural reforms were far more than expected and the CBT has been called upfront and literally while we were writting this, EPSO decided to inform on the dates. the 4th August opens the booking period. CBT exams will take place from 2nd to 10th September. After that, for those of you with the highest marks. Let’s say around 450 , 1 out 4 of the candidates who applied for Structural reform support and around 250 for Schengen acquis, 1 out of 1,5 (not bad, eh??) will go the eligibility check (CV screening) and then to the Talent evaluation, After it, the highest mark in the talent, around 135 for structural reform and 75 for Schengen, will be invited to the assessment (end 2021 or most likely beginning of 2022) . If you think we can help you with our trainings, you can check our next sessions or subscribe for the next ones.

3.-Administrators in the field of Chemicals Policy EPSO/AD/390/21

Do you remember our analysis of this competition ? well, it has advanced!!! the eligibility checks is done and it moves to the Talent Screener. 518 lucky candidates will be checked thoroughly to evaluate their merits, of which, only the 135with the highest marks in the talent will go to the assessment. It will take a while so we expect the assessment by the end of 2021 or beginning of 2022. And when the moment to prepare the assessment comes, and you think we can help you, check our next training sessions or subscribe for the next ones.

4.-Nuclear inspectors number: EPSO/AST/149/21

This competition is a good example of the evaluation procedure. Applications closed in April, 440 brave candidates presented their application. Around 80 didn’t fulfil the eligibility criteria, so 359 went to the talent, of which 118 are invited now to the assessment that will take place in Autumn. So, it’s time to prepare it! Second half of September will take place the case study (our article on it), then October-November are expected the Competence based interview, field related interview and situational competence interview. If you are interested in our trainings, you can check our next sessions or subscribe for the next ones.

5.-Administrators in the field of sustainable agriculture and rural development EPSO/AD/389/21 – AD6

So the CBT is done (according to EPSO last date was 26th July) and let’s hope everybody got its opportunity to take the CBT. Assuming this, results should be ready by September. Then, those successful candidates with the highest marks will jump into CV screening (approx. the first 550 by ranking in marks) and afterwards Talent Screener evaluation from which , a selected group of 165 candidates will be invited to the assessment. Most probably by end of this year to take the assessment beginning of 2022.

6.-Administrators in the field of external relations EPSO/AD/382/20 (AD5 and AD7)

Yes! EPSO committed itself with an indicative date for the results, we hope this will be the good one.

We know all of you (to be precise the 11498 of you) who applied for this competition and almost of all you who took already the CBT, are anxious to get the results, but you will have to wait until the end of the summer break to get them. There may be a few of you that because of the pandemics didn’t have the opportunity to take the test, without them ,the next phase ( eligibility test and talent screener) can’t be launched. The good news are that phase looks closer and results are announce for mid-September. Wait patiently (no other option is possible) and you will be rewarded (finger crossed for all of you)

7.-Administrators in the field of European Law EPSO/AD/381/20

Here we go! after the summer break, we’ll have our test on EU law, don’t forget to take the treaties with you this summer!

Yes, many of you took the CBT when you were supposed to do so, that is, from end November until mid-December (green square). But still, many (hundreds or even thousands) candidates couldn’t due to Covid-restrictions. In December 2020, EPSO committed itself to give them an opportunity and there it goes (red square). The negative effect of this is that you won’t get your CBT results until all candidates has passed the exam (EPSO said in its 15 December announcement) well…That has been done!!!! We are now facing the EU LAW test (here some free resources and books suggestions) in September, with the linguistic comprehension test. If you think we can help you with the EU LAW test, join our next training, aimed to help you to study during the tempting summer break. .

8.-Administrators in international cooperation and managing aid to non-EU countries EPSO/AD/380/19 – AD7 and AD7

Your memory is right, this competition opened in December 2019 and the CBT was done couple of months later but, as international cooperation projects, nobody said it would be easy or short. Right after the end of the CBT, the lockdown began and this competition went frozen. Now, seems it’s getting warm again but not too much. Case study was announced for January but finally it will take place after the summer break??? (we’ll see, it’s been 3 times since the pushed it back) and the Assessment continues, now with the Competence based interview. The end of it is foreseen by end of October (we really hope so, courage!!)

In the meantime, dear candidates, keep your stamina and resilience up. If you need some help with the case study or with the pending assessment test, check here.

9.-Secretaries EPSO/AST-SC/10/20 – SC 1 and SC2

Well, many have asked about this competition and when the second test (the one about Word-MS Office skills) could take place. Apparently not yet. Still quite a few candidates haven’t taken their CBT test, so a new window is open to book and do the CBT. This opportunity comes with a cost, you won’t get your CBT results until all candidates has passed the exam (EPSO already said in its 15 December announcement). Still, there is light at the end of the tunnel and the intermediate test (Word test) has been announce for September. We are preparing some trainings for it, If you think we can help you with the WORD office 2016 test, inscribe/show your interest in our next training, aimed to help you the moment you will invited to it. .

And the good news are?

Each of these croqUEtillas has a name and a story behind, we are very happy we helped them to join the reserve list and soon, become AD officials. We’ll be even happier when we can celebrate this properly

There is light at the end of the tunnel!! In the last months we got the results of three competitions, namely Specialists in legal research-Lawyers-EPSO/AD/365/19, to EPSO/AD/370/19, Administrators in the field of Audit EPSO/AD/372/19 – AD 5 and AD 7, and graduate Administrators (AD5 Generalist) EPSO/AD/373/19 AD5. Two dozens of former-candidates, now laurates, to join the reserve lists and become officers in the European Institutions. Despite the challenges, the long waiting periods, the uncertainty and the new SCBI. 24 people (our “croqUEtillas” as we fondly nicknamed them) are now in the reserve list. They did their best and we helped them to perform at the maximum level, now this effort has its reward. In YaSemosEuropeos (YSE) we’ll remain at your service to help you with the EPSO challenge and sooner or later, to celebrate your success.

