IAEA Interview Questions & Reviews
Getting an Interview
Supervisory Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 9 months - interviewed at IAEA in September 2012.
Interview Details The post was advertised on their website and applications done on their website. After a few months a competency-based interview was done remotely. Then a few months letter a competency-based interview done via video-conferencing.
Interview Question – Since this was competency-based interview all the regular questions were present. At the end the panel asked whether I had anything to add that would enhance my candidature. The answer I gave should have been more comprehensive. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – It was basically non-negotiable
Section Head Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at IAEA.
Interview Details Submission-time questions for further screening (online).
A 1 hour written examination
Interview Question – The questions were very general and I would have expected something more specific. The service management questions were almost non-existent. The written examination was far more difficult and yet somehow easier to answer the questions because they were less about "me" and more about "the work". The in-person interview was all about getting to know me as the candidate. Answer Question
Program Manager Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied in-person and the process took a year or more - interviewed at IAEA in January 2009.
Interview Details The hiring process is slow, takes in most cases about a year, and there are about 200 CVs for every post. First there is a computerized matching based on electronic filtering, then review by the managers, then a panel interview with final selection. Average interview 10 questions in front of a 5 person panel. Note that the visa sponsoring capability of the UN means that you are in competition with a global market.
Interview Question – Standard questions - but focus on what you did (I) and not the team (we) Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation - everything is set to UN standards. Be careful - if you are sponsored by the US government (State Department) I have heard comments from them about the salaries of UN employees.
Procurement Specialist Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at IAEA
Interview Details Fairly short and effective hiring and interview process for an international organization. The only entry is through application on their website. Shortlisted candidates will be called for a competency based interview which is the standard interview model in international organizations. The interview itself is conducted by a team of representatives from the Organization.
Interview Question – What are we doing in the laboratory? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I put forward a counter offer and it was accepted in accordance with standard practice.
IT Systems Engineer Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at IAEA in December 2011.
Interview Details It was a video conference between me and a panel of 5 . 3 techies and 2 Hr officers.
Interview Question – describe the possible reasons why an SSH login is successful at one time and unsuccessful in a nother time despite using the right credentials Answer Question