EPSO does not contribute to any travel expenses incurred by your participation in any computer-based tests or preliminary/intermediate tests (i.e. multiple choice question tests, e-tray exercise and translation tests).
Candidates invited to the case study or to a written test in the field having an address of residence in a country outside the EU are entitled to claim a contribution towards their travel expenses if these tests are part of the assessment center (please refer to the relevant notice of competition).
When you participate to the assessment centre tests you may, if...
The complete list of tests for a specific selection procedure is available in the notice of competition/call for expression of interest.You can find some samples of the different tests on our website on the dedicated page.With the exception of the sample tests, EPSO does not provide any preparatory learning material or guidance regarding taking the tests. Some Member States organise courses for training EU nationals for the European Institutions' open competitions. To find out more, please check the information on the same page.
The institutions are looking for candidates who are talented, motivated, and who can demonstrate the following general competencies:
Analysis and Problem Solving: Identify the critical facts in complex issues and develop creative and practical solutions
Communicating: Communicate clearly and precisely both orally and in writing
Delivering Quality and Results: Take personal responsibility and initiative for delivering work to a high standard of quality within set procedures
Learning and Development: Develop and improve personal skills and knowledge of the organisation and its...
The purpose of the Assessment Centre is to assess your general and/or specific competencies by means of different exercises, the content of which is validated by the selection board: a case study, an oral presentation, a structured interview, an interview in the field, an e-tray, etc. For detailed information about the tests and the test languages, see the notice of competition. Please check here for more information on the general competencies.
During each exercise, you will be observed/evaluated in a systematic way by at least 2 trained assessors. Your final results are based...
If you are pregnant during the selection procedure registration period, you can submit your questions, problems or requests for adjustments in your application form, together with a medical certificate confirming your pregnancy and your due delivery date.
If you find out that you are pregnant or you give birth during the selection procedure period, please contact us as soon as possible, providing the same information and sending a medical certificate confirming the expected or actual delivery date.
We will inform you of the possible options after examining your request.
On the day of the Assessment Centre, please bring:
the three forms below (completed and signed);
a copy of your identity card (both sides if applicable) or passport;
The following documents will be accepted as supporting documents:
plane: boarding pass or a copy of your ticket (the invoice alone is not sufficient);
train, bus, boat: copy of the ticket (the invoice alone is not sufficient);
car: the original of a fuel bill and/or toll ticket (proof of payment must be dated no more than 2 days, prior to the date when the candidate takes part in ...
If you require adjustments to the selection tests as a result of a disability or medical condition, all you need to do is follow the procedure set out on our equal opportunities page in order to submit your request for adjustments. You will also find the different types of possible adjustments.
Please note that in order to benefit from reasonable adjustments to the selection tests, you will have to produce a certificate confirming your disability or medical condition issued by a competent national organisation and/or a specialist.
All exercises are set in a fictitious, but realistic and true to life, job context.
You will need to be familiar with EU issues and the EU Institutions, so that you can easily grasp the context of the simulations.
Be yourself (at your best) and try to enjoy the experience as much as possible.
Remain focused and motivated.
Actively participate in interactive exercises.
Read and/or listen to all instructions carefully, including the time constraints.
Make sure you understand the questions before you give an answer.
Besides the description published in the notice of competition, we have samples available on our dedicated page but EPSO does not publish any books/leaflets/brochures which contain questions for preparation, tips for passing the exam, etc. apart from the information which is available on this web-site. Some Member States organise courses for training EU nationals for the European Institutions' open competitions. To find out more, please check the information on the same page.
Remote Assessment Centre:
It is recommended to connect using a headset or headphones with a microphone.
Ensure your availability at the time of the interview schedule and connect 10 minutes before the appointment - it is strongly recommended to test the software before the day of the interview.
Be ready to switch to your smartphone in a cellular data connection (3G/4G) if your wifi/cable connection is lost or becomes unstable during the test.
Have your ID/Passport close to show on the Selection Board’s request .
Physical presence Assessment Centre:
You will receive the selection board's feedback in the form of a competency passport, along with the letter informing you of your overall results when the Assessment Centre period is over.
The competency passport consists of:
a general description of the competency framework;
a global overview of your strengths and weaknesses;
a description per competency of the main findings;
your results for each competency.
The competency passports of the successful candidates will be made available to human resources departments of the EU institutions, for recruitment purposes....
Anyone failing to respect the following rules of conduct will be excluded from the Assessment Centre and the selection procedure:
Remote Assessment Centre:
Follow the instructions received in your invitation letter
You must complete the tests without any aids or equipment
Unless instructed otherwise, for specific exercises, keep your desk clear of all prohibited items (for example, paper and pen, books, notes, instructions, calculators, computers, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, cameras, any type of device capable of capturing images, audio, video, etc)
On the day of the Assessment Centre, candidates are asked to bring the following documents:
Your invitation letter
Your proof of identity (e.g. a valid identity card or passport)
Documents relating to travel expenses (if applicable).
The day before your assessment centre tests at the latest, you must provide scanned copies of your relevant documents, supporting the information in your application form. These need to be:
A. uploaded to your EPSO account,
B. linked to your application form.
Details on the supporting documents to be uploaded can be found in the general rules governing open competitions attached to the notice of competition.
A. Upload documents to your EPSO account
Please first upload the scanned copies of your documents to your EPSO account by clicking the "Upload supporting documents" button...
Only candidates invited to the assessment centre test(s) should upload scanned copies of their relevant documents, supporting the information in their application form(s). In general, these documents must be uploaded on the day before the oral assessment centre test(s) at the latest.
Candidates to contract agent selection procedures (CAST/P) should not link supporting documents to their CAST/P application/s.
You can upload supporting documents related to one of the following 4 categories:
national identity card or passport,
education and training,
You can upload up to 20 files for categories 1, 2 and 4 and up to 50 files for category 3.
Your files should have 2MB max. per file and they must be PDF, TIFF or JPG. No other file formats are supported.
Consider renaming your document in case of an error message: use only one dot (.) before the file extension (pdf, tiff, jpg) and avoid special characters (_-/ etc.) or blank spaces in the...
Remote Assessment Centre:
Up to 6 weeks before the remote Assessment Centre, you will be invited by letter in your EPSO account to upload a recent passport type photo via your EPSO account . Candidates failing the identity check are not allowed sitting the remote Assessment Centre tests.