The Ultimate EU Test Book Assessment Centre 2021

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IMPORTANT NOTE. EPSO has confirmed that all competitions that began before May 2023 will continue to have the Assessment Centre tests as given in their Notices of Competition. Candidates in these competitions can therefore use The Ultimate EU Test Book Assessment Centre 2021.

This book is designed to help candidates succeed at the Assessment Centre, the final stage in EPSO competitions and the gateway to jobs in the EU institutions. This specially updated 2021 edition includes the online testing regime and situational competency based interview introduced because of the Covid pandemic. Written by experts in EPSO competitions, it explains exactly what the assessors are looking for and is packed with useful tips about how to prepare, what to do – and mistakes to avoid.

  • How the EPSO Assessment Centre works − in normal times and with Covid restrictions
  • The EPSO competencies and how they are measured
  • The exercises used to test the competencies, the keys to success and the pitfalls to avoid
  • Full sample exercises with scoring keys
  • Recruitment & the Competency Passport
  • Includes the situational competency based interview introduced because of Covid
  • Relevant for all Administrator, Assistant, Linguist and Specialist competitions
  • Supported by free online self-assessment tool – generate your own Competency Passport
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Table of Contents


  1. The EPSO Assessment Centre
  2. The EPSO Competency Framework
  3. The In-Tray (E-tray) Exercise
  4. The Case Study
  5. The General Competency Based Interview
  6. The Oral Presentation
  7. The Group Exercise
  8. The Interview in the Field
  9. The EU Motivational Interview
  10. The Situational Competency Based Interview
  11. Recruitment
  12. What if You’re Not on the Reserve List?


  1. Competencies, anchors and indicators
  2. Sample In-tray (E-tray) Exercise
  3. Sample Case Study
  4. General Competency Based Interview Questions
  5. Sample Oral Presentation
  6. Sample Group Exercise
  7. Sample Motivational Interview Questions
  8. Sample Competency Passport
  9. Frequently Asked Questions
  10. Glossary

About András Baneth and Jan De Sutter

András Baneth is an author, speaker, trainer and consultant, and co-founder and partner at EU Training.

Find out more about András Baneth and his books.

Jan De Sutter is a coach and trainer, focusing on personalised coaching and preparation for the EPSO Assessment Centre. He is a former EU official and EPSO Selection Board president.

Find out more about Jan De Sutter and his books.

Product Details

Publication Date
1 Mar 2021
Page Count
186 x 245mm