Analysis of Assistants (AST 4) in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) EPSO/AST/151/22 competition

Dear all,

This competitions is calling for you IT expert

If you believe a public administration can leave paper behind, and become a reference on IT and offer cutting-edge IT opportunities for hard workers professionals with sound careers, this competition is for you. Even more, if you think you can help a charismatic and sometimes awkward administration to be on the top of the digitalization, 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. If you are looking for our analysis on the AD7-8 competition, find it here.

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

A good number of spots are available, 205 spots in total!!!, distributed in 4 fields. The bad news are that you can only apply to one single field. Be careful! The process began on the 17 February and it will be open for joining until 22 Mars 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.

205 post of AST 4 waiting for you, what are you waiting?

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 no longer an option), meet any obligations under national laws on military service, and meet the character requirements for the duties concerned.

Specific criteria – languages

Same thing than in the paragraphs of the left but visible in one look. Also you have a similar table in pag5 of the notice of competition.

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 skill (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 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 one by one and in a re-orderly manner so the criteria are more visible to all you.

Be aware! To explain the part «professional experience in the field» or «ICT» as this case, 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 fourth column (relevant duties) of our tables. And don’t despair, if you find this task difficult, our webinar on this competition can be key to give you tips on the talent screener

Field 1: ICT infrastructures, cloud, networks and middleware:

Don’t forget to check the notice of competition for the full detail on the duties

Field 2: Digital workplace, office automation and mobile computing

Don’t forget to check the notice of competition for the full detail on the duties

Field 3: Development/configuration, testing, operation and maintenance of IT applications and off-the-shelf solutions; Data management, data analytics and artificial intelligence

Don’t forget to check the notice of competition for the full detail on the duties

Field 4 : Design, development/configuration, testing, operation and maintenance of IT applications and off-the-shelf solutions; Data management, data analytics and artificial intelligence

Don’t forget to check the notice of competition for the full detail on the duties

What are the 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. The celebration after you have passed the competition is up to you.

  • Phase 1 Fill in the Application – You’ve got until 22 March (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 five different profiles. There are two clear pillars in your application
    • Work experience + Academic records – these will be used to confirm your eligibility = you have as many years of working experience in the relevant duties as required
    • Talent Screener – reply to the questions in the form within the application…yes! the competition begins here!! (see in the gallery below the list of questions per field)
  • …(Wait! we are still in phase 1) What is a TALENT SCREENER? The Talent Screener is a set of questions (see images above) related to your academic and professional background that you must answer in your application, you can find the questions on the Annex IV of the notice of competition. A couple of things to remember:
    • 1) The board of the competition is in charge of evaluating the answers
    • 2) 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 IV or the application form for all the details, and if you think we can be of help, check our past webinar where we focused on tips to fill in the Talent Screener for specialist competitions. BUT if you are looking for a fresh view on your competition, check our webinar on the Administrators and the Assistants-ICT Talent Screener.

  • PHASE 2 – Eligibility & Talent Screener evaluation. Here you can do nothing but wait. It is the task of the board to read first your CV to see if you have all the years of working experience required and then, in a next step, 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. [Yes, this was mentioned in Phase I but just in case you skipped that part]. You should therefore include all relevant information in your answers, even if already mentioned in other sections of your application form. The best of all this is, after the evaluations, only up to 3 times the openings will go to the Assessment Centre. We are talking about about 1050 candidates in total and you are one of them because you have written a great application 🏆.
  • Phase 3 – Assessment Centre. Congrats! You are one of the 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 a 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).

Easy one, just an overall of 20 points to pass it.
  • Now talking about the other tests, the competition turns classic. You will have to face the following tests: Case Study and Competence-Based Interview. Between the two tests you can gather a total of 70 points, with the particularity that you need and overall 35/80 to pass, but not minimum marks per competence. Also pay attention, here you have 7 competences to be assessed, in AD competitions there are eight.
Some practice, some effort and a some guidance and it will be done 😉
When you see your name on the reserve list
  • 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 on that).
  • Final Step – after a long process and passing the Assessment Centre, EPSO will check the validity of all your records and professional experiences (comparing them to the input of your application). For these, they will use the documents uploaded at the beginning of phase 3 – right before your first test of the Assessment Centre. So, keep your documents ready for upload once you have passed the Talent Screener!!! Once you get the final OK for this part, you will see your name on the reserve list and ready to find a job as officer of the European institutions.

