The Clerical Officer Recruitment Process

When a recruitment campaign is launched applications are made online at www.publicjobs.ie. Candidates are usually required to take tests which are designed to identify their potential to fulfil a clerical role. More detailed information in relation to selection methods are made available in an Information Booklet which is released at the time of a new campaign by the Public Appointments Service. 

Stages of Recruitment

Upon successful application, candidates are entered into the selection process and need to complete a number of stages as they progress through the process. 

Stage 1 -  incorporates unsupervised online tests which may include an assessment questionnaire, verbal, numerical and clerical officer checking tests. 

Stage 2 - requires candidates successful at stage 1 to attend a test venue where they complete the same tests as stage 1 but in a supervised capacity. 

Stage 3 - a competency based interview.

 Note: The process above 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. 

Importance of Preparation

Candidates have to be successful at each stage in order to progress to the next. Successful candidates are then placed onto a panel. As clerical officer positions become available in the candidates preferred geographical area, the candidates at the top of the panel would be placed.

The placing of candidates on a panel is usually dictated by their aptitude test scores. So, the speed at which candidates navigate through the recruitment process depends on their performance in their aptitude tests, the number of applicants and availability of new positions in their chosen geographical area. Preparing for the recruitment competition is thus very important. 

Preparing for the recruitment competition is thus very important. Please click on Preparation to view details of how you can prepare for the online tests and give yourself the best chance at succeeding in these competitions.

Clerical Officer National Recruitment Competitions

The Clerical Officer Competition is a national competition that recruits administrative staff into various government departments in 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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Clerical Officer Selection Tests

Applications are made through the Public Appointments Service website when a competition is launched. After applying, candidates are entered into the selection process and will need to complete a number of stages. The first of these stages can comprise of an online questionnaire and assessment tests. These assessment tests can include; numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning and clerical checking. Later stages will usually require attendance at a test/interview venue. 

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Who is the Clerical Officer Recruitment Campaign open to?

Intending candidates must possess the requisite knowledge, skills and competencies to carry out the role and be capable and competent of fulfilling the role to a high standard while also fulfilling citizenship, health and character requirements. A full list of eligibility criteria is available from the Public Appointments Service website when a recruitment campaign is launched. 

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How to apply?

Applications are made through the Public Appointments Service website when a competition is launched. After applying you will be given information about the selection tests telling you where and when the tests will take place

How does the Civil Service advertise for Clerical Officer positions?

The Clerical Officer Competition is a national competition that recruits administrative staff into various government departments in 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. They have advertised in various places including the main recruitment pages of the national newspapers as well as on social media and their own website www.publicjobs.ie

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Selection Tests

Candidates are entered into the selection process and will need to complete a number of stages.  The first of these stages can comprise of an online questionnaire and assessment tests. These assessment tests can include; numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning and clerical checking. Later stages will usually require attendance at a test/interview venue.

Importance of Preparation

Candidates who apply are required to undertake selection tests in different stages of the recruitment competition. You must be successful at each stage in order to progress to the next. Successful candidates are then placed onto a panel. The placing of candidates on a panel is usually dictated by their aptitude test scores. So, the speed at which candidates navigate through the recruitment process depends on their performance in their aptitude tests, the number of applicants and availability of new positions in their chosen geographical area. Preparing for the recruitment competition is thus very important.

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Is the course suitable for other clerical recruitment competitions

Absolutely! Whilst generally focused on the national recruitment campaigns carried out by the Civil Service our course is and has been useful for various other clerical competitions including ones with the HSE and smaller regional county council competitions, as well as others. There are a number of formats of Clerical Tests that are used frequently in Ireland and our course covers the most commonly used ones of these. Different formats of Verbal Tests, Numerical Tests and Error Checking are covered in our course including guidance on assessment questionnaires. 

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