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ECB-candidates could download Jobtest

the pulse of the European Central Bank feels best on the Intranet. There is for the 3500 employees a Forum in which the workforce is protected and anonymous air can drain. A topic stirred the emotions in the last few weeks particularly strong. Many employees told excited how easy it is to cheat when applying for a Job at the ECB. The main reason is because the candidates are likely to make the all-important entrance test, without any control, on-line at home.

"I know people who have been invited to the Pizza Party and the questions, along with six people on a big screen in the living room answered," wrote one who described the uncontrolled selection process as a "disgrace". Another employee knew that the solutions to these same psychometric Tests in certain Internet forums.

Coveted Jobs

The Jobs at the European Central Bank are highly sought after. The tasks in monetary policy and banking supervision is demanding, the pay is attractive, and the colleagues from many other EU countries give the workplace an elitist Flair of internationality. It is not surprising that sometimes hundreds of applicants fight for a job. It was obvious that the HR Department would like to early screening. So, we commissioned in the year 2014, an external service provider, in the case of the ECB-candidates with an extensive catalogue of questions to be answered. The result is decided on the Suitability of the applicant. But, unfortunately, the questions and answers of this test in the course of time.

by The works Council it was two years ago, doubts about the procedure. The workers ' representatives informed the personnel Department and the chief of the ECB banking supervision, Danièle Nouy and Sabine Lautenschläger. But nothing happened.

Prestigious job: a vacancy at the ECB, hundreds of applying for each. Photo: Keystone

Only a few days ago, after the Trouble on the Intranet had become a huge, reacted to the Central Bank on the most recent application process. "The ECB has some of the test results, cancelled after irregularities came to light," said the ECB at the request of the SZ. "The ECB deplores the consequence for candidates who have taken the Test in good Faith."

Identical Tests

this is a serious matter, because the personnel Department to the controversial selection process, so long run. In many of the candidate circuits, the control gap was an open secret. Some took advantage of the well. You applied online under a different name on the place, to learn under a false identity for the test questions. Then you got the answers. In the Intranet, it means that the Tests had been at least in the past twelve months, always the same. With the advance in knowledge, you then applied again under his real name and had to take a good chance of the first hurdle. Later, further Tests and an interview, always follow, in the bad candidates get eliminated. The only Problem was Appropriate "honest" candidates is not reached even in the second round, because the dishonest candidates knew all the right answers to the Test.

Some of the applicants were in certain conflicts. They had to fear that their honesty could obstruct the way to the Shortlist. If an applicant had, however, procured the solutions in advance, then he knew that he would betray the ethical Standards of his future employer. "A fair recruitment process and performance, are fundamental pillars for the legitimacy of our Institution," said Emmanuel Larue, President of the trade Union at the Central Bank, IPSO. "Works councils had informed the ECB about the risks of fraud in the application process. Now, the Central Bank paid the price to have does not belong." Now the HR Department has promised to search for the psychometric entrance test a new external providers with "better security." (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 18.12.2018, 11:47 PM

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