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EPSO/AD/310/15: Prepare for the EPSO Tests!

EPSO/AD/310/15: 40 new positions on the reserve list!
Are you interested in working for the European Union? Some new EPSO AD7 Positions have just opened up so take your chance now! Here we’ll detail the AD7 positions, the different steps of the application process and point you in the right direction for expert guidance.

What are these new positions?

In the EPSO AD7 bracket there are three different competitions of which you can only apply to one of them at a time. They are:

Curator: 20 positions
Museum educator: 15 positions
Conservator - conservation and collection manager: 5 positions

What you need to apply:

You need to have a complete mastery (C1) in any one of the 24 official EU languages and vantage or upper intermediate (B2) of English, French or German as your second language. As well as this you need at least 4 years’ completed university studies attested by a diploma in history, or a similar related field, followed by at least 6 years’ professional experience in a field related to the profile.

EPSO Application process

There are a number of different sections in the application process and they are outlined below. If you want more information on any of them see our EPSO section on the JTP website.

Online application form: Here you have to complete an exhaustive application form along with some EPSO competency questions. These are important for later on in the process as they are used to narrow down the pool of applicants. The selection criteria are detailed on the EPSO notice of competition. There are 12 criteria for Curators and Conservator positions and 11 for the Museum educator position. These include details such as having the relevant PhD and professional experience in the position you are applying for. For each question you are given a score out of four and only the highest scorers will be accepted to the next stage of the EPSO assessment centre.

EPSO Computer Based Tests

Whilst these can theoretically be administered at the EPSO assessment centre (if the threshold of applicants isn't reached) in practice this rarely happens so you will take them at a separate testing centre in one the many locations throughout Europe. You will take these tests in your first language.

The tests are as follows:
The pass mark for the EPSO numerical and abstract reasoning tests is combined and is 10/20. This theoretically means that if you score 10/10 in one of the tests you will have passed.

When taking these tests it is important to remember that you are up against stiff competition. In fact, whether your answers in the talent screener are good, bad, or ugly makes no difference here. Those answers will only be read if you are in the top 50-60 applicants. Therefore you have to make sure you are fully prepared for these tests in order to do yourself justice. Even if you had the skills before, as these are experienced positions it is highly unlikely that you have had to do anything like this for a long period of time. It is thus imperative that you practice the skills and methods needed to succeed in these tests. Try our EPSO simulation tests to refresh your memory and go into the testing centre with confidence.

EPSO Assessment Centre

If you have done well enough in the EPSO computer based tests and the EPSO talent screener you will be invited to Brussels to take part in the assessment centre. The different tasks and evaluations that you sit assess you using eight different competencies. These are outlined in the table below. For a detailed look at the EPSO competency framework, see our blog. You need to score at least 3/10 for each competency and overall you need 40/80 to be considered.

Case StudyGroup ExerciseGeneral competency-based interview
Analysis and problem-solving
Communicating
Delivering quality and results
Learning and development
Prioritising and organising
Resilience
Working with others
Leadership

As well as the above tasks you also have a specific competency-based interview. In general, the competencies tested here are those that have already been assessed in the general interview. Here though there is a very different slant where they want to know in a more exact fashion how you would use the skills in your job, how you would go about dealing with a specific problem. For more information on dealing with competency based interviews see the JTP website.

How can we help you?

Here at JobTestPrep we have many different practice EPSO simulation tests and drills that give you the understanding and necessary skill you need to perform well in the EPSO tests. We hope you have enjoyed this blog and look forward to helping you in the EPSO concours. Good Luck!

~ JobTestPrep Team ~