IBM Consultant Interview Questions

Updated Apr 21, 2015
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    Senior Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
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    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview

    Applied on the website and received an email stating that I was selected for an interview. Was then flown on site for three 30-minute interviews with three different managers. Each one was for a specific purpose: behavioral, technical, and case study. Heard back about 2-3 weeks later that I got the position.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a piece of software you used on your resume. Follow-up questions were asked based on what you said.   Answer Question
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
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    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at IBM (Philadelphia, PA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    They fly you in to the location of the interview (Philadelphia) and you have 3- 30 minute interviews. Two are behavioral and one is a case study. The case study is fairly easy. They give you information and want to see if you will ask questions to get the rest of the information. The problem is simple, but they don't give you enough info to solve it and the recruiter will only give you what you ask for.

    The behavioral questions were fairly easy. Just think of all your experiences and apply them to the questions. Remember not to down anyone in your story and explain what the goal was and what the result was. They asked a lot of questions about working on teams.

    Interview Questions

    • If you were working on a project and one of your team members wasn't carrying their weight, how would you respond to this issue?   Answer Question
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    Consulting By Degrees AIS Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Accepted Offer
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    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 7+ weeksinterviewed at IBM (Herndon, VA).

    Interview

    These events happened in the Spring 2014, so they may have changed the interview process since then.

    IBM was at my engineering career fair, and I spoke to one of the recruiters. Sent her my resume later that evening, and a week later I was invited to an on-site interview in Herndon, VA. Flew out the night before and arrived at the office in the morning.

    There was a fairly large group of us, and they split us up into two groups. I believe one group was more info systems/business-related majors and the other group (the one I was in) was more technical/engineering majors. The other group went to the one-on-one interviews first, while my group sat in a conference room. However, I believe this was done on purpose as a recruiter who was there with us was asking questions like "How do you define what I means to be a consultant" and others like that. Also they shared IBMs core values, goals, etc. So really it was part of the interview. I made sure to participate during questions and gave the best answers I could.

    When the other group was finished, we went to do our one-on-one interviews. There were three separate interviews: one case study, one technical, and one behavioral. These were surprisingly easy; the case study was very straightforward, the technical was basic questions about Java (i.e. "what's the difference between a private and a public variable", etc.), and the behavioral was your typical, generic questions ("describe a time when __"). I felt very confident in each of these, and the interviewers were very friendly, which made me feel comfortable.

    Afterwards, the recruiters said we would hear back within two weeks. I didn't hear back for a month, and then it was another month after that until I got the offer.

    Overall a good experience (minus the waiting to hear back).

    J

    Interview Questions

    • Basic Java questions ("What is a class", "What is the difference between a private and public variable", etc.)   Answer Question
    • Standard Behavioral questions ("Describe a time when ____. How did you handle it?", "How do you define what a consultant is?", etc.)   Answer Question
    • There was a case study. This was pretty straightforward. I believe mine had something to do with improving performance of a clients website, can't recall the details.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Didn't negotiate as I thought the salary was fair. Also I don't think I could have even if I wanted to.

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    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview

    Job posting stated 5 yrs industry experience required, 8 yrs preferred. I had the preferred amount of experience, so submitted my resume and was contacted by a recruiter for IBM. We arranged the interview date/time via email. When the recruiter called me for the the phone interview, she told me only minutes into our conversation that really they were looking for someone with 15-20 years of industry experience, and described a very different role than what was in the posting. I confirmed with her that she was describing the role title I had applied for. She seemed to have no explanation for the vast difference between the posting and the role she was now describing. I withdrew my application and ended the interview early because I felt this was a big red flag.

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    Senior User Experience Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview

    There were 3 different interviews that took place on campus. Each mini interview lasted 30 minutes. One portion was more traditional. He asked what I was interested in pursuing, asked if I had questions about the company, and was generally informational. The next was solving a business problem. They're not looking for a right answer, just to see how you think. The last interview was basically pitching one of your old projects.

    All of the interviews were very relaxed and casual.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a project you are passionate about.   Answer Question
    • You need to create an app to solve a ___________ problem for your user. How do you go about it?   Answer Question
    • Why IBM? What technologies do you see as a big thing in 5 years? What do you want to work on?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    They give you an offer. There is no room for negotiation.

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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    Average Interview
    No Offer
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    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview

    Phone, phone, case. Got an employee referral which led to a first phone call, just a screening, led to another phone call, not exactly a screening more of a talk to me for 10 seconds ok you're on to final rounds. I got and accepted a job offer elsewhere in the mean time, they take forever.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a role as a leader, describe a role as a follower   Answer Question
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    Managing Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Durham, NC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at IBM (Durham, NC).

    Interview

    Initial screening to check the skill set , followed by couple of interview by program manager, project manager and those are more related to project management, delivery, how you manage project. and then finally HR round when they will ask about salary expectation and bonus. Then couple of negotiation rounds , if it matches then offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a project where you have proved your leadership, how you managed the risk.
      How do you forecast about project sales ?

      How you manage scope, plan, budget, resource, billing, time - which tool

      What exactly you feel challenging while doing project management.
       
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
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    No Offer
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    Interview

    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.

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    GBS Summer Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
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    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took a weekinterviewed at IBM (Ann Arbor, MI) in February 2015.

    Interview

    One hour interview: 30 min behavioral, 30 min case. The fit was pretty standard. Be sure to know why you want to do consulting and specifically why at IBM. The case was slightly harder and was more interviewer led, but the interviewers are friendly and are willing to help you out.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe a moment when something you tried didn't work and what you did to change that.   Answer Question
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    Entry Level Consultant Business Analytics and Strategy Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at IBM (Boston, MA) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Applied through University's career link, got called for an on campus interview about 2 weeks later. 3 interviews (case study and two behavioral) in 1.5 hours. Case Study was first for me and it was the first time I've ever taken such an interview. The basic concepts were easy in retrospect but at the time I was like a deer caught in headlights. It wouldn't have been possible to 'study' for the case studies because they were pretty easy concepts, just unexpected. The interviewer was pretty helpful in helping me understand that I can just take it easy and the math isn't as important as the though process used. The behavioral ones were the easiest since they were like regular interviews with the regular expected questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Case Study - Given the following information, what will be the payback period? (Not all info is given and you have to recognize that and ask for more information)   Answer Question

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