I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at IBM Research.
Interview Details – Submitted job application through website. Contacted by manager and asked to give onsite talk and do interviews.
Negotiation Details – Take it or leave it.
I applied through an employee referral and 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 Question – 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.
I applied through other source and 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 Question – 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
I applied through an employee referral and 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 Question – 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
Very Easy Interview
I applied through an employee referral and 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 Question – Your career goals. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and 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 Question – what is the business potential of your projects Answer Question
I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at IBM Research in July 2010.
Interview Details – Got the initial interview through personal contact. From then on after sometime there was a phone interview and then a personal interview for a day.
Interview Question – This was something related to the problems in the project at that time. View Answer
Negotiation Details – Position title.
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.
I applied through an employee referral and 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 Question – 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.
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