Here you will find details of our recruitment and selection process, where each of the stages combine to ensure a process that is as rigorous and as fair as possible.
Initial CV Screening
What happens: The selection panel will assess your application against the requirements listed in the vacancy you applied for.
It is in your interest to provide as much relevant information as possible to demonstrate that you are a good match for the vacancy, and to explain clearly in your cover letter why you are applying.
Following the initial CV screening, the interview board will create a short list of candidates to invite for interview.
When: This process begins on the vacancy closing day and generally lasts 2-3 weeks.
What happens: Invitations to interview will be sent to candidates at the latest 1 week before the interview day.
Interviews are structured, based on technical skills and behavioural competencies of the job, conducted by a board usually consisting of 4-5 people, including a representative from the recruitment team.
Sometimes telephone or videoconference facilities are used to verify and/or better understand a candidate's experience.
When: Interviews are usually scheduled 4-5 weeks after the vacancy closing date.
What happens: Interviews may be accompanied by testing. You will be advised about this in your invitation.
Tests mostly involve work-related exercises or scenarios, but other assessments (ability, work-style preference) are also used on occasion.
When: Tests usually take place directly after the interview at the EUMETSAT headquarters but in some cases can also take place online before the interviews.
What happens: Once all interviews and tests have been completed, the interview board will come to a decision on which candidate to recommend for selection. The ultimate selection decision is taken by the Director General.
When: The decision process usually takes 2-3 weeks.
Appointment and Medical Examination
What happens: Once the selection decision is approved by the Director General, a conditional job offer is made to the successful candidate. If the successful candidate accepts the job offer, they are invited to Darmstadt to undergo a medical examination with the EUMETSAT Medical Advisor who issues a certificate. It is a requirement that the candidate passes the medical examination before they receive their contract.
When: The medical certificate is sent to EUMETSAT within a week to two after which the contract is issued to the selected candidate. The contract will need to be returned within 2 weeks.
Feedback to non-selected candidates
What happens: Candidates who are not selected for the position will receive notification via email.
When: When the selected candidate has returned the signed contract.