In these challenging times, it’s time to take care of your beloved ones and of yourself, but also there is an opportunity to start (or keep) your next steps on the EPSO competitions. Sooner or later everything will come back to normality, those who took advantage of this time will have better chances of succeeding.

Administrators AD7 in the Field of HEALTH & FOOD SAFETY – Profile in auditing, inspection and evaluation in the field of health and food safety- EPSO/AD/392/21 – 3

Dear all,

Let’s go with the third call EPSO/AD/392/21-3 for those with an auditor in their soul (you can check our analysis of Administrators AD7 in the field of health EPSO/AD/392/21-1 and Administrators AD7 in the field of policymaking and law-making in the field of food safety EPSO/AD/392/21-2). Here we’ve got 30 spots (out of 101 in total) for those who carry a detective soul inside. This competition, together with the ones for Administrators in the field of sustainable agriculture and proofreaders, accounts for the lion’s share of the competitions expected for this spring 2021 (besides the CBT sill running for EU law, Secretaries and External Relations,). Sticking to the commitment with you, YSE brings you our analysis of the competition, composed of the finest ingredients and medicines.

How many spots? When does it begin?

A good number of spots are available, in total 30 spots. There is something for all of you!!! Be careful though, the process has begun on May 20th and it will be open until June 22nd NOON (let’s say 11.59 AM CET). Until then, you can fill in and validate your application. Approximately, you have been given one month +5 days , that’s more than enough but don’t fall asleep.

What are criteria to be a candidate?

General criteria: enjoy full rights as a citizen of a Member State of the EU (UK is not longer an option), meet any obligations under national laws on military service, meet the character requirements for the duties concerned. Above all, decide which profile you want to apply for (we know, it’s not a formal criteria but a personal one 😉

  • Profile 1 – Policymaking and law-making in the field of health EPSO/AD/392/21-1
  • Profile 2 – Policymaking and law-making in the field of food safety EPSO/AD/392/21-2
  • Profile 3 – Auditing, inspection and evaluation in the field of health and food safety EPSO/AD/392/21-3

Our advice? Choose whatever profile fits you best, there are 30 spots for each profile 2 and 3 and 41 spots for profile 1, there is no big difference in the number of spots and a CV that fits one of the profiles well can determine your success. If you are reading this post, it means you have selected profile 3 – Auditing, inspection and evaluation in the field of health and food safety.

Specific criteria – languages

LANGUAGE 1: You can choose among the 24 official languages of the EU and you should have, minimum, a C1 level. If you are a native speaker, you should qualify yourself as C2 and CAREFUL! do not put any item of the language level (speaking, reading, etc) under C1, you would be disqualified automatically. The CBT (verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning tests) will be taken in this language 1 and also we can fill in our application (except the Talent Screener) in this language.

LANGUAGE 2: ENGLISH or FRENCH (sorry, you can only choose between these 2). Here we need a B2 level minimum (you do not need a language certificate to justify it, the tests in the Assessment Centre will be in this language and if you can work through them, then that means that you have the level required). Remember not to put any item (written, oral level, or any other) below B2 level in your application.

REMINDER – language 1 and language 2 cannot be the same one. Even if you try, the application form will alert you. On the bright side, communication with EPSO can take place in one of the languages you have declared in your application form at B2 level or higher.

Specific conditions – Work experience and studies

  • Option 1 : LONG ACADEMIC BACKGROUND+PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – you’ll need a university degree (of minimum 4 years length attested by a diploma in natural sciences (in particular veterinary medicine, food safety, health, environmental health, chemistry/food chemistry, pharmacology/toxicology, pharmacy, medicine, biology, microbiology, biomedical science, agriculture, forestry, horticulture, human and animal nutrition), or other subjects directly relevant to the nature of the duties in this field. With this you’ll need at least 6 years’ professional duties of this field as indicated in Annex I
  • Option 2 : SHORT ACADEMIC BACKGROUND+PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – this time with a 3 years degree attested by a diploma in natural sciences (in particular veterinary medicine, food safety, health, environmental health, chemistry/food chemistry, pharmacology/toxicology, pharmacy, medicine, biology, microbiology, biomedical science, agriculture, forestry, horticulture, human and animal nutrition), or other subjects directly relevant to the nature of the duties in this field. With this you’ll need at least 7 years’ professional duties of this field as indicated in Annex I.
Here you have the full list of duties expected to perform (annex I)

REMEMBER!duties of this field as indicated in Annex I” means that when describing your professional experience in the application, you must clearly identify the experiences and activities equal or similar to those you are expected to do in the European Institutions and described in the notice. Bear in mind EPSO is looking for people with real experience on the subject. This webinar can help understand exactly what we mean, but if you are looking for something tailor-made for this competition, on June 14th we’ll organise a new webinar specific for this process.

What are test I have to pass? and the competition phases?

Based on the notice of competition + our experience we split the process in 5 phases : 1) fill in the application, 2) The CBT test, 3) the eligibility checks of the files of the candidates, 4) Talen Screener and 5) the Assessment Centre.

