IBM Interview Questions in United Kingdom

Updated Mar 25, 2015
Updated Mar 25, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    Initially a phone interview was scheduled several times. There was confusion between the UK application centre and the India recruiting team and the US organisation. Eventually when I had the face to face interview, it was very humanistic - with genuine interest in what I had to offer.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Still in the negotiation phase
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Finance Analyst Placement Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    Arrived at the assessment centre, had 3 activities:

    Group Test (Pick from a list of controversial issues and present 3 most and why)
    Business Interview (see interview Questions)
    Group Logic Test (hire a person from a list of candidates based on differing hiring parameters)

    All in all not too difficult, the most difficult part was attending as it was held at their UK headquarters, quite a distance from where I live!

    Interview Questions
    • Went through submission and talked about previous work experience etc.
      What is the stock price of IBM currently?
      What is the event in your life you look back on with the least pride?
      What is the event in your life you look back on with the most pride?
      Logic question - Take a cube of 3cm^3 area and cut it in 1cm^3 segments. If it was originally white and you spraypaint it black (while still together as one block but after cutting), how many blocks:

      Are there in total?
      Have no sides black?
      Have one side black?
      ...
      Have four sides black?
       
      Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Industrial Placement Software Development UK Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    Filled in template CV (careful as they disabled autocorrect!) and received invitation to complete online test (IPAT) 2 days later. These were fairly challenging, but was told I was successful a day later. Was invited to an assessment centre in Hursley, had to arrive at 8.05am(!!) and wasn't offered reimbursement for accommodation (you must be travelling over 100 miles.) However all travel was reimbursed about a month after the assessment centre. Was also asked to prepare a 15 minute presentation. On the day, we were greeted by two current placement students who were really helpful and friendly, they were just there to make us feel comfortable, not assess. I had a business interview, group tasks, and presented my presentation and was asked questions after. I was successful and shortly had a telephone "matching interview" with a prospective new manager which was very similar to the previous interview. I was successful and about 2 weeks later I received my offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Asked who are IBM's competitors, which is difficult because no company has its fingers in so many pies! Generally the answer is that it depends on which industry you are talking about!   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Student Industrial Placement - Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at IBM in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    Initially you have to fill out your CV in the IBM format which includes the usual CV information plus additional questions at the end. You upload this on their employment section and fill in basic information on there also.

    Secondly you get invited to complete the IPAT test which includes Numerical questions and Sequence questions where you are timed per question and get about 2 minutes per question. The test is not easy, it is very hard! Everyone I have spoken to who passed, like myself, after completing the test we all thought we failed for sure...

    After you get through the IPAT test you will be put through the CV assessment where they see if you are a right fit for them and then they will decide whether or not to take you through to an assessment centre. This process took about a month.

    Once getting through the CV assessment you will get an e-mail informing you that you passed, and in my case, an e-mail saying you will find out more information on the assessment centre location, time and day later on. So, about 2/3 weeks later I got the e-mail with all that information. Mine was at SouthBank and was an afternoon session.

    The assessment centre itself includes 2 group tasks, a logic and a discussion, which are both timed and watched over by a couple of assessors. I also had to do a presentation before attending with set questions to answer in it and then you present this on the day on a 1 to 1 basis and this turns into a kind of interview too as they will stop you in places and ask you questions. This lasted about 20-25 minutes and was quite relaxed. Business interviews are also offered at the assessment centres which are interviews with specific managers in areas which you applied for however, when I was there there weren't any business interviews as they couldn't get any managers in for them... but there is the potential that you will get one there and then.

    I then got an e-mail the following day saying I passed the assessment centre and was then put in the matching process where different managers can then decide if they want to offer you a business interview for their particular area.

    For myself, I think I was quite lucky as I have heard that people have waited weeks before becoming matched and offered an interview... So, 2 days later I was actually sent an e-mail with an offering of a marketing role in Hursley and that they wanted to organise an interview. This was on a Thursday and the interview then took place on Tuesday. This interview lasts about 30-45 minutes...

