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Updated Oct 19, 2014
Updated Oct 19, 2014
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    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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 Details
    No room here. Very structured.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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.

    Interview Questions
    • 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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  3.  

    Research Assistant (RAP) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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?   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    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.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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

    Interview Questions
    • Interview was pretty standard. My interviewer did most of the talking.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
  8.  

    Research Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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 Details
    none
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Research Assistant (RAP) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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
    Negotiation Details
    There was no negotiation. They have a salary standard for all RAs.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 7 people found this helpful  

    Staff Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at IMF in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    Applied online to a position which usually consists of a roster, where they call the qualified candidates, because you have to first pass an online exam to be considered. I had 2 interviews. Both interviews were great, with very professional people. In the first interview they asked about my experience and they asked questions in order to test my competence for that position (they would give me scenarios to test my reactions and my personality). The second interview was with the bosses, obviously because the first interview was successful. They were all very friendly and made me feel very comfortable. Received an offer the very same day of the second interview.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate anything. I agreed to what they offered me, in terms of benefits and salary. Benefits and salary are considerably higher than in the private sector, since it is an international organization.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    MBA Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at IMF in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    submitted resume on a campus recruiting fair. Got a call for the telephonic interview after 2 weeks. Phone interviews was resume based entirely. Asked each and every detail about the resume bullets. Was asked to submit some documents depicting previous works with tools like visio, power point etc
    Was called for final round after a week. Final round was in IMF global headquarters in Washington DC. Its one of the amazing offices I have seen ever!! Same person interviewed me for the final round. It was a very intellectual interview round and was asked detailed questions about the technology used so far, MBA studies and some behavioral. It was 2 hrs long but very calm and did not feel any pressure.
    Was given the offer after 3 weeks. Gladly accepted the offer for internship.

    Interview Questions
    • Was asked questions about the knowledge management, enterprise architecture etc   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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