IMF Interview Questions

Updated Jun 8, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)  

    Research Assistant/Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at IMF.

    Interview

    Applied online. Several months later (so don't worry if you don't hear back initially!), I was called by one of the economists to set up a 30 minute Skype interview. The interview itself was with three staff members (two of management level) who asked about my economics background, thesis research, and other related experiences. I was given an offer shortly afterward.

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  2. Helpful (1)  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at IMF.

    Interview

    I applied online. Did not submit a cover letter. They called me about 1 week later asking for a phone interview. The first round is a technical interview and then there's a second round with an HR rep. Then, had a Skype session so they could see who I was and that was that.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you do if I asked you to get data for fiscal multipliers and you didn't know what that was and I was unavailable to help you?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No room here. Very structured.

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7 weeksinterviewed at IMF in September 2014.

    Interview

    Was initially called in the afternoon by the HR department asking if I would be free the following afternoon for a telephonic interview. This was in response to the generic online application. I complied and was interviewed, which lasted about 20 minutes. it was a panel interview comprising 3 members of the team including the Director and Assistant Director. They asked me questions regarding my interests. They were able to gauge that I was intellectually interested in the line of work they work in. By now, I did not know what the department was. They also asked me questions based on my coursework, and asked me what I learnt in the different courses, what sort of macroeconmic research skills I had gained in my studies. This interview was followed up with an in person panel interview the following week. Later that week I was told that I was given an offer which I gladly accepted.

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    • I was asked how one could model and explain risk in stock market (?? - don't exactly remember) and understand its impact on the economy - e.g. on GDP growth. (or something like that - I don't exactly recall)   Answer Question
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    Research Assistant (RAP) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Interview

    I applied online and was asked for an interview months later. One interview with top people in the division then one with HR. Once I had the first interview, everything happened quickly. It was all over the phone, I never went to DC until my first day at work.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing difficult, just asked about what my relevant experience   Answer Question
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    Staff Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at IMF.

    Interview

    Profile creation, three Interviews, 2-hour test on basic Microsoft office skills, Interviews lasted about 1.5 hours each with pretty basic interview questions on skills, working style, interest, strengths and weaknesses and future goals.

    Interview Questions

    • Why are you making the switch from international health sector to finance sector?   Answer Question
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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at IMF (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    Was hired from within as vendor. Took 3-4 months. The process of going from vendor to contractor was fraught with a few mis-statements. Basically they changed the rules on us, which is wrong, but then they kind of broke the rule, which then allowed me to work there. Got panel interview with 3 economists and Excel test after. They asked about macro accounts (BOP and Monetary mostly). Know the basic macroeconomic interactions well. If this happens, then what happens? And if that happens, then what could happen?

    Interview Questions

    • If a commodity exporter has a shock, what happens to some of their macro economic indicators?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Negotiated 2500 salary increase but probably because I had good information from my contacts (because I worked there as a vendor first). Try to figure out how much they want you, and then emphasize whatever you'd normally mention, plus the fact that as a U.S. citizen you have to pay an extra 7.5% in self-employment taxes (which is like $5,000 extra per year). BE AWARE of this and you won't get screwed. Realize what they offer is $5,000 lower in reality.

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    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at IMF in August 2013.

    Interview

    Was called for an interview for the following day. Interviewed by three people, one from the department I would be working in and two others from HR. The interviewers spoke most of the time.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions were mostly specific situation-type questions. For instance, what would you do if you had two managers giving you an assignment and you only have time to complete one. Asked if I would rather have a really great job at a not-so-great company or a not-so-great job at a great company. They also asked if I was comfortable with staying late and working overtime.   Answer Question
  9. Helpful (1)  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at IMF.

    Interview

    One on one interview that lasted for about an hour. I was asked the usual questions; why do you want to work here, where do you see yourself in 3 years and the like

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    • Interview was pretty standard. My interviewer did most of the talking.   Answer Question
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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at IMF in August 2012.

    Interview

    departmental interview with management and economist about past experience and what future holds. How can you help the team and in what ways do you want to grow in the company. do you plan on pursuing more education. takes 30 days for them to process you into the system. you do not work directly with HR as HR only provides salary information and start date.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    none

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    Research Assistant (RAP) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at IMF in April 2012.

    Interview

    I only had one interview and it was over the phone. Each division is responsible for doing their own hiring of RAPs and has different ways of interviewing people. I knew that they flew some people in to DC for an in-person interview. I had an interview with HR the following day, which was a good sign. I got the offer right away. The questions that they asked me were mostly behavioral. They were looking for someone with strong Excel and STATA bckground, so I made sure to emphasize these two skills during the entire interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you think we should hire you?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There was no negotiation. They have a salary standard for all RAs.

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