The World Bank Interview Questions

Updated Apr 27, 2015
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    Short-term Consultant (STC) Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I saw an online posting and sent in my resume with a cover letter. About a week and a half later, somebody from the specific department contacted me to ask me to perform a timed skills assessment. A week after that, I was asked to come in for an interview with a panel. It was about an hour. I heard nothing for over two weeks after that, and then they called to offer me a position. It did feel slow at times, but everybody I interacted with at the interview was very warm and friendly.

    Interview Questions

    • Almost all the questions were focused on skills. "When was a time you did X" or "How familiar are you with Y and what projects have you worked on that required Y".   Answer Question
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    Short Term Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at The World Bank.

    Interview

    The interview process included one phone interview, two in-person interviews, and an offer received within 2 weeks. There was some negotiation involved in salary but eventually a desirable offer was made and accepted.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Some back and forth negotiation on salary and start date.

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    IT Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at The World Bank in November 2014.

    Interview

    Lengthy. Had a Skype interview that lasted 90 minutes. Discussed about background, skills, and how to react in professional situations related to the function. Focus was on specific areas of interest (IT outsourcing, data protection, information security). Not hard but detailed.

    Interview Questions

    • Protection and controls monitoring of outsourced IT services.   Answer Question
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    Advisor Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    There were interviews by three senior managers
    they asked questions about my prior experience, my aspirations, how I would go about delivering on work programme
    The interviews were not difficult and not particularly challenging

    Interview Questions

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    Short-term Consultant (STC) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    I was introduced to the office manager informally by a friend, and set up an informational interview with her, without knowing any specific openings. After talking to me about half an hour about my general backgrounds and skills, she seemed to like me, and then said, one of our teams was looking for someone to fill an administrative position. It is probably not what you are looking for, since you have a master's degree. But are you willing to try? I said, yes!! I am willing to take any job, to get my foot in the door.

    Interview Questions

    • "What do you want to do in the future"..   1 Answer
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    Long Hiring Process Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 9+ monthsinterviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    The World Bank gets a lot of international applications. The hiring manager will first get a long list from HR, then will come down to a short list (6-10 candidates). These candidates will have to fill in a written test. If you succeed you'll be selected for an interview panel.

    Interview Questions

    • No really unexpected questions. This is not Google. So get prepared, know your business, know your sector, remember this is an international environment, You could have in your panel people from Asia, Europe, the US... With different body languages, all talking global english. So be really open to diversity.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negociation phase.

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    Economist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at The World Bank.

    Interview

    Panel of 3 or 4 people, ask u questions on broad topics ( can be anything), so prepare to have broad knowledge and try to use commnsense

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Very little bargaining power. HR obfuscates, obstructs and generally tries to get u on the cheap... Another offer from another place may help you better

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    Short-term Consultant (STC) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a weekinterviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    short interview

    Interview Questions

    • questions were professional ones and quite straight forward.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    not really

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    Economist Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    Three rounds of interview. First in person, then another round in person, and then over the phone.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    I didn't negotiate. I was not used to that. Maybe I should have though.

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    Short-term Consultant (STC) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    N/A

    Negotiation

    None - contracts are fixed for entry-level STCs

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