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Economist Interview

London, England (UK)

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).

No Offer

Positive Experience

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Anonymous Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

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

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Private Sector Development Advisor Interview

Private Sector Development Advisor

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.

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