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I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at The World Bank in June 2007.
Interview Details – - 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 Question – 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)? View Answers (2)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at The World Bank in March 2013.
Interview Details – I am informed vis email that I was shortlisted, and was invited to World Bank BJ Office for an interview with a panel including director from US, China sector manager, other senior transport specialist and department secretary.
Questions about professional work, good communication, and it take about 1hour.
Interview Question – From professional viewpoint, how to solve urban transport problem? Answer Question
I applied in-person and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at The World Bank.
Interview Details – They were looking for a very specific skills. The whole process of sending an application and interview to contract award took 2 weeks.
Interview Question – Nothing special. Standard Qs re. position you're applying for. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Yes. Check the market for your qualifications.
I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at The World Bank in January 2014.
Interview Details – I was applied online, and did not get any answer for 5 months. Then, I was emailed in January 2014 by one of the World Bank staffs from Washington DC to have a phone call interview. He also gave me the Scope of Work of my position for my perusal. He told me that the contract was only for 25 days. The interview was conducted over the phone.
Interview Question – I probed all information concerning the World Bank's work and background, as well as the project's background. However, I never expected that he only wanted to know about my work history deeper. Nevertheless, the interviewer is a very nice person and not intimidating at all. Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at The World Bank in January 2010.
Interview Details – I had two interviews.
One with the funding ministry of my home country. This was a one hour interview, which mainly focused on my motivation, technical skills, background etc. I found this one pretty straightforward. The questions were the standard hiring questions (briefly summarize your CV and your motivation? why did you apply for this job, and not for another job in development (e.g., UN)? what did you do in the past? what are your technical skills?)
The second one was with the World Bank. It was a panel interview, held as a VC in the country office of the Bank. There were 6 people from different backgrounds (assistants / ACS, senior staff, etc). The questions involved - technical skills, my personal background, my opinions on completely unrelated topics (recent industrial developments in South Korea), hypothetical questions how I would react in certain situations (conflicts, critical situations) etc.
Interview Question – What I didn't expect was that the panel asked me questions that were totally unrelated to the job to which I applied.
Perhaps the most unexpected question was, "How would you react if you get an email from your manager on a Friday afternoon before going home that requires you to work the entire weekend?". View Answer
Negotiation Details – The terms were non-negotiable. The panel did not even know the salary that they offered. Any HR decisions were totally separate from the people that hired me.
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at The World Bank in April 2012.
Interview Details – I received a phone call to come for an interview the next day. I was interviewed by my manager, supervisor and potential colleagues. The interview was interesting. One person kept asking me the same question in different ways.
Interview Question – What is one of the challenges in government institutions. View Answer
Negotiation Details – I didn't really negotiate because I was happy with the initial offer.
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at The World Bank in August 2012.
Interview Details – I saw the position from an alert on job postings on IFC's site. Applicants were to forward CV and cover letter to a designated email. After a month I received a mail that I've been short listed for phone interviews- 3 phone interviews. I'm based in Nigeria and the position will be based in Washington, DC. The interviewers are based in DC. I ended up having two phone interviews, each lasting over an hour. The 2nd interview was with two potential colleagues and the first was with the person being replaced. very good interaction from start to finish. Alot of the discussion was based on my CV and the relevant work experience. A lot of simulated questions, like how would you structure an investment in a bank? How would you value a bank. Why do you want to leave KPMG, as your exposure is very good, etc.
Interview Question – The question on how to structure an investment. My response was blurry and I thought I didn't sound like I was familiar with such tasks. View Answer
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at The World Bank.
Interview Details – 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 Question – 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
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at The World Bank in June 2012.
Interview Details – Panel interview went extremelly well. I has been asked a lot of management cases concerning my previous work experience. But unfortunately the vacance has been cancelled
I applied online and the process took 6 months - interviewed at The World Bank in July 2012.
Interview Details – Applied online. The process took no more than six month since the moment I applied. I enjoyed the experience.
Interview Question – Questions were pretty much in line with my expectations Answer Question
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