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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Interview Questions

Updated Nov 26, 2014
Updated Nov 26, 2014
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Interview Details

    It was a one and one interview with the HR manager. She was very nice. The question was pretty behavioral questions. Why do you want to join? What is your career plan? She also asked about the community involvement and volunteer work.

    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Interview Details

    No surprises. Same standard interview questions from interviewer to interviewer.
    Generally nice, but stressed, people.
    It seemed to take them a long time to schedule the interviews, and they kept adding interview dates after saying the current one was the last one. It became quite an investment.
    The facility was very nice. Lots of windows. But area traffic was horrendous.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe your approach to a particular project related problem that had challenging political, executive management, stakeholder and internal relationship dimensions to it.   View Answers (2)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Communications Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    First spoke with recruiter, then hiring manager. Hiring on hold while reorg communications department. Know that hiring can take time at the foundation. Really varies on the department, people hiring, etc. Everyone was always very friendly about me touching base.

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    No Offer
    Average Interview
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    Program Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Interview Details

    My interviewer (an HR employee) was incredibly rude. For instance, they asked me why my degree even mattered since I was applying for an administrative position, even though the administrative job description listed research directly relating to my degree field as one of the job tasks. Job interviews go both ways, and my interviewer did not portray the Gates Foundation in a positive light. At first I was disappointed that I did not get the job but looking back I am so glad that I do not work for the Gates Foundation if it has such a negative work environment.

    Interview Questions
    • Why does your degree even matter since this is an administrative position?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Program Officer Global Development Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Interview Details

    Interview started witha screening call from HR and went on to a full day of interviews. People that work with the position being offered came in and out of the room to interview throughout the day.

    No Offer
    Average Interview
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Human Resources Business Partner Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in February 2014.

    Interview Details

    Within the following week of my application, they called me up. So good timing in that regard.

    Interview Questions
    • After 15 minutes on the phone with a recruiter, was deemed not a good fit without specifically pinpointing why I was not a good fit. Also, I was mildly insulted when the recruiter mentioned they will keep me in mind if there is a "lower ranking position" in the same department that opens up.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Program Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Interview Details

    Interview process was straightforward - five interviewers across four or five hours. Seemed to be a bit much for an assistant position, but is now the norm many places. Some of the interviewers seemed to be lost on the interview process and had trouble answering my questions. However, the interviewers were extremely candid about the negatives surrounding the job - which I was taken aback by.

    Interview Questions
    • The scenario-based questions were tough, but as long as you know your experience and how it can apply, you should be okay.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Associate Program Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in August 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by a recruiter. I had a lengthy phone interview with the recruiter and then a lengthy phone interview with the hiring manager. I was invited out for a full day interview with about 5-6 members of the program staff. Entire process from first contact with recruiter to final decision was about 5 and a half months. The people were very nice from start to finish. You can tell it is a demanding environment and that the staff are extremely bright and passionate. I had a positive experience interviewing with BMGF.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked many things about strategy that I felt I would only know if I were internal to the organization. e.g., if you were faced with project proposal x or y, which would you choose? I was also given a business case in one of the interviews although the position was not a business-focused position. It was a bit out of place. I suppose they wanted to know how I think/reason/process new information.   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Interview Details

    phone interview

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Program Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in June 2013.

    Interview Details

    A few weeks after applying online I was contacted by an HR recruiter and had an initial phone interview. Common questions-- Why do you want to work at the foundation, how do you deal with conflict, etc. If they were interested I would meet with 3 to 4 individuals for one on one interviews.

    Interview Questions
    • A question was asked something to the effect of my experience with Capitol Hill politics.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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