IBM Research Member of Research Staff Interview Questions

Updated Aug 26, 2014
Updated Aug 26, 2014
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    Research Staff Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  San Jose, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days - interviewed at IBM Research.

    Interview Details

    The interviews span two days. It starts with a research talk and then 30-45 min interviews with roughly 15-20 people. Most of the interviews are easy as they are interested in asking about your vision and what you want to do. In some cases, they would describe the problems they are working on and look for your suggestions and ideas. You would meet a diverse set of people with different background.

    Interview Questions
    • There are no difficult questions as they are mostly open ended. They especially center around your research area and occasionally the interviewers would tell their problems and look for your suggestions and ideas. If you have a strong publication record and they are looking for people with your background then its easy to crack it.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2.  

    Research Staff Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at IBM Research in March 2010.

    Interview Details

    You'll be interviewed by at least 3 group leaders and their next - level manager, as well as by an HR person who'll make sure you are not too rough around the edges (crazy, rude, unable to communicate). You'll be walked through this very impressive laboratory building while you chat rather informally with each interviewers in turn. Interview atmosphere was friendly.

    Interview Questions
    • What was the biggest problem you solved at your last employer?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was pleased by the offer and I really wanted to work there. I did not attempt to negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Research Staff Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Yorktown Heights, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Yorktown Heights, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days - interviewed at IBM Research in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    I was recruited while in the last year of a Ph.D. program. The interview process consisted of presenting my Ph.D. work to date (what could be presented in 60-90 minutes), answering (lots of) questions during my talk, and two full days of 45 minute interviews with other Research Staff Members: Non-managers, Managers, Sr. Managers, Directors, and a VP. In these interviews I was asked questions about my research, given some puzzles (typically related to their own research), asked about where I wanted my career to go, etc. It was, generally, a very friendly process.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked if I was willing to move to NY. This was unexpected because I would not have been going through the interview process if I were not so willing. There were several difficult questions. These questions tended to be difficult because the research area was not mine, but the RSMs asking understood this and were prepared with "suppose you had a method that could answer <X>." They wanted to gauge your ability to problem solve ... not see if you had read a particular paper (outside of your own area).   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I did not negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Staff Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Yorktown Heights, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Yorktown Heights, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 days - interviewed at IBM Research in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    You will be invited to a site visit. You will give a seminar to researchers, some of whom will be interviewing you. Your interviewers will be talking to you one to one in their private rooms. They are not given a prescription by IBM as to what questions to ask. So, it all depends on the interviewer. Some may ask you technical questions, some will ask soft qualitative questions. Make sure you present well, answer questions well, and show interest and curiosity. Do your homework, and take a look at IBM Research publications. They always like it if you mention one or two publications or patents they published.

    Interview Questions
    • 1. Industry versus academia. Why do you want to work for industry and particularly for IBM Research.
      2. Salary expectation. Check glassdoor.
        View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    I liked the offer the first time and accepted it
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  6.  

    Research Staff Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days - interviewed at IBM Research in December 2013.

    Interview Details

    Entire process is like interview for faculty position. You will meet at least 20 researchers, managers, and VPs. Each individual meeting lasts 45-60 mins. You will feel beaten at the end of a day. However, there is another day and you will go through the process all over again.
    No hard questions are asked. Most around your own research. Overall, it is a very pleasant interview process.

    Interview Questions
    • Being asked how my research can be transformed to business, and help IBM business in general. To be honest, never think about things this way. So, better get prepared for such questions.   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  7.  

    Research Staff Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days - interviewed at IBM Research.

    Interview Details

    You will deliver a talk/presentation based on your Ph.D. work. There will be one-to-one interviews that last for two full days. There will typically be a round table with those who interviewed you. The hiring manager will lead the discussion and make the final decision whether to give you an offer.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Research Staff Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Yorktown Heights, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Yorktown Heights, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days - interviewed at IBM Research in April 2010.

    Interview Details

    group presentation first followed by 10-12 one on one discussions about your previous research projects. no coding questions.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Staff Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Yorktown Heights, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Yorktown Heights, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 days - interviewed at IBM Research in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    The company knows me well from my previous work and multiple patents and publications.
    The interview therefore consisted of many 1:1 meetings with key research persons who proposed multiple research subjects for me to work on and discussed with me to see what best fits both. Before these multiple 1:1 meetings I did a comprehensive presentation about my past research to most of them together.

    Interview Questions
    • There were no difficult or unexpected questions in the regular sense.
      The difficulty was in the effort to analyze the existing research options given plus to show my competence to face various research challenges in a sincere and thoughtful manner.
        Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was doing my best during the interview to be as effective and productive as I could in presenting my research wish list and responding to the various suggestions. When I received the first offer by mail I have checked it and found that it fits what I expected, so I accepted my first offer without negotiation. As part of the offer testing procedure, I checked the data on Glassdoor which was indeed helpful and helped me to confirm that my offer was fair.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Research Staff Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Hawthorne, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hawthorne, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 days - interviewed at IBM Research in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    There was a phone interview. Basically, we discussed what I worked on for my dissertation and also previous research work at the PhD level. We discussed the impact of the research and how it fits with the group I interviewed with. After that, I received an email asking me to come in to give a job-talk and have one-on-one interviews with others. This was for 2.5 days. Nothing really special. They tried hard selling the job. There were no brain teasers and such. The interview process was more of a get-to-know you type of interview.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you think is the impact of your research work? How do you think your research plans will fit with your perceived goals in our lab?   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Did not negotiate.
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Research Staff Member Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Haidian, Beijing (China)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Haidian, Beijing (China)
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at IBM Research in October 2009.

    Interview Details

    three rounds of interview. First round asked about some basic questions on programming. The second round was a presentation for one of your previous projects. The third round was a bit the same as the second, though the audience is different.

    Interview Questions
    • One unexpected question was: how to measure the length of Huang He River.   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    no negotiation. The offer is pretty good for me at that time.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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