  • Phase 1 – You got until 22 June (noon) to send your application and before that, fill it in with love and care. This is the first step of a competition and the way to differentiate yourself from many other, perhaps hundreds, of candidates and also give you the green light in phase 3 and phase 4.
If you reply yes to all this questions and you are younger than 65, tell us how you did it.
  • (wait we are still in phase 1) What is a TALENT SCREENER? This is a list of questions related to your academic and professional background that you must answer in your application, you can find the questions on the Annex II of the notice of competition. The board of the competition is in charge of evaluating the answers. Keep in mind that all candidates answer the same questions. In this way, the responses of all the candidates are structured in the same way, which allows the board to make an evaluation (as objective as such a type of test allows) of the compared merits of all the candidates. As an example, on the right you can see the points, all in the area of auditing, inspection and evaluation in the field of health, that will assessed in the Talent Screener (look annex II or the application form for all the details).
  • Phase 2 – The first test will be the classical CBT (Computer-Based Test) which includes verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning. Remember, you only need to get a 10 out 20 in verbal or 10 points out of 20 for numerical + abstract combined. This phase will be passed by all those who exceed the minimum score, but the evaluation of the eligibility criteria and the Talent Screener (the two following phases) will be done in order of your CBT results [if the CBT took place upfront, see next paragraph]. Focus, keep calm and get a good result, this is easier than it looks, trust yourself!

About verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning, we won’t give too many details here (you can visit our blog and also here some links to our resources and trainings. If the amount of candidates is not high enough (up to EPSO to set the number, under our experience we bet that “not high enough” might mean under about 600 candidates), the CBT will take place during the Assessment phase and you will skip this phase for the moment.

  • Phase 3Eligibility checks EPSO will verify whether you comply with the conditions for participating in the process (assessment of your CV to check that you really meet the profile and experience). Make sure that your CV fits that of an expert in health and food safety, do not forget to put all your relevant information (degree and work experience, even if you describe it in the Talent Screener part, doesn’t matter. Consider the CV part and the Talent Screener as two different applications, as the selection board will look at them separately. After they review CVs in the order that came out of phase 2 (results obtained in the CBT) and they make sure who meets the participation requirements, the pool of candidates who pass to phase 4 will be filled, up to a total of 10 times the available spots (we are talking about 300 candidates).
  • Phase 4Talent Screener evaluation. Here you can do nothing but wait. It is the task of the board to read your Talent Screener and rate it. We remind you the selection based on qualifications will be carried out only for those candidates deemed eligible… , using solely the information provided in this Talent Screener section (in language 2). You should therefore include all relevant information in your Talent Screener answers, even if already mentioned in other sections of your application form. The questions are based on the selection criteria included in this notice (check the photo above). The best of all this is that up to a total of 3 times the openings will go to the Assessment Centre. We are talking about about 90 candidates (3 × 90, math does not deceive 🙂), you are almost there!
  • Phase 5 – Assessment Centre (AC). We have reached the final round! Before the actual Assessment Centre, you will have to present all your supporting documents in digital format (what used to be the famous USB memory stick, now in the online Assessment Centre you need to upload the pertinent papers to the system, so prepare them in advance). As concerns the tests that you will encounter in the Assessment Centre, since last year, the group exercise has been replaced by a Situational Competence-based interview. The rest of the tests will be business as usual, that is, a field interview, a written test in the field and a case study based on competences. For the tests based on your competences, no prior knowledge is required. You must perform at your best in all the 4 tests, as each competence is only evaluated by one single test, as you can see below.
It’s easier than it looks, trust us, we have been there 😉

BUT (yes, big but) the real differences among candidates will be in the field-related test where you will have to demonstrate your knowledge, and above all, your relevant experience for this position. To do so, you will have the Interview in the Field (also structured but with clear focus on your work experience) and the written test in the Field (focus on your practical knowledge for the position.

What can I expect of this job? Is my degree valid?

That’s your future job, is it challenging enough?

Both are typical questions of all the candidates, therefore we invite you to check Annex I and Annex III from the notice of competition. In Annex I (image on your right) you can find the expected tasks to be performed once you are an Administrator in the area of health and food safety (you won’t be caught by surprise). Also we remind you an AD7 will join the institutions with a net salary above 6.000 €, which can be even higher depending on personal circumstances such as having family members depending on you.

In the Annex III we have a fantastic list of degrees and academic titles that are eligible to apply for this competition, also ordered by country. You can check if your degree is enough and the right one to apply for this competition.

Can you help me?

The fact all other competitions at the CBT stage and with remaining candidates to take the CBT have adopted the same dates gives us some solid hope this time it will be the right one (in case you still need some help with the CBT check this (in English) and this for CBT trainings in Spanish . Don’t forget to join our webinar, next 14th June, specific on the talent for this competition.

List of useful resources

  1. El CBT o los test psicotécnicos (ES)
  2. The Assesment centre (EN)
  3. 10 free resources (EN/ES).
  4. YSE trainings

Administrators (AD 7) in the Field of HEALTH & FOOD SAFETY – Profile policymaking and law-making in the field of food safety- EPSO/AD/392/21 – 2

Dear all,

Let’s go with the second call EPSO/AD/392/21-2 on food safety (you can check also our analysis of Administrators AD7 in the field of health EPSO/AD/392/21-1 and Administrators in auditing, inspection and evaluation in the field of health and food safety EPSO/AD/392/21-3). Here we got 30 spots (out of 101 in total) for those who carry a detective soul inside. This competition, together with the ones for Administrators in the field of sustainable agriculture and proofreaders, accounts for the lion’s share of the competitions expected for this spring 2021 (besides the CBT sill running for EU law, Secretaries and External Relations,). Sticking to the commitment with you, YSE brings you our analysis of the competition, composed of the finest ingredients and medicines.

