Development Alternatives Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Sector Assistant Interview (Neutral Experience)
I applied online and interviewed at Development Alternatives.
Interview Details – I was contacted by their internal recruiter about a month after applying with a questionnaire, quickly followed by a phone interview to assess my foreign language skills. Afterwards, I was asked to come in for an in-person interview. After the initial contact, the process moved rather quickly and smoothly overall.
Interview Question – The questions mostly seemed to be behavioral situational questions, ie "what would you do when presented with X and Y situation?" Answer Question
Sector Assistant Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Development Alternatives in March 2014.
Interview Details – Three rounds of interviews to my knowledge, first was just to touch base, second evaluated my abilities in French, third was in person interview with some members of the Global team
Interview Question – Questions focused mainly on office/ interpersonal issues which was somewhat odd seeing as the previous interview tested abilities and gauged one's knowledge of the int'l development sector. Answer Question
Project Manager Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Development Alternatives in March 2010.
Interview Details – They are a smaller company (though have other worldwide locations) in business to provide development services and implement sustainable programs around the world. With that focus, you get the idea that the staff is truly working there because they are personally committed to helping people ... and that really reflects in the interview process. So, there's no "You're an unworthy person/job candidate until you prove otherwise" attitude when you sit down with them. If you have the same passion as they do--and of course the right education & experience--you'll have more than a fair shot at getting on there.
Recruitment Administrator Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Development Alternatives in April 2013.
Interview Details – Applied online and was quickly contacted back. I had a phone interview the next day and at the end of that was asked to go to London for a face to face interview the next week. That interview covered my previous experience, motivation, skills and involved a skills test. It lasted about two hours. After that I was told that they would let me know in a week or so, but in fact it was only two days until they contacted me asking for another interview. This interview was on Skype since it was to be shorter and would not be worth going all the way to London for. It lasted about half an hour and was with a director who further questioned my motivation and skills.
Two days later I was contacted by phone and offered the job. I start in July.
Interview Question – The test involved being given three CVs and a detailed job description and having to go through everything and choosing the most appropriate candidate. Answer Question
Very Easy Interview
Innovation Specialist Interview (Negative Experience; Very Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Development Alternatives in July 2012.
Interview Details – Two e-mails from HR to set up phone conversation with hiring manager and two team members.
Day of phone call I am told by hiring manager that three other team members(a total of five) will be a part of the interview. Phone interview with panel.(panel ballooned to five people on the spot)
Interview Question – What do you know about the grand challenges projects? View Answer
Project Coordinator Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Development Alternatives in July 2009.
Interview Details – phone interview followed by 1:1 interview by supervisor and panel interview by other project coordinators. writing test and excel budget test. demonstrate ambition, assertiveness, intelligence, organization, attention to detail, willingness to work hard and long hours.
Interview Question – what is your administrative experience? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – yes--DAI set a low mark and I increased it by asking for a range