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Updated Oct 29, 2014
Updated Oct 29, 2014
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    Senior IT Architect Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at IBM in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    IBM is still moving jobs overseas if not dissolve them all together. The hiring and interview process is typical. Telephone interviews mostly.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to join IBM and leave your current job?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    IT Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portland, OR
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at IBM in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    ID contracting company used locally, most new positions going through that process as a filter. Understand the Organization within IBM you are applying to, try to locate someone within IBM to does that areas "growth plays". If you have link your current experience to those, it's leg up.

    Negotiation Details
    1 week, first offers are fair. so some but not much negotiation room. Understand the positions "brand level". This set salary ranges. Higher band = more room for Salary growth.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Senior IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at IBM in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    What you would expect from technical interview. Several interviews with tech screening and management evaluation. The technical screening starts over the phone. If done well, there will be another interview arranged for an in person. Calls from HR. Had to travel to remote location for in person interview.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Look on glass door and find the max salary for the title you are applying. Negotiate for that salary. Promotion from within and salary advancements are few and far between.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    IT Project Team Lead Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Southfield, MI
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Southfield, MI
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at IBM in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    Was contacted to attend a two hour limited attendance recruiting event but was surprised to see that they had "opened" the event when I arrived. Stood in line for three hours before seeing a recruiter/screener. We spoke briefly about work experience and then immediately given appt for a behavior and skills interview two days later.

    The next day, I received a call saying that an emergency had come up and the interviewer(s) had to fly to a client and they would contact me when they returned and reschedule. Since that time, although I have called to follow-up, they have said that the positions they hoped for did not open up.

    Interview Questions
    • This ended up being a cattle-call interview, so the questions were not difficult or unexpected.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Senior IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sacramento, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sacramento, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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
    Average Interview
  7.  

    IT Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sacramento, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sacramento, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at IBM in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    Interviews are very straight forward, and the whole process is light and quick. There will be one technical round followed by a manager interview. Fascinating to note that there would not be a HR profiling round, which felt out of normal to me. Technical round consists of straight forward technology questions, so if you know what you are doing, this round would not be all that difficult, no trick questions here. The discussion with the manager, I never really understood the purpose of it, coz it was just a discussion on matters ranging from IT to football - so it's just a discussion, and that's it.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    You can negotiate, something that I wasn't sure. Negotiation actually happens with an HR who you will only recognize by voice.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at IBM in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    I was hired by IBM right out of my university. I met with representatives at the career fair on campus and was invited to IBM's information session that evening. My interview date was then set up through our campus's career website where I interviewed for one day. The interview consisted of 3 separate 30 minute interviews which were all one on one. Two of the interviews were more informational and a back and forth conversation to get to know one another and included general interview questions such as "why IBM?", "why Washington DC?", and "tell me about your classroom experience."

    The third was a "technical interview" which consisted of the interviewer looking at my resume and asking me general questions about what I had on the resume from a technical perspective.

    After the 3 interviews were over, I was told that I would know something in 2 weeks, and I was sent the IPATO test through email which had to be completed. The IPATO is a logic/aptitude test that IBM requires, and I had a week to complete it.

    I had my offer within 10 days of the interview and had 2 weeks to accept or decline.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Being right out of college, the salary and benefits were equal or better to the other companies I was speaking with, so I did not do much negotiating. If you are interviewing to be hired out of college, I would say it is more important to interview with multiple companies in order to get a feel for salaries and benefits in the industry rather than try to negotiate a specific company's offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at IBM in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    Submitted resume online through school joblink, was invited to a 2 day hiring event in VA. Expenses paid by IBM, dinner with other candidates and employees on Friday night and 3 20 minute interviews on Saturday. Offer received 3 weeks after interview.

    The younger people were very nice and enthusiastic but the older more experienced workers seemed unhappy.

    Interview Questions
    • What are you looking for in your career and how does that fit into IBM?   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    IT Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at IBM in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    The interview process included three 30 minutes back-to-back interviews, mostly behavioral questions. There were very few technical questions which were very easy. If you are a computer science major, you will certainly answer it, so don't worry about that. If you apply for a consulting position, the first thing your interviewer will asses is this: "If I put this candidate in front of a client, will he/she be able to represent IBM?"
    After you pass the interview, they will send you a test called IPAT. It is an intelligence test. Make sure to research it online before start taking it; your whole employment is dependent on the result of this test.

    Interview Questions
    • No difficult question just a basic behavioral interview. I guess the only question that I had to think a little bit was "Tell me about one of your weaknesses"   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    There was no room for negotiation; it was basically "This is the offer, do you want it or not? answer with yes or no".
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at IBM in June 2009.

    Interview Details

    Usually what happens is that your resume has to have some kind of catch phrase or something that will give an eye catcher. Make sure that you research the teams you are looking to join and understand the suite of applicaitons or hardware (as well as you can) prior to any interview

    Interview Questions
    • The interview I was on was more of a cheerleading type questions. IMO it seems if you make it to the interview they do want you   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No real negotiation since I was a College hire
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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