The World Bank Interview Questions

Updated Aug 25, 2015
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    No Offer

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at The World Bank.

    Interview

    Emailed resume to my friend who had a contact at the WB who was looking for candidates for an STT (Short Term Temporary - 2 months) position. Got contacted by the manager (after 2 weeks) to schedule a panel interview. Interview was with the whole team. Very pleasant group of people.

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  2. Helpful (3)  

    Senior Specialist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 9+ months. I interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in June 2013.

    Interview

    Four months after applying I received an email mentioning I was shortlisted. In that same communication they asked me for my availability for the next month. Two weeks later they scheduled the interview at their HQ. The interview consisted of a practical test, very specific to the position I was applying to. It lasted the whole morning. at a later point I met with a panel, who was fairly amicable and asked relevant questions. My issue with the process is that it is VERY slow and HR does a very poor job of communicating with the candidates. In the end the process was canceled due to lack of funds.

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    • Very specific questions to the job the WB does in the area. Study beforehand.   Answer Question
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    Energy Analyst Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in April 2013.

    Interview

    Two panel interviews. They ask a lot of hypothetical questions. Such as, "if country x wanted to develop a coal plant to alleviate poverty, how would you respond?" Also, several professional background questions such as, "Describe a time when you found an innovative solution to a problem." They lean toward a structured interview where there is not a lot of follow up and give and take.

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    • What one word would you use to describe yourself   1 Answer
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    Program Assistant Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed 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.

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    • 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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    Program Officer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in September 2012.

    Interview

    It took a few months after I send my resume to get an interview. I first had a phone interview, then a second, in person, with the whole team. The interviews where well run, professional and gave me a clear sense of the expectations and the team. There was a good degree of sincere warnings about the position and the program, and the risks involved.

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    Negotiation

    I did not negotiate much. I did not know they could have offered more, and should have offered me some compensation/expenses coverage for the relocation to DC.

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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in August 2012.

    Interview

    Phone interview and in person interview. For the in person interview I had to prepare and discuss the implementation of a fictissious project. The panel asked different questions regarding my prior experience in the bank which I already had ( i.e. I had already worked of the bank for 12 years).

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    Negotiation

    Yes I was able to negotiate

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    Accounting Officer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in July 2012.

    Interview

    First interview was a Skype panel interview, panel of 5 people. Second was also a skype interview with Director head of department. Questions focused on work experience and what I can contribute if hired.

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    • The most challenging issues I have faced in my career.   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 weeks. I interviewed 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.

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    Short Terms Consultant - International Trade and Investment Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in June 2012.

    Interview

    Somebody from their team invited me for an interview after they received my CV which was circulated internally from one employee. There were 2 rounds of interviews. During the first one they were interested in my experience that was related to my previous job. The second interview was with a senior specialist who wanted to see if I fit their profile.

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    • What were your responsibilities in a previous job at a related company?   Answer Question
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    Short-term Consultant (STC) Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in June 2012.

    Interview

    Interview included many functional questions and understanding of emerging markets

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