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 II 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 or being notified that we have passed to the next phase of the competition, so keep calm. If you are feeling desperate for the lack of news, 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?

Table of the amounts of basic monthly salaries for each grade and step in function groups AD and AST referred to in Article 66 of the Staff Regulations, applicable from 1 July 2021

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 images above, go to Annex I of the notice to find all the details of your expected tasks to be performed once you are an administrator in the area of ICT (The Commission counts on you!!!). And last but not least, let us remind you an AST4 (step 2) will join the institutions with a net salary above 4.200 € 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.

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 (English and Spanish) :
    1. CBT (in Spanish)
    2. Assessment sessions – for all the Assessment test (Theory in English or Spanish. Practice can be done in EN,FR,ES)
    3. Application review (EN/ES/FR/IT/DE)
    4. CAST Sessions -have you been invited to a job interview? Do you want to improve your chances of being selected in a CAST process?

Analysis of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Experts (AD 7/AD 8) EPSO/AD/398/22 competition

Dear all,

If you believe a public administration can leave paper behind and become a reference on IT, offering cutting-edge IT opportunities for professionals with sound careers, this competition is for you. Even more, if you think you can help a charismatic and sometimes awkward administration to be on the top of digitalization, 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 continue, if you are looking for our analysis on the AST-4 competition, find it here.

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

A good number of spots are available, 350 spots in total!!!, distributed in 5 fields. The bad news are that you can only apply for one single field. Be careful! The process began on the 17 February and it will be open for joining until 22 March 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 no longer an option), meet any obligations under national laws on military service, and meet the character requirements for the duties concerned.

Specific criteria – languages

Same thing than in the paragraphs of the left but visible in one look. Also you have a similar table in page 5 of the notice.

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 skill (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 we can also 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 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 one by one and in an orderly manner so the criteria are more visible to all you.

Be aware! To explain the part «professional experience in the field (ICT)» in this case, 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 fourth column (relevant duties) of our tables. And don’t despair, if you find this task difficult, our webinar on this competition can be key to give you tips on the talent screener.

Field 1: ICT infrastructures, cloud, networks and middleware

Field 2: Digital workplace, office automation and mobile computing

Field 3: IT and data governance, programme/portfolio and project management, project management office (PMO), business and enterprise architecture

Field 4 : Design, development/configuration, testing, operation and maintenance of IT applications and off-the-shelf solutions; Data management, data analytics and artificial intelligence

Field 5: ICT security

What are the tests that I have to pass? And what are 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. The celebration after you have passed the competition is up to you.

  • Phase 1 Fill in the Application – You’ve got until 22 March (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 five different profiles. There are two clear pillars in your application
    • Work experience + Academic records – these will be used to confirm your eligibility = you have as many years of working experience in the relevant duties as required
    • Talent Screener – reply to the questions in the form within the application… yes! the competition begins here!! (see in the gallery below the list of questions per field)
  • … (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 IV of the notice of competition. A couple of things to remember:
    • 1) The board of the competition is in charge of evaluating the answers
    • 2) 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 IV or the application form for all the details, and if you think we can be of help, check our past webinar where we focused on tips to fill in the Talent Screener for specialist competitions. BUT if you are looking for a fresh view on your competition, check our webinar on the Administrators and the Assistants-ICT talent.

  • PHASE 2 – Eligibility & Talent Screener evaluation. Here you can do nothing but wait. It is the task of the board to read first your CV to see if you have all the years of working experience required and then, in a next step, 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. [Yes, this was mentioned in Phase I but just in case you skipped that part]. You should therefore include all relevant information in your answers, even if already mentioned in other sections of your application form. The best of all this is, after the evaluations, only up to 3 times the openings will go to the Assessment Centre. We are talking about about 1050 candidates in total and you are one of them because you have written a great application 🏆.
  • Phase 3 – Assessment. Congrats! You are one of the 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 a last minute rush.

