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Development Alternatives Interview Questions

Updated Apr 29, 2017
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    Communications Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Development Alternatives (Bethesda, MD) in April 2017.

    Interview

    About 3 weeks after I applied I had a 30 minute phone Interview. They primarily asked about my previous experience in communications work, asking specific questions based on my resume. They also asked why I wanted to work for this specific project. Within a few days I was contacted to schedule an in-person interview and writing test. I went to the office and they asked more questions about my previous experiences. Then, the writing test was to synthesize and USAID report.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a time at a past job where you had ideas for improvement and were unable to move forward.   Answer Question

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    Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Development Alternatives (Bethesda, MD).

    Interview

    Questionnaire sent to the candidate as initial screening. First round in-person interview: interviewed by one staff member. Second round in-person interview: 2 panel interviews followed by 1 hour writing test.

    Interview Questions

    • In the writing test - write a sample proposal to USAID   1 Answer
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    Program Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Development Alternatives (Bethesda, MD) in October 2016.

    Interview

    I applied online and received an e-mail from a recruiter to schedule the in-person interview. I interviewed with three people. They didn't have too many formal questions prepared. The interview was more conversational, which I appreciated. I was contacted with a notice of non-selection from the recruiter a little over a month after my interview. Although I wasn't offered the position, the recruiter was responsive from the beginning of the process, and the panel was informative and laid back. Good experience all in all.

    Interview Questions

    • -How do you like to be managed.

      -What keeps you motivated/what motivates you on a daily basis.

      -Describe a time you made a mistake and what you learned from it.   Answer Question

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    Contract Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Development Alternatives.

    Interview

    the interview was a two process step including one with contracts team and one with finance and program. My first interview was via Skype because I was out of country when I applied for the job.

    Interview Questions

    • Interview questions were mainly about contractual rules, regulations, and type of contracts.   Answer Question

  5.  

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Development Alternatives.

    Interview

    The process was pretty standard - meeting with HR and members of the sector team. Also depending on the position, there was a writing and computer test. References were required.

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  6.  

    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Development Alternatives.

    Interview

    A friend set me up with the job. After that I had a 30 minute interview with the person who I would be assisting. The job ended up being the person's assistant not assisting in any project management.

    Interview Questions


  7. Helpful (1)  

    Project Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Development Alternatives (Bethesda, MD).

    Interview

    After a questionnaire to be filled out at home, I had an interview with a panel of project managers and project associate. There were questions from each, focusing on my skills and how I could assist DAI in their projects. The questions were all pretty open ended, as well as a few that were questions from my resume about training and projects I'd been a part of.
    It was helpful to have a few questions in mind at the end of the interview when they asked "Do you have any questions for US?"

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    Senior Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Development Alternatives (Bethesda, MD) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Informal. More like a conversation. No "trap" questions. Asked how I would achieve each of the jobs main objectives. Had a lot of time to ask questions and was happy I had prepared some ahead of time and typed them. They were impressed to see my typewritten list.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell us of a conflict situation in your work and how you dealt with it   1 Answer
    • Tell us about yourself   1 Answer

  9. Helpful (1)  

    Project Associate Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Development Alternatives (Washington, DC) in January 2015.

    Interview

    Relatively smooth interview process on the company's end with quick turn over on communication. I was impressed at the speed and efficiency of the process. Standard online application, screening call, and 2 rounds of interviews.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your understanding of this position? Tell us about your experience at x. Tell us about yourself.   Answer Question

  10. Helpful (9)  

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Development Alternatives.

    Interview

    I got through two rounds of interviews with DAI. While I was ultimately not selected I am happy with the outcome because my final impression of the company is that they are disorganized and exhibit poor business practices. Had I received a job offer by the end, I likely would have turned it down as a result.

    My first interview with DAI actually went very well and I left feeling excited about the opportunity and the company. Unfortunately from then on everything went downhill. It began about a week later with the email I received congratulating me for making it to the second round interview. The email began: “It was a please speaking with you regarding the [Position/Title] opportunity here with DAI.” Clearly this was a form letter and the Senior Corporate Recruitment Manager did not bother to fill in the actual position name; this did not inspire my confidence. The email also requested I bring a photo ID when I arrived at the second interview, even though I had not needed one the first time. This seemed a little confusing and as it turned out I did not actually need an ID.

    When I arrived for the second interview about a week after receiving the email I found the atmosphere to be very chaotic. The person I was supposed to meet with initially was too busy and so I was brought into an impromptu meeting with someone I had spoken to in my first interview. They seemed unprepared and somewhat disengaged. I was then shuffled into another hasty meeting with someone I had also previously met who also seemed unprepared and confused. Finally I met with the person I had planned to meet initially. Admittedly by this time my enthusiasm has dropped somewhat, however we had what I thought was a good discussion and after repeated apologies about how hectic things were from the recruitment manager I was told I would hear more about my status soon.

    About a week after my second interview I received another email informing me I was one of the top candidates. The email included several release forms for a background check and was followed by a link where I had to fill in contact information for five professional references that could provide me a recommendation. I was also asked to send a copy of my most recent pay stub to verify my current salary. My references all received emails and graciously took the time to answer all the questions it asked. I also took the time to fill out the release forms. About two weeks later I received a call informing me they had decided to go with another candidate.

    For both my in-person interviews DAI seemed to struggle finding times, indicating their managers are bad at time management. I had to take off two days from my current job to attend these interviews and spent many hours more filling out forms as part of the process, ultimately I feel as though much of this time was wasted due to their process involving too many unnecessary steps. Most of my second interview involved meeting with two people I had already spoken to extensively in my first interview and they seemed to struggle with finding new questions to ask. Finally, I found it unprofessional that they would contact my references and ask me to fill out release forms before they had selected me as the final candidate. As a result of this my current employer is now aware I am looking for other employment which puts me in a bad position. Based on my experience, I would not recommend DAI to others.

    Interview Questions

    • No one particular question stands out as being difficult. In my experience the difficulty was more in how disorganized the interview process was.   Answer Question

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