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European Parliament Interview Questions

Updated Jan 23, 2017
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    Translator Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at European Parliament in January 2012.

    Interview

    A lot of steps. Fairly easy translations. Interview with 10 to 12 people interviewing you, kind of nerv wrecking. It also took a long time to get test results and be invited to interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Where have you learnt to speak...   1 Answer
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    Anonymous Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    Firstly, I sent in an application. After few months, I received a phone call out of the blue. My future supervisor asked me if I was still interested and I confirmed my previous interest. Afterwards, I received an email stating that I was short-listed for the position and asking me to deliver some documents. After doing so, I was basically in.

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    Traineeship Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at European Parliament (Brussels (Belgium)) in July 2016.

    Interview

    They set-up a specific time for an interview a couple of days before. The interview was via phone and took about 15 minutes. They only asked very general questions as to motivation, what you know about the European Parliament as well as 1 or 2 competency based questions about time management. They took one week of notice which they have said during the interview. I first got rejected but they called me a couple of weeks after if I would like to join in another part of the unit I was screened for.

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    N/A Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at European Parliament (Brussels (Belgium)) in December 2015.

    Interview

    There was no interview process as the candidates are selected only on the basis of their applications. The decision makeing process is therefore based on the screening of the applications of the candidates, with no further steps to be completed.

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    Graduate Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at European Parliament in December 2015.

    Interview

    Everything was done online which included questions about previous experience (eg multi-national)
    There was no call interview. I was just e-mailed that I was selected based on my online application.
    The questions focus on your background (academic) and work (voluntary AND paid). They ask for a cover letter as well.

    The application is TIMED so make sure to prepare in advance.

    Interview Questions

    • What experience do you have in multi-cultural environments?   1 Answer
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at European Parliament in November 2015.

    Interview

    It was a technical interview where you had to explain the functions of the different European Institutions. It's not enough to just say what they do, you have to explain what you like and what you don't like about them, and what you can recommend to make them more efficient.

    Interview Questions

    • Explain what you know about TTIP, what is one negative and one positive thing about TTIP, how would you change it   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at European Parliament (Brussels (Belgium)) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Through my university administration, i had to attend a meeting with a employee at the European Parliament. I asked no technical question unless one on the macroeconomic situation, in order to understand if I were really motivated to the position at the economic commitee. I looked to my cv and my interests. No worries.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you think about the ECB reaction to the credit crunch   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    be yourself

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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at European Parliament in December 2014.

    Interview

    The interview was an informal and relaxed setting. The focus for my entry level role was more on my existing skills and what I could bring to the job from the offset rather than my broader political knowledge or shared values with the party I would work for. My role was intended to be administrative, as are many entry level jobs or 'stagiaire' positions in the EP, so the interviewers wanted to ensure that I could complete these tasks with minimal supervision.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time where you have had to balance different responsibilities and prioritise your work.
      What are the best and worst things about working in a team, how do you deal with difficult people?
      Describe a time when you have had to deal with a high volume of work, how did you keep on top of it?  
      Answer Question
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    Assistant MEP Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at European Parliament (Brussels (Belgium)) in April 2014.

    Interview

    I sent my cold application (CV and cover letter) to all the parliamentarians whose work was of interest to me but what got me the job in the end was a contact that I had with an assistant who already worked in the office. I think that if you want to work in the parliament your best chance is to network with people already there and jump on a potential opening

    Interview Questions

    • how do your political beliefs fit our office's pursued policies and party lines?   Answer Question
    • What do you know about our office's recent projects   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    look up the resources that MEP offices have (it is all on the web) and how many assistants your MEP had in the past

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    Trainee Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Brussels (Belgium)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at European Parliament (Brussels (Belgium)).

    Interview

    Emailing MEPs was the most helpful way to get a foot in the door. MEP assistants reply to individual emails. Questions during interview were very basic - mostly about past experiences and qualitative experience.

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