First, we’ll have the computer-based tests (CBT). We know, you though you had escaped 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).

Easy one, just an overall of 20 points to pass it.
  • Now talking about the other tests, the competition turns classic. You will have to pass the following tests: 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 😉
When you see your name on the reserve list
  • 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 test too).
  • Final Step – after a long process and passing the Assessment Centre, EPSO will check the validity of all your records and professional experiences (comparing them to the input of your application). For these, they will use the documents uploaded at the beginning of phase 3 -right before your first test of the Assessment Centre. So, keep your documents ready for upload once you have passed the Talent Screener!!! Once you get the final OK for this part, you will see your name on the reserve list and ready to find a job as a permanent officer at the European institutions.

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 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 II 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 or being notified that we have passed to the next phase of the competition, so keep calm. If you are feeling desperate for the lack of news, 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? How much will my salary be?

Table of the amounts of basic monthly salaries for each grade and step in function groups AD and AST referred to in Article 66 of the Staff Regulations, applicable from 1 July 2021

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 images above, go to Annex I of the notice to find all the details of your expected tasks to be performed once you are an administrator in the area of ICT (The Commission counts on you!!!). And last but not least, let us remind you an AD7 (step 2) 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.

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 (English and Spanish) :
    1. CBT (in Spanish)
    2. Assessment sessions – for all the Assessment test (Theory in English or Spanish. Practice can be done in EN,FR,ES)
    3. Application review (EN/ES/FR/IT/DE)
    4. CAST Sessions -have you been invited to a job interview? Do you want to improve your chances of being selected in a CAST process?

Analysis of the Administrators in the field of maritime affairs and fisheries competition- EPSO/AD/397/21

Dear all,

Ready to catch a slippery vacancy? All on board!!

They say the ocean is full of fish, probably is true and also of micro plastics but If something is also true is the fact the the new competition for maritime affairs and fisheries comes bursting of vacancies, in total 86 spots for future AD6 officers of the European Commission. This is the last competition of 2021 and you have until 11 January at noon to send your application (by EPSO portal, don’t throw it at the see in a bottle).

This competition comes at the same time other competitions, such the ones for Administrators in the field of sustainable agriculture , EU law, Secretaries and External Relations are reaching their climax…we meant.. their assessment centre. Anyway, if something thrilling and exciting is coming is our analysis of the competition, composed of fresh and finest catches .

How many spots? When does it begin?

Believe it or not, having the index at the beginning of the notice of competition is most unusual. Annex III and IV are worth reading

A good number of spots are available in total 86 spots, There is for all!!! be careful, the process has begun the 9 December and it will be open for joining until 11 January 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 fell sleep or party too much during the Christmas break.

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 and meet the character requirements for the duties concerned

Specific criteria – languages

Voilà! a short summary of the languages thing. Be careful not to mix them.

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 (INCLUDING the ‘Talent Screener’ section) in this language. Yes! first time the talent is done in language 1.

LANGUAGE 2: You can choose among the 24 official languages of the EU (Yes, we said 24, it’s not a typo) provided the language 2 is different than language 1. Here we need a B2 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 B2 level in your application.

In case you didn’t believe us , check with your own eyes than language 1 and 2 can NOT be the same

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

These are the typical (and long) duties for an officer in the area of fisheries (annex I of the notice). Good to know they don’t ask you to know how to cook the fish
  • Option 1 : LONGER ACADEMIC BACKGROUND+PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – you’ll need a university degree (of minimum 4 years length attested by a diploma (they don’t say in what) , followed by at least 3 years’ professional experience directly related to the duties as indicated in Annex I.
  • Option 2 : SHORTER ACADEMIC BACKGROUND+PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE – this time with a 3 years degree attested by a diploma followed by at least 4 years’ professional experience directly related to the duties as indicated in Annex I.

REMEMBER! To explain the part «professional experience directly related to the duties» 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 (annex I, check our photo too). In order to do so, our past webinar could help or check our youtube channel where we’ll publish a video talking about it.

What are the 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) Eligibility check and talent screener , 3) The CBT test, 4) the assesment. 5) Check of supporting documents.

