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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Interview Questions

Interviews at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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  1. Featured Interview

     

    Program Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle, WA) in September 2019.

    Interview

    Spoke with HR originally for a different position, but told them that a programmatic role would be a better fit. He agreed, and had me apply pushing me past the initial phone screening to a 3 round interview which took around 2 hours over skype. In the end, I was their second choice, and their first choice accepted the offer. They wanted me to answer how I specifically kept myself organized, offering more detailed examples than what I had given. The second interview asked VERY obtuse questions that threw me off initially. Just be creative and work through the questions!

    Interview Questions

    • Q: Working at Gates, there are many hats to wear. What are your favorite hats?   Answer Question
    • What is your favorite management style?   Answer Question
    • What is your most, and least favorite role to play - leader or team member?   Answer Question
    • What are your favorite tools to use?   Answer Question
    • How do you keep yourself organized?   Answer Question
    • Tell me about a conflict you had at work and how you dealt with it?   Answer Question
    • How do you deal with a situation in which you're dealt with more than you can handle?   Answer Question
    • What is your process in dealing with a problem you're faced with?   Answer Question

  2. Helpful (10)  

    Operations Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle, WA).

    Interview

    Hired on after being a temp for a few months. The organization decided I was the best fit for the position after months of periodic extension via a temp agency. So, the natural thing was to hire me, considering I'd done the job very well.

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (New York, NY) in December 2016.

    Interview

    3 interview rounds, multiple types of managers, not very organized, expected no offer based on availability and then was pleasantly surprised a month later, need more touchpoints to see how this experience would be great for an MBA

    Interview Questions

    • Passions? Connectivity to Gates? Previous Work Experiences, Situational/Behavioral Questions   Answer Question

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle, WA) in January 2018.

    Interview

    very rigorous, case study question on developing social issues, but very respectful. you need to have a good flow of thoughts, also it's a conversation we are all human no need to be crptic

    Interview Questions

    • What will you bring to the team that other MBA candidates won't ?   Answer Question

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle, WA) in December 2017.

    Interview

    Applied for a role in their investments area. Had around 6 interviews that day. Everyone was fairly friendly. Mix of single and 2:1 interviews and almost all behavioral questions. Fairly quick communication in the whole process.

    Interview Questions


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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

    Interview

    It was a one and one interview with the HR manager. She was very nice. The question was pretty behavioral questions. Why do you want to join? What is your career plan? She also asked about the community involvement and volunteer work.


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    IT Support Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle, WA) in July 2011.

    Interview

    Applied directly on the Gates Foundation website. One week later I received an email from HR to schedule a phone interview with a senior HR person. All my interactions with the Gates Foundation during the interview process, was professional friendly and helpful, even when telling you you didn't make the cut they were friendly. The only issues I had I was the waiting 6 weeks to find out I didn't make the cut to move on the next level.

    Interview Questions

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    IT Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle, WA) in March 2010.

    Interview

    The initial phone contact was positive and cheerful. The recruiter asked a set of questions related to my experience and background. There was no discussion of salary or organizational structure. She discussed the culture and my desire to work for a non-profit. I did find out the CIO was new. I made it to in-person interviews. I wasn't really impressed with the technical skill of the panel. The questions were junior. One of the senior interviewers asked me a technical question which I answered correctly. He told me I was wrong and gave me an incorrect explanation.

    The manager of the group did not leave me feeling confident. He was rigid and acted kind of suspicious and threatened when I inquired about basic operational functions.

    I am OK with not receiving an offer. The professional background of the people on the team is very limited and it showed in the interview. I was not surprised given the feedback from a buddy who is a tech support guy for a product they own.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work for the Gates Foundation?   1 Answer

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    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle, WA) in February 2016.

    Interview

    Following submission of a CV, there were several interview cycles over four months. There was a long list which presumably was filtered down at each stage. Initially interviews took place on phone. Later on there were one to one interviews with a number of officers.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your motivation for applying for this position?   1 Answer

    Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Response

    Aug 24, 2016 – Head of Talent Acquisition and Talent Management

    Thanks for your post.


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    Senior Program Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Seattle, WA
    No Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle, WA) in November 2012.

    Interview

    Applied online August 2012. Received first phone call 3 months later from hr recruiter for first screen. She spent the precious interview time to discourage me to pursue the process since I mentioned I had another opportunity coming soon. She was supposed to contact me back to answer some questions but she never followed up. I learned online I was not selected...never ha'd opportunity to discuss my interest or background. If you want to get a chance to reach the hiring manager....consider to lie on your current working status.

    Interview Questions

    • Not expecting to have to deal with a purely administrative question.... The interview was supposed to review my credentials and interest.... I had to deal with unprofessional hr staff.   Answer Question

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    Senior Program Officer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Seattle, WA) in March 2008.

    Interview

    applied on line. screened by phone. invited to Seattle for full day of interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • there wasn't really a hard question. it was just that the day was long and it consisted of many back to back interviews. I had to be able to be fresh and repeat information about myself in each interview. hard to stay perky.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    added approximately $10,000 to annual salary through negotiations, but it was challenging. needed concrete comparisons because they have a firm line about what comparable salaries look like.


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