    After the interview, I received an e-mail that same day saying it had gone well and they were then going through the pre-employment checks. 2 days later I received a formal offer e-mail and letter.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Finance Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Competency based interview question on the online application, make sure you understand the company's core values and use the best examples of where you have put this into practise. The assesment centre is fairly routine but they do not make it to daunting, ensure you use examples from your allocation as well as any extra circulars/ jobs that you have demonstrated the core principles in.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extreme Blue Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hursley, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hursley, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at IBM in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and took an aptitude test soon after (also online), followed by an assessment centre on site (IBM Hursley) a few months later.

    Assessment Centre involved group exercises, two interviews - 'technical' and 'non-technical', a non-technical presentation and another aptitude test.
    Technical interview was very relaxed and was mainly about my application form, what I've done in terms of technology and why I am applying for the role. I had no technical questions about coding or solving a problem etc. Non-technical interview focussed more on how I behave in teams and how I deal with people (and examples of these using my application form).

    Was offered a place about a week later. Accepted soon after.

    Interview Questions
    • Give an example of a time when you've had to change your approach to a project. Why did you respond in the way you did and what would you do differently next time?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Graduate Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hursley, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hursley, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    IPAT test is difficult, but achievable. The assessment centre is actually great fun! Got to know loads of people and meet many of the people I actually work with today. The exercises were mixed and varied, with several group exercises and several individual exercises and interviews. The interviews were mainly informal chats about your application form and yourself, so nothing to worry about! The group exercises were challenging, and we barely ever got the answer in the time limit, but this didn't matter, how you work as a group does. Overall a very good hiring process, and one that I enjoyed!

    Interview Questions
    • What do you see as the next big thing in computing? (somehow...I didn't think about this beforehand!)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    None needed, I accepted at the site which they gave me (which was my first choice)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at IBM in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    First I sent my CV and Cover letter. They asked me to fill in a document full of general questions. After a couple of days they sent me a link to access a website and complete a test. I had about a week to do it. This test had a numeric sequences part and a general math part. I practiced with a couple of examples I found online and found the general math part ok but the some of the sequences were pretty hard (also, with a 2 minute countdown for each one, the pressure is on!). Again, after a couple of days I was invited to assessment center in their HQ in London. There we were a group of 30 people and we were split in groups to attend a logical problem session and a product presentation session. I knew what was expected of me but it was quite a competitive environment among peers. The problems were not that hard but with the juris sitting at the table with you, to stand out you'd have to show off a bit and try to coordinate the team or say out loud what you're trying to do. It's not a very natural process. During product presentation I felt the same, everyone is going for the spotlight and you have just 20 minutes. If you're not that type of person probably you won't make it.

    Interview Questions
    • Two sessions. The first was a logical problem to solve as a team. The second a presentation of a product, also as a team. The logical problem was pretty much like the famous Einstein logical puzzle, with some interesting features for group dynamics. The product presentation was quite simple but with so many people on the team and not so much information you either get to talk about what the data gives you or you better be ready to make something up and stand your ground.   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Business Roles Placement Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in Warwick, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at IBM in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    Online tests followed by assessment centre and final interview. Assessment centre involved interview, presentation and group work. There were two group tasks that were analysed by a panel, looking for good skills and presentation. The 1:1 interview was a general, quite relaxed one with reference to CV.

    Interview Questions
    • The general questions relating to company, interests and the presentation was based on pre-prepared company topic.   Answer Question
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Software Developer Graduate Scheme Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    online application, fairly challenging online test and comprehensive assessment centre involving a logical test, interview, presentation and 3 group exercises.
    Interview was mainly competency based and the test was easier than the online one. The presentation was in a relatively relaxed atmosphere and no real challenging questions asked. The group exercises were generally good fun.

    Interview Questions
    • Last group exercise involved being asked technical questions in front of other graduates.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer

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