  • Phase 1 – You got until 11 January (noon) to send your application and before that, complete all its pages 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 it gives you the green light from phase 2 to phase 3.
There you have the questions. No need to have a crystal boll to know them, just the notice of competition
  • (wait we are still in phase 1) What is a TALENT SCREENER? This is a list of questions according to the selection criteria that you must answer in your application, these questions are on the Annex II of the call . 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 type of test allows) of the compared merits of all the candidates. To sum up, the points that will assessed in the talent (look annex III for full detail or the application form), you really need to have real experience dealing with policy in the areas of fisheries and similar.
  • Phase 2 – The eligibility check involves verifying compliance with the eligibility conditions. For that part, EPSO have made some changes in the form (see photos) to make easier the assessment of the professional experience length and use it to create a ranking of candidates, from the most experiences to the less one.
  • If you pass the eligibility, you’ll get a communication informing you that you are in the Talent screener evaluation. Again, here you can do nothing but wait. It is the task of the board to read your talent 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 the Talent Screener section (in language 1). 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 (see above). Our past webinar could help on this step , also check our youtube channel where we’ll publish a video talking about this competition in particular.
the list of question, piece of (fish)cake to answer them.
  • Phase 3 Reasoning tests: The wait is over and you are one of the candidates who pass, up to a total of 3 times the places, we are talking about 255 candidates. The first test will be the classic CBT (computer based test) This includes our classic verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning, remember, for your mental peace, you only need to get a 10 out 20 in verbal or 10 points with numerical+abstract. This phase will be passed by all those who exceed the minimum score, so relax and don’t get too nervous, this is easier than it looks, trust yourself!

About verbal, numerical and abstract reasoning won’t talk here too much (you can visit our blog and also you can find here our resources and trainings .

  • Phase 4 Assessment. We have reached the final test, in addition to having to present all our papers in digital format, the famous USB memory stick from the past, now the «Link supporting documents» button in your EPSO profile to upload the pertinent papers before your assessment, so prepare them in advance). And from the test perspective, the things get peculiar, VERY peculiar. While the test are the old ones : Case study and Competency based interview , we see that each competence will be assessed with one test only (for AD’s usually was 2 test) and you don’t need minimum mark per competence (usually 3 or 4 out of 10) but an overall of 40 out of 80. This shouldn’t change much , if any, make things more accessible from the competence part.
  • The key part is the field-related test where you will have to demonstrate your applied 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; yes, we insist on this). You can obtain up to 100 points in that test. (we can help with that too) so prepare it well!
Do you see? simple case study and competency-based interview, then the field related and ready!!! It’s easier than it looks, trust us, we know it 😉
  • Phase 5 Check of supporting documents. With the results in hand, just to avoid a waste of time checking those candidates who didn’t make it, EPSO will verify your papers and give you the final OK to put you in the reserve list. The validity of that list is 1-1.5 years and you will have to find your place in the Institutions (mostly DG MARE) , in any case, don’t panic, list are renovated yearly until they run out of available candidates. EU/EPSO budget can’t afford to waste money not taking you onboard after the resources spent in your evaluation.

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 III from the notice of competition. In Annex I (image at the beginning of this post) you can find the expected tasks to be performed once you are an administrator in the area of fisheries policy (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.

In the Annex II we have a fantastic list of degrees and academic titles with the corresponding competition level we can candidate, also order by country, so you can check if your degree is enough and the right one to apply for this competition.

Can you help me?

Yes, we can!! (this sounds familiar , isn’t it?). First be attentive to our youtube channel where we’ll post a video explaining some main points of the application (send your questions to our email yasemoseuropeos@gmail.com if you want to cover a particular aspect in it, you have until the 26th) . Then, if this is not enough, we can offer our service of application review . Of course, we can’t forget our CBT trainings in Spanish and our preparation of the Assessment centre where the practice can be done in English, Spanish, French or Italian.

