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Recruitment process

Here are the basic steps in the recruitment process for a position at the EPO:

For more information on the examiner-specific recruitment procedure, click here.

Step 1: Application
Fill out the online application form included as a link in each vacancy notice. You will receive confirmation by e-mail that your application has been received.

Step 2: Preselection
Applicants are preselected on the basis of how well they match the required profile, with the aim of deciding which candidates to invite for interview.

Step 3: Interview(s)
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a face-to-face interview. They may also be invited to take part in one or more Skype interviews beforehand where applicable. The interviews evaluate:

  • their language skills and
  • whether they have the professional and soft skills required.

As part of the recruitment procedure, candidates might also be asked to sit tests.

Step 4: Decision
After the interviews, usually one or more candidates are found suitable for the post. The final decision is taken by or on behalf of the President of the EPO.

Step 5: Job offer
The selected candidate receives a job offer by post. The offer is conditional on passing a medical examination.

Final confirmation of recruitment is also dependent on passing a pre-employment screening check. This process is compulsory for all new recruits, meaning that they cannot start work at the EPO until it has been completed.

Screening begins as soon as the selected candidate has passed the medical examination, accepted our conditional job offer and provided us with a Letter of Authorisation to start the process.