The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) has finally announced the Notice of Competition for the Administrators Generalists’ (EPSO/AD/388/17).
The Administrators Generalists’ (EPSO/AD/388/17) competition in short:
Deadline for application: May 3rd 2017
Places available: 124 (This number was 149 year 2015)
The language criteria can add some confusion to the application process. To put it short: you need to choose two languages. Language 1 will be the one you can complete your application form in and the computer-based Multiple-Choice Question tests. However, big importance needs to be given to which language you choose as language 2. If your language 2 is not among the top 5 languages chosen as language 2 by other candidates your application will be DISQUALIFIED.
Computer-based Multiple-Choice Question (MCQ) tests
|Verbal reasoning||Language 1||20 questions||35 min||Out of 20||10/20|
|Numerical reasoning||Language 1||10 questions||20 min||Out of 10||5/10|
|Abstract reasoning||Language 1||20 questions||20 min||Out of 20||10/20|
The results of the numerical reasoning test will not be taken into account in the calculation of your total MCQ tests mark; however, you must reach the minimum pass marks in all tests. Of course the minimal mark is not going to be enough to get an invitation to the next phase. Candidates tend to need to score at least among the top 5% to advance to the next stage.
The e-tray exercise comprises 15 to 25 questions and will assess 4 general competencies as described in the competency matrix in point 5. Each competency will be marked out of 10. You must score one of the highest total combined marks for this exercise to qualify for the next stage of the competition. The four competencies are:
Eight general competencies will be tested at the assessment centre through four tests (case study, oral presentation, competency-based interview and group exercise). The marks scored in these tests will be combined with those already scored for the e-tray exercise to give an overall score out of 80, as described in the following matrix:
Pass marks 3/10 per competency and 50/80 in total
It is very important that you read the full Notice of Competition before you submit your application. This will help you familiarize and prepare for the contest better. This way you also avoid making easily avoidable mistakes that could potentially disqualify you from participating the concours.