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IBM Information Technology Specialist Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 23, 2014
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IT Specialist Interview

IT Specialist

I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details – Spoke with a former and future manager as well as a colleague whom I would be working with. Basically informal to the extent they wanted to get to know the person rather than a fact sheet of skills.


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IT Specialist Interview

IT Specialist
Chandler, AZ

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at IBM in October 2010.

Interview Details – I knew someone who already worked there, so that's how I got the interview. I was interviewing for a specific software product, so the questions were very much detailed towards that. Not many "you're in a blender" type or non-technical questions at all. First contact was with a manager to do a pre-screening, then a technical interview. I was told right away after the interview that I got the job. Processing stuff took about a month or so, but it was also during the holidays.

Interview Question – They asked a very specific question about the software product involving architecture that required detailed knowledge of the software product.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – The salary was already negotiated up front, very early on in the process. They gave me a range, and I said I wanted a certain number in that range that the manager agreed with.


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Summer Intern (IT Software Sales Specialist) Interview

Summer Intern (IT Software Sales Specialist)
Sandy Springs, GA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at IBM in May 2014.

Interview Details – I was referred by a recruiter, applied and had to follow up. Immediately the intern manager got my resume, she scheduled a phone interview for the next day and informed me I should hear from her within a week to schedule a second interview if they decided to give me a chance, a week later I heard nothing, so I followed up ad she informed me she was still in the process of reviewing our first interview, and would get back to me. Two days later, she emailed to schedule a phone interview with one of the host managers. I had applied for the IT specialist position but few days later, after the second interview, I was told to re-apply for the software sales specialist intern position, I did that and few days later I was told I got the job.

Interview Question – Nothing so difficult, mostly behavioral question, also, they wanted to know how enthusiastic I was about joining them   View Answer

Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation, pay is based on the number of school credits completed


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IT Specialist Interview

IT Specialist
Washington, DC

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at IBM in October 2010.

Interview Details – I applied through campus recruiting as well as on the website. I was contacted through email to attend a weekend long event in Virginia (close to Washington DC). Friday night was an informal dinner and Saturday was the interviews. There were 3 back to back interviews and questions depended on whatever the interviewer felt was appropriate. Since I have a CS background, 1 interviewer asked me technical questions related to UML/SQL. The other 2 interviewers asked me general behavioral questions. I also had to take a test online at some point with basic math and logic type questions (timing is what gets you on these!). At the interview they assured that applicants that the test was not very important in determining who will get hired.

Interview Question – How do you join 2 tables?   Answer Question


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Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Senior IT Specialist Interview

Senior IT Specialist
Austin, TX

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at IBM in August 2011.

Interview Details – Found job through recruiter. Interview was by phone with the manager and a team lead.

Interview Question – Asked how long I worked with DB2.   Answer Question


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IT Specialist Interview

IT Specialist
Bronx, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details – Recruited me straight out of college and paid for my relo. Had 3 separate rounds of interviews

Interview Question – How can you program when you don't have a degree for it   View Answer


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Positive Experience

Average Interview

Senior IT Specialist Interview

Senior IT Specialist
Sacramento, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at IBM in March 2010.

Interview Details – Contacted by a recruiter. The process went smoothly, basic questions regarding working in a team, multiple clients, and complex projects with strict deadlines. The process itself took a few months, so it's slow, but moves along smoothly.

Interview Question – Questions were straight forward, mostly concerned with your past experiences. No tricks, they want to determine, are you a good fit.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – As they met the initial targets that I began the negotiation with, there were no negotiations.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

IT Specialist (Long Term Supplemental) Interview

IT Specialist (Long Term Supplemental)
Boulder, CO

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at IBM in December 2013.

Interview Details – I've applied online in November, about 3 weeks later i received an email from the my manager to let her know my availability for the interview. Then i didn't heard anything until about mid December when I received another email form my manager for a phone interview. Interview lasted about 25 mins but it was not difficult, it was based mostly in my resume. After that interview, I received the offer on Jan 1

Interview Question – No difficult questions. Based on resume. Not that technical.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was no room to negotiate, it was a fixed salary for that position. There was no relocation package offered.


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Neutral Experience

IT Specialist Interview

IT Specialist

I applied through college or university and interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details – Campus recruiting was easy and fast

Interview Question – All questions were easy to answer   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Very easy negotiation process in 2009


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

IT Specialist Interview

IT Specialist
New York, NY

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details – There was a long period of waiting during the hiring freeze after an IBM employee reached out as initial interest. After hiring freeze ended, two customary HR interviews took place, and I was hired. This process was unorthodox compared to standard hiring process; the standard is to begin with university internship, post internship interview, then employer decision.

Interview Question – 30 minute intelligence test composing of many IQ-esque questions. (Matrix transpositions, pattern matching, simple math with large numbers, etc.)   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Negotiation attempted, employer inflexible on offer.

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