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EPSO/AD/294/14 Competition for Administrators (AD 6) in the Field of Data Protection Announced

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is organizing an open competition – EPSO/AD/294/14, based on qualifications and tests, to draw up a reserve list from which to recruit officials as ‘administrators’ for the European Data Protection Supervisor. The number of successful candidates sought is 20.

Admission tests:

The computer-based admission tests will be organized by EPSO only if the number of candidates exceeds a certain threshold which will be set by the Director of EPSO, as the appointing authority, after the deadline for applications.

You will be invited to sit the tests if you have validated your application on time and ofcourse, you must reserve a date to sit the tests.   You will sit three types of assessment tests, the content of which is validated by the selection board:

  1. The reasoning ability will be assessed by a verbal, numerical and an abstract reasoning test.

If admision  tests are not held, these reasoning tests will form part of the Assessment Centre. Also, various aspects of your professional experience will be take in consideration for the next step, the assesment centre.

At the Assesment Centre, you will sit three types of assessment tests, the content of which is validated by the selection board:

The reasoning ability will be assessed by means of: a verbal, numerical reasoning tests and an abstract reasoning tests.

Your specific competencies  will be assessed by means of:

  1. a structured interview on your competencies in the field, based on the information given in the ‘Talent Screener’ tab of your application.
  2. A case study;
  3. A group exercise and
  4. A structured interview.

Deadline for the EPSO/AD/294/14 competition (including validation): 9 December 2014 at 12.00 (midday), Brussels time

For more details, including the admission criteria and other specific requirements, you can take a look at the next link:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=uriserv:OJ.CA.2014.391.01.0001.01.ENG

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EPSO/AST/134/14 — Competition Announced for Assistants (AST 3) in the Field of Parliamentary Work

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is organizing an open competition – EPSO/AST/134/14, based on qualifications and tests, to draw up a reserve list from which to fill vacant posts for officials as ‘Assistants’ in the European Parliament to work for one or more of the following sectors:

  • Assistance in parliamentary work;
  • Communication activities;
  • Correspondence and mail management;
  • Support tasks relating to the daily work of a committee/delegation/unit secretariat;

The number of successful candidates sought is 30.

The computer-based admission tests for the EPSO/AST/134/14 competition will be organized by EPSO only if the number of candidates exceeds a certain threshold which will be set by the Director of EPSO, as the appointing authority, after the deadline for applications.

At the preselection stage, your responses to the questions relating to the general and specific conditions will be processed to determine whether you can be included in the list of candidates who fulfill all the conditions for admission to the competition. The selection board will then screen the candidates eligible for the competition on the basis of their qualifications to identify those whose profile (particularly their diplomas and professional experience) best matches the duties and selection criteria set out in this notice.

You will sit three types of assessment tests, the content of which is validated by the selection board:

  1. The reasoning ability will be assessed by a verbal, numerical and an abstract reasoning test.

If admission tests are not held, these reasoning tests will be part of the assessment centre. Also, various aspects of your professional experience will be taken in consideration for the next step, the assesment centre.

At the Assesment Centre, You will sit three types of assessment tests, the content of which is validated by the selection board:

The reasoning ability will be assessed by means of: a verbal, numerical and free abstract reasoning tests.

Your specific competencies  will be assessed by means of:

  1. a structured interview on your competencies in the field, based on the information given in the ‘Talent Screener’ tab of your application.
  2. A case study;
  3. A group exercise and
  4. A structured interview.

The Deadline for the EPSO/AST/134/14 competition (including validation) is 13 January 2015 at 12.00 (midday), Brussels time.

For more details you can take a look at the next link:

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/HTML/?uri=OJ:C:2014:434A:FULL&from=EN

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EPSO Oral Presentations Tips

The EPSO Oral Presentations are an excellent opportunity to offer information and connect directly to your targeted audience. They are a fantastic outlet to present yourself in the best light possible and make a good impression on the assessors.  As many benefits as oral presentations offer, some find it challenging to speak in public and perform with confidence. You will find yourself tested on competencies such as Analysis and Problem-solving, Communicating, Delivering quality & results and Resilience. With the following tips you’d be able to get a handle on oral presentations and impress your audience!

  • Consider your goal

Before any oral presentation, think about what it is that you would like to achieve. Do you need to convince your audience of something or are you simply presenting information? Are you to entertain or educate them? How would you like to be remembered? If you are able to formulate a clear goal, then you would have something objective to work towards and are more likely to be successful.

  • Do your research

Even if you are well-informed on the topic you will talk about, do some additional research. This way you might discover new, intriguing facts. More importantly, you will ensure that you are thoroughly prepared for any questions your audience might ask, which will portray you as more respectable and trustworthy. Last but not least, if you are well-prepared your confidence will sky-rocket and nerves will have a hard time settling in.

  • Organization is key

Even if the facts you will present are interesting, the effect may be lost due to poor organization. Think about the succession of individual facts on how to best tie them together. Also make sure you practice your EPSO oral presentation beforehand and consider the time frame.

