Administrative Officers

Administrative Officer / Graduate Level Recruitment

The Administrative Officer grade is the main graduate recruitment grade for the civil service. Career Services-The Entrance Exam Experts has been Ireland's leading provider of preparation courses for the selection tests used for entry into various careers since 1987. Our courses have helped thousands of candidates successfully prepare for assessment tests that have formed part of the selection process in many recruitment campaigns within the Public Service. The PAS (Public Appointments Service) is the centralised recruiter for the Civil Service. They run competitions to establish panels of suitably qualified individuals from which various vacancies may be filled.

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 2017 Administrative Officers Graduate Level Recruitment Campaigns

The PAS (Public Appointments Service) ran two recruitment campaigns at Graduate Level for Administrative Officers for positions both in the Civil Service and Local Government.

See below for more details on these recruitment campaigns. 

Administrative Officers: Civil Service


The deadline for applications was Monday 23rd October 2017 @ 3pm.

Administrative Officers: Local Government


The deadline for applications was  Monday 23rd October 2017 @ 3pm.

Selection Process 

Based off the Public Appointments Service website here

Note: The process below is a general overview of the selection process. Each campaign varies, the steps involved in each campaign are published in an Information Booklet provided by the PAS at the beginning of each campaign. Each candidate should refer to this for the steps involved in the recruitment process. 

1. Apply online when applications open

2. Online selection tests - competency based, verbal, numerical 

3. Supervised in-house assessment verification of online tests

4. Optional specialist assessment

5. Assessment centre eg. interview, group exercises etc.


Preparing for the Graduate level / A.O. assessment tests

As part of these recruitment campaigns candidates will be required to undertake online assessments as part of the selection process. These can take various forms including verbal and numerical aptitude tests. We have expertly designed an online assessment test preparation course for Administrative Officer / Graduate Entry level recruitment campaigns. 

The Importance of Preparation

These campaigns are ​very ​competitive and candidates that qualify​ at Stage 1 (the online tests)​ ​are usually called forward to the next stage ​by order ​of merit.​ Preparation is very important not only in order to familiarise yourself with these kinds of assessments​,​ ​so you have ​the best chance at passing them​,​ but also in order to maximise your score in order to place as highly as possible. This course will be excellent preparation for anyone​ who is serious about succeeding in the competition​.


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civil service grade structure


 The Benefits of working in the Public Sector

  • Job security, typically once a candidate is hired they tend to stay within the Public Sector
  • Permanent and pensionable career
  • Opportunities for promotion and advancement
  • Further Education Opportunities 
  • Challenging and rewarding work in a team environment
  • Responsibility of working in a Government Department
  • Pay scales 

Find out more about how to prepare here

 Preparation Course