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 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

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

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 de la oposición de Administradores AD7 – Expertos/as en apoyo técnico a las reformas estructurales de los Estados miembros y expertos/as en el acervo de Schengen- EPSO/AD/391/21

Hola a todos,

EPSO siguen en su linea de publicar oposiciones de especialistas y aquí llegan dos por el precio de una. 70 plazas entre Expertos en Apoyo Técnico a las Reformas Estructurales de los Estados Miembros y Expertos en el Acervo Schengen (ambas AD7) para ejercer respectivamente en la Dirección General de Apoyo a las Reformas Estructurales (DG REFORM) y en la Dirección General de Migración y Asuntos de Interior (DG HOME) de la Comisión Europea, principalmente ¡AVISO! Si lo que estás buscando es información de como rellenar el Talent Screener – aquí nuestro webinar (gratuito) que os será de ayuda para entender mejor lo que hay que poner.

¿Cuántas plazas? ¿Cuándo arranca?

¡Hay para tod@s! En total 70 plazas repartidas en dos perfiles: Apoyo a las reformas estructurales: 45 y Acervo de Schengen: 25. Recordad que sólo podéis presentaros a uno sólo de los perfiles (reformas o acervo, no se puede echar la candidatura a los dos) . Atentos que esto ha arrancado y tenéis hasta el 11 de Mayo AL MEDIODIA para validar vuestra inscripción. Es decir quedan un par de semanitas para rellenar la candidatura..

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

Las clásicas (o generales): tener nacionalidad de Estado miembro de la UE (UK ya no entra dentro de esa lista), 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 C1 (no pongáis en la aplicación ningún apartado por debajo) en la que haremos el CBT (razonamiento verbal, numérico y abstracto) y también podemos rellenar nuestra candidatura ,excepto el TALENT que se rellena en lengua 2.

LENGUA 2INGLÉS o FRANCÉS (si, sólo podeis elegir una de esas dos, el curro obliga) la novedad es que aquí piden tener mínimo B2 (no hay que mandar título, si sois autodidactas y eficaces trabajando en esos idiomas esto es lo vuestro) y recordad no poner en la aplicación ningún apartado por debajo de B2 (sea lectura, hablado, escrito) recordad que con la lengua 2 haremos el Assessment.

AVISO – Lengua 1 y lengua 2 no pueden ser la misma, no seamos pillines y para comunicaros con EPSO, si fuera necesario, podeis usar cualquiera de las 24 lenguas donde tengais un B2 o más..

Condiciones específicas – Experiencia de Estudios y laboral

  • Option 1 :  EDUCACIÓN LARGA+EXPERIENCIA LABORAL – para poder presentarnos nos van a pedir estudios universitarios de al menos 4 años y a  esto habrá que sumarle 6 años más de experiencia profesional directamente relacionada con las funciones del ámbito elegido conforme a las funciones descritas en en anexo I de la convocatoria .
  • Option 2 : EDUCACIÓN CORTA+EXPERIENCIA PROFESIONAL – para poder presentarnos nos van a pedir estudios universitarios de al menos 3 años y a  esto habrá que sumarle 7 años más de experiencia profesional directamente relacionada con las funciones del ámbito elegido conforme a las funciones descritas en en anexo I de la convocatoria

¡RECUERDA! «Experiencia profesional directamente relacionada con las funciones del ámbito elegido.» quiere decir que cuando describimos nuestra experiencia profesional en la candidatura, debemos identificar claramente las experiencias y activitades iguales o en la linea de aquellas que se esperan realicemos en nuestro trabjo en las instituciones (el dichoso anexo I) Nuestro webinar puede ayudar para ver esto . Recordad que EPSO busca gente con experiencia real en el tema.

OJITO EPSO publicó una aclaración poco después de abrir el plazo, con el siguiente texto : Debe entenderse que el ámbito/sector de especialización «sistemas de protección social» abarca también el sector del mercado laboral, lo que se aplica a todas las referencias hechas a los «sistemas de protección social» en la convocatoria de oposición para el ámbito 1 «Apoyo a las reformas estructurales» de esta oposición (es decir, el punto 1 bajo el epígrafe «Naturaleza de las funciones»; el punto 1 del anexo I «Funciones», y los puntos 1, 2 y 3 del ámbito 1 «Apoyo a las reformas estructurales» del anexo II «Criterios de selección»). Esto es relevante para interpretar el tipo de experiencia solicitada o las tareas a realizar.

