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Published on 15-03-12

Today sees the opening of the 2012 graduate ‘AD’ recruitment procedure, to find new graduate level recruits to work at the EU Institutions. Although there are no nationality quotas or attention paid to nationality through the assessment process, this year we are particularly encouraging applicants from the United Kingdom. Along with Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Sweden, the United Kingdom is consistently under-represented in terms of the number of applications received. Only seven British candidates made it through to final selection in the 2010 competition.

    The roles available are in five fields: European Public Administration (a wide range of policy and programme management posts); Law; Audit; Communication and External Relations. Applicants must choose one of these categories when they apply and can choose from one of two grades – ‘AD 5’ for undergraduates in their final year and recent graduates, and ‘AD 7’ for those with at least 6/7 years work experience.

    The entire process lasts 9 months, and the assessment takes place in two stages after the application form is submitted. The first stage involves computer-based tests (‘CBT’) which can be taken at any of our test centres around Europe, and the world. This first examination consists of 50% reasoning tests (verbal, numerical and abstract) and 50% ‘Situational Judgement’ where applicants are given a situation and asked the best and worst ways to react. Examples of these tests can be found on Those successful in the first round will be invited to the second stage at an Assessment Centre In Brussels. This round includes a group exercise (a type of negotiation), a written policy exercise, a presentation and a competency based interview. The second assessment is focused on skills and competences rather than knowledge- although a basic knowledge of the EU Institutions will help significantly with some exercises at the Assessment Centre.

    As well as being a graduate, the applicant should also be a citizen of an EU country. He or she must also have a thorough knowledge of either English, French or German and a satisfactory knowledge of at least one other official EU language. Various tests will be conducted in one or other of the candidate's selected languages with the initial round largely being conducted in the candidate's 'main' or strongest language. Undergraduates are welcome to apply in their final year of study provided they will graduate/receive their diploma by the 31st July 2012. The deadline for applications is midday CET on the 17th April 2012.

    EU Careers are a popular choice across Europe as they are top level, exciting opportunities. Applicants should expect a healthy level of competition- last year 41,000 applications were received for just 323 places. EU Careers provide a range of benefits including challenging work that can make a real difference for Europe; a varied career; excellent training and development; travel and work in an international environment and a competitive benefits package.

    To follow the experiences of recent recruits please visit

    For detailed descriptions on criteria and how to apply please visit

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