In the old days (that’s a relative term), EPSO used to organise ony the CBT1 and then the Assessment Centre. Since 2015, they thought of another intermediary phase, namely the E-tray.
From what I read, this happened because the pass mark for the CBT was so high, that potential candidates were eliminated. Now EPSO allows approximately 10 times the number of available places to reach the E-tray phase and uses it to filter out 2/3-ish of the candidates.
The E-tray is yet another competency-measuring test. It is designed to assess 3 or 4 competencies, depending of the competition. Here are the competencies assessed, with their definitions2:
|Analysis & Problem Solving||Identifies the critical facts in complex issues and develops creative and practical solutions|
|Delivering Quality and Results||Takes personal responsibility and initiative for delivering work to a high standard of quality within set procedures|
|Prioritising and Organising||Prioritises the most important tasks, works flexibly and organises own workload efficiently.|
|Working with Others 3||Works co-operatively with others in teams and across organisational boundaries and respects differences between people|