  • Know your audience

Let’s face it – nobody likes to be bored. If you don’t want your assessors to experience this feeling which will be well masked by their professional attitude during the interview, make sure you know what will captivate them. You don’t have to pretend to be one of them, but try to think about what they are interested in, what they expect to hear from you and how formal they would expect you to be. Consider European Institutions culture in order to make sure you stay appropriate.

  • Captivate with your visual aid

While some people have a better vocal memory, they remember things they hear, others have a stronger visual memory – what they see remains in their mind. Having a strong visual aid will help captivate your assessors and will certainly enhance your presentation. You won’t be able to use generic slides but you could draw attention by referencing to a relevant paragraph from the papers you received before the interview – try incorporating something more colorful and creative, while staying occasion-appropriate.

  • Use language to your advantage

Language can be a powerful tool if you know how to use it. Firstly, try not to read off of support papers or to memorize every word of your presentation. Both will likely come off as fake and dull. It is best to sound natural, so have flash cards with bullet points, but paraphrase the information as you go. Use engaging words such as “listen” “look” “imagine” – these expressions help your audience spring into action and pay more attention to you.  To keep people’s interest, try to speak loudly and clearly, while avoiding a monotonous tone of voice.

  • Deal with nervousness

Taking the EPSO oral presentation exam can make you feel very nervous and undermine your self-confidence. Unfortunately, being overly nervous can make you forget information, freeze or act in undesirable ways. This cloud has a silver lining though – there are many relaxation techniques you can use to deal effectively with nervousness. Slow, calm breathing and positive visualization can really help. Try not to think of yourself and the way you might look – instead, focus on your audience and keep eye contact with them.

The EPSO Oral presentations could in the end be a great opportunity to stand out during the Assessment Centre and a fun way to get people to remember you. Although presenting might sometimes be a little stressful, with the tips above you will master this skill and captive your audience!

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EPSO Group Exercise Tips and Tricks

Preparing for a new EPSO job opportunity is one of those life-events that can be incredibly exciting and completely nerve-racking at the same time. And, when the Epso Assessment Centre company introduces another step into the interviewing process, such as the EPSO group exercise, knowing exactly what to do can make the difference between snatching your dream job and having to look elsewhere. No worries though, we are here to show you exactly how to do brilliantly!

What is the EPSO Group exercise?

The EPSO group exercise also known as a role play exercise are added to the Assessment Centre process to help EPSO gain a better understanding of who you are and how your work ethic would fit into the organization’s profile. They assess abilities such as Analysis and Problem solving, Learning and development, Prioritising and Organising, Resilience, Working with Others and Leadership. This exercise will be held with several candidates participating in a scenario.

What to know beforehand

In order to showcase your brilliant self, before taking part in the EPSO Group exercise you should know that the scenarios will correspond to the professional role you are being interviewed for. So, if you have experience at a similar position, it is likely that you would have encountered a situation like that before. Remember that the interviewers won’t expect anything unusual or alien of you – all they need to know is how you would normally react if you were to find yourself in a tricky situation.

Stay calm and positive

This is certainly easier said than done, but it is a role play essential. Feeling jittery and nervous is natural when your character and abilities are being tested, but remember that nerves can only sabotage your performance. In order to stay calm, try applying quick breathing techniques before the exercise and during preparation. Equal breathing, for instance, is a reliable option. Smiling, employing a positive tone of voice and a positive body language can also go a long way. Even if you don’t do as well as another candidate, if you have been upbeat and inviting, chances are the interviewers will be left with a favorable impression of you.

How to do an excellent job

Although EPSO has its own set of scenarios for the group exercise there are certain general rules you can apply in order to go through the experience successfully. Follow the advice below and you will likely pass your role play exercise with flying colors!

  • Read meticulously

Before starting the EPSO group exercise you will be given a short scenario to read. It usually includes your role within one of the European Institutions, a situation you need to deal with and a time frame. Make sure you read and assess every word very carefully, so as to not miss any important details.

  • Decide what you’d like to achieve

Are you a Head of Unit who has to deal with a hot EU topic? Do you work as part of a team that has to tackle a time-sensitive project? Think about your role and what you would strive to achieve if you experienced this situation in real life.  Being goal-oriented always makes a great impression!

  • Devise a plan

You will have time to prepare before the exercise begins, so use it wisely and devise an action plan. It is crucial to be flexible, as you don’t know how the other participants may act, so you need to change your behavior accordingly.

  • Practice

The clichéd phrase “Practice makes perfect” is actually applicable here – the more you practice the less nervous you will feel during the exercise.

  • Ask open-ended questions

More often than not, essential information is omitted from the brief you are given. That is why one of your tasks is to clarify the situation. You can do that by asking open-ended questions such as: “please tell me more about…” “could you please elaborate on…” “please describe…”

  • Act natural

Keep in mind that your goal is to portray your actions in the fictional scenario as realistically as possible. So, try to jump into character as soon as you see the other participants. Concentrate on the role, rather than on feelings of discomfort or awkwardness. Act as natural, open and positive as you would in real life and chances are you will really impress the interviewers!