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

Siendo realistas, se dividen en 5 fases : 1) rellenar la candidatura, 2) los test CBT, 3) la verificación de cumplimiento de las condiciones, 4) el talent y 5)el assesment.

  • Fase 1 – la candidatura. Tenéis hasta el 11 de mayo (al mediodía) para presentarla y antes de eso, rellenarla con cariño. Se espera que aquí vengan unos cuantos cientos a puntarse o más, con la que esta cayendo este oposición resulta muy jugosa. Clave rellenar con esmero 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. Resumidos, los puntos que os van a evaluar en el talent serán :

Apoyo a las reformas estructurales (listado resumido e indicativo, mirad el anexo II de la convocatoria)

  1. Para las áreas o ámbitos de especialización de : Administración pública, Sistema judicial, Sector financiero, Administración tributaria, Gestión del gasto, Entorno empresarial, Energía y clima, Medio ambiente, Educación, Sanidad, Sistemas de protección social, Digitalización
  2. Experiencia profesional en el apoyo al diseño, aplicación de programas y/o proyectos de reformas del sector público y/o en la evaluación de los resultados de reformas
  3. Experiencia profesional en reformas del sector público obtenida trabajando en uno o varios de los ámbitos que figuran a continuación, o para uno o varios de ellos:  Administración del Estado miembro / Organismo público / Organización internacional / Empresa privada / Instituciones y organismos europeos
  4. Experiencia profesional en apoyo o coordinación de estrategias de gestión de cambios.
  5. Experiencia profesional en negociaciones con un Estado miembro o una institución europea, o en su nombre, sobre reformas en los ámbitos/sectores de especialización de esta área de la oposición.
  6. Experiencia profesional en contratación pública o gestión de proyectos.
  7. .Experiencia profesional en investigación académica y/o en formación en materia de reformas en los ámbitos/sectores de especialización de esta área de la oposición.
  8. Título universitario (máster o doctorado) en un área de estudios con una especialización en reformas en los ámbitos/sectores de especialización de esta área de la oposición, y/o Título/certificado en gestión de cambios.

Acervo de Schengen (listado resumido e indicativo, mirad el anexo II de la convocatoria)

  1. Experiencia profesional , en general o en la evaluación de los resultados de los Estados miembros en la aplicación del marco jurídico de Schengen en : Gestión integrada de las fronteras / Gestión de las fronteras exteriores / Cooperación policial en relación con la aplicación del acervo de Schengen / Política de visados y documentos de viaje /Sistemas de información de la UE a gran escala sobre fronteras, migración y seguridad, su interoperabilidad y automatización de los controles fronterizos / Gestión de la migración, incluido el retorno
  2. .Experiencia profesional en la preparación y el desarrollo de políticas o de legislación del acervo de Schengen, incluidas las fases preliminares, tales como comunicación de políticas, evaluaciones de impacto, consultas públicas, coordinación de posiciones y representación en comités o grupos de expertos.
  3. .Experiencia profesional en la aplicación de políticas o legislación del acervo de Schengen, o en el control de su cumplimiento. Y en el desarrollo de estrategias de gestión integrada de las fronteras a nivel nacional o de la UE.
  4. Experiencia profesional en el desarrollo y seguimiento de las operaciones de sistemas de información de la UE a gran escala sobre fronteras, migración y seguridad, y de su interoperabilidad, o en el diseño y la negociación de sus marcos políticos y normativos.
  5. .Experiencia profesional en negociaciones con un Estado miembro o institución europea, o en su nombre, en los ámbitos/sectores de especialización de esta área de la oposición.
  6. Título universitario (máster o doctorado) en un área de estudios pertinente para los ámbitos/sectores de especialización de esta área de la oposición,
  • Fase 2 – Las pruebas preliminares de opciones múltiples por ordenador (CBT- Computer Based Test para los iniciados y para hacerlo más corto). 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, sin agobiarse.