How many spots? When does it begin?

A good number of spots are available, in total 30 spots most likely to work in DG SANTE (Brussels). There is something for all of you!!! Be careful though, the process has begun on May 20th and it will be open until June 22nd NOON (let’s say 11.59 AM CET). Until then, you can fill in and validate your application. Approximately, you have been given one month +5 days , that’s more than enough but don’t fall asleep.

What are criteria to be a candidate?

General criteria: enjoy full rights as a citizen of a Member State of the EU (UK is not longer an option), meet any obligations under national laws on military service, meet the character requirements for the duties concerned. Above all, decide which profile you want to apply for (we know, it’s not a formal criteria but a personal one 😉

  • Profile 1 – Policymaking and law-making in the field of health EPSO/AD/392/21-1
  • Profile 2 – Policymaking and law-making in the field of food safety EPSO/AD/392/21-2
  • Profile 3 – Auditing, inspection and evaluation in the field of health and food safety EPSO/AD/392/21-3

Our advice? Choose whatever profile fits you best, there are 30 spots for each profile 2 and 3 and 41 spots for profile 1, there is no big difference in the number of spots and a CV that fits one of the profiles well can determine your success. If you are reading this post, it means you have selected profile 1 – Policymaking and law-making in the field of health.

Specific criteria – languages

LANGUAGE 1: You can choose among the 24 official languages of the EU and you should have, minimum, a C1 level. If you are a native speaker, you should qualify yourself as C2 and CAREFUL! do not put any item of the language level (speaking, reading, etc) under C1, you would be disqualified automatically. The CBT (verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning tests) will be taken in this language 1 and also we can fill in our application (except the Talent Screener) in this language.

LANGUAGE 2: ENGLISH or FRENCH (sorry, you can only choose between these 2). Here we need a B2 level minimum (you do not need a language certificate to justify it, the tests in the Assessment Centre will be in this language and if you can work through them, then that means that you have the level required). Remember not to put any item (written, oral level, or any other) below B2 level in your application.

REMINDER – language 1 and language 2 cannot be the same one. Even if you try, the application form will alert you. On the bright side, communication with EPSO can take place in one of the languages you have declared in your application form at B2 level or higher.

Specific conditions – Work experience and studies

  • Option 1 : LONG ACADEMIC BACKGROUND+PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – you’ll need a university degree (of minimum 4 years length attested by a diploma in one of the following subjects: natural sciences (in particular, veterinary medicine, agriculture, chemistry, food and nutrition legislation, biology, food chemistry) , social or political science, law, economics, or other subjects directly relevant to the nature of the duties in this field [shorter than in the other two profiles but still quite broad]. Besides the degree, you’ll need at least 6 years’ professional duties of this field as indicated in Annex I
  • Option 2 : SHORT ACADEMIC BACKGROUND+PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – this time with a 3 years degree attested by a diploma i in one of the following subjects: natural sciences (in particular, veterinary medicine, agriculture, chemistry, food and nutrition legislation, biology, food chemistry) , social or political science, law, economics, or other subjects directly relevant to the nature of the duties in this field. With this you’ll need at least 7 years’ professional duties of this field as indicated in Annex I.
Who said food safety was easy?- caption with the full list of duties expected to perform (annex I)

REMEMBER! “duties of this field as indicated in Annex I means that when describing your professional experience in the application, you must clearly identify the experiences and activities equal or similar to those you are expected to do in the European Institutions and described in the notice. Bear in mind EPSO is looking for people with real experience on the subject. This webinar can help understand exactly what we mean, but if you are looking for something tailor-made for this competition, on June 14th we’ll organise a new webinar specific for this process.

What are tests I have to pass? What are the competition phases?

Based on the notice of competition + our experience we split the process in 5 phases : 1) fill in the application, 2) The CBT test, 3) the eligibility checks of the files of the candidates, 4) Talen Screener and 5) the Assessment Centre.

  • Phase 1 – You got until 22 June (noon) to send your application and before that, fill it in with love and care. This is the first step of a competition and the way to differentiate yourself from many other, perhaps hundreds, of candidates and also give you the green light in phase 3 and phase 4.
As you can see, to make some policy and law in the Institutions, you need a strong background, cooking is not enough.
  • (wait we are still in phase 1) What is a TALENT SCREENER? This is a list of questions related to your academic and professional background that you must answer in your application, you can find the questions on the Annex II of the notice of competition. The board of the competition is in charge of evaluating the answers. Keep in mind that all candidates answer the same questions. In this way, the responses of all the candidates are structured in the same way, which allows the board to make an evaluation (as objective as such a type of test allows) of the compared merits of all the candidates. As an example, on the right you can see the points, all in the area of auditing, inspection and evaluation in the field of health, that will assessed in the Talent Screener (look annex II or the application form for all the details).
  • Phase 2 – The first test will be the classical CBT (Computer-Based Test) which includes verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning. Remember, you only need to get a 10 out 20 in verbal or 10 points out of 20 for numerical + abstract combined. This phase will be passed by all those who exceed the minimum score, but the evaluation of the eligibility criteria and the Talent Screener (the two following phases) will be done in order of your CBT results [if the CBT took place upfront, see next paragraph]. Focus, keep calm and get a good result, this is easier than it looks, trust yourself!

About verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning, we won’t give too many details here (you can visit our blog and also here some links to our resources and trainings. If the amount of candidates is not high enough (up to EPSO to set the number, under our experience we bet that “not high enough” might mean under about 600 candidates), the CBT will take place during the Assessment phase and you will skip this phase for the moment.

  • Phase 3Eligibility checks EPSO will verify whether you comply with the conditions for participating in the process (assessment of your CV to check that you really meet the profile and experience). Make sure that your CV fits that of an expert in health and food safety, do not forget to put all your relevant information (degree and work experience, even if you describe it in the Talent Screener part, doesn’t matter. Consider the CV part and the Talent Screener as two different applications, as the selection board will look at them separately. After they review CVs in the order that came out of phase 2 (results obtained in the CBT) and they make sure who meets the participation requirements, the pool of candidates who pass to phase 4 will be filled, up to a total of 10 times the available spots (we are talking about 300 candidates).
  • Phase 4Talent Screener evaluation. Here you can do nothing but wait. It is the task of the board to read your Talent Screener and rate it. We remind you the selection based on qualifications will be carried out only for those candidates deemed eligible… , using solely the information provided in this Talent Screener section (in language 2). You should therefore include all relevant information in your Talent Screener answers, even if already mentioned in other sections of your application form. The questions are based on the selection criteria included in this notice (check the photo above). The best of all this is that up to a total of 3 times the openings will go to the Assessment Centre. We are talking about about 90 candidates (3 × 90, math does not deceive 🙂), you are almost there!
  • Phase 5 – Assessment Centre (AC). We have reached the final round! Before the actual Assessment Centre, you will have to present all your supporting documents in digital format (what used to be the famous USB memory stick, now in the online Assessment Centre you need to upload the pertinent papers to the system, so prepare them in advance). As concerns the tests that you will encounter in the Assessment Centre, since last year, the group exercise has been replaced by a Situational Competence-based interview. The rest of the tests will be business as usual, that is, a field interview, a written test in the field and a case study based on competences. For the tests based on your competences, no prior knowledge is required. You must perform at your best in all the 4 tests, as each competence is only evaluated by one single test, as you can see below.
It’s easier than it looks, trust us, we have been there 😉

BUT (yes, big but) the real differences among candidates will be in the field-related test where you will have to demonstrate your knowledge, and above all, your relevant experience for this position. To do so, you will have the Interview in the Field (also structured but with clear focus on your work experience) and the written test in the Field (focus on your practical knowledge for the position.

What can I expect of this job? Is my degree valid?

That’s your future job, is it challenging enough?

Both are typical questions of all the candidates, therefore we invite you to check Annex I and Annex III from the notice of competition. In Annex I (image on your right) you can find the expected tasks to be performed once you are an Administrator in the area of health and food safety (you won’t be caught by surprise). Also we remind you an AD7 will join the institutions with a net salary above 6.000 €, which can be even higher depending on personal circumstances such as having family members depending on you.

In the Annex III we have a fantastic list of degrees and academic titles that are eligible to apply for this competition, also ordered by country. You can check if your degree is enough and the right one to apply for this competition.

Can you help me?

Concerning the dates foreseen for the next phases of this competition, there is some solid hope that the announced dates will be the correct ones, given the fact that all other competitions at the CBT stage and with remaining candidates to take the CBT have adopted the same dates. In case you still need some help with the CBT, check this (in English) and this for CBT trainings in Spanish . Don’t forget to join our webinar, on 14 June, which will focus on the Talent Screener for this competition.

List of useful resources

  1. El CBT o los test psicotécnicos (ES)
  2. The Assesment centre (EN)
  3. 10 free resources (EN/ES).
  4. YSE trainings

Administrators (AD 7) in the Field of HEALTH and FOOD SAFETY – Profile policymaking and law-making in the field of health- EPSO/AD/392/21 – 1

Dear all,

Let’s have a look at the first call EPSO/AD/392/21-1 on policymaking and law-making in the field of health (you can check our analysis for the other two profiles too: Administrators AD7 in the field of policymaking and law-making in the field of food safety EPSO/AD/392/21-2 and Administrators in the field auditing, inspection and evaluation in the field of health and food safety EPSO/AD/392/21-3 ). In this first profile, we’ve got 41 spots (of 101 in total among all three profiles) for those who carry a detective soul inside. This competition, together with the ones for Administrators in the field of sustainable agriculture and proofreaders, accounts for the lion’s share of the competitions expected for this spring 2021 (besides the CBT sill running for EU law, Secretaries and External Relations,). Sticking to the commitment with you, YSE brings you our analysis of the competition, composed of the finest ingredients and medicines.

How many spots? When does it begin?

A good number of spots are available, that is, a total of 41 spots, most likely to work in DG SANTE (Brussels). There is something for all of you!!! Be careful though, the process has begun on May 20th and it will be open until June 22nd NOON (let’s say 11.59 AM CET). Until then, you can fill in and validate your application. Approximately, you have been given one month +5 days , that’s more than enough but don’t fall asleep.

What are criteria to be a candidate?

