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Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Washington, DC Nov 2009 – Reviewed Apr 22, 2013
Interview Details – multiple panel interviews, security clearence
Interview Question – how will you approach clients from different cultures / countries to win their business? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – very little opportunity to negotiate
No Offer – Interviewed in Washington, DC Oct 2011 – Reviewed Feb 20, 2013
Interview Details –
1st round: professional experience and different questions about how my experience fit with their requirements for the position. They are looking for people with in-depth finance experience, especially in investment analysis. Then they asked me a hypothetical foreign investment case to analyze. They wanted to know what would the risks and mitigation strategies be and which would be the best investment structure.
The second round interview was a day-long series of interviews. It started with a group case analysis. They sent the case about a week before. Following, there were two individual interviews with IFC's Senior Investment Officers, and another one with a 3 people senior-level executive panel which were very similar to the first round ones, going over my experience, brief case analysis, and different type of questions.
Interview Question – Which would be the best investment structure for the IFC to invest in a hypothetical foreign project: debt or equity. View Answer
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Washington, DC – Reviewed Aug 21, 2012
Interview Details – 9 interviews for the job + a financial/accounting/project management test. The whole process took 6 months. Very fast compared to the usual 9 months to a year for other recruitments.
Interview Question – Case study on financial cash flow. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. Once the offer is made, there is little room for adjustment. It was a "take it or leave it" type of interaction.
No Offer – Interviewed in Washington, DC Feb 2008 – Reviewed May 24, 2009
Interview Details –
Interview was held over the phone followed by an interview trip to Washington, DC. The trip was well organized and I met a number of people in various departments.
My main problem was the terrible jet lag. I hadn't slept much in 48 hours having flown 12,000 miles in an economy seat with three stop overs to DC.
The people were pleasant and friendly but my main impression was most employees were looking to move on and do something in the private sector.
"If you are qualified and good at your job why are you interviewing with the IFC?"
Interview Question – Tell us about your experience in developing countries View Answer
No Offer – Reviewed Mar 6, 2013
Interview Details – Applied online and got an email for an interview.
Interview Question – Not specifically difficult. But some of questions asked were quite unprofessional. Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia) Dec 2011 – Reviewed Dec 12, 2012
Interview Details – One exam made online and then one an inteview nothing more.
Interview Question – Why did you applied to this job position? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation phase.
No Offer – Reviewed Sep 29, 2012
Interview Details – 4 phonic interviews followed by a final round full day interview including written test at dubai office
Interview Question – what is the formula for leveraging and unleveraging beta Answer Question
No Offer – Reviewed Aug 30, 2012
Interview Details – A three-part test that includes tests on financial statements, cash flow, and a case study. Followed a few weeks later by an interview (over skype in my case) by two investment officers.
Interview Question – Very detailed questions about past transaction experience (structure, challenges, solutions etc). Answer Question
No Offer – Interviewed in Apr 2012 – Reviewed Jul 1, 2012
Interview Details – Included a written finance and accounting test and case study. Anyone who has taken a financial accounting course should have no problem with the test. The case study is based on role-playing as a member of IFC and analyzing an investment opportunity in a developing country. Interview questions were fairly standard.
Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Answer Question
Accepted Offer – Interviewed in Jan 2012 – Reviewed May 14, 2012
Interview Details – After Online application, received a call and was interviewed thrice on phone and twice in person.
Interview Question – Why do you want to join IFC? Answer Question
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