Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
Interviews for Top Jobs at IAEA
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- Section Head (1)
- Procurement Specialist (1)
- Program Manager (1)
- Programmer Officer (1)
- Section-Head (P V) (1)
Fairly short and effective hiring and interview process for an international organization. The only entry is through application on their website. Shortlisted candidates will be called for a competency based interview which is the standard interview model in international organizations. The interview itself is conducted by a team of representatives from the Organization.
- What are we doing in the laboratory? Answer Question
I put forward a counter offer and it was accepted in accordance with standard practice.
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I applied online. The process took 9+ months – interviewed at IAEA in September 2012.
The post was advertised on their website and applications done on their website. After a few months a competency-based interview was done remotely. Then a few months letter a competency-based interview done via video-conferencing.
- Since this was competency-based interview all the regular questions were present. At the end the panel asked whether I had anything to add that would enhance my candidature. The answer I gave should have been more comprehensive. Answer Question
It was basically non-negotiable
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I applied in-person. The process took a year or more – interviewed at IAEA (Vienna (Austria)) in January 2009.
The hiring process is slow, takes in most cases about a year, and there are about 200 CVs for every post. First there is a computerized matching based on electronic filtering, then review by the managers, then a panel interview with final selection. Average interview 10 questions in front of a 5 person panel. Note that the visa sponsoring capability of the UN means that you are in competition with a global market.
- Standard questions - but focus on what you did (I) and not the team (we) Answer Question
No negotiation - everything is set to UN standards. Be careful - if you are sponsored by the US government (State Department) I have heard comments from them about the salaries of UN employees.