The Role of a Clerical Officer

What does a Clerical Officer in the Civil Service do?

The role of a Clerical Officer is to assist Senior Officers / Managers with clerical work in a government department. Clerical Officers work in all departments in Ireland and provide vital input to their team through a range of general office duties. Clerical Officers usually need a good general standard of education and a customer-focused attitude.

The duties may be varied depending on the nature of work carried out by the employing government department.

The following reflects some typical duties you may be required to undertake (Source: Public Appointments Service)

Clerical Officers may also be engaged in drafting letters, asking for or giving factual information, making and checking calculations, analysing reports, preparing, scrutinising and verifying documents, statistics and records. They may also be engaged in operating office equipment such as computer terminals, photocopiers, fax machines and handling enquiries at a reception desk or answering telephone calls.

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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

How do I apply..and what happens then? 

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. 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. See here to learn more about the stages of the Recruitment Process 

Clerical Officer Selection Tests

Applications for national competitions 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. 

Are our courses 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.

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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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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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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Preparing for the 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.

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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Why choose Career Services?

What is it worth knowing that you are giving yourself the best opportunity to succeed in the assessments?

Our experience has shown us that the most serious applicants do not believe in taking shortcuts. Neither do we. We focus on providing the highest quality preparation and have done so for over 30 years. As a result, our courses are the best in the market.

Simply put, we give you the best opportunity of succeeding!

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