The World Bank Interview Questions

Updated Jul 2, 2015
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    Senior Communications Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in June 2007.

    Interview

    - I was contacted by email
    - I prepared the interview with a presentation in Power Point
    - There were three people during the interview
    - They asked me a lot of questions about my former job (Example: How can you assure that the sales increased in your former company thanks your communications campaign?)
    - They asked me how I would resolve some situations with no data or background (Example: How would you increase the interest in xxx in Gabon?)

    Interview Questions

    • How would you increase the interest on economical reforms in the Government of (I do not remember the name of the country, but it was one from Africa)?   2 Answers
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    Operations Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at The World Bank in November 2010.

    Interview

    I filed an application online, received interview offer 5 months later, interview was one day (panel and assessment), and was given a decision 9 weeks later

    The assessment process was extremely challenging, and it seemed it favoured Bank insiders who knew current procedures and culture of the Bank, an outside candidate would have a very difficult time answering many of the scenarios that were presented.

    The panels though were very good, the experts knew my technical area inside out and it was very stimulating conversation. Even though I didn't get the job, it was a thrill just to spend a few hours with high level persons at the Bank, discussing the most pressing development issues in our sector.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you say is the single most important issue that must be solved in [your technical sector] for development to occur?   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at The World Bank.

    Interview

    Applied online. About 2 months later, I get an email to come to the office for a 45 min panel interview in about 1 month (this was over the holidays)

    I showed up thinking this was an initial screening or something similar, because there was no phone screen and this interview was so short. I walk into the interview room and there are 12 people there from various departments (IT, Finance, Legal, etc). The conference room was a long narrow one, so I entered on one end and had to squeeze my way to the opposite end to get to my seat.

    Over the next 45 min, I was peppered with questions from most of the 12. The one thing I found interesting was that the interview focused on 2 bullet points of the lengthy job description.

    I got a note a couple of weeks later saying they went with another candidate.

    Everyone was very friendly and professional. It was just very different than anything I had experienced before.

    Interview Questions

    • I can't even remember. Questions were flying at me fairly quickly.   Answer Question
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    Young Professional Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a year or moreinterviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in January 2009.

    Interview

    I was among the 800 selected over 10,000 applicants to provide additional info. After that, I was among the 196 who got interviewed (they paid for the travel) in Jan.. Interview took the whole day with one hour lunch break(no lunch or meals provided). Mostly with different groups of people for open discussion. Worked on the computer for a little while. After two months, I got notified that I was not selected. In Sep. I got a call from them asking me to be a contractor, I rejected the offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Interview questions were mostly related to being an economist. It did not match my background.   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at The World Bank.

    Interview

    I got an invitation for an Excel Financial Modelling test after about two weeks from the deadline for applications. The test tested forecasting using scenarios and advanced excel modules such as macros and dialog box. Three weeks after, I was invited for a telephone interview - it was a panel of about 4 people from the Corporate Finance unit. Each of them asked questions. The Director - Hiring Manager and another staff asked behavioral questions while two other officers asked very technical questions about funding and capital projections and the WB's financial statements.

    Interview Questions

    • What factors would you consider when modelling interest rates over a 10 year period and how would you determine pricing of rate sensitive instruments in your book?   Answer Question
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    Economist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in June 2012.

    Interview

    Had a phone interview where we discussed individual economic terms to make sure I understood the basic concepts. Group interview consisted of a case study and explaining growth in the GDP of a particular South American country.

    Interview Questions

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    Operations Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 9+ monthsinterviewed at The World Bank in January 2008.

    Interview

    I read all about what my team do and impressed them with latest information learnt from newspapers, articles etc. EVERYTHING is online!!

    Interview Questions

    • What is your expected salary?   1 Answer
    • Why you are different from others   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Money wasnt my motivating factor, so it was easy.

  9. Helpful (1)  

    Program Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in October 2012.

    Interview

    Occasionally, the World Bank conducts testing before interviews. This is great if you think your talents fit the job moreso than your resume. I got a chance to prove myself before being interviewed.

    Be patient with them during the background check and offer process. It's a big bureaucracy, and this part takes time.

    Interview Questions

    • Be prepared to speak any foreign language you list on your resume. World Bankers are largely polyglot--there will be someone there who can put you on the spot and engage you in 2 or 3 languages.   Answer Question
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in May 2010.

    Interview

    3 steps, Phone, Video interviews with group, panel, managers, supervisor. they dig very deep in knowledge with experience, expertise proof, request sample of works done. Background checks may take very long time before been cleared.

    Interview Questions

    • High availability Datacenters   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Some entry benefits which were not allocated. But the process is pretty tight and you have few room for negociation

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    Associate Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in August 2009.

    Interview

    I interviewed for 1.5 hours with three senior staff members. I then had two hours to prepare two separate written documents for a blog and for a PowerPoint presentation based on some written material provided by the organization. I received a call on a Monday for an interview on Wednesday.

    Interview Questions

    • The most difficult part was preparing the written components for the skills test.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I was asked to provide a salary range. I provided a range of $55-65 and they offered me a salary at the top of range, so I did not need to negotiate for more.

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