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The World Bank Economist Interview Questions

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Economist Interview

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

Application

I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in February 2016.

Interview

1) Very random
2) Some times you are given 2-3 days of notification before the interview to show up for the interview or do it over the phone, which is very weird. Interviewees should usually be given at least a couple of weeks for preparation. But this, often times, has a lot to do with point #4 below.
3) Disengaged interviewers
4) Often time, there is a pre-selected or preferred candidate, so the interviewers themselves are biased from the get go.
5) Non-transparent process as to how interviewees are evaluated - unlike other places who are trying to truly understand the fullest extent of skills and experiences one can bring to the vacancy. But again, this may have something to do with point #4 above.

Interview Questions

  • Usual behavioral questions and some unstructured technical questions.   Answer Question

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    Economist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in December 2015.

    Interview

    Applied through the world bank application portal. It took about two months to get notified that I was long-listed for the panel interview. The panel interview is quite rigorous with representatives from the home practice, HR and other stakeholders. The panel interview was followed by a writing test on a recent economic topic. After another month, I was notified that I was short-listed for an interview with the Practice Manager.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you cross check data between different sources?   2 Answers
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    Economist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in August 2015.

    Interview

    short listing committee, panel interview including HR representative, and final interview with hiring manager

    The process takes time since the moment you submit your application online. Then they proceed to short list the candidates. THey are call for an interview. Sometime due to travelling of panel members it takes time to schedule the interview

    Interview Questions

    • Analytical questions
      behavioral questions
      Why you are interested in the position?
      provide concrete examples to show how you analyze data  
      Answer Question
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    Economist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in January 2015.

    Interview

    I applied for the job online and after slightly more than a monthgot an email informing me that I had been shortlisted and asking to schedule a phone interview. I had the phone interview a week after this. It was sort of a screening interview following which I was invited for a panel interview at the World Bank Interview. I heard back from them about 3 weeks after this and was offered the job, which I accepted.

    Interview Questions

    • Specific questions relating to the particular position I was applying for. Also, a walk through the CV and a couple of behavioral questions.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    I did not negotiate.

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    Economist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at The World Bank.

    Interview

    Panel of 3 or 4 people, ask u questions on broad topics ( can be anything), so prepare to have broad knowledge and try to use commnsense

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    Very little bargaining power. HR obfuscates, obstructs and generally tries to get u on the cheap... Another offer from another place may help you better

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    Economist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in June 2012.

    Interview

    Had a phone interview where we discussed individual economic terms to make sure I understood the basic concepts. Group interview consisted of a case study and explaining growth in the GDP of a particular South American country.

    Interview Questions

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    Economist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in March 2011.

    Interview

    I was interviewed by the manager, the senior manager and the junior team. They asked me about my experience, my dissertation, and my comments about the current projects they were doing. The interview was relatively easy, as compared to others.

    Interview Questions

    • Q. What did I do in my previous job? What was my dissertation about? What are the main challenges of financial markets in Latin America?   Answer Question
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    Economist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at The World Bank in June 2012.

    Interview

    Panel interview went extremelly well. I has been asked a lot of management cases concerning my previous work experience. But unfortunately the vacance has been cancelled

Employer Interview Review Title Location Interview Question
The World Bank Economist Interview Washington, DC Usual behavioral questions and some unstructured technical questions.
The World Bank Economist Interview Washington, DC How do you cross check data between different sources?
The World Bank Economist Interview Washington, DC Analytical questions behavioral questions Why you are interested in the position? provide concrete examples to show how you analyze data
The World Bank Economist Interview Washington, DC Specific questions relating to the particular position I was applying for. Also, a walk through the CV and a couple of behavioral questions.
The World Bank Economist Interview none really.. Standard stuff
The World Bank Economist Interview Washington, DC What's the difference between stock and flow?
The World Bank Economist Interview Washington, DC Q. What did I do in my previous job? What was my dissertation about? What are the main challenges of financial markets in Latin America?
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