IBM Software Engineer Interview Questions

Updated Oct 14, 2014
Updated Oct 14, 2014
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Anonymous Interview Candidate in Raleigh, NC
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Raleigh, NC
Application Details

The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at IBM in February 2012.

Interview Details

IBM came down to the university for the Emerging leaders program. I was interviewed on campus by an IBM representative, and later called onsite at their RTP campus. Discussion was primarily on my technical background.

Interview Questions
  • How do you see yourself 5 years down the line ?   View Answer
  • Describe your favorite project   View Answer
Negotiation Details
Good offer, especially if you are looking go back to india/china after 2 years of work ex here.
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

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    Software Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at IBM in July 2011.

    Interview Details

    I friend of mine in the company send my resume directly to the hiring manager. From there, the first interview was over the phone with a senior architect. This interview was not too technical but more to find out more about my background. However, he did asked me several technical questions. The second interview was on site, and it was a half day of interviewes. First, I interviewed with the hiring manager and two developers from the team I was applying. This interview focused on my previous work and how I would respond to certain challenges. Nothing to technical. From there I met with two other senior architects individually. One of them asked me technical questions and other was more informational of what the team was doing and how I think I could help them. At the end f the day, I met with the hiring manager for last minute questions. Overall the process was not too difficult since there were no really hard technical questions (google style).

    Interview Questions
    • I guess the most difficult question was how my past experience had prepare me for this job.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I tried to negotiate but they did not changed their original offer. Perhaps if had had another offer from a different company I could have more leverage to negotiate the offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

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

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at IBM in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    Went through 5 interviews, one of them an in-person interview. I was surprised that I was not asked to solve programming challenges throughout the interview process, for the most part I was just asked about my experience and projects I worked on.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at IBM in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    1 phone interview with project manager, 1 phone interview with team member, IQ test

    Negotiation Details
    IBM uses band system to determine your salary range. There is a lower and higher bound of the band you are in. Definitely negotiate if you feel underpaid
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Software Engineer 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 4+ weeksinterviewed at IBM in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    phone interview, onsite interview, people are nice there. and lunch interview is good. did some programming tests and asked about technical questions, what i did in the past. some situation questions, what do u plan to do in the future.

    Interview Questions
    • what do you think your former employee will talk about you?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Westford, MA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Westford, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at IBM in March 2009.

    Interview Details

    It seems that the firm no longer works with innovative technologies.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the different between binary search on a linked list and array? Differences in runtime?   View Answer
    • Create an algorithm that tests to see if a number is prime   View Answers (3)
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

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

    The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at IBM in February 2009.

    Interview Details

    I had a phone interview with the hiring manager for an hour mostly technical skills, then i had an in person interview with 3 team members focused mostly on in different areas java, db etc and then i had an HR interview

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

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

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

    Interview Details

    Submitted resume, on campus interview, then one day visit to company

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Decided to work at a startup

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

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

    The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at IBM in March 2008.

    Interview Details

    was great - nice guys many questions regarding skills and experience company management structure- email contact with them was efficient and succinct - second part of interview with upper management seemed a little over the top and made me not want to work with them at all and the salary range was not what i wanted it to be.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    yes

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Software Engineer Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at IBM in April 2007.

    Interview Details

    I used monster.com to get started since I found a posting that seemed a good match for my most recent experience. I was eventually contacted by phone and I was told I was on a short list with very few people ahead of me. If those people declined the job, then I would be made an offer.

    Negotiation Details
    There was a short discussion regarding pay rate. I should have demanded more because I had no idea that there was no possibility of an increase for the next five (5) years.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

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