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Our Process



We open jobs and accept applications, typically for two weeks.


We conduct an initial screening, often using screening questions, and create a longlist.



A Selection Advisory Committee reviews the longlist and recommends a shortlist of three to five people to interview.


These can be an initial on-demand video interview, but panel interviews are most common. We conduct one-on-one interviews as well, depending on the role and hiring manager’s schedule and preferences. Some teams will require a test or ask for a case study or presentation.



The hiring team selects the candidate they think best fits the needs of the team at this time.


After conducting references, collecting paperwork, and consulting with the hiring manager, a Letter of Appointment is issued with the offer and a customized benefits memo.



All appointments are subject to successful completion of background and security checks.


  1. Working for the World Bank gives you a chance to have a real impact on people’s lives. We offer global careers in a diverse work environment.

  2. All jobs are advertised on the World Bank’s Careers website. We also advertise on LinkedIn.

  3. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we cannot accept unsolicited applications for unspecified roles. However, you can join our talent community and be informed about upcoming World Bank career events.

  4. We recommend you register for job alerts in your specific area of interest and expertise. When those jobs are advertised, you will be alerted.

  5. We typically advertise jobs for two weeks.

  6. The Statement of Interest (SOI) is very important. Selection committees read the SOI carefully to understand the applicant’s motivation and experience. Your SOI should be tailored to the position to which you are applying and should help the reader understand your unique qualifications.

  7. Applicant screening questions are an important part of the longlisting process. If candidates give false responses to the screening questions, we will reject that application.

  8. Yes, all candidates will receive an auto-generated email informing them of their shortlisted or non-shortlisted status.

  9. Yes, all appointments are subject to the successful completion of reference checks.

  10. All appointments are subject to successful completion of a background and security check. It depends on the nationality, but typically the background check takes about 3-5 weeks.

  11. Most interviews at the World Bank are panel interviews, and often conducted virtually, because not all panel members and the candidate are physically in the same location.


    You can expect a 45-60 minute technical and behavioral interview by a panel of experts chosen by the hiring team to assess candidates for the role. Some teams use tests, case studies, or other assessment tools in their recruitment process.

  12. We expect the entire recruitment process, from advertisement to selection, to take no more than 90 days.

  13. The age limit for Young Professionals Program is 32. The age limit for the Junior Professional Associate is 28. There is no age limit for the Bank Internship Program but candidates are required to be enrolled in a graduate degree program.

  14. The BIS is open for applications in the Fall and Spring of each year.

  15. Short Term Consultants: Appointments vary by grade and duration (150 day maximum per year) with few benefits.

    Extended Term: One-year contracts that have a lifetime cap of three years, with some benefits.

    Staff Positions: Renewable appointments between one to five years with full benefits; headquarter appointments are paid in U.S. dollars (USD); Local and Third Country National appointments are paid according to the local salary scale.

  16. Visit the World Bank website to familiarize yourself with the institution and your areas of interest, study World Bank projects, read World Bank blogs.


    Follow us online – We are on Facebook, X and LinkedIn.

    The World Bank Open Learning Campus offers free courses on development.

    Attend World Bank virtual events:

    Learn new languages to complement your experience (French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Arabic are sought after).

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