General criteria: enjoy full rights as a citizen of a Member State of the EU (UK is not longer an option), meet any obligations under national laws on military service, meet the character requirements for the duties concerned. Above all, decide which profile you want to apply for (we know, it’s not a formal criteria but a personal one 😉

  • Profile 1 – Policymaking and law-making in the field of health EPSO/AD/392/21-1
  • Profile 2 – Policymaking and law-making in the field of food safety EPSO/AD/392/21-2
  • Profile 3 – Auditing, inspection and evaluation in the field of health and food safety EPSO/AD/392/21-3

Our advice? Choose whatever profile fits you best, there are 30 spots for each profile 2 and 3 and 41 spots for profile 1, there is no big difference in the number of spots and a CV that fits one of the profiles well can determine your success. If you are reading this post, it means you have selected profile 1 – Policymaking and law-making in the field of health.

Specific criteria – languages

LANGUAGE 1: You can choose among the 24 official languages of the EU and you should have, minimum, a C1 level. If you are a native speaker, you should qualify yourself as C2 and CAREFUL! do not put any item of the language level (speaking, reading, etc) under C1, you would be disqualified automatically. The CBT (verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning tests) will be taken in this language 1 and also we can fill in our application (except the Talent Screener) in this language.

LANGUAGE 2: ENGLISH or FRENCH (sorry, you can only choose between these 2). Here we need a B2 level minimum (you do not need a language certificate to justify it, the tests in the Assessment Centre will be in this language and if you can work through them, then that means that you have the level required). Remember not to put any item (written, oral level, or any other) below B2 level in your application.

REMINDER – language 1 and language 2 cannot be the same one. Even if you try, the application form will alert you. On the bright side, communication with EPSO can take place in one of the languages you have declared in your application form at B2 level or higher.

Specific conditions – Work experience and studies

  • Option 1 : LONG ACADEMIC BACKGROUND+PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – you’ll need a university degree (of minimum 4 years length attested by a diploma in medical and health sciences (in particular, epidemiology, biology, biomedical sciences, laboratory disciplines, communicable and non-communicable diseases, molecular biology/genetics, antimicrobial resistance), pharmacology, pharmaceutical products, toxicology, healthcare systems, integrated care, statistics and big data analysis, digital health, health information management, social or political science, law, economics, or other subjects directly relevant to the nature of the duties in this field [remember this is for a position of law and policy-making so there is a good margin of maneuver] . Besides the degree, you’ll need at least 6 years’ professional duties of this field as indicated in Annex I
  • Option 2 : SHORT ACADEMIC BACKGROUND+PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – this time with a 3 years degree attested by a diploma in n medical and health sciences (in particular, epidemiology, biology, biomedical sciences, laboratory disciplines, communicable and non-communicable diseases, molecular biology/genetics, antimicrobial resistance), pharmacology, pharmaceutical products, toxicology, healthcare systems, integrated care, statistics and big data analysis, digital health, health information management, social or political science, law, economics, or other subjects directly relevant to the nature of the duties in this field, or other subjects directly relevant to the nature of the duties in this field. With this you’ll need at least 7 years’ professional duties of this field as indicated in Annex I.
As you can see, DG SANTE is still an administrative outpost, not a hospital – caption with the full list of duties expected to perform (annex I)

REMEMBER!duties of this field as indicated in Annex I” means that when describing your professional experience in the application, you must clearly identify the experiences and activities equal or similar to those you are expected to do in the European Institutions and described in the notice. Bear in mind EPSO is looking for people with real experience on the subject. This webinar can help understand exactly what we mean, but if you are looking for something tailor-made for this competition, on June 14th we’ll organise a new webinar specific for this process.

What are the tests that I have to pass? What are the competition phases?

Based on the notice of competition + our experience we split the process in 5 phases : 1) fill in the application, 2) The CBT test, 3) the eligibility checks of the files of the candidates, 4) Talen Screener and 5) the Assessment Centre.

  • Phase 1 – You got until 22 June (noon) to send your application and before that, fill it in with love and care. This is the first step of a competition and the way to differentiate yourself from many other, perhaps hundreds, of candidates and also give you the green light in phase 3 and phase 4.
As you can see, to make some policy and law in the Institutions, you need a strong background.
  • (wait we are still in phase 1) What is a TALENT SCREENER? This is a list of questions related to your academic and professional background that you must answer in your application, you can find the questions on the Annex II of the notice of competition. The board of the competition is in charge of evaluating the answers. Keep in mind that all candidates answer the same questions. In this way, the responses of all the candidates are structured in the same way, which allows the board to make an evaluation (as objective as such a type of test allows) of the compared merits of all the candidates. As an example, on the right you can see the points, all in the area of auditing, inspection and evaluation in the field of health, that will assessed in the Talent Screener (look annex II or the application form for all the details).
  • Phase 2 – The first test will be the classical CBT (Computer-Based Test) which includes verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning. Remember, you only need to get a 10 out 20 in verbal or 10 points out of 20 for numerical + abstract combined. This phase will be passed by all those who exceed the minimum score, but the evaluation of the eligibility criteria and the Talent Screener (the two following phases) will be done in order of your CBT results [if the CBT took place upfront, see next paragraph]. Focus, keep calm and get a good result, this is easier than it looks, trust yourself!

About verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning, we won’t give too many details here (you can visit our blog and also here some links to our resources and trainings. If the amount of candidates is not high enough (up to EPSO to set the number, under our experience we bet that “not high enough” might mean under about 600 candidates), the CBT will take place during the Assessment phase and you will skip this phase for the moment.

