DFID Interview Questions

Updated Aug 8, 2015
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at DFID (London, England (UK)) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Before I got to the interview stage there was an online application and two tests. One was a a straightforward numerical reasoning test and the other was a situational judgement test. On successfully completing the online tests I was invited to attend an assessment centre. Here I had a group interview and an individual interview. The group interview required a group of us (6 in total) coming to an agreement over a common set of criteria for a certain project. The individual interview involved technical and competency based questions. The technical questions were in fact quite broad, and seemed to be focused on assessing your broader knowledge of the area you were applying for rather than specific technical expertise.

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    • Have you ever been in a work situation where you had and another person disagreed on the best way to approach a problem and you managed to change their mind.   Answer Question
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    International Education Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at DFID (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    Tough and multi-layered. It involved an interview, following competency-based format and assessing technical knowledge of the topic, a group test exercise, a 5-minute presentation on a topic provided just 20 minutes in advance and a written assessment on a hypothetical country in conflict, and an online psychometric assessment done in before the interview. The toughest part was participating in the group exercise, which involve trying to solve a maths problem as a group, but without knowledge of the others' information.

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    • Tell us about the pros and cons of two international donor organisations?   Answer Question
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    Programmer Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Pretoria, Gauteng (South Africa)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at DFID (Pretoria, Gauteng (South Africa)) in May 2014.

    Interview

    DFID interviews are based on the competency framework for each job or position. In my interview i was asked questions relating to my past experience, as well as given scenarios or situations in which i had to outline how i would deal with that case studies, using my skills and experience The interviews usually last between 30 to 45 mins.

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    Assistant Programmer Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Delhi (India)
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at DFID (Delhi (India)) in April 2014.

    Interview

    Interview process consisted of a written test and later an interview. Overall, it was my one of the best interviews and the panel was up to the mark. After written test and interview, HR took ample of time for security check and providing an offer letter.

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    • Questions may vary from person to person and vacancies.   1 Answer
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    Economist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at DFID (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    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.

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    Negotiation

    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).

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    Private Sector Development Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 1 day. I interviewed at DFID in September 2009.

    Interview

    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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