The World Bank Short-term Consultant (STC) Interview Questions

Updated Jul 2, 2015
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Short-term Consultant (STC) Interview

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

Application

I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC).

Interview

Casual, asked about experience in the industry, asked to know more about international experience, technical/computer skills, ability to write concisely and in short amounts of time, understanding of the organizations mission and its structure, etc. We met in the lobby and then went to have a coffee while we discussed my resume and experience. The interview process took two hours, but could very well have only taken 15-30 minutes. It's important to be laid back, casual, and be able to establish a rapport with the interviewer.

Interview Questions

  • Explain what you found most difficult in your previous position. What is your greatest weakness?   Answer Question

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    Short-term Consultant (STC) Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Quick and Efficient Interview Process. Once you attract the hiring managers attention the whole hiring process takes place surprisingly fast (or at least this was my experience). The interview was centered around a quantitative analysis that I conducted as part of the application process (it was not necessary but was encouraged).

    Interview Questions

    • Knowledge and previous work experience related to the quantitative methods necessary for the job (as described in the TOR)   Answer Question
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    Short-term Consultant (STC) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    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 (STC) Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in December 2014.

    Interview

    The whole experience was very informal. I was late because I got lost in the maze that is HQ, but they didn't mind. There were about 5 people sitting in my interview, and each took turns asking a variety of questions related to my work process, my expertise in the subject area, and suggestions on how I might run the operation differently.

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    Short-term Consultant (STC) Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in October 2014.

    Interview

    The interview started with a quick overview of the unit and the role. Then a few questions for how my work experience (tech), education (econ/finance), and travels connect to the role/ the World Bank. After 30 minutes, the interview concluded with a request for some verification documents of things listed in my resume, and a take home assignment to sample my work. The interview was informal and rather friendly.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your familiarity/ comfortability with using data analysis tools?   1 Answer
    • How would you measure the state of education in a country x that is in the middle of a conflict, where valid data is hard to come by?   1 Answer
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    Short-term Consultant (STC) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    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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    Short-term Consultant (STC) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in June 2014.

    Interview

    90 Minute interview, in person after hearing a presentation I held in a large meeting the day before. Did not hear anything from them in the following weeks although they said they were going to contact me within 2 weeks. After several follow-up calls and emails, they said they found someone else who fit the job more closely (2 months later).

    Interview Questions

    • Could you describe how you would measure and quantify fertilizer usage in a small village in Chile?   Answer Question
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    Short-term Consultant (STC) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    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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    Short-term Consultant (STC) Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at The World Bank.

    Interview

    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 Questions

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    Short-term Consultant (STC) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    N/A

    Negotiation

    None - contracts are fixed for entry-level STCs

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