The World Bank Research Assistant Interview Questions

Updated Feb 11, 2015
Updated Feb 11, 2015
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Research Assistant Interview

Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at The World Bank in April 2010.

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I was pretty lucky to get the opportunity to have an interview with the project manager. He firstly asked me about my educational background (I only have a Master's degree in political economy) and then I was told to take a simple test on my ability to run statistic software (eg. spss/ excel/ sas). The office at the specific division is small-- cupical but my friend told me if I'm lucky I can get my own small office like he does. Everyone is very nice and polite there (I guess everyone has a huge respecfulness to each other).

The manager then told me it's a short-term project (about one month and half) and he's still hesitant to bring in/ hiring a new person just bacause it's a huge hassle to go through the whole hiring process. (I'm not sure how long and how complex the whole hiring process at the Bank but it's a huge bureaucracy so I can imagine it would take awhile to finish all the paper work).

Anyways, I didn't get a rejection the end of the day; however, I didn't get an offer, either. My friend told me the projecy manager (he previous boss) decided to do the project himself, which is probably the easies and no hiring involved.

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    Research Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Geneva (Switzerland)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at The World Bank in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    - Recommendation from someone that knows the system (professor, former employee, ...)
    - send standard CV, cover letter and 3 reference letters (important that is from well known persons)
    - skype interview with two economists
    - stata test to complete in 2h and send back (basic data management and statistics)
    - sign the contract and arrange visa details

    Interview Questions
    • Text book type of questions: when to cluster standard errors, how to evaluate impact of a project in presence of endogeneity and panel data, what is an engel curve, why standard errors need to be revised in the second step of the iv

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