The Official Vacancy notice includes a job description and lists the requirements which candidates wishing to participate in the competition must meet.
A panel makes a preliminary selection of candidates on the basis of their qualifications and professional experience. Candidates who meet all the requirements are invited to the next stage in the process (examination, tests, or interviews). For some competitions, candidates may be asked to sit tests to complete this preliminary selection.
Examinations are usually held in Strasbourg and in the capitals of the countries concerned.
The candidates having obtained the best results in the assessments are invited for an interview with a panel and, for some competitions, to sit additional tests. Interviews are conducted in English and French. The Appointments Board then assesses candidates' merits on the basis of their results in the exams, their competencies and professional experience and their interview performance. The Board then formulates a recommendation to the Secretary General specifying which candidates are considered suitable for the vacant post(s).
The Secretary General decides, after considering the recommendations made by the Appointments Board, which candidates may be offered a fixed-term contract (CDD) or a contract of indefinite duration (CDI) after a probationary period of one year. Candidates not offered immediate employment may be placed on a reserve list valid for 2 years. Reserve lists are taken into consideration whenever a vacant post is to be filled by an external candidate. However, attention is drawn to the fact that being placed on a reserve list does not create any entitlement to an offer of employment.