How to get a EuropeAid job: The EU assessment center

By Elena L. Pasquini 20 August 2012

A job seeker completes a test. After an online application, some candidates are invited to take a computer-based admission test, which may lead to further assessment in Brussels. Photo by: European Commission

Seeking a position with the European Union starts with an online application. The next stage will test candidates — literally.

Admission testing

In the past, the admission tests were knowledge-based; now they evaluate cognitive abilities or competencies. The computer-based admission testing is structured in a series of multiple-choice questions, held in individual EU countries and, in most cases, conducted in the candidate’s main language.

Usually, candidates are informed they can book their testing appointment within 48 hours after their online applications have been validated. Test results are uploaded in about three to five weeks.

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About the author

Elena L. Pasquini@elenapasquini

Elena Pasquini covers the development work of the European Union as well as various U.N. food and agricultural agencies for Devex News. Based in Rome, she also reports on Italy's aid reforms and attends the European Development Days and other events across Europe. She has interviewed top international development officials, including European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs. Elena has contributed to Italian and international magazines, newspapers and news portals since 1995.

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