IBM Interview Questions in United Kingdom

Updated Jul 31, 2015
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    Graduate Software Development Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at IBM (London, England (UK)).

    Interview

    I applied online few weeks ago. I done the IPAT test. All questions were related to logical and numerical aspects. The questions themselves were not difficult but the time is very short. Only 2:15 minutes for each question so it is . They told me I passed the IPAT test yesterday. But they emailed me this morning that they looked at my application and their company has high standard so they cannot proceed my application to the next stage. I phoned them ask for feedback but they weren't very friendly and patient. They said they are not able to provide me any feedback because there are too many applications. But it is not easy for us to apply a role with them. It took me a half day to fill their own application form and another day to prepare for the IPAT test. If I didn't pass the test, I can totally understand their rejection. But I passed it then they told me I am not good enough. Shouldn't they look at the application form first? Why it is impossible for them to offer us a reason for rejection which may only cost them few minutes after us spending about two days for it. This is the worst interview experience I had.

    Interview Questions

    • A company bought twice as many small envelopes as large envelopes. It used up 6/11 of the small envelopes and 1/3 of the large envelops. What fraction of the total number was left unused?   Answer Question
    • If a certain computer is capable of printing 4400 monthly credit card bills per hour, while a new model is capable of printing at a rate of 7,000 per hour, the old model will take approximately how much longer than the new model to print 10800 bills?   Answer Question
    • 37, 73, 9, 49, 58, 85, 25, 64, 29, 92, ? ->4 ->12 ->16 ->18 ->81   1 Answer
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    Strategist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at IBM (London, England (UK)) in June 2015.

    Interview

    The most unprofessional experience of my life. The interviewer clearly thought interviewing was below his pay grade as an Associate Partner. Clearly had not gone through my CV nor had he even made the effort of finding out the role I was applying for. He started the interview with "People just book these things into my calendar without asking me". His general tone throughout was patronising and he clearly had no interest in being there. As an experienced professional with over 10 years experience and an MBA from a leading European Institution, I reacted as most people would and decided that if this reflected the culture at IBM Interactive Experiences then I had no interest in working there. My advice to IBM is either train your staff to better deal with the recruitment process, or leave the earlier interview rounds to those trained within this important function, such as the HR team. The poor experience can create negative feelings towards your brand.

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    • No hard questions, just an awful distrusting tone when asked.   Answer Question
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at IBM (London, England (UK)) in April 2015.

    Interview

    I applied online and had to complete their own CV template. Within a week I got an email saying that they were impressed by it and that I needed to do an online test (verbal & numerical) in order to proceed. Once I submitted it I waited for nearly a month before they told me that I had been successful and gave me the date for the assessment center - which was due in the next few weeks. They were very flexible and allow me to change the date and place, as the original location was too far for me (Preston). On the day we were 10 candidates and had 2 group activities of 5 and an individual presentation followed by a 1-1 interview. They were friendly and made us feel at ease.

    Interview Questions

    • A time where you co-operated? a time when you were creative?   Answer Question
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    Technology Solutions Consulting Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at IBM (London, England (UK)) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Assessment Centre 2 group working assessments before lunch. The candidates that got through, had previously done this assessment or had help from other friends who might have been successful at this assessment centre. Did not assess personal skills.. more about how the person works in a group.

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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview

    Online App, IPAT test, Assessment centre, interview. Its a fairly long process, especially requiring you to travel to both AC and Interview. Do research the company, as it is key to get the role.

    Interview Questions

    • Solve a logical and then a business-focused problems in a team   1 Answer
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview

    There was a long application form with a full education history list, three motivation questions with reasonably long answers and a few competency based questions drawing on past experience-a chance to expand on what's on your C.V. After this there are psychometric tests in numeracy and verbal reasoning

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    • Didn't make it to interview-the matrigma tests are pretty tough   2 Answers
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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview

    The assessment centre involved two group exercises - 1 logistic, 1 presentation. At midday, they send a number of candidates home (from a total of usually 30+), and the remaining stay on to do more exercises and interviews. I was one of those who was cut at lunch time. I have to say, the overall experience was interesting but I think the process is fundamentally flawed. With 3 silent HR people across the room in both exercises, examining quietly how you work in a team, it's really easy for candidates to 'play the game' and act in ways which they wouldn't naturally act. In this case, it is not a fair assessment, it is an assessment of how well someone can con you, how much and how quickly they can talk (sometimes without thinking or making obvious or unnecessary comments), and how well they can put others off - but maybe that is what IBM look for.

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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview

    Preprepared presentation (10 minutes) followed by a short Q&A. Case study - you're given 50+ pages of documents and have to pick and write down the most important information. Personal interview - motivation, past experience etc. Guesstimate question - how big would an additional tax on petrol have to be to offset the losses of scrapping the disc sticker on shields program. Group study - follow up from the case study.

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    Technology Solutions Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Hursley, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at IBM (Hursley, England (UK)) in March 2015.

    Interview

    It started with online test. After that I was invited to go to an assessment center. In the morning there were 15 candidates all from Technology because apparently they already had enough business consultants when I did the assessment centers on March 2015. In the morning we were supposed to do 2 group discussions and if you pass, then you will have one or two interviews on the day.

    Interview Questions

    • In the morning, we supposed to do 2 group discussions. First was a discussion where you have to choose 1 out of 9 products and pitch the product the get an investment. The second discussion was a logic case exercise. After the discussions, 12 candidates were sent home and only 3 people passed. I actually had a very very bad experience in this test. Everybody tried to show off, and even though some people said you do not have to lead the group, only people who really really lead the group or dominant and speaking only for the sake of speaking, passed. And during the assessment, after the first discussion, the HR approached 3 candidates to ask them about their preference and the role they want, and telling those people about the job descriptions and existing projects. Some of us have not even finished our 2nd discussion yet at this time. And guess what? These 3 people are the only people that passed. So they basically made the decision already and the HR was not professional at all because when they did this, I could already know that I was gonna fail and only those 3 candidates will pass. And it was true. After everybody finished the discussions, HR mentioned 3 candidates name, asked them to go out of the room, and basically the rest of us were asked to leave just like that. I know lots of people who made a very good point during the discussion but they did not pass because they were not the one who talk the most during the discussion. I attended a lot of assessment centers and passed most of them but this one was a complete disaster.   Answer Question
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    SAP ABAP Technical Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at IBM (London, England (UK)) in February 2015.

    Interview

    Extensive application form including various competency questions, questions involving IBM's business model, and your knowledge of the technology sector. Assessment centre was two 3-hour sessions, with over 60% of applicants turned away after the first period, which involved two group exercises.

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