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CBD - Entry Level Consultant - Commercial Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at IBM in February 2014.
Interview Details – Quick process - get called in for an interview on site and go through 3 interviews, 2 behavioral and one case. They move you in and out quickly, not much time for pleasantries and the such. Typical behavioral interview questions and about yourself and your resume in general. Standard case study type question and format.
Interview Question – The case study Answer Question
Applications Innovation Services Consultant - Consulting By Degrees (CbD) Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at IBM in March 2014.
Interview Details – Initially was contacted after submitting online application. Time sensitive emails are sent out and you must respond within 48 hours. No phone screen, simply selected and provided a travel package to interview at their VA location.
The interview consisted of three 30 minute one-on-one interviews. One technical, one behavioral and one case.
Technical: What is polymorphism, what is inheritance, draw out the software development lifecycle, what types of development do you like the most, what is a project at IBM that you would like to work on?
Behavioral: Asked questions about handling problem situations (Have you had to deal with a bad group member, how do you deal with an angry customer?)
Case: You are given a network diagram of a website and asked several questions about how to handle different scenarios such as, the client is experience large amounts of lag time on the pages, after fixing that problem the client wants to add addition features to the page.
Overall an easy process. The case questions is something I had not encountered before so I over prepared with Victor Chengs LOMS. If you have not done case interviews before I would recommend looking at his material. It provides a good case framework.
Interview Question – Nothing was really that unexpected. All fairly basic, they are mainly looking to get to know you. Look at my description for the types of questions they asked. Answer Question
CBD Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at IBM.
Interview Details – I applied at random for the CBD program and was contacted by HR 5 months later. At that point in time I had already secured a position but was still happy to hear from HR. My first interview consisted of walking through the CBD program and the consultant lifestyle as well as my resume. After about 2 weeks I was informed that I would be flown to NYC for a 3 part rotating interview, one case study, one behavioral interview and one interview about why IBM and CBD. I thought it went OK and could have gone either way but I was informed a week later that I was not selected
Interview Question – Case Question: How many boxes of cereal are consumed in New England each Month? Answer Question
Global Business Services Commercial Sector Consultant, CBD Program Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at IBM in October 2011.
Interview Details – Having applied through my college recruiting program, the interview process consisted of a one-day, in-person interview process. This process consisted of three one-on-one interviews: two behavioral and one case. The first behavioral dealt mainly with my resume and how I had gone beyond existing expectations (with regard to extracurricular organizations and projects). Also, this interviewer also asked about the basics: major, GPA, etc. The second behavioral was more fluid and focused more on my leadership experience; I also had the opportunity during this time to ask many questions I had of IBM. Finally, the case interview was rather straight-forward: the case dealt with being able to analyze whether a company should enter into a new consumer market for which it was ill-prepared (i.e. no experience in this market, no branding, no infrastructure to produce good for this market) and being able to qualitatively and quantitatively justify your answer. I was then informed that I could be contacted for a further phone or in-person interview as a followup, or I could be given an offer without a followup.
Negotiation Details – Typically new college hires are not able to negotiate.
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