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Updated Nov 19, 2014
Updated Nov 19, 2014
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    , Human Resources Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at United Nations.

    Interview Details

    Applied through their UN career website, where you have to fill every detail properly, otherwise you will be screened out of the system. Got an email asking for phone interview. No face to face interview.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Program Management Assistant Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at United Nations in September 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was invited to interview two weeks after submitting an application online through Inspira. The interview was challenging - all behavioral - even though I had prepared for it. All questions lined up with competencies listed on the job description. Although I was not offered the job, I was rostered for similar positions in the future.

    Interview Questions
    • What other branches or divisions of the United Nations address issues of democracy?   Answer Question
    • Tell us about a time when you were required to engage in teamwork with others?   Answer Question
    • When did you have to prepare for an event or a meeting and how did that go?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. I was not offered the job, but placed on a roster, which is what the United Nations does if you qualify but are not selected for whatever reason. It is significant because it means you do not have to go through a vetting process again, just make yourself available when similar positions become available in the future.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Internship Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at United Nations.

    Interview Details

    The interview is competency based. So it would be really useful to study the job description and competencies described there carefully. Prepare example for each competency and duty. PRACTICE PRACTICE AND PRACTICE!

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at United Nations.

    Interview Details

    Very technical questions; asked about language skills, previous working experience, knowledge of particular countries. Overall, interview lasted for about 20 minutes. Was dealing with one interviewer. Pretty straightforward interview.

    Accepted Offer
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Economic Affairs Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at United Nations.

    Interview Details

    No interview for this position. But I ever got an interview before from Management Department, there were a phone interview, and a technical test. In the phone interview, there are two interviewees asking me about my work experience and how I faced challenges during work, how I collaborated with others.

    Interview Questions
    • no unexpected question. Just ask about your previous leadership and collaboration experience in multi-cultural environment. Also, about how to face failure.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Administrative Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at United Nations.

    Interview Details

    Took the required clerical test, including typing, for people without an advanced degree (Master's, etc.). Did well, was offered a job pretty quickly in a high-level office. The process was surprisingly quick. I started work within a short period of time after the clerical test results came in. I think they took a little while to come in, but I don't remember how long, exactly. I started over 10 years ago so I don't recall the details of timing.

    Interview Questions
    • I don't recall any very difficult questions. I answered everything truthfully and honestly, even admitting when I didn't fully know a certain skill.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No, I was not able to negotiate since the UN has a set civil servant-type pay scale with grades and steps within the grades. I was given a slightly higher starting salary than normally given since I had prior desired work-experience.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at United Nations in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied online in December and I had been contacted in May. The interview lasted 20 minutes in total. Was supposed to be an informal interview I found it very tricky.

    Interview Questions
    • What you passionate about, what is your experience with confidential situation or documents, technical question like how do you do legal research what you are looking for first.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at United Nations.

    Interview Details

    phone interview, it's easy and simple like why do you want this internship, tell me more about yourself....etc. They are not hard and organized. just apply through the career website and hiring manager will contact you directly

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
  10.  

    IT Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    It was supposed to be a temporary position, so there was no formal interview process. I took the ASAT (Administrative Support Assistant Test) and passed it. Then my resume was placed in a pool and eventually a job offer was extended. Afterwards, the vice-chair of the service called me to verify that I possessed the necessary skills and the willingness to work long hours.

    Negotiation Details
    The salary was fixed, but shortly after I was hired they would fast-track my promotion process.
    Accepted Offer
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    Consultant Interview

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

    I applied in-person. The process took a weekinterviewed at United Nations.

    Interview Details

    The hiring was through an internship. I was firstly an intern for six months, after that they offered me a consulting position. This position was the same as the internship position, but just after I received some additional tasks - which mainly evolved around new coming interns.

    Interview Questions
    • I did not have a job interview with established questions, it was more based on my previous performance.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    one week
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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