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Updated Feb 20, 2015
Updated Feb 20, 2015
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    Managing Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    The process took 3+ weeksinterviewed at IBM in November 2011.

    Interview Details

    It was the typical consulting interview. Multiple people, small tests, etc.

    Reasons for Declining

    Got another offer

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Project Manager Interview

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

    I applied through other source. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at IBM in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    My last interview was internal, so moving laterally inside the company. It was fairly straightforward. He led off with general interest question, (where from, interests, etc). Most questions were about my previous roles, challenging situations I found my self in and how I resolved. Also some questions that appear to be HR scripted and required the box to be checked ("Do you like new technology", or something odd like that)

    Negotiation Details
    Internal interview, so lateral positions don't have much room to negotiate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Software Engineer Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Littleton, MA
    Anonymous Employee in Littleton, MA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at IBM in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    I received an email that said they wanted to set up an initial phone screening. The initial phone screening was normal HR questions (i.e. Why IBM? Where do you see yourself in five years?). Then about 2 days later I had a phone interview with several different teams asking questions like how to update an immutable string in JAVA. Basically they wanted to know how JAVA dealt with Strings. What was a closure and why is it useful in JavaScript? Then they did an IQ test online.

    Interview Questions
    • What is a closure and how is it useful?   Answer Question
    • If you had no measuring tools how would you estimate how many ping pong balls would fit in a school bus?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Solutions Architect Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at IBM in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    Referred to IBM by an employee who informed me there were two open SA positions. First there were two phone calls with the potential team lead and first line manager. I then had to give a 30-minute presentation around a career accomplishment involving Business Analytics for the potential first, second and third line managers. After the presentation I was presented with three different tracks at IBM and stuck with the SA position - which I have been content with for 3 years now. I was presented an offer within 5 business days.

    Interview Questions
    • I don't recall any brain-busters however I knew my presentation subject matter to the finest detail and had spent 5-6 hours preparing & rehearsing it. IBM emphasizes preparation so try to be as thorough as possible in your prep work   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Had to haggle with HR for the salary I wanted - they gave me a 10k "reference" salary which got me to my desired # to start out which was maintained for two years however in 2014 this was taken away across all SAs and back-loaded into potential commission payouts. Looking back I should have fought harder for more salary...so fight hard to get your # as IBM doesn't give base pay raises very often. 3 years of good/solid performance & results with no base pay increase, but the commissions have provided my all-in desired pay thus far.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive 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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    Consultant Interview

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

    The process took a dayinterviewed at IBM in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    -two phone interview two different days
    -two 15 minute interviews another day
    -a job offer a month later

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    none - college hire
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  8.  

    Advisory Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed at IBM in June 2010.

    Interview Details

    phone call interview with HR followed by engineers and manager interview

    Interview Questions
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9.  

    Business Parnter Sales and Business Development Manager Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeksinterviewed at IBM in February 2010.

    Interview Details

    Apply via IBM online application HR system. First interview is with internal recruiter. Second Interview is with Human Resources which includes a background check. Final interview is with hiring manager.

    Interview Questions
    • Why are you leaving your current position or company? Why are you interested in IBM and specifically this position? Why do you think you will be successful and happy in this company and position?
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    Negotiation Details
    Very little negotiation as they have specific compensation based on job level and grade. They did take into account my years of experience and put me at the top of the pay grade for the position
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Senior Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Application Details

    interviewed at IBM in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    contacted through job fair, day long interview, nice dinner. follow up interview conducted with team members; good way to test chemistry. Human Resources are a good point of discussion regarding questions. Very pro active

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Inside Sales Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at IBM in January 2010.

    Interview Details

    It was easy and the people were very nice.

    Negotiation Details
    It is what it is. This is what we have, if you don't like it, we have others in line waiting for the same offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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