IBM Intern Interview Questions

Updated Sep 26, 2014
Updated Sep 26, 2014
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Anonymous Interview Candidate
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Application Details

I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details

I was referred by a family friend when they had an opening for a summer intern. Because I was referred, I guess I skipped the initial HR inspection and went straight to the interviews. I had a first round chat with the team manager, who simply talked about the team and the project they work on and asked about me and what I was looking for. He was very polite and enjoyable to talk to. After the interview, he emailed me about 1-2 weeks later with an update that he had OK'd me for the next round and I was passed on to someone else on his team.

The second interview was more of a struggle, though it wasn't meant to be. I personally just have a hard time talking about myself, and that's what this interview consisted of. Additionally the team member brought along another team member without giving any prior notice so I was caught off guard and felt more uncomfortable at being on speakerphone. However, as far as intern interviews go, I think IBM is among the easier interviews as there were no technical questions. Both interviews were about half an hour.

Interview Questions
  • Describe a project of yours and include specifics about the classes and data structures that you used.   Answer Question
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at IBM in April 2014.

    Interview Details

    Interviews with the team, 3 separate calls from people in different locations, casual conversation about work ethic and portfolio and processes in developing designs. Helped to give them a story of how and why you ended up where you are.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 days - interviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    Received a call from a hiring manager asking for an interview. Arrived on site and interviewed with three different managers all wanting an interview. Interview was pretty standard questions about school work and class projects. Nothing really technical was covered which I didn't expect.

    Was then directed to take an online aptitude test.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Interview was pretty easy. The manager who interviewed me just talked about how she loved my background and I asked her questions about her personal experiences. No real
    Interview questions

    Accepted Offer
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    1 Round of HR screening, talking about your resume.

    1 Round behavioral interview with Hiring Manager, and talking about your interests.

    1 Round Technical interview with STSM in the same department.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when you had to take a leadership role.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    All interns are paid based on the credit hours they completed towards their degree, or so I've been told.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Boulder, CO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boulder, CO
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at IBM in March 2013.

    Interview Details

    The interview process was pretty laid back. I think the whole process took around 3 weeks. I submitted an application and received a call about two weeks later to interview the next week. I went on site and it was a round table interview with the hiring managers or someone they sent in their place to take notes. Questions were pretty normal. I only had one interview and got a job offer a couple weeks later. The managers just wanted to get a feel for who you were and what you wanted to learn so they could put you in the right department.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing too unexpected. They asked what you knew about IBM and why you wanted to be an intern there. They did ask me to give a 30 second commercial to market myself, but it was pretty much the same as being asked to tell them about yourself. They ask for a strength and a weakness, an example of when a teammate wasn't pulling their weight on a project and how you handled it, and an example of a time you failed and what you learned from it and how you came back from it type thing.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was originally dissatisfied with my payment offer, but I countered and they accepted.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and one on-site interview with hiring manager as well as mentor.
    Questions about your experiences.

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Yorktown, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Yorktown, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 9 months - interviewed at IBM in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    Hiring manager called me and two staff members interviewed me through phone

    Interview Questions
    • They are very nice and the questions are ok to answer. Not a lot trouble.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation. more than happy to accept. it's IBM research.
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at IBM in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    I applied online to a posting that I saw on the IBM careers page; I filled everything out and uploaded a resume. Because I do not live in the state in which I applied for, I received a call from the manager I would report to and set up a telephone interview. The interview, itself, lasted about an hour and included a range of questions (he was required to ask a set given by IBM, but others were more job specific to the position I applied for). He let me know that I fit the mold they were looking for and I would hear back within a few days. He called, a few days later, while I was sitting in my accounting class and left a voicemail letting me know he recommended that HR proceed with the hiring process. HR emailed me, about a week later, with a link to a more in-depth job application and a link to IBM's intelligence test, the IPATO. After completing these online the night I received them, I got a call from the HR recruiter a week later letting me know that my offer was approved and I would be getting an email shortly. Hours later, I received the email with an attachment inviting me to join their team (it also gave details with pay, etc). I accepted via email and start once this semester ends.

    Interview Questions
    • So tell me, what would you bring to our team that others might not?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was not any negotiating among the recruiter and I. After waiting weeks, they send you a final offer with everything listed in a PDF file; from here, you either accept or reject.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online - interviewed at IBM in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    Asked about what I knew about IBM'S competitors, details of my college major, how much I used Social Media and my computer skills.

    Interview Questions
    • What drives you? What would a professor say was his or her reason for not liking you as a student?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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