Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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Research Analyst Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 weeks – interviewed at The World Bank.
Submitted application materials to current analysts who were organizing the hiring process. The process was completely done via Bank employee networks. After the process was over, I asked about finding out about open positions later (e.g. where could I find them online), and the current analyst told me that positions for there group are never posted online, so you just have to be in the right circles to be alerted to the openings. When going in for my interview, the analysts cleared me for the wrong day with the front desk, so I was approx. 20 minutes late for the interview. When I subsequently went in for the interview, the hiring economists were visibly annoyed with me even after the analyst explained the miscommunication. The interview was rushed, and the economists continued to do work on their laptops during the interview. Also, the analysts kept offering me cookies during the interview, which was a lot more uncomfortable than it sounds. All in all, probably the strangest interview I've ever had.
- What is an economic measure that you look at in your current job? Answer Question
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Research Analyst InterviewNo OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at The World Bank in August 2014.
The interview was with a panel of 3. Two economists, one research analyst. They asked mainly about my CV and then some behavioral questions. The people were really friendly. They don't pressure you nor give you hard time. Prepare to answer common questions like "Tell me about you", "tell one difficulty you met and how you solved it". Also, prepare to brief any paper you have on your CV. Mine interview wasn't technical probably because I worked as an research assistant before. Definitely prepare more examples from your similar working experience cause they are going to be really interested in it.
- If 5 people knock on your door and ask you to do things for them, all urgent, what would you do? If you received multiple tasks and you knew you couldn't finish all of them on time, what would you do? Answer Question
Research Analyst InterviewNo Offer
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at The World Bank.
3 weeks from applying to getting an interview
- They were all as expected. Sometimes abrasive but nothing too harsh. Answer Question
Research Analyst InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 5 days – interviewed at The World Bank in November 2013.
For a research analyst position, usually the interview panel includes about four to five people. Usually the manager, who the research analyst won't be in the second round of interviews (after screening). Questions cover the ‘responsibilities“ part of the terms of reference, and should be very professional. Usually the person whose profile fits the best will get most "yay"s. However, courtesy is very very important. Please remember to send a thank you letter.
- technical question relevant to the requirement of the job; team work (how did you resolve conflicts with your team members) 1 Answer
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