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What to Expect During IMF’s Hiring Process

The Hiring Process at the IMF involves the following steps:

  • An online application: You may apply online for a specific job vacancy or apply to one of the Fund's ongoing recruitment programs in JobLink. To do so, you must first create a Candidate Profile in the system. (See "Create/Update Your Candidate Profile" for more details). Please note that the IMF does not accept applications or CVs outside of JobLink. Early submission is encouraged. To apply for an open position, simply click on "Apply" on the job page. The system will direct you to log on. You may apply to multiple job openings by using the "Job Cart" feature. If you begin to complete your application and are unable to finish, you may click on "Save as Draft" and return later to complete and submit your application. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of each application you submit. For some positions, you may be asked additional questions relating to your professional career either when you submit your application or at a later time after the Fund has reviewed your qualifications.
  • If your application matches the profile they are looking for, their recruiters will send it to the hiring department for review. If the hiring department expresses interest in your application, you will be contacted within a few weeks from the time you apply. If the Fund decides to pursue your application, they will arrange for an interview either via telephone, video conference or in Washington. Typically, a final interview is conducted in Washington.

The Interviews at IMF

Here’s some more information about the different types of interviews that the IMF conducts during it’s hiring process:

  • Phone interviews. A phone interview can last up to 30 minutes and it is conducted via the telephone. Employers use this method to screen candidates in order to narrow the number of applicants who will be invited for an in-person interview. During the interview, candidates will be asked basic questions regarding their resume, their desire to work at the company, their availability to work, their desired salary, work history etc. If the interview is successful, the candidate will be invited to participate in a video interview or come to an in-person interview.
  • You may be required to participate in video interviews via an online platform like HireVue. Two types of video interviews exist, a live one and a pre-recorded one. A live video interview involves using Skype, or a similar program. It’s as simple as that. It can take 40-60 minutes to complete. A pre-recorded video interview involves employers sending you a link to an interview platform which contains pre-determined interview questions. Here, you will have a chance to briefly view the question before you record and submit your answer.
  • Several levels of face-to-face interviews. Face-to-face (or in-person) interviews are a series of interviews, usually three, with multiple people. These will include the HR representative, your direct superior and the head of the department.
  • You may be required to participate in case interviews. Candidates will be given information about a case. They will be expected to ask the interviewer logical questions that will help them understand the situation, probe deeper into relevant areas, gather pertinent information and arrive at a solution or recommendation for the question or situation at hand. The Interviewers will look at the way you approach and solve problems and how you use data to quantify your recommendations.
  • Panel interviews. Typically, your panel of interviewers will represent multiple areas of the company, so each representative will consider you through a different lens. For example, if you’re interviewing at a tech company for a project management role, your panel might include the department manager (your potential direct supervisor), an HR manager, and team leads from the engineering and marketing departments, whose teams you’d work with on a daily basis.
  • A group interview. In a group interview setting, interviewers often pose hypothetical problems or situations to the group as a whole and allow the group to engage in activities to solve or address the issue.


IMF’s Tests and Assessments

Depending on how technical the job you are applying for is, you may be required to pass several of the following tests:

  • The Predictive Index (PI) Assessment which is used by employers to help predict workplace performance, as candidates' responses on the PI indicate their behavioral propensities. The assessment comprises two pages, each of them includes 86 adjectives. The assessment is untimed, but it generally takes no more than 10 minutes to complete. The Predictive Index (PI) Behavioral Assessment measures four primary characteristics of personality: dominance, extroversion, patience, and formality.
  • A numerical reasoning test. A numerical reasoning test is an area which requires you to not only understand numerical information but also to make decisions and conclusions based on that information.
  • English tests. These tests are used to assess candidates for jobs where a good grasp of both written and spoken English is necessary. These assessments can cover general language skills but can also be focused on a certain field, such as technical or medical roles where specific vocabulary is necessary.
  • A Microsoft Word test. In most cases, you will be asked to take a battery of Microsoft Office and typing assessments.
  • A Microsoft Excel test. The advanced level test requires a candidate to master the different features of the software. Most of the questions will deal with formulas, macro creation, advanced formatting and document properties.
  • A verbal reasoning test. In a verbal reasoning test, you will be asked questions that require verbal critical reasoning skills. This test consists of passages followed by statements. You must evaluate each statement according to the given rules.


Common Interview Questions

Some of the common interview questions that you may come across during your hiring process at IMF include:

  • Do you work well with other people?
  • How do you handle workplace conflict?
  • Tell me about a time when you disagreed with the actions or decisions of your manager or supervisor. How did you approach the situation? Was the situation resolved to your satisfaction or did nothing change?


What a great opportunity it would be to work for IMF. Its long-term presence on the market and the fame it has successfully accumulated over the years will provide you with new experiences and new knowledge. Landing a job at IMF, however, is not so simple. You will have to go through a series of interview and tests which may be difficult. Make sure you complete the hiring process successfully with the help of JobTestPrep. We offer numerous study guides, tests and interview tips. Start preparing for those pesky tests!

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