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UNICEF Interview Questions

Updated Dec 30, 2014
Updated Dec 30, 2014
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    Research Interview

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

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at UNICEF in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    I had one interview over the phone. It was very friendly and focused mostly on general questions about my past, relevant experiences, plus some technical questions on public finance.

    Interview Questions
    • They asked something technical almost only because I mentioned it in my conversation so be prepared to give further insights of what you mentioned in your resume, cover letter or your speaking points.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 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+ monthsinterviewed 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 weeksinterviewed 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
  6. 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 weeksinterviewed 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
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Wash Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed 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
  8.  

    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+ monthsinterviewed 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
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    ICT Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Submitted resume, and was invited to the interview. Interview took about an hour. There were four people on the interview. HR, Deputy Chief, and two technical directors from remote office on the Skype. After general questions, and introductions those technical directors asked technical questions.

    Interview Questions
    • I didn't know that there will be people on the skype, and the quality of the connection wasn't good. So there questions that I didn't understand properly, and had to ask again and again.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Didn't negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
  10.  

    Social Policy Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at UNICEF in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    Hiring process took more than 7 months. Applied in January, then went through written tests and various interviews over the phone around March and April, then got job offer around June.

    Interview Questions
    • Competency type of questions asking how one would behave in a given situation or how one dealt with a given situation and what were the results   Answer Question
    • Technical questions on national budgets, policy processes, planning, social protection, project management etc.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Limited room for negotiation as the grade and level is pre-"determined
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 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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