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Helpful (2)No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day – interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in June 2007.
- 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?)
- 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
Helpful (4)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day – interviewed at The World Bank in November 2010.
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.
- What would you say is the single most important issue that must be solved in [your technical sector] for development to occur? Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months – interviewed at The World Bank.
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.
- I can't even remember. Questions were flying at me fairly quickly. Answer Question
Helpful (9)No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took a year or more – interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in January 2009.
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 were mostly related to being an economist. It did not match my background. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at The World Bank.
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.
- 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
Helpful (3)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in June 2012.
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.
- What's the difference between stock and flow? Answer Question
Helpful (3)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 9+ months – interviewed at The World Bank in January 2008.
I read all about what my team do and impressed them with latest information learnt from newspapers, articles etc. EVERYTHING is online!!
Money wasnt my motivating factor, so it was easy.
Helpful (1)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in October 2012.
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.
- 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
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
The process took 2+ months – interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in May 2010.
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.
- High availability Datacenters 1 Answer
Some entry benefits which were not allocated. But the process is pretty tight and you have few room for negociation
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day – interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in August 2009.
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.
- The most difficult part was preparing the written components for the skills test. 1 Answer
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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