De la parte de razonamiento verbalnumérico y abstracto no hablaremos mucho por aquí (podéis visitar otras entradas donde si lo hacemos y aquí recursos gratuitos y por acá nuestros cursos, el próximo arranca el unos días) . Existe la posibilidad que hagais esta prueba el mismo dia del Assessment, si el número de candidatos inscritos es baja (calculamos por debajo de unos 1000 en cada especialidad) , lo cual es un posibilidad a tener muy en cuenta…

  • Fase 3 – 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 al de una oposición para expertos de politicas químicas, no te olvides de poner tu título universitario (aunque hayas trabajado 20 años conviertiendo el plomo en oro). A medida que revisen CV, por el orden que salió de la fase 2 y cumplan requisitos, se irá llenando la bolsa de candidatos que pasen a la fase siguiente. La estimación es de unos 700 (10x plaza) que irán a la fase de Talent.
  • Fase 4 – Evaluación del talent screener. Aquí no podéis hacer otra cosa salvo esperar. Le toca al tribunal leer vuestro talent y puntuarlo. Os recordamos que la selección basada en cualificaciones se efectuará, únicamente respecto de aquellos candidatos que se considere cumplen las condiciones de admisión, conforme a lo descrito anteriormente , utilizando exclusivamente la información facilitada en la sección Talent Screener. Por lo tanto, los candidatos deberán incluir en ella toda la información pertinente, aunque ya se mencione en otras secciones del formulario de candidatura. (si hemos copiado tal cual la convocatoria ¿por? para que nadie se despiste y se olvide de poner la información relevante (si, esas cosas ocurren, las hemos visto) . Lo mejor de todo esto, hasta un total de 3 veces las plazas, estamos hablando de unos 210 candidatos (3×70, las mates no engañan  pasan a la fase de Assessment ¡no queda na!
  • Fase 5 – Assessment. Llegamos a la ronda final, además de tener que presentar todos nuestros papéles en formato digital (la famosa memoria USB). Tenemos un giro moderno introduciendo la Entrevista Situacional de Competencias (SCBI por sus siglas en inglés) todo ello en lengua 2 (que ya hemos preparado con éxito en YSE, “no panda el cúnico”). El resto, como siempre, entrevista de competencia y estudio de caso para la parte de Competencias (en total 80 puntos) y para esto no se requieren conocimientos, solo sus competencias. PERO (sí, un PERO muy grande) la parte clave es la parte de campo o especialidad donde tendrás que demostrar tus conocimientos y, sobre todo, tu experiencia relevante para este puesto. Para ello, dos pruebas, tendrás la Entrevista en el campo (también estructurada pero con un claro enfoque en tu experiencia laboral) y la prueba escrita en el campo (enfócate en tus conocimientos prácticos para el puesto). Todo esto se hará en lengua 2 (inglés o francés)
Tranqui, es más fácil de lo que parece. Lo sabemos bien 😉

¿ Qué puedo esperar en este trabajo?

Será por funciones, mejor miralo en la convocatoria, anexo I

Aquí os invitamos a mirar el anexo I y el anexo III de la convocatoria. En el anexo I se recogen (la imagen de la derecha), entre otras cosas, lo que se espera que hagáis una vez en el puesto (¡que nadie diga que no le avisaron!).

En la parte más suculenta, os recordamos que un AD7 se incorpora con un sueldo base de unos 6000 netos (incluida cuota de expatriación) y que puede aumentar si tenéis familia al cargo y otras condiciones..

¿Mi título de educación es válido?

Como esta pregunta nos la hacéis mucho, os recordamos que en el anexo III de la convocatoria tenemos una fantástica lista de titulaciones escolares, académicas junto con los niveles-oposiciones a los que dan accesso y además ordenado por países, así que es ahi donde podeis ver si vuestro título es válido y da acceso a que nivel de oposición.

¿Cómo podemos ayudarte?

Podemos compartir contigo una serie de enlaces de utilidad, donde explicamos las pruebas y damos recursos de acceso libre (a continuación) y también nuestro webinar sobre talent screener , además , siempre puedes apuntarte a alguno de nuestros cursos de CBT, el próximo arranca el 4 de Mayo- haz click para ir al formulario de inscripción

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