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The World Bank Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 22, 2014

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Short-term Consultant (STC) Interview

Short-term Consultant (STC)
Washington, DC

I applied through college or university and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at The World Bank in October 2013.

Interview Details – I got the job information from my Professor, applied and then was asked for codes and writing sample, received phone interview after 10 days, the questions were asked in the phone interview including: Explain what is cluster analysis? What's your experience with STATA and LaTex? What is you biggest weakness for this position?

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Senior Specialist Interview

Senior Specialist
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took 9 months - interviewed at The World Bank in June 2013.

Interview Details – Four months after applying I received an email mentioning I was shortlisted. In that same communication they asked me for my availability for the next month. Two weeks later they scheduled the interview at their HQ.
The interview consisted of a practical test, very specific to the position I was applying to. It lasted the whole morning. at a later point I met with a panel, who was fairly amicable and asked relevant questions.

My issue with the process is that it is VERY slow and HR does a very poor job of communicating with the candidates. In the end the process was canceled due to lack of funds.

Interview Question – Very specific questions to the job the WB does in the area. Study beforehand.   Answer Question

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Business Analyst Interview

Business Analyst
Washington, DC

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1 week - interviewed at The World Bank in December 2013.

Interview Details – The interviewers we not prepared what to ask. And they were asking each other to ask the next questions and laughing to each other. This looks like a joke for them and don't realize that's a future for the candidate.

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Research Analyst Interview

Research Analyst

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at The World Bank.

Interview Details – 3 weeks from applying to getting an interview

Interview Question – They were all as expected. Sometimes abrasive but nothing too harsh.   Answer Question

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Department Head Interview Interview

Department Head Interview

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at The World Bank.

Interview Details – Applied online. About 2 months later, I get an email to come to the office for a 45 min panel interview in about 1 month (this was over the holidays)

I showed up thinking this was an initial screening or something similar, because there was no phone screen and this interview was so short. I walk into the interview room and there are 12 people there from various departments (IT, Finance, Legal, etc). The conference room was a long narrow one, so I entered on one end and had to squeeze my way to the opposite end to get to my seat.

Over the next 45 min, I was peppered with questions from most of the 12. The one thing I found interesting was that the interview focused on 2 bullet points of the lengthy job description.

I got a note a couple of weeks later saying they went with another candidate.

Everyone was very friendly and professional. It was just very different than anything I had experienced before.

Interview Question – I can't even remember. Questions were flying at me fairly quickly.   Answer Question

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Short-term Consultant (STC) Interview Interview

Short-term Consultant (STC) Interview
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at The World Bank in February 2014.

Interview Details – Applied through the consulting website and interviewed within two weeks of submitting my application.The questions were around a case study that was required prior to interviewing. None of the questions were unexpected or difficult. I moved to the second interview which was more about the real project, my experience in the field and value proposition, and some problem solving questions.

Interview Question – they were all straight forward   Answer Question

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Short-term Consultant (STC) Interview

Short-term Consultant (STC)

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at The World Bank.

Interview Details – Asked about my educational background and professional experience directly related to the project. Other questions are technical skills related to the project and knowledge of the field. Some behavioral questions relating to the characteristics of the department were also asked.

Interview Question – Most of the questions are expected.   Answer Question

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Program Manager Interview

Program Manager

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at The World Bank.

Interview Details – Apply online, called for interviews after shortlisted

Interview Question – Questions related to job knowledge, behaviors.   Answer Question

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4 people found this helpful

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Difficult Interview

Young Professional Interview

Young Professional
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took a year or more - interviewed at The World Bank in January 2009.

Interview Details – I was among the 800 selected over 10,000 applicants to provide additional info. After that, I was among the 196 who got interviewed (they paid for the travel) in Jan.. Interview took the whole day with one hour lunch break(no lunch or meals provided). Mostly with different groups of people for open discussion. Worked on the computer for a little while. After two months, I got notified that I was not selected. In Sep. I got a call from them asking me to be a contractor, I rejected the offer.

Interview Question – Interview questions were mostly related to being an economist. It did not match my background.   Answer Question

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Business Management Officer (Dupont Office) Interview

Business Management Officer (Dupont Office)
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at The World Bank.

Interview Details – I was contacted two months after I submitted my application online. The whole process was rather strange. I was asked to come in for an interview 2 days after I got the email from the secretary but I couldn't make it with such short notice. We set up a meeting and then it got cancelled for another week. I went back and looked at the job description and saw something about an "internal candidate" already being identified but that it was still a competitive position. I shouldn't have wasted my time. When I got to the building, there was no one to walk me to the interview room. It was strange that a visitor had to wander around on their own. Seemed unprofessional. While I waited, the team gathered outside of the room while waiting for some people to leave. I got up and tried to make eye contact so that I can introduce myself but no one looked up. When we all got in the room, it was an awkward moment of silence. It was a panel of 5 people. Long story short, I guess I did well enough for them to invite me to meet with the director the following week. The same thing happened when I got to the building; I was walking around on my own as a visitor. I passed by the director's secretary who was not very nice. When I sat down and interviewed with the director, she seemed standoffish. She hardly cracked a smile; had a poker face. She also questioned my job duration. I am a young person in their 30's. She seemed to want to make me feel bad for having a few jobs here and there. She had been at the World Bank for 20 years straight. While I gave her my answers, she wrote down her reviews and tried to cover them as if I was going to read upside down. LOL. She didn't seem to listen well either. She asked me for 2 examples of something and then said she was waiting for my 3rd example. She also tried to incorrectly correct me on a financial answer and I just let it go by saying I couldn't hear her well. I was so glad it was over. I don't think she took the time to review my resume prior to our meeting. I also had a feeling that they already had someone internally and were only interviewing to meet HR's compliance. I feel bad for other candidates who thought they even had a chance. It was the weirdest interview ever.

Interview Question – There were no difficult questions.   Answer Question

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