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IBM Quality Assurance Engineer Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 23, 2014
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Software Quality Assurance Engineer
San Francisco, CA

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Interview Details – The hiring process was very clean. I was called by a senior recruiter and was given a description of the job. Then I spoke with the Manager of the team followed by a call the following week with 2 engineers via facetime. I got a a call the next day confirming that they were willing to offer me the position. The questions weren't really very hard and were basic Data Structures and OOP questions. One of the engineers asked me to explain to him how to write a program to find a plaindrome by ignoring symbols in the string.

Interview Question – Check if a word is a palindrome by ignoring the symbols present in the word. For example, $$AA,^G(O&G are palindromes, but A%B, $, #RT^ are not.   Answer Question

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Quality Assurance Engineer

I applied online - interviewed at IBM in January 2009.

Interview Details – phone intermview and site interview

Interview Question – write code on site   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – tell them you have another offer

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Quality Assurance Engineer
Tucson, AZ

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at IBM in December 2009.

Interview Details – 1 on 1 meeting with the hiring manager. HR called with the offer. Offer letter follows within a week.

Interview Question – Tell me about yourself   Answer Question

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Quality Assurance Engineer
Tucson, AZ

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at IBM in July 2009.

Interview Details – Started with email outreach. Followed by brief phone call setting up initial interview. First interview was with a Manager. Then there was a follow up interview with the Test Team lead.

Negotiation Details – I did not attempt to negotiate

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Quality Assurance Engineer
Costa Mesa, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at IBM in September 2011.

Interview Details – Two interviews with two Functional Verification Test managers. First setup an hour-long phone interview and asked me about my current role on my team, questions about previous projects, and an explanation of what the job responsibilities consist of. The manager called me a week later saying they selected me for the position.

During this time, a second manager called me on my office number and gave me a quick 10-minute on the spot interview asking what I did on my team and he told me I was exactly what he was looking for.

Never got an offer from either of them. Lot of politics at play in IBM... Don't believe anyone until you have an offer!

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  • Describe a project I had in school and what were my roles in the group   View Answer
  • Did I ever have to deal with the changing of plans during a project?   View Answer

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Quality Assurance Engineer
Jerusalem (Israel)

I applied online and interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details – Was asked to explain about a project I did in school, what the difficulties were and how I overcame them. Was then asked what positive/negative qualities I think a good QA engineer needs to have. Then was asked what tests I would run on an electric kettle. After that a few puzzles.

Interview Question – What tests would you run on an electric kettle?   Answer Question

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Software Quality Assurance Engineer
Markham, ON (Canada)

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at IBM in April 2010.

Interview Details – They preferred phone interview to avoid making me travel, quite considerate.
Mostly technical questions:
- How to accomplish some goal using Unix/Linux operating system commands
- SQL query related questions, joins
- Simple DB theory questions, primary key
- Basic QA theory questions such as white box vs black box

Interview Question – Difference between an inner and outer join with example   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There was no ability to negotiate as it was a student position

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Quality Assurance Engineer

I applied through college or university and the process took 1 week - interviewed at IBM in September 2010.

Interview Details – Applyed online through university career website. A week later, got an email to schedule the interview. The interview itself took an hour.

Interview Question – What would you do if two projects are due at same time?   Answer Question

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