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Updated Jan 28, 2015
Updated Jan 28, 2015
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    3 part interview: (1) case and (2) behavioral. Behavioral interviews are straightforward. Case interview is set-up to be easy. Make sure to ask pertinent questions while solving the case. Company tends to focus on fit, so the behavioral interviews are more favored.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and the team member contacted me after like a month through email. We set up a time for a technical interview. He was 30 mins late for the interview. Interview went good, but never got a response from them after that.

    Interview Questions
    • 1) Sort the integers in an array
      2) Design an elevator system
      3) Some question involving linkedlist and hash table.
       
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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Sales Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ monthsinterviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    I am currently waiting to hear back from IBM to have a 3rd round interview with an IBM office. So far, this process has been very enjoyable. Every person I have spoken with has been great and very helpful. I had a first round on my college campus, and a second round over the phone. My only complaint so far has been the time it takes for this interview process to move along.

    Interview Questions
    • Name three things that you IBM has done in the last few months that you think are great ideas, and three things you think they have done that are bad ideas.   View Answer
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    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    Contacted by Campus Recruiter; asked if interested in Public Sector (DC positions) or Commercial Sector. Stated interested in Commercial Sector then informed I will be contacted if I was selected for in-person interviews. Once selected interviews were the next week in Chicago; candidates from all over the country were flown in for three rounds of interviews (Fit/Technical Background, IT Case Study and Behavioral Analysis.

    All the interviewers were extremely detailed, perceptive, intelligent, and watchful of words, body language and communication style during the interview. All interactions seemed to be judged and studied. During the Case Study a business problem was presented and candidate is expected to have a conversation about the case were your though process and intuition and creativity are assessed. Stay away from writing down every detail presented and focus on having a conversation. Each interviewer had extensive experience and multiple global responsibilities that serviced all the top companies globally. Looking back it is apparent that IBM values pristine communication, creativity and technical prowess.

    Interview Questions
    • IT Case study options was a choice given so I choose the ROI business case. A piece of paper with the business problem and technologies was presented while the specific industry was given by the Partner interviewing. Case presented: a multi-billion dollar company of which they are only four in the world has a recent software implementation, it was communicated that ROI would come within a specified time period but is not producing the expected results."

      Interviewer asked "How would I get the data?". Strategy recommendations, business acumen and IT understanding were what they were looking for. At the end of the interview the solution, approach and methodology for the business problem.
       
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  6.  

    Marketing Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    Started out very professional, did a series of phone interviews, then it got a little strange when I went into the office for a round of in-person interviews. I met with a group of people who seemed more interested in chatting amongst themselves about facebook posts then actually interviewing me. They asked questions not relevant to the job description which threw me off. Though this may not have been their fault as I think there was some miscommunication about the role's expectations in that specific division. I got the impression I was their first interview, which didn't bode well for me. I came in prepared to discuss a website redesign project as per my previous phone conversations. When I brought this up to the group they didn't even think the redesign was happening. They were nice enough but didn't seem to know what to ask - there was clearly a disconnect between them and the other people I'd spoken to over the phone - and since I'd prepared a whole proposal about optimizing their new site, I was at a loss too. I also interviewed with another individual who seemed rushed and frazzled and answered my questions with vague responses. He was clearly not prepared or all that interested in conducting an interview. I couldn't wait to get out of there. Waste of time. Not that I would have taken the job, but no one ever followed-up not even to thank me for my time or tell me they'd filled the position. I expected more from IBM.

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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  7.  

    Entry Level Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied in-person. The process took a dayinterviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    One interview, with two other software engineers. Very basic interview, just asked questions about my resume. They asked really in depth questions about projects on my resume, much deeper than I needed to know for the scope of my project.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a project on your resume. They will then poke at it with a million questions, some of which you probably will not know how to answer.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at IBM in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    I applied through an employee referral for an entry level software engineer as I am a new BS graduate. I interviewed with IBM tea leaf in SFO after an initial phone interview for about 20 mins. The phone interview was very casual asking questions about your background and some OOP concepts. A week later I was invited onsite scheduled to interview with 6 people - developers, QA and director. Some of my interviewers didn't show up to work and in order to replace them some other random people interviewed me and it was a little disorganized.
     Questions were mainly about my background, resume, and projects etc. They grilled me on each and every project/work experience on my resume and asked me questions on how I did whatever I did. I was asked a few technical questions here and there but no extensive whiteboard coding.

    Interview Questions
    • write pseudo code to add a node to a singly linked list   Answer Question
    • have you ever used exception handling in your projects? any OOP concepts?   Answer Question
    • how did the frontend connect with your backend in your project? How do you parse a JSON object?   Answer Question
    • What is the most efficient sorting algorithm? What is its runtime?   View Answer
    • how do you check if a number is odd or even?   View Answers (3)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Summit IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at IBM in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    Interview process starts with an email asking about availability. Then you complete a behavioral interview about projects, coursework and hobbies. About 3 weeks later second interview about hobbies, programming languages, availability.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you want to do when you graduate and explain how it can help IBM.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Financial Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 8 weeksinterviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    I received an interview after my college job fair. It was two 1:1 interviews, each lasting 30 minutes. Interview questions were very basic and a lot of the time was spent going over my resume. It felt more like a conversation than an actual interview. It has been about 8 weeks now and I have still not heard back from them.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time when.......
      What would you do if.....
       
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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  11.  

    Software DeveloperProject Management Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Costa Mesa, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Costa Mesa, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    I had two round phone interviews.One is from a colleague in IBM,the second is from the team manager. Later they sent me an email to invite me to meet the whole team in their workspace.

    Interview Questions
    • No unexpected questions. No technical tests, but some general questions about your experience and teamwork.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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