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IBM Research Research Intern Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 24, 2014
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Summer Research Intern Interview

Summer Research Intern

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at IBM Research in March 2014.

Interview Details – I was initially contacted by an IBM employee requesting an interview. It was a 30 minutes phone call about my interests and what the group at IBM did. It was more of trying to figure out if we had similar research interests as opposed to being "tested" for my technical skills.

Interview Question – Tell me about your research   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – It's an internship. No negotiations. Their terms were pretty good


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Research Intern
Hawthorne, NY

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at IBM Research in January 2012.

Interview Details – Applied couple intern positions online then got two calls from different research teams. Both teams intended to give the offer... then I have selected the one who reached me first. Very nice interviewers.

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Research Intern
Hawthorne, NY

I applied in-person and the process took a day - interviewed at IBM Research in September 2009.

Interview Details – I was a PhD student. They were hiring a research intern, looking for a very specific skill set. The manager happens to be a collaborator of my advisor. Though I did not have a very good background on the topic, I passed the interview and got the offer. Of course, I proved myself to them.

Interview Question – Briefly present your work during the phone interview, they will sporadically challenge you.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Summer Research Intern Interview

Summer Research Intern
San Jose, CA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at IBM Research in February 2011.

Interview Details – A phone interview by project manager plus technical guy. Mainly talk about my research and introduce their project and research at IBM health informatics research. Really enjoyable experience.

Interview Question – Some detail about technique questions, such as HL7.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

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Research Intern
White Plains, NY

I applied through college or university and the process took a day - interviewed at IBM Research in May 2008.

Interview Details – I had a single phone interview prior to accepting the position. Initial contact was initiated by my graduate adviser. It took a gentle email reminder two weeks after initial contact to get the interview scheduled. I was simply asked to describe in detail the work I had done that was most relevant to the position. Followup questions probed for more details rather than grilling on knowledge. The process seemed like more of a formality.

Interview Question – Describe your prior experience, research, and projects.   Answer Question


No Offer

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Research Intern Interview

Research Intern
Bangalore (India)

The process took a day - interviewed at IBM Research in January 2012.

Interview Details – I got this opportunity to phone interview by submitting my resume through a recruiter contact I got during a conference. I have not heard from them yet.
For the phone interview, I was expecting questions about projects from my resume but the questions were from the courses I took. I think since the person was working on a Data mining/Machine Learning, lot of questions from ML was asked. Much depends on the interviewer but I think it is good to review your more research-based courses if any.

Interview Questions

  • Questions based on past experience and projects in language processing.   View Answer
  • Difference between discriminative and generative learning models. Is SVM discriminative or generative.   Answer Question
  • Explain Text Categorization as a generative learning task.   Answer Question

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