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Examiner recruitment procedure

The procedure to take part in a recruitment event is as follows:

Step 1: Application 
Fill out the online application form. Receipt of your application will be confirmed by email.

Step 2: Online assessment exercises 
If our basic requirements (nationality, level of education and language skills) are met, you will receive an e-mail inviting you to complete a number of online assessment exercises (e.g. cognitive ability, personality, languages).
Please note that all exercises must be completed within the given deadline to proceed with the selection process. If you fail to complete them, your application will not be considered further. We recommend you check your inbox as well as your spam folder regularly to make sure you do not miss any important emails from us.

Step 3: Skype interview 
If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to participate in one or more Skype interviews.

Step 4: Recruitment event 
If your Skype interview(s) is (are) successful, you will be invited to take part in a recruitment event in Munich or The Hague (depending on where you applied to work). The recruitment event will comprise one or more face-to-face interviews, supplemented as appropriate by additional technical, psychometric and/or language tests. You will also have the opportunity, through presentations and by meeting current EPO staff, to find out more about the European Patent Office and the job of European patent examiner, a role which demands a unique combination of scientific expertise, analytical thinking, language skills and an interest in intellectual property law.