Un (opcw)

Discussion in 'education & employment' started by Fuchs66, Aug 28, 2007.

  1. Fuchs66

    Fuchs66 Ring a ding

    Hi everyone just a quick question has anyone here worked for the UN, in particular the OPCW?

    I'm after tips on the selection process, cheers F66.
     
  2. Fuchs66

    Fuchs66 Ring a ding

    I take it there are no takers as of yet, bit worried (hopefully over nothing) been shortlisted for a good position there and am getting a written test next week, I have absolutely no idea what this written test consists of and would appreciate a hint or 3.
     
  3. 5t3IIa

    5t3IIa Registered User


    This any help?

    http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&q=un+candidate+written+test&meta=
     
  4. Fuchs66

    Fuchs66 Ring a ding

    Brilliant, cheers that seems to be the one, still crapping my pants about it but at least I'll know what to expect. :D

    E2A isn't totally applicable to the position that I've been shortlisted for but its a help, in the FAQs there is something about 6 weeks notice for the exam, I've been given 1 week :S ah well see how it goes
     
  5. stuff_it

    stuff_it stirred the primordial soup

    What is OPCW?

    Sounds like an ace job anyway at UN and all....good luck.
     
  6. Zorra

    Zorra muppet hugger

    Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons :eek:
     
  7. Fuchs66

    Fuchs66 Ring a ding

    Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, it would be a fantastic job if I get it (I've been applying for jobs 2 levels lower than the one they seem to want me to try for) but at the moment not counting my chickens and just seeing if I can prepare myself for the exam next week (as soon as I find out what it consists of)
     
  8. Fuchs66

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    Well the exam is on Friday at 2pm I've found a bit out about it so not quite crapping my pants as much as I was, still suffering from exam nerves though (bit out of practice for stuff like this), keep your fingers and toes crossed. :D
     
  9. Fuchs66

    Fuchs66 Ring a ding

    If anyone is interested the exam went well :D

    Now on tenderhooks waiting for the decision whether I go on to the interview stage hopefully hear somehing next week.
     
  10. likesfish

    likesfish officaly hardest and most tooled up urbanite:)

    good luck
     
  11. Fuchs66

    Fuchs66 Ring a ding

    Cheers for that, it seems to have worked too.

    WOOHOO I appear to have passed the exam, now waiting for an interview date. :D

    One more hurdle to get over and I'm in :D
     
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  12. Alex Gonzalez

    Alex Gonzalez New Member

    Hi,
    I am getting a written test next week for the OPCW, I have absolutely no idea what this written test consists of and would appreciate a hint from someone who has already taken the written test ;-)
     
  13. Pingu

    Pingu Credo

    no but have done wok for NATO. the selection criteria seemed to be "can you get to brussels?"
     
  14. equationgirl

    equationgirl Respect my existence or expect my resistance

    Fuchs66 can you help at all?

    Also Alex did you check the google link to a previous example higher up the thread?
     
  15. yanfei

    yanfei New Member

    hi, this Monday I heard there is a written test for me on coming Friday (takes 2 hours and 10 mins). Unfortunately I am on holiday in Canada at this moment, so I asked if they can postpone this test 1 week for me, but the HR manager said no. I need to find a internet cafe to do this test then. I have two ex-colleagues who are now working for OPCW, but I can not reach them this week. I think the exam has 2 parts, 1 general part (writing an essay)and 1 part about Chemistry? anyone here can help?
     
  16. Bob_the_lost

    Bob_the_lost Elsewhere

    Thankfully the 8th Guards Army never tried to apply under those criteria.
     
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  17. Pingu

    Pingu Credo

    tbh they would still be filling out the forms to get access to the complex
     
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  18. Fuchs66

    Fuchs66 Ring a ding

    Hey sorry but only just noticed the updates on this thread, I'm enjoying the peaceful Latvian countryside at the moment :D

    As far as the test goes I can't really give any concrete assistance as I've got nothing to do with recruitment and it would be a sacking (if not hanging) offence if I gave any assistance :D All I can say is make sure you look into the CWC, also read up on any CW information related to whatever specialisation you're applying for. Be confident and enjoy the experience :)
     
  19. yanfei

    yanfei New Member

    Hi, Fuchs66, seems I passed the written test and I am waiting for the interview. Any hints on interview? Previous working experience and general opionin about enviornment, etc?
     
  20. Fuchs66

    Fuchs66 Ring a ding

    Well done with the test, interview should be based on your answers from the test with a bit of standard job interview stuff thrown in too. Just take it easy and enjoy. My (probably bad) piece of advice is that when I had the test and interview, the guys who went out on the town the night before the interview and got totally wasted got the job and the tee-totalers didn't. That was in the days of interviews in The Hague, are you doing it online?
     
  21. yanfei

    yanfei New Member

    Thanks for your hint, Fuchs66. I will do via skype. However, I am a citizen of Holland, so my home is half hour from The Hague. Is there a rule that after 7 years you have to leave OPCW?
     
  22. Fuchs66

    Fuchs66 Ring a ding

    The official line is that the it is a non-career organisation which theoretically means you can only do amaximum of 7 years. Until (I believe) next year there is the possibility for the DG to extend certain individuals to 10 years and that has been happening but its not a guarantee (but what guarantees are there in life?) There is talk of the 7 year limit being scrapped/altered/avoided but I'll believe it when I see it.

    Oh by the way you are aware that as a Dutch citizen you do get a bit of a raw deal (due to your government) when compared to International recruits. Things to take notice of are allowances and your pension (you will be getting a provident fund but you lose out on your Dutch pension for the time you are in the Organisation).

    If you dont mind me asking what speciality are you going for? I'd guess CPT (Industrial chemist).
     
  23. yanfei

    yanfei New Member

    CPT indeed. How long it takes from this interview until you hear something from them?
     
  24. Fuchs66

    Fuchs66 Ring a ding

    Ah joining the pampered, Platinum card bunch then :D.

    I've no idea how long it will take but looking at our manning levels I would assume/hope it will be fairly quick. I'm out of the country again (tbh I've spent less than 10 days in HQ this year so far) so I am out of touch with the admin side of things back in The Hague.
     
  25. Fuchs66

    Fuchs66 Ring a ding

    Any news?
     
  26. handsomewfw

    handsomewfw Member

    Hi,my friends,
    I am getting a written test next week for the OPCW, I have absolutely no idea what this written test consists of and would appreciate a hint from you.I want to know whether to test chemical knowledge?whether with a time limitation?thank you
     
  27. DaveCinzano

    DaveCinzano WATCH OUT, GEORGE, HE'S GOT A SCREWDRIVER!

    Was that for the Pan Asian Working Group?
     
  28. Pingu

    Pingu Credo

    no. unless the former Yugoslavia moved
     
  29. JSS

    JSS New Member

    Hi, I also have an exam next week. The link above doesn't help much. Can someone give send a link with more tips about the exam?
     
  30. JSS

    JSS New Member

    Hey! Have you found anything?
     

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