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The World Bank Interview Questions

Updated May 17, 2017
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    Program Assistant Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in June 2013.

    Interview

    The interview was about 25 minutes long. There were 8 interviewers that made me even more nervous. They asked specific questions about that position to ensure you know how to do the job.

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  2.  

    Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Singapore (Singapore)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at The World Bank (Singapore (Singapore)) in July 2016.

    Interview

    The interview selection process was rigorous and consisted of passing several rounds of selection including Long listing, Short listing and then a panel interview of 6 individuals (3 Sr Management and 1 HR)

    Interview Questions

    • What qualifications do you bring for this job?   1 Answer

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    Young Professional Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 9+ months. I interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in December 2015.

    Interview

    Long process. First round applications were due in July 2015, second round (recommendation letters) in July 2015, interview in December 2015, final results in March 2016. Full day interview -- 1.5 hour panel interview and 4 hour group case exercise. Panel interview had a combination of technical questions and behavioral questions. Technical questions were both from my area of expertise and outside my expertise. I passed the interview but was not offered a position due to hiring needs mismatch.

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    • Had a combination of technical questions and behavioral questions   1 Answer

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    Young Professional 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).

    Interview

    To enter the YP program, you have to go through one of the most competitive job applications in the world. More than 10,000 apply, only around 30 get selected. The process is well conducted and organized. Somehow the process is able (most of the time, not always) to select great candidates with incredible intangibles that will make them successful later in life.

    Interview Questions

    • The are many tough questions on leadership, how to reduce poverty, and your capacity to work in a diverse environmment.   1 Answer

  6. Helpful (7)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at The World Bank.

    Interview

    It is recommended tha you know someone already working for the company, and then network a lot with different type of people because you will get the job through an appointment process

    Interview Questions

    • What are my career interest, and what are my plans for the future. I have to talk a lot about my work experience and how it will help me at the Bank.   Answer Question

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    Department Head Interview Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    Applied online. About 2 months later, I get an email to come to the office for a 45 min panel interview in about 1 month (this was over the holidays)

    I showed up thinking this was an initial screening or something similar, because there was no phone screen and this interview was so short. I walk into the interview room and there are 12 people there from various departments (IT, Finance, Legal, etc). The conference room was a long narrow one, so I entered on one end and had to squeeze my way to the opposite end to get to my seat.

    Over the next 45 min, I was peppered with questions from most of the 12. The one thing I found interesting was that the interview focused on 2 bullet points of the lengthy job description.

    I got a note a couple of weeks later saying they went with another candidate.

    Everyone was very friendly and professional. It was just very different than anything I had experienced before.

    Interview Questions

    • I can't even remember. Questions were flying at me fairly quickly.   Answer Question

  8. Helpful (5)  

    Operations Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at The World Bank in November 2010.

    Interview

    I filed an application online, received interview offer 5 months later, interview was one day (panel and assessment), and was given a decision 9 weeks later

    The assessment process was extremely challenging, and it seemed it favoured Bank insiders who knew current procedures and culture of the Bank, an outside candidate would have a very difficult time answering many of the scenarios that were presented.

    The panels though were very good, the experts knew my technical area inside out and it was very stimulating conversation. Even though I didn't get the job, it was a thrill just to spend a few hours with high level persons at the Bank, discussing the most pressing development issues in our sector.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you say is the single most important issue that must be solved in [your technical sector] for development to occur?   Answer Question

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    Senior Communications Officer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in June 2007.

    Interview

    - I was contacted by email
    - I prepared the interview with a presentation in Power Point
    - There were three people during the interview
    - They asked me a lot of questions about my former job (Example: How can you assure that the sales increased in your former company thanks your communications campaign?)
    - They asked me how I would resolve some situations with no data or background (Example: How would you increase the interest in xxx in Gabon?)

    Interview Questions

    • How would you increase the interest on economical reforms in the Government of (I do not remember the name of the country, but it was one from Africa)?   2 Answers

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    Senior Economist Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at The World Bank (Washington, DC) in February 2013.

    Interview

    Took way too long, too many people, canned questions. The questions were obvious. Some interviewers spent more time showing off than they did listening. Very annoying process.

    Interview Questions

    • Technical question about the field   1 Answer

  11. Helpful (1)  

    Short-term Consultant (STC) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Telephone, TX
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at The World Bank (Telephone, TX) in May 2017.

    Interview

    The professor introduced the job first and asked me about the period of availability. Then, the professor directly discussed technical issues, such as sample selection, econometric models, implication. he was very kind and the questions were difficult but insightful.

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