DFID Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Economist Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at DFID.
Interview Details – Transfered from another government department, with both a formal interview panel and an informal interview. The formal process was challenging and competitive. The informal aspect was also important - it was clear that the hiring senior civil servant had spoken to colleagues in my home department about me. The post I was going for was 'hard to fill', partly because of location, so that helped.
Interview Question – What do you think about DALYs as a technique? View Answer
Negotiation Details – No scope to negotiate as already part of UK civil service moving on level transfer. The package was odd - not good on salary (I actually took a pay cut) but excessively generous on relocation (DFID relocates a lot of people overseas so has a comprehensive package).
Anonymous Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through a staffing agency and the process took a day - interviewed at DFID in September 2010.
Interview Details – I received an email inquiring about my availability for the interview---scheduled for the following day. Upon my confirmation of availability, we agreed the exact hour. The phone interview was conducted by a panel of three, and lasted just half an hour. my questions were about my professional assets and my planned approach to the job functions. Interviewers were quite polite. A decision is pending as I submit this review.
Interview Question – What is your impression of the work environment in which the position is located? Answer Question
Private Sector Development Advisor Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
The process took a day - interviewed at DFID in September 2009.
Interview Details – It was about a 5 hour interview. Consisted of a panel of three interviewers although one particular one controlled the interview. Lots of mining of information, not very clear on the success of their work. I got the impression that the interview was really an exercise in data mining. They have interesting projects but its difficult to tell if most were good only on paper.