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Updated Feb 26, 2014
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Senior Project Manager
Washington, DC

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at IBM in June 2010.

Interview Details – Interview process was detailed and extensive. Interviews included the hiring partner and various associates.
Because each consulting candidate will be used for a large variety of customer engagements, expectations during the interview process is about finding the best candidates available.
New hires are expected the sink or swim based on their own skills and knowledge.

Interview Question – What are you looking for in your next job?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – I was firm with my request. There was limited negotiation.

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Anonymous Employee
New York, NY

I applied in-person and the process took 4 days - interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details – Met with senior IBM resource manager by chance at a job fair in manhattan on a friday. After some causual and snappy discussion, he asked for my resume, which I had on me. It was crisp, well written, engaging and firmly planted the hook. He then directed me to some additional colleagues, who gave me an on the spot rapid fire 10 minute round robin interview, which concluded with scheduling a meeting and formal interview/vetting for the following monday.
When I showed up on monday, they had all the offer letters, hiring forms and other paperwork ready and made me an offer. I worked for IBM for two years and then
Left for a BBD on Wall street. To this day my decision to leave IBM was the most difficult one I have ever made in my professional career, and I would go back to IBM in a heartbeat.
The point is, be prepared, and be prepared for anything, and be prepared to be decisive and confident on who you are, what you know, and what you don't. Smart, experienced, talented people can smell BS and indecisiveness mile away.

Interview Question – In your mind, What woud be the worst case scenario for you while working at IBM ?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Not to wisecrack, but They made an offer I could not refuse. It was best and last, and it was a very good and fair offer.

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I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at IBM in October 2012.

Interview Details – Just had 1 phone interview

Negotiation Details – No no negotiation possible

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Senior Project Manager
Newark, NJ

I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details – One in-person interview with the client with the engagement manager present and an IBM project manager on the phone.

Interview Question – The client asking a question of me about agile management and the IBM project manager interrupting the client and telling the client that we do not do agile management.   Answer Question

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I applied through a recruiter and the process took a day - interviewed at IBM in March 2011.

Interview Details – Phone interview to discuss the position and work environment.

Negotiation Details – Not much to negotiate. Offer was "as is".

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Anonymous Employee
Tampa, FL

I applied through other source and the process took 6 months - interviewed at IBM in March 2009.

Interview Details – Plan to speak to multiple PM methodologies, SDLC, Agile, SCRUM. All standard PMO pracitces apply in this environmment and it is expected of all PM to contribute any process improvements they can identify as a result of their contract or client engagements via a Lessons earned Log file. Prefessional demeanor most recognized is a positive, 'how can I help' attitude. Damage control, problem resolution skill are a MUST.

Interview Question – H would I handle an unruly/unhappy customer?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – straight forward

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
Chicago, IL

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at IBM in May 2008.

Interview Details – Contacted by an external recruiter for a senior project mgt position.
Got phone screened by a Dallas based internal recruiter. Passed that one.
Second phone screen from a director level consulting person. That went fine.
Flew me to Chicago for two face to face interviews with senior level practice leads. Both went great.
An offer was extended and the number was exactly in line with my target. I accepted.

On the application paperwork, they asked if I had ever worked for IBM. I said yes, about 18 years ago.
At that time I was going through a divorce and my Dad passed away, so my performance review was average. They had all the details just like it was yesterday!!

The job offer went to the VP of HR at IBM. The decision was to rescind the offer. I was livid!! Tried to get it reviewed, but simply fell on deaf ears. That was that.

Interview Question – There were no significantly challenging interview questions. There may have been one STAR type question, for example, "Tell me about a situation where you were faced with a major project altering decision where you had to go over your managers head?"   View Answer

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Senior Project Manager
Dalian, Liaoning (China)

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at IBM in July 2010.

Interview Details – Interview process is OK. However, due to company grows too fast. Some people not qualified as interviewer interviews.

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Senior Project Manager
Guadalajara, Jalisco (Mexico)

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at IBM in June 2011.

Interview Details – It takes around 2 months, first someone form RH talked to you to corroborate your experience and english skills, then an interview with a local manager to know more about your experience, and explain more about the position offering, the local manger arranges an inteview with a member of the local team, then two more interviews with team members of the global team, I got an inteview with some one from India and one more with someone from USA. All these are to validate your experience: " what has been the most difficult situation you have faced during your carrier", " what are your attributes and defects", " are you creative, why?", etc. In the meantime you need to apply for an IQ/English exam online.

Then a final interview with the functional manager that is basically a "Welcome" to let you know you are accepted and to notify that an offer will be provided.

Negotiation Details – You need to negociate your salary because once you are in will take you years (5 minimum) to get promoted.

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Senior Project Manager
London, England (UK)

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

Interview Details – I was approached by a recruitment agency for the role. An initial phone interview was conducted first. I was then invited to an assessment centre. This had 3 parts. 1) A group case study. 6-8 candidates read and discussed through a case study and made a final presentation to IBM recruiters. 2) A technical interview: 1:1 competency based interview probing real life experience 3) Partner interview: 1:1 interview with a partner.

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