  • Phase 3Eligibility checks EPSO will verify whether you comply with the conditions for participating in the process (assessment of your CV to check that you really meet the profile and experience). Make sure that your CV fits that of an expert in health and food safety, do not forget to put all your relevant information (degree and work experience, even if you describe it in the Talent Screener part, doesn’t matter. Consider the CV part and the Talent Screener as two different applications, as the selection board will look at them separately. After they review CVs in the order that came out of phase 2 (results obtained in the CBT) and they make sure who meets the participation requirements, the pool of candidates who pass to phase 4 will be filled, up to a total of 10 times the available spots (we are talking about 300 candidates).
  • Phase 4Talent Screener evaluation. Here you can do nothing but wait. It is the task of the board to read your Talent Screener and rate it. We remind you the selection based on qualifications will be carried out only for those candidates deemed eligible… , using solely the information provided in this Talent Screener section (in language 2). You should therefore include all relevant information in your Talent Screener answers, even if already mentioned in other sections of your application form. The questions are based on the selection criteria included in this notice (check the photo above). The best of all this is that up to a total of 3 times the openings will go to the Assessment Centre. We are talking about about 90 candidates (3 × 90, math does not deceive 🙂), you are almost there!
  • Phase 5 – Assessment Centre (AC). We have reached the final round! Before the actual Assessment Centre, you will have to present all your supporting documents in digital format (what used to be the famous USB memory stick, now in the online Assessment Centre you need to upload the pertinent papers to the system, so prepare them in advance). As concerns the tests that you will encounter in the Assessment Centre, since last year, the group exercise has been replaced by a Situational Competence-based interview. The rest of the tests will be business as usual, that is, a field interview, a written test in the field and a case study based on competences. For the tests based on your competences, no prior knowledge is required. You must perform at your best in all the 4 tests, as each competence is only evaluated by one single test, as you can see below.
It’s easier than it looks, trust us, we have been there 😉

BUT (yes, big but) the real differences among candidates will be in the field-related test where you will have to demonstrate your knowledge, and above all, your relevant experience for this position. To do so, you will have the Interview in the Field (also structured but with clear focus on your work experience) and the written test in the Field (focus on your practical knowledge for the position.

What can I expect of this job? Is my degree valid?

That’s your future job, is it challenging enough?

Both are typical questions of all the candidates, therefore we invite you to check Annex I and Annex III from the notice of competition. In Annex I (image on your right) you can find the expected tasks to be performed once you are an Administrator in the area of health and food safety (you won’t be caught by surprise). Also we remind you an AD7 will join the institutions with a net salary above 6.000 €, which can be even higher depending on personal circumstances such as having family members depending on you.

In the Annex III we have a fantastic list of degrees and academic titles that are eligible to apply for this competition, also ordered by country. You can check if your degree is enough and the right one to apply for this competition.

Can you help me?

Concerning the dates foreseen for the next phases of this competition, there is some solid hope that the announced dates will be the correct ones, given the fact that all other competitions at the CBT stage and with remaining candidates to take the CBT have adopted the same dates. In case you still need some help with the CBT, check this (in English) and this for CBT trainings in Spanish . Don’t forget to join our webinar, on 14 June, which will focus on the Talent Screener for this competition .

List of useful resources

  1. El CBT o los test psicotécnicos (ES)
  2. The Assesment centre (EN)
  3. 10 free resources (EN/ES).
  4. YSE trainings

Análisis al anuncio de EPSO para AD5 generalistas

Hola a todos,

El pasado 29 de abril EPSO hizo que se nos atragantase el café de media mañana y por consiguiente dejar un bonito manchón en la camisa (o el pijama si estamos en modo teletrabajo). ¡No habrá Generalistas en 2021! “¡Oh Dios mio! ¿Qué será de mi?”, pensamos todos.

Bueno, que no panda el cúnico, que decía el sabio. Realmente este anuncio no cambia mucho la situación existente. Con el COVID, cualquier posibilidad de tener Generalistas en marcha pasaba por arrancar a finales de año y evitar alargar el proceso dos años extra. Recordemos que Generalistas 2019 está teniendo ahora su Assessment Centre y las competitiones de Secretaries o EU Law están sufriendo lo suyo para conseguir que todo el mundo pase por el CBT.

Pues eso ¿ahora qué hacemos?

¿Qué sabemos?

Pues para esto, lo mejor es irnos al mensaje publicado por EPSO, que es más bien tirando a criptico pero algo podremos sacar. Para ello, lo vemos por colorines, para ser exactos los 3 circulitos del mensaje que nos dicen un poco más de lo que aparentan:

“The EU Institutions are currently reflecting about the future structure of the AD5 generalists’ competition”.

¿De dónde viene esta reflexión? Con el cambio de Comisión a finales de 2019 (os recordamos que la jefa es ahora Von der Leyen y no Juncker) se arrancó un proceso de cambios en la política de Recursos Humanos (por ejemplo las cabezas de la Dirección de Recursos Humanos y de EPSO cambiaron) y de reflexión al respecto. Pero en marzo de 2020 llegó un virus de Wuhan y puso todo patas arriba, así que en vez de reflexionar durante ese año, EPSO y toda la Comisión bastante tuvo con tirar para adelante como pudo con las oposiciones en marcha y las que ya estaban anunciadas. Por último, este año, el tribunal de cuentas (o corte de auditores para los amigos de los anglicismos) publicó un informe donde daba una de cal y una de arena a EPSO y sus procesos de selección.

