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Updated Jul 18, 2014
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Consultant Interview

London, England (UK)

I applied through other source and the process took 4 months - interviewed at IBM in May 2014.

Interview Details – IBM in-house recruiter found me on LinkedIn and messaged me asking if I would be interested in a role at IBM.

I had 2 x phone interview, one with the in-house recruiter which I passed and then one with a department lead which I also passed.

I was then invited to the AC where we did a group case study and had 2 x face-to-face interviews, one was a technical interview and one was a partner interview. As long as you know your stuff you'll be fine.

Interview Question – Actually the whole process was fine, nothing difficult or unexpected as long as you are confident and know your industry you should be fine.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I had another offer on the table so managed to negotiate on the base salary they originally offered.

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Average Interview

Managing Consultant Interview

Managing Consultant
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at IBM in June 2010.

Interview Details – Be sure to know about IBM's current business and technology investments. Follow recent news around IBM. Don't be too forward or aggressive during assessment centers. They are looking for team players.

Interview Question – What motivates you in your life and job?   Answer Question

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Characterization Engineer Interview

Characterization Engineer
Newyork, Scotland (UK)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at IBM in May 2012.

Interview Details – I was interviewed at the NSBE convention,but the person said there was no slot anymore but from my resume he sees i am someone that can work for them,that he was going to recommend me. After two weeks i got a call from someone,already frustrated with the way all my interview was going in recent time, I was so real and that was what got the hiring manager interested in me.She interviewed me on phone with series of technical questions which i answered to the best of my knowledge.i guess she was impressed because she said she will like to interview me on site.I flew from Texas to Newyork where i had the 8hrs technical interview.It wasnt just me that was interviewed,so we all got to know one another during our lunch break,but the most important thing was that we were welcomed and it made the interview process easy. More So if any company is interested in you,they will do anything to get you.

Interview Question – Test of the I.Q   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – It was a good one,as an Msc holder, i was offered 70k/year which iI refused and negotiation started. At the end we agreed on 77k with bonus,medical and incentives.

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Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Client Manager Interview

Client Manager
London, England (UK)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at IBM in November 2012.

Interview Details – Internal Application

Interview Question – Where do you see yourself in 5 years   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – no negotiation

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Analyst Interview


Interviewed at IBM

Interview Details – The usual, phone, face and test with the possibility of case study or group assessment centre

Interview Question – Nothing really. Think I've become a seasoned interview vet   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Insignificant

Declined Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

IT Support Interview

IT Support

I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at IBM in February 2014.

Interview Details – Completed online application, completed online tests, awaited 3 weeks for a reply, followed up on this with another email. Received an email the week after saying that the role is no longer available and if I would like to pursue another role in another country. Swiftly declined. The online test is not that bad. The application is dealt with the India helpdesk, no idea why. Outsourcing at its finest. The job I was going for is less than an hours drive from my house and they are sending my application half way around the world. Baffled.

Interview Question – Did not get this far as the job was gone before the India helpdesk could review my application. Most unprofessional recruitment process I have ever taken part in. Offered another job interview in a completely different country.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Unprofessional

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Senior Consultant Interview

Senior Consultant
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at IBM in February 2010.

Interview Details – Telephone interview followed by an Assessment Center - Case study, Group Discussion, Presentation, Competency based interview, Partner and then a HR round of interview. Assessment is completed in a single day. However the process of applying and getting a call takes time can take upto a couple of months.

Interview Question – Why did you change companies so often?
Are you an opportunist?
  Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Reasonable, not a very great negotiation opportunity.

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Difficult Interview

Graduate Software Engineer Interview

Graduate Software Engineer

I applied online and interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details – The second (and final) assessment centre started with a software engineering test that was mainly decision mathematics. You then have various tasks and teamwork activities to complete. This includes a presentation about yourself, a group logic puzzle, a reading task, where you have a large amount of information to read and are then questioned about what you have read, a group interview where you are asked about a fictional scenario and what you would do about it. You also have a one on one interview where they ask about your application form, why IBM, what your long term goals are.

Interview Question – Long term goals and where you want to go in IBM   Answer Question

Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Architect Interview


Interviewed at IBM

Interview Details – First interview on the phone with a manager. Second interview face to face with a senior architect.

Interview Question – What salary are you looking for.   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Agent negotiated a small increase in core pay. Also changed base location so that it was the nearest IBM office to where I live (rather than London).

Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

IBM Graduate Consulting Interview

IBM Graduate Consulting
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at IBM in October 2013.

Interview Details – 1. application
2. online test (IPAT)
3. online test for english comprehension
4. phone interview
5. interview with HR and manager

during the what are your strengths question, the manager declined that my skills like language learning are skills saying that they are just talents and dont count. he dismissised 3 skills of mine with this attitude.

Interview Question – what are your strengths?   Answer Question

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