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Epso Translators 2015 Competitions Announced

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) is organising an open competition – EPSO/AD/315/15, EPSO/AD/316/15, EPSO/AD/317/15, EPSO/AD/318/15, EPSO/AD/319/15, EPSO/AD/320/15 – based on tests to draw up a reserve list from which European institutions will recruit new EPSO translators 2015 (AD 5).

*Please note that this announcement is for six competitions, each with two options. You may only apply to one competition and one option. You must make your choice when you apply online and you will not be able to change it after you have confirmed your online application form.

EPSO Translators 2015 are sought for the following languages:

Finnish –  20 available positions for Option 1 and 9 for Option 2

Hungarian – 15 available positions for Option 1 and 10 for Option 2

Latvian –  20 available positions for Option 1 and 5 for Option 2

Polish – 23 available positions for Option 1 and 2 for Option 2

Portuguese – 32 available positions for Option 1 and 4 for Option 2

Slovak –  17 available positions for Option 1 and 3 for Option 2

The specific language conditions are as follows:

Option 1

Language 1: minimum level — C2 of the competition language,

Language 2: minimum level — C1 in English, French or German,

Language 3: minimum level — C1 in English, French or German, must be different from language 2.

Option 2

Language 1: minimum level — C2 of the competition language,

Language 2: minimum level — C1 in English, French or German,

Language 3: minimum level — C1 in one of the 24 official EU languages, must be different from language 1 and not English, French or German.

For details on language levels, see the  Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The testing process has three phases:

Computer-based multiple-choice MCQ tests for EPSO Translators 2015 (Numerical Reasoning tests do not count into the overall score. You must reach indicated pass mark in order to qualify for the next stage for all tests)

 

Language 1:

Verbal Reasoning –  pass mark -Verbal + abstract combined: 15/30

Numerical Reasoning – pass mark 4/10

Abstract Reasoning – pass mark – Verbal + abstract combined: 15/30

Language 2 and 3:

Language comprehension – pass mark 6/12

 

Translation tests (weight 65% of the overall mark)

Translation with dictionary (pass mark 40/80):

– from language 2 into language 1

– from language 3 into language 1

3) Assessment Centre (weights 35% of the overall mark and 40/80 pass mark needed)

If in need of more information it can be found on the EPSO website or in the Official Journal of the European Union.

You can apply to EPSO Translators 2015 competitions by 1 September 2015 at 12.00 (midday), Brussels time.

 

 

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Epso Competitions Statistics 2013

EPSO has recently closed the last competitions announced in 2013. On this occasion we present you the epso competitions statistics 2013 infographic so that you have a clear picture of the EPSO competitions held in 2013 in terms of positions advertised, types of posts advertised, number of candidates for each profile, competition for each field, candidates sought by profile and much more.

Epso Competitions Statistics 2013 Main Facts

  • There were 1177 advertised positions in 2013 – Administrators, Assistants and Management (Head of Unit level)
  • Almost 55000 candidates applied in 2013 for an EPSO Competition
  • There was actually no surprise that the most fierce Administrators competition was in European Public Administration field with close to 120 candidates per advertised position
  • Toughest Assistants competition in terms of candidates per advertised position was the competition looking to recruit assistants specialized in legal matters with 139 candidates per place.
  • There were  2 Assistants Proofreaders competitions that were cancelled, so 1820 candidates that applied for those competitions were not considered in the statistics

Epso Competitions Statistics 2013

For more interesting stats on previous years competitions make sure you check out our previous epso competitions statistics for 2012 and 2011.

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Apply to EPSO/AD/302/15 AD5 Auditors Competition – NEW Procedure

EPSO is looking to recruit 80 successful candidates in the Audit field by launching the competitition EPSO/AD/302/15. The place of recruitment will be Luxembourg with the European Court of Auditors acting as the main recruiter among other EU Institutions.

Like in the previous launched epso competition, the selection will have 3 phases:

  1. Preselection Phase – CBT on Verbal, Numerical, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement
  2. Intermediate test – e-tray exercise
  3. Assessment Centre

The newly introduced preselection rules for this competition are the following:

– Verbal and Numerical Reasoning DO NOT COUNT for your preselection mark, but you would still need to get a pass mark for these tests

– There will only be 10 Verbal Reasoning questions from now on.

– There will be 20 Abstract Reasoning questions from now on

– The score for the preselection will be made of scores from Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement Tests

– There will be up to 10 but not more than 11 times more candidates than needed on the reserve list invited to the Intermediate test. In this case, the maximum of candidates that could be invited to the Intermediate test is 880.

The main tasks of administrators in the field of audit are:

external audit, financial audit, compliance audit, and auditing of sound financial management, including planning, implementation and reporting;

documentary and on-the-spot checks and controls, analysis, assessment and improvement of audit systems and project and programme management;

internal audit, methodological support, advice and training;

inter-service coordination and consultation on audit issues;

drafting of opinions, advice or recommendations in fields related to their institution’s mission.

The deadline to apply is 28th April 2015.

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EPSO/AD/301/15 — ADMINISTRATORS (AD 5) Competition Announced

The newly announced EPSO Competitition – EPSO/AD/301/15 – for AD5 which looks to draw up a reserve list of  149 successful candidates brings changes to the selection procedure.

The selection will now have 3 phases:

  1. Preselection Phase – CBT on Verbal, Numerical, Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement
  2. Intermediate test – e-tray exercise
  3. Assessment Centre

By looking at the Official Journal for the competition you will notice the following EPSO preselection exam changes:

– Verbal and Numerical Reasoning DO NOT COUNT for your preselection mark, but you would still need to get a pass mark for these tests

– There will only be 10 Verbal Reasoning questions from now on.

– There will be 20 Abstract Reasoning questions from now on

– The score for the preselection will be made of scores from Abstract Reasoning and Situational Judgement Tests

– There will be up to 10 but not more than 11 times more candidates than needed on the reserve list invited to the Intermediate test. In this case, the maximum of candidates that could be invited to the Intermediate test is 1639.

The Intermediate Test consists of an e-tray test which will verify 4 general competencies usually sought by the European Institutions – Analysis and Problem Solving, Delivering Quality and Results, Prioritising and Organising and Working with Others. There will be 15 to 20 questions on this test. Each competency will be marked out of 10.

The main tasks of a successful candidate would include:

1.   Policy formulation and development

Conduct analysis and formulation of policies in the fields of EU action;

Follow and contribute proactively to policy implementation in specific sectorial policies, drafting policy analysis notes and briefings;

Assist decision-makers by means of written or oral contributions.

2.   Operational delivery

Devise, implement, monitor and conduct checks of programmes and action plans;

Manage the relations with the Member States and external interest groups;

Follow inter-service and interinstitutional coordination and consultation regarding European policies;

Coordinate working groups set up by the Member States, the institutions and other external stakeholders;

Draft contracts, prepare calls for proposals and invitations to tender, and participate in the monitoring of proposals and projects;

Contribute to external communication as well as to internal reporting and communication.

3.   Resource management

Manage resources including staff, finances, and equipment;

Monitor administrative, financial and budget procedures;

Participate in preparing budget estimates and drawing up annual reports and accounts;

Manage operational, strategic, social and budgetary risks.

 

The deadline to apply is 21st April midday.