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Center for Strategic and International Studies Interview Questions

Updated Jun 7, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    After applying online I received an email reaching out to set up a phone interview. The interview was cancelled via email shortly before it was supposed to begin, and the interviewer requested an alternate time to speak. I never heard from the interviewer again.


  2.  

    Research Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, DC) in May 2017.

    Interview

    Submitted initial application (resume, cover letter, recs) in response to a posting. One week later a phone interview was scheduled, with basic questions regarding fit, qualifications, etc. One week after that, a final on-site interview was scheduled with a member of the team with which I would potentially work. First, the interviewer provided a rundown of their team, work, and related needs. Second, a large amount of time was devoted to soliciting and answering questions from the interviewee, regarding both the team & its substantive work and the organization and culture of CSIS more broadly, with the apparent goal of both 1. providing information and 2. assessing fit & expertise based on questions asked. Finally, a very small amount of time was devoted to asking a more traditional interview question (namely, that I run through my resume and connect it to the job's requirements), followed by one other question (listed below) geared toward seeing the interviewee walk through a cost benefit analysis out loud.

    **IMPORTANT NOTE: Based on many conversations, there is a large variance in interview style and content at CSIS, a function of differences across programs/projects/teams as well as the large amount of personal discretion afforded to the interviewer.

    **Resultant Advice: Come prepared for questions typical of both a traditional job interview and a behavioral interview, and also be ready to illustrate analytic and research processes out loud as well as be at least somewhat apprised of current events. And be prepared to ask good questions!

    Interview Questions

    • Of the several projects we've discussed, to which of them would you/your skillset add the most value and why, comparatively?   1 Answer
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    Video Editor/Multimedia Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, DC) in January 2017.

    Interview

    Had a short phone call and the next week I came in for an in person interview. I got along well with everyone I met and was told that I did not need to know motion graphics for the job. I was told that interns come in not knowing motion graphics and a month later they were proficient. They told me they had no problem teaching me how to use motion graphics. Then a month later they told me they could not hire me because I did not know motion graphics.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you deal with someone higher up and not in your department telling you that you need to redo your entire project?   1 Answer

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Center for Strategic and International Studies in December 2016.

    Interview

    Applied online and was asked for interview about a week later. The team was easy to communicate with, very friendly and accommodating for phone interview. They followed up exactly when they said they would, about a week later, which was nice because not many employers are as prompt.

    Interview Questions

    • Name which journals you typically use for research, and walk us through your research process.   Answer Question

  5.  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, DC).

    Interview

    I received a request for an interview about 12 hours after I applied and had a phone interview three days later, which lasted about 20 minutes. Several weeks later, I received an email for a panel interview, this interview lasted just over 30 minutes. Both interviews had typical interview questions. Exactly one week later I received an offer.

    Interview Questions

    • What would your current supervisor say your strengths and weaknesses are?   Answer Question

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    Web Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    Fairly simple and straightforward. The interviewer asked a few general questions about my background and plans for the future. The interviewer elaborated on the position and organization; and was very responsive to the questions I asked. The internship opportunities sound competitive; although my expertise is not in International Studies, the interviewer informed me that they host several general professional development workshops and networking events.

    Interview Questions

    • Is this position related to what you want to do in the long run?   Answer Question

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    Research Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Center for Strategic and International Studies.

    Interview

    Applied through online portal, was contacted for initial phone interview with research assistant/program coordinator, interview lasted thirty to forty-five minutes, was asked to demonstrate knowledge of research group's recent work and priorities, discuss extent of my own experience and knowledge, had intern position described to me, received phone call a few weeks later with offer. Did not interact with anyone except research assistant/program coordinator.

    Interview Questions

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Center for Strategic and International Studies.

    Interview

    Fairly standard interview with the addition of one field specific question. If you can speak with confidence and demonstrate depth of knowledge in the subject, the interview won't be hard.

    Interview Questions


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    Membership Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, DC) in July 2016.

    Interview

    Online application (resume, cover letter) followed by first round in person interview. Very basic behavioral questions with others more in line with the position (have you ever worked with high profile clientele, what kinds of events does your current company run?). Claimed that they wanted their new hire to start mid-July, but dragged on the followup process claiming that the process was taking longer than expected. I, unfortunately, did not receive a second interview. No qualms with the process, but wish that communication was stronger after the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time you had to use discretion in the workplace?   Answer Question

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    External Relations Program Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Center for Strategic and International Studies (Washington, DC) in May 2016.

    Interview

    1) A phone interview with simple questions about background and interests
    2) A writing test- compiling a newsletter, with clear instructions and templates
    3) An in-person interview + a writing assessment. Three-hour long, meeting multiple people from supervisors to coworkers. The writing test is one hour long.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you prioritize your work if the schedule is really tight?   Answer Question

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