¿Qué se cuentan los del tribunal de cuentas? En versión resumida (aquí el informe completo) el tribunal venía a decir que para oposiciones pequeñas o especialidadas, el tiro (o la oposición) estaba fallando más que una escopeta de feria, el proceso EPSO estaba lejos de ser ideal para escoger a los mejores candidatos de forma eficaz y no demasiado cara. En cambio, para oposiciones grandes (Generalistas) el proceso no estaba tan mal en cuanto a coste y volumen de gente examinada, pero no había seguimiento de si luego los candidatos escogidos eran buenos o malos. Además la publi y todo lo relacionado con las oposiciones se centraba en Bruselas y Luxemburgo, lo cual le restaba variedad al asunto y añadía un poco más de endogamia a la burbuja. Por último, la puntilla, los procesos AD5 (se supone que son para gente sin experiencia), lejos de atraer recién licenciados, estaban atrayendo gente con un perfil de varios años de experiencia profesional. En resumen, que EPSO se lo tenía que hacer mirar.

“The AD5 competition will not take place in 2021”.

Lo dicho, esto no es tan malo como lo pintan. Incluso lanzando la convocatoria en 2021, con el COVID, no habría tenido lugar hasta que la situación permitiese realizar el CBT con normalidad. Pensad que en competiticones como Secretarios, EU law o External Relations, llevan bloqueados en esa fase meses. Con todo esto, desarrollar un proceso de reflexión sosegado y efectivo, pues como que no lo ve ni EPSO ni nadie. Así que han preferido hacer un parón amplio e ir pensando por dónde van a tirar en 2022.

“EPSO will post further updates when available”.

¿Es el final?

Esto se traduce por “no mandéis más emails preguntando, por favor” + “cuando sepamos algo, que ahora no sabemos nada, os lo diremos, palabrita del niño EPSO”. Mucha gente escribe a EPSO para preguntarles, así que esta era una forma de responder a todos, incluso a los que no habíais escrito aún. Seremos inocentes, pero realmente creemos que EPSO aún no sabe que va a ser de ellos en el 2022.

¿Qué podemos esperar de EPSO en 2021 y después?

Venga, vale… nos habéis convencido, vamos a intentar poner un poco de claridad a lo que se nos puede venir en un futuro cercano.

Lo más probable

Nosotros somos más de EPSO y croqUEtas que de la fuerza, pero si el maestro lo dice, allá vamos.

Oposiciones especialidadas : A nivel de oposiciones, se va a acentuar la tendencia en estos meses de concursos u oposiciones especializados. Lo hemos visto con Agricultores, Químicos, expertos en Schengen y reformas estructurales o la siguiente anunciada en el área de salud. Así que no perdaís ojo que irán saliendo oposiciones interesantes y la siguiente podría ser vuestro perfil (para saber más sobre posibles perfiles, aquí una ayudita)

Assessment Centre online: Viendo que el assessment ahora es online y, pese a todo, está funcionando, es probable que veamos más assessments online y menos presenciales. Facilitando que todo el mundo pueda hacerlo, claro. Además esto supone el ahorro de una pasta para las arcas comunitarias (que siempre es un incentivo para tomar decisiones).

Mitad y Mitad

Generalistas seguirá. ¿Como hasta ahora? Visto que era una oposición donde multiples perfiles tenían cabida, es probable que una oposición donde quepan todos los perfiles seguirá de algún modo, lo que dudamos es que siga en el formato que tenía.

Los Talent Screener serán la norma – Al mismo tiempo que vendrán más concursos de especialistas, estos siempre llevan de la mano un Talent Screener a rellenar con la candidatura. Algo muy útil cuando tienes un número de candidatos razonable para poder elegir entre llos los perfiles o candidatos más idoneos, PERO en las competiciones de miles de candidatos, por ejemplo, external relations, EU law o generalistas, no lo vemos. Se tardaría la vida en poder pasar a todo el mundo por el Talent Screener. El CBT sigue siendo una opción más rápida para un primer filtrado, por mucho que nos disguste.

Improbable

El CBT desaparecerá – Sabemos que en vuestros sueños más *****, veis imagenes de como el CBT se va al fondo del océano con el Titanic y Di Caprio, pero no vemos que eso vaya a pasar por ahora por ahora. Lo sentimos, pero lo vemos más sueño que realidad.

El CBT se hará desde casa – nos consta que esta opción se ha explorado, pero por ahora los problemas eran más que las soluciones, así que con el formato que conocemos, el CBT no podría hacerse desde casa. ¿Que haya un cambio radical y se pueda hacer desde casa? Podría ser, pero eso de “cambio radical” no casa mucho con estas oposiciones y plantea también muchas incógnitas, así que por ahora seremos cautos sobre esta posibilidad y seguiremos trabajando el CBT como siempre para todo lo que sigue en marcha.

Y mientras ¿esperamos sentados?

Si no es a nuestra croqUEta, a ver si al tipo de barbas le haces más caso.

Aquí no se desanime nadie, si vuestro objetivo es entrar a trabajar en las instituciones, ahora toca seguir preparando los procesos en marcha (si estás en uno de ellos) o el CBT para el CAST, que eso no ha cerrado y sigue muy vivo para contratar. Además de mirar en la web de EPSO, por nuestro lado, en redes sociales (Twitter, Instagram, nuestro canal de Telegram) subimos todo lo que vamos encontrando.

Si podemos ayudarte con nuestros cursos, aquí tienes toda la información. Le damos al Assessment Centre y al CBT por igual. El próximo curso de CBT arranca en nada y de Assessment estamos sacando nuevas sesiones continuamente.

Palabra de la croqUEta de Ya Semos Europeos que lo daremos todo para seguir ayundando en vuestro objetivo.