Irish Civil Service Executive Officer Prep [2021]

The Executive Officer Position

The Executive Officer (Dublin) is a trainee management role and positions are now open. This role is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to take his career to the next level. A university degree is not necessary to apply for it

Here are some of the responsibilities and expectations of an executive officer:

First, you will be expected to make often complex decisions involving unusual situations and cases. Second, you will be managing on a large scale in terms of staff, resources, and budgets which you must justify within the agency.

Lastly, you must be at the forefront of research policy, up to date on all legislation, and serving in government departments as either or junior manager or managing operation.

Irish Civil Service Executive Officer Hiring Process:

The recruitment process for Civil Service Officers is managed by the Public Appointments Service (PAS) and is comprised of several stages.

Executive Officer Recruitment Process

After completing an initial application, you must complete the Executive Officer Assessment Questionnaire. After the questionnaire, you will be invited to take an online assessment test comprising of verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and job simulation tests. If you are invited to progress to the next stage, you will participate in an interview, and in more steps down the road.

The Executive Officer Assessment Questionnaire

The Stage 1 online assessment questionnaire is comprised of two psychological tests: a personality test and a situational judgement test (SJT). Both parts together aim to measure the competencies necessary for the Executive Officer role.

  1. In the first part of the assessment, a personality test, you will be asked questions on your traits, preferences and abilities.
  2. In the second part of the questionnaire, you will be asked to rate different responses to various scenarios you may encounter in the workplace, as an executive officer.

The Executive Officer Online Tests

EO Aptitude Tests

 

Verbal Reasoning Test

The verbal reasoning test is designed to measure your ability to evaluate an argument logically and to understand written passages.

In this test you will be required to demonstrate your ability to comprehend passages of text, to make inferences and deductions, and to assess various arguments.

You must answer 59 questions in 30 minutes. Verbal reasoning practice is included in our Executive Officer PrepPack.

Numerical Reasoning Test

For the numerical reasoning test, you are asked to answer questions assessing your ability to make correct decisions or inferences from numerical data.

You will be presented with statistical tables containing facts and figures, followed by questions relating to one of the tables on the page. You must choose the correct answer out of five possible choices for each question. 

Numerical reasoning test practice is included in our Executive Officer PrepPack.

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Executive Officer Interview

An interview can be an intimidating experience, but with good preparation, you will a great chance to pass the interview stage.

A successful candidate must have a number of critical qualities to ensure that they can get the job done, including:

Organization: The candidate must be a super-organized in order to meet deadlines and reach targets. He must also ensure that the necessary resources and manpower are mobilized to reach those objectives.

Clarity: The candidate must be able to present written or verbal presentations clearly, comprehensively, and convincingly. This ensures that everyone is on the same page and the candidate can get the proper resources to get the job done.

Wide Scope: The candidate must be able to deal and make recommendations concerning a wide range of issues ranging from day to day to irregular, emergency, or special scenarios.   

Professionalism: The candidate must maintain a professional posture at all times to both faithfully serve the public and uphold the highest standards of the agency.

Here are some tips on how to do it (taken from the official Irish Civil Service website)

• Learn about the organisation

• Know the skills and qualities needed for the job

• Know your strengths, skills, and qualities

• Prepare your examples and experiences

• Think why does this make you suitable for this job?

• To build confidence, practice what you would say in the interview with a friend or colleague.

FAQs

What does an executive officer do?

Here are some of the responsibilities and expectations of an executive officer:

First, you will be expected to make often complex decisions involving unusual situations and cases. Second, you will be managing on a large scale in terms of staff, resources, and budgets which you must justify within the agency.

Lastly, you  must be at the forefront of research policy, up to date on all legislation, and serving in government departments as either or junior manager or managing operation.

What is an executive officer salary?

The starting salary for the position is €30,278.

What are the Executive Officer hiring process's stages?

These may include some of the following:

  • An online assessment Questionnaire
  • Assessment tests including job simulation test
  • An online video interview
  • Language tests 
  • Interview(s)
Where are you likely to be working as an Irish Executive Officer?

There are 26 countries that an Irish executive officer can work in.

You may choose two of them according to your preference.

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