IBM Software Engineer Interview Questions

Updated Apr 13, 2015
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Software Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

Application

I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at IBM in March 2015.

Interview

I was referred by my Uncle, who works for IBM. I would assume this allowed me to skip a step or two, but I know it at least short-listed me. I received an email from one of the managers who schedule a phone interview. The phone interview consisted of two parts: the first was with a group of managers who talked about the me as a person, why I chose the school I did, some of my background, mostly just general personality questions. They then left the room and brought in a group of techs. The tech group asked more about my programming experience and some of the programs and projects I had listed on my resume. Overall the interview took about 1:30, and ended on good terms. I heard back quickly about moving on to the next part of the process, and I expect to have the official offer within a week.

Interview Questions

  • Didn't ask any specific testing questions, just wanted to know what kind of experience I had and what I'd worked with.   Answer Question

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at IBM (Austin, TX) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Incredibly prompt responses. Got an offer two days after the onsite interview. Wonderful interview experience. Very impressed by how they treated all of the candidates. This interview experience changed a lot of stereotypes I had about IBM.

    Interview Questions

    • Walk me through your process if you are given 6 weeks to work on a project.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview

    Technical round was pretty simple. Basically a phone call interview with a website where they could see what code i was writing. The program they told me to write was pretty simple.

    Interview Questions

    • Walk me through your resume?   1 Answer
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    Software Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Interview

    On Campus screening. Then there was an Interview with a hiring manager. After speaking with a hiring manager, if there was chemistry and an interest between both parties, an offer letter was sent out within the week. All interviews were technical. Two on campus interviews and one phone interview with the hiring manager

    Interview Questions

    • Given a level of a tree (level k) , print all of nodes at that level.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at IBM in January 2015.

    Interview

    It gave me a technical phone interview first. They just asked one basic algorithm question. After that, they gave me an on-site. It took 4.5 hours and interviewed with 4 engineer and one manager. Every engineer asked me 2~4 algorithm questions. I had answered all the questions very well. However, they felt my explanation was not good since my English was not good. They still rejected me at end.

    Interview Questions

    • The manager asked me what I know about the company. Also, one engineer asked about the rotation of the BST. I have done it before, but it is hard to solve this quickly since it has many case needing to consider about.   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at IBM (San Francisco, CA) in December 2014.

    Interview

    I applied through an employee referral for an entry level software engineer as I am a new BS graduate. I interviewed with IBM tea leaf in SFO after an initial phone interview for about 20 mins. The phone interview was very casual asking questions about your background and some OOP concepts. A week later I was invited onsite scheduled to interview with 6 people - developers, QA and director. Some of my interviewers didn't show up to work and in order to replace them some other random people interviewed me and it was a little disorganized.
     Questions were mainly about my background, resume, and projects etc. They grilled me on each and every project/work experience on my resume and asked me questions on how I did whatever I did. I was asked a few technical questions here and there but no extensive whiteboard coding.

    Interview Questions

    • write pseudo code to add a node to a singly linked list   Answer Question
    • have you ever used exception handling in your projects? any OOP concepts?   Answer Question
    • how did the frontend connect with your backend in your project? How do you parse a JSON object?   Answer Question
    • What is the most efficient sorting algorithm? What is its runtime?   1 Answer
    • how do you check if a number is odd or even?   3 Answers
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Burlington, VT
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at IBM (Burlington, VT).

    Interview

    Meet with about 5 managers and teams, it's a day long. They do more speaking than you have too. Be honest and tell them your interests. The managers go over what they do and sometimes they describe the entire organization. The questions they generally have are not too difficult, but you should be on top of things just in case. This didn't happen to me, but someone had to write a small circuit example for an engineering job.

    Interview Questions

    • There was no difficult question.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There was no negotiations.

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Declined Offer

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview

    No Technical Questions. Mostly common scenario questions. Initially had a phone call from recruiter. Then invited for hiring event. You get to talk to more than one division. You will then be invited for on-site. Offer arrives in 3 weeks or less.

    Reasons for Declining

    Offer came late

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at IBM in October 2014.

    Interview

    I submitted my resume to the career fair for IBM. A few weeks later, I was contacted by a manager that they were interested in doing a phone interview. I did the phone screen and then was followed up with another technical phone interview a week later. Both went well so later on I then took the IPAT test and submitted more details on my application. I later then received an offer. I asked for an extension to decide after some interviews with other companies. For now, I will say that I "declined" the offer, but it is still on the table and who knows if I will accept it in the coming month.

    Interview Questions

    • Why does the printf statement take so long to print from the Arduino in one of my projects?   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview

    The interview consisted of a phone conversation. The phone conversation was relatively lax. I was not asked any technical questions. They mostly just asked what I was interested in working on. This probably is not the norm with IBM in the states

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