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    Fellowship Scheme Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    Application followed by personality questionnaire (basic resilience questions) & a group (with 6 other candidates) and individual interview (with a panel of 3 people, including HR). Group interview focused on the dynamics of working in a host country government.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe how information asymmetry applies to the market for lemons   Answer Question

  2. Helpful (1)  

    Digital Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at ODI (London, England) in June 2020.

    Interview

    Shortlisted applicants were asked to attend an interview (online due to COVID) and prepare a presentation about a given topic.

    The interview was reasonable, and the panel explained the next steps of the process clearly, saying that they'd communicate their decision in the beginning of the following week. Unfortunately that wasn't the case, instead they told me two weeks later and after several follow-up emails from my side. They didn't apologise for the delay, nor they explained the reasons why, which I found unprofessional and disrespectful of my time.

    Finally, the HR person told me I didn't get the job via what was obviously an email template (ie "we won't be progressing with your application further") and no specific feedback. In my experience, I've always received feedback on the interview and/or task when I got to the final stage.

    Although this company seems to be doing some interesting work, these were some red flags to me and I was somehow relieved I wasn't offered the position.

    Interview Questions

    • How do you prioritise content production and distribution?   Answer Question
    • What is one thing that you would change about the company's digital presence?   Answer Question
    • What's your approach when managing teams, and how do you avoid unconscious bias?   Answer Question
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    Communications Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at ODI (London, England).

    Interview

    The whole process has been three months, from applying, interviewing and then never hearing back.

    Interview: 30 min test to be presented during the interview. They lost the USB I saved it on and I had to present from memory. The interview panel was different from those listed in the email and did not include the line-manager.

    After: they said I would hear back about a second interview in the next week, but despite chasing them a few times, two months later I haven't heard a response.

    Interview Questions


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    Project Officer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at ODI (London, England) in August 2019.

    Interview

    Applied online, was sent a test (mainly Excel) to complete a day before the interview (had one hour and a half to complete it) and then attended a 45mn interview.

    Never heard from them after that, not even to say I was unsuccessful.. I contacted HR but they never got back to me, so unprofessional and disappointing from such a reputable organisation!
    I've always been offered feedback from every single interview I've had in the charity sector, even from very small and short-staffed organisations, so I wasn't expecting a bigger organisation with an HR department to not even take 2 mns of their time to follow-up with an email after the interview...

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work for us
      How do you manage up
      What tools do you use to manage projects   Answer Question

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    Digital Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at ODI (London, England) in April 2019.

    Interview

    Contacted via email following an online application on the company recruitment platform.
    I was sent a short test to complete (45 mins), and expected to create a small presentation for the panel.
    Communication for the test was confusing and unclear that it had to be completed during working hours.
    No feedback at all was provided following the process--not even information stating the interview was unsuccessful

    Interview Questions

    • general questions on the digital environment, what you think could improve the digital plan for the organisation, and how you deal with different circumstances in the workplace   1 Answer

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    Fellowship Scheme Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at ODI (London, England).

    Interview

    There were two parts. The first one was a group discussion in which the participants were confronted with different situations that could occur during the fellowship. We were supposed to discuss and present our views and opinions. The second part was a personal interview with two ODI staff members and two external economists who asked economics-related questions.

    Interview Questions


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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    Very informal and chill. Applied through school. It was unstructured. Interviewer was really friendly and made clear what projects I would be able to work on. Did not ask any technical questions.

    Interview Questions

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    Programme Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at ODI (London, England).

    Interview

    I applied on their website and received an email for an interview about 3 weeks after making the application.
    I was asked to complete three pre-interview tasks (1. Excel task - finding errors, updating the sheets and explaining what sort of changes you made and why 2. Prioritisation - giving you a list of tasks and ask you to number them in terms of priority 3. Email draft - writing to a contractor who hasn't submitted his work for a while) remotely for an hour before the interview.
    The interview was with a panel of 3 - line manager to be, a senior manager who'd work closely with a selected candidate and a programme manager who will be your colleague in the same team.
    They all seemed nice and it was quite average - competency based questions, tell us about your experience, what skills do you have to do this all based on the job description. No challenging or provoking questions. They also went through my CV and asked me to explain further about some relevant experience.
    Something I found a bit odd was that, during the interview, the programme manager who could be your colleague in the same team asked me my current salary & salary requirement for the role. That could be quite awkward for your colleague in the same role as you in the same team to know your salary.
    About a week after the interview, I got an email that I didn't get the role.

    Interview Questions

    • Q. Out of the three pre-interview tasks, which one did you find most difficult?
      Q. Tell us why you want to work for ODI
      Q. Tell us why we should hire you   Answer Question

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    ODI Fellow Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at ODI.

    Interview

    Consists of group exercise and panel interview. Group exercise presents different situations you may face with at work. Panel interview is more technical and focuses on your economic knowledge.
    Each exercise takes 30 minutes, but might take few hours of waiting in between depending on the schedule arrangement.

    Interview Questions

    • What is inflation?
      What is the case of asymmetric information in the credit market?   Answer Question

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    Senior Event Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at ODI (London, England) in October 2017.

    Interview

    I applied on the Overseas development institute website, got invited to an interview two weeks later. It was a Panel of two. Backgroud and competency based questions, written test afterwards

    Interview Questions

    • What is the most important element required to make a project work   1 Answer

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