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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Any Position Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 months - interviewed at UNICEF.

    Interview Details

    Unicef is part of the UN system. The hiring process at Unicef is quite thorough and time consuming. From when you apply to actually being interviewed may take several months. Expect multiple interviews in the process; team members, the hiring manager as well as HR. You may be asked to submit samples of work or take a written test to measure your skillset; this often occurs in the areas of information management. It is a very rigorous process designed to find the best fit and to ensure all candidates are treated fairly. All interviews are competency based; be prepared to support verbally concrete measurable examples of key competencies such as strategic thinking, examples of teamwork, organizational skills, problem solving and more.

    Interview Questions
    • Give an example of a failure in a process that you were responsible for.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Because this is a not for profit organization, all salaries and job categories are public knowledge. There are ranges within the salary grade; and your offer is based on past experience and prior salary elsewhere. These salaries are also tax-free; as an employee you are responsible for paying quarterly estimated taxes and all taxes every year that are owed. It is very different than traditional employment in the private sector.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Program Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Applied for a job that was advertised online, was contacted for an interview by e-mail two months after I submitted the application, had a competency-based phone interview with a 3 member panel

    Interview Questions
    • The broad subject of the questions (how one would react to different scenarios of collaboration and conflict) was not difficult. However, the specificity of some of the scenarios that the panel members described was a little challenging   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at UNICEF.

    Interview Details

    Phone interview only, to be fair to candidates who are applying from abroad. However, frequently positions advertised already have an internal candidate intended for it.

    Interview Questions
    • Very straightforward interview questions. Answering questions about past experience based on SWOT analysis will serve any interviewee well.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at UNICEF.

    Interview Details

    Had an internal contact and was hired after a resume review

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Internships are not paid.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Wash Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6 months - interviewed at UNICEF in March 2012.

    Interview Details

    You need to apply online. Contacted for a written test 5 months after. and a panel interview with 3 people (human resource and 2 operation staff in the field) over the phone few weeks after the test.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    IT Specialisat Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at UNICEF in May 2008.

    Interview Details

    Getting a permanent job with any UN agency is very time consuming since they receive so many applications and the process has to be very well documented and transparent from the organisation's perspective. Typically, there is a phone interview for shortlisted candidates. This typically takes 1 hour. Then if selected a face to face interview with a panel and / or individuals is requested. During this phase some written tests may be given.

    Negotiation Details
    UN salaries are all pre-graded according to the post so there is not much to negotiate, except the step within the grade which is set by numbers of years of experience. The entitlements and benefits are all standard too so cannot be negotiated.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wash Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Applied online--> go for written test 3 after --> Interview with a panel of 3 people (1 human resource and 2 operation field officer)

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you think you are qualified for the post?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview
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    Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at UNICEF.

    Interview Details

    One phone interview. One panel interview.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
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    Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New Delhi (India)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New Delhi (India)
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at UNICEF.

    Interview Details

    There were three rounds and it was a very difficult interview. They asked questions from academics and proffesional course done. It was not a stress type of interview and they made me quite comfortable and allowed me to relax. They kind of do some phychoanalysis also i guess.

    Interview Questions
    • high salary or work satisfaction. Your priority   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Programmer Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Bucharest (Romania)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bucharest (Romania)
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at UNICEF in October 2012.

    Interview Details

    The bureaucratic steps are strictly followed and everything seem perfectly organized. There is a competency based interview but the members of the interview panel do not necessarily have competences to carry out such interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Competency based interview implies normally to provide several/different examples. It may occur that the questions from the panel insist that you answer based on a single example. You may end in not knowing what to add to answer properly.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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