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www.dai.com
Bethesda, MD
1001 to 5000 employees
1970
Company - Private
Accounting & Legal
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Deloitte, Chemonics International
Development Alternatives (DAI) lends the world a hand. The company assists both public and private-sector clients with social and economic development projects around the globe. DAI focuses on natural resource management, economic reform, crisis mitigation, democratic ... Read more

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Bethesda, MD
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    I have been working at Development Alternatives full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Smart and collaborative employees, work can be intellectually stimulating, some excellent mentors, opportunities for international travel, if you do well there you can move around within the company which allows for refreshing new challenges without having to find another job elsewhere

    Cons

    Top-heavy and overpaid executive team has been winnowed down in recent years, but there is still some dead weight still around. A lot of focus on and investment in medium-term corporate strategy by executive team with little to show for the original 5-year strategy. Tendency to keep under-performing employees for too long.

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    Communications Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
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    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

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