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You just need to create an account in our e-recruitment system, by accessing Vacancies and clicking on “Click here to login” (top right hand side of the page). You can then select the option to be notified each time a vacancy is published on the ESM website.
Applications from all nationalities are considered. The ESM promotes and values diversity and inclusion among staff, irrespective of their gender, nationality, age, race, culture, education, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or disability. Although the ESM recruits worldwide from all nationalities and welcomes the opportunity to further diversify its workforce, it also strives for a fair representation of the nationalities of the Member States of the euro area. While evaluating and selecting candidates, the ESM ensures fair competition based on the relative merit of applicants.
Only candidates identified as suitable for an assignment will be contacted to discuss their application and availability. Unsuccessful candidates will receive notification of the outcome of the selection process. Due to the volume of applications received, we will unfortunately not be able to provide individual feedback on applications.
The duration of the selection process depends on many components, such as the volume of applications received, the qualifications required, and the availability of the hiring panel. Our aim is to fill all vacancies in the shortest possible time frame.
Applications are accepted as long as the vacancy is posted on our website. Certain third parties may also publish our job advertisements, but the ESM does not accept responsibility for the accuracy and timeliness of this information.
Applications and personal data will be preserved in the HR database for a maximum period of five years except for video files in the cases of online video job interviews, which will be deleted automatically at the latest one year after the video file has been recorded. Upon specific request of the candidate to the HR division of the ESM, applications and personal data can be deleted at any time. All application data and documents will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
Once the application process is completed, candidates will be automatically notified by email, confirming receipt of their application.
Candidates must submit a CV and a cover letter in English. If not provided during the initial phase, copies of diplomas, certificates, reference letters, etc. may be requested at a later stage of the recruitment process.  Upon submitting the online application, candidates certify that the information provided is complete and true. Pre-employment screening is performed as part of the ESM’s appointment procedures to ensure the accuracy of the backgrounds presented in the candidates’ application.
In order to guarantee a neutral stance in all stages of our recruitment and selection process, we only accept applications via our e-recruitment candidate portal.
Candidates are expected to have an excellent command of written and spoken English, which is the working language at the ESM. The knowledge of any additional EU language is considered an asset but is not required.
The ESM does not use competitions to pre-select applications. Candidates are considered based on a number of factors, including qualifications, experience, skills, knowledge, competencies, anticipated fit with the ESM, reference checks, and other methods available.  We publish our vacancies on our website, other job websites and social media outlets and in specialised press of the Member States of the European Union.
Candidates are selected based on an examination of their application. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to take part in a series of interviews, which can include phone/video interviews, personal interviews, and if required, tests or written exams. Subject to prior approval from the candidate, background and reference checks will also be performed. If a candidate does not feel comfortable with having an online (video) job interview, we can arrange for a classic interview process. The choice of interview style will not have any negative impact on the way the application is considered.
Initial staff appointments to the ESM are for a fixed term, usually between two and five years, which may be extended or converted into a permanent contract. All appointments are subject to a probationary period of up to one year, depending on the level of seniority.

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