Most people who work in the Civil Service find work outside of the large and well-publicised graduate schemes
Here are some sites you can use to look for work in this sector
The following consultancies specialise in working with the public sector
Most consultancies work most often with local government, health, and emergency services
The Civil Service run a limited number of internships for students who want to get experience
Updates from EPSO on EU competitions
Via the Fast Stream website. Deadline for applications is 30 November.
See also their extremely useful Tips for getting through the Fast Stream application and assessment centre [pdf]
Following registration you will be set a number of tests
There is a situational judgement questionnaire and a behavioural questionnaire. You have 7 days to complete the questionnaires, which are not timed.
There are some practice situational judgement questions you should try before applying. The behavioural questionnaire cannot be prepared for in advance.
A timed exercise lasting 80 minutes, which you will have 7 days to take. There is no practice exercise, but you will be able to try an example scenario before you start the timer.
If successful, you will unlock the video interview section.
You will need a computer with a webcam (or smartphone/tablet). Make sure you are in a quiet environment, free from distractions, and that there is adequate lighting. Dress appropriately and treat this like a real interview.
There is a practice question for you to test your equipment. Then you will have 8 questions. You will have 2 minutes to record your answer to the first 7 and 1 minute for the last question. You have 7 days to take the video interview.
Interviews and assessment exercises in London or Newcastle. You will be allocated to a location. The assessment centre will consist of a leadership exercise, a group exercise and an analysis exercise.
For full details see the official Fast Stream Assessment Centre Guide [pdf]
You must go through a final selection process for all Fast Stream schemes except Generalist and Human Resources. You will be asked to attend this final assessment if you reach the required standard at the assessment centre.
The EU application process is known as the Concours
The EU recruits people in the following streams
To apply, you need A-level standard skills in either German or French
Applications for the Concours are annual.
Opportunities to take part are listed on the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) website.
Entry level (graduate) positions are classed as AD5. The main graduate recruitment is open between mid-March and mid-April and advertised as Administrators: Generalists. There are also specialist competitions throughout the year (e.g. Economics, IT).
You will have three months to fill in computerised tests in verbal, numerical, and abstract reasoning, as well as situational judgement tests in your second language
Five to eight months into the application there are two assesment centre visits
In the first you will be asked to read a case study and present on it in your second language
The second test is in Brussels and consists of a group exercise, an oral presentation, and a structured interview
Sucessful candidates will be approached for job interviews when civil service jobs come up
The EU Civil Service expects CVs to be produced in the Europass format
Keeping up with news about the sector can improve your chances of making a good impression at interviews