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Updated Sep 6, 2014
Updated Sep 6, 2014
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    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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    Staff Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed 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
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    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 months - interviewed 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
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    Staff Assistant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at IMF in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    External Hire - Either wait on HR or you must know someone from the IMF who can pass your resume unto a hiring officer. It would also help to know someone at the IMF to learn about vacancies.

    Internal Hire - Must have a wide network of colleagues to learn about vacancies in order to apply and push your resume forward. There are also instances where a job post is already unofficially taken by someone else.

    Interview Questions
    • The questions in my experiences have never been difficult   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Research Assistant (RAP) Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 6 months - interviewed at IMF in July 2010.

    Interview Details

    I was interviewed by my four supervisors-- two division chiefs, and two deputy division chiefs. The interview questions were relatively standard. They asked about my former employment, my undergraduate research experience, why I wanted to work for the IMF. There were a few "What do you know about...?" type questions, but they were not difficult.

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    • There were no questions which were particularly unexpected.   Answer Question
    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 days - interviewed 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. 6 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 days - interviewed 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.

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    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
  9. 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 months - interviewed 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Internship Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week - interviewed at IMF in August 2008.

    Interview Details

    They are more interested in how well you will fit in the organization, than how well prepared you are. There are a couple of technical questions but nothing challenging. Be confident and you ll have them at hello. :)

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 week - interviewed at IMF.

    Interview Details

    The hiring process is straightforward and divided into three stepts: 1) resume and cover letter review: for one position they receive hundreds of applicants so it is very competitive; 2) technical test administration: only those short-listed will be administered a general test to assess their knowledge and technical skils; 3) final interview (panel): communication skills, general knowledge, technical knowledge, past esperience are scrutinized. They want to see how you come across, how articulatte and knowledgeable you are.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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