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Business Consultant
San Francisco, CA

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

Interview Details – Was contacted by HR first for introductory interview. Had 3 more interviews by hiring and manager as well as manager of area.

Interview Question – Did not have any unexpected questions. Employers biggest concern was readiness for travel which is considerable.   Answer Question


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Business Consultant Interview

Business Consultant

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

Interview Details – 3 30-minute phone interviews. All behavioral questions, nothing out of the ordinary. Offer within 48 hours.

Interview Question – Tell me a joke.   Answer Question


No Offer

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Business Consultant Interview

Business Consultant
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details – Online application form - standard questions.

Aptitude Tests - number series test was one of the hardest I've had to do, however numerical reasoning (felt easier than SHL or Kenexa) - but they have to be done consecutively no break.

Assessment centre was next step - employees were very friendly and engaging, it was a good experience - refreshments provided and the first half of the day involves two group exercises (planning event for client and logic problem) and confirmatory aptitude tests.

75% of candidates sent home at lunch - next part was lunch for successful candidates followed by a case study and presentation (in pairs) and an interview with the professional development manager (competency interview but make sure you have researched the company).

Interview Question – No particularly difficult questions. Remember in group exercises - be calm and confident and make sure to get in early as the good questions to ask will be used up very quickly. Finally stay alert and don't be too nervous, they just want you to give the best representation of yourself that you can, so believe in yourself and be you - if you get to the assessment centre you're already down to the last 30-40 out of hundreds, so they like you and want you to keep demonstrating you're the right candidate. (nb// travel re-imbursed up to £150)   Answer Question


No Offer

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Business Consultant Interview

Business Consultant

Interviewed at IBM

Interview Details – Long Interview process including online application and tests, assessment day where 13 of 20 people got sent home at lunch. The final round business matching interview.

Interview Question – What's your biggest failing in life?   Answer Question


No Offer

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Business Consultant Interview

Business Consultant
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at IBM in June 2012.

Interview Details – This is for the United Kingdom IBM. Apply online, once cv has been screened then you do 2 psychometric tests. The first test is numerical and contains sequences and seriers that get more difficult as you go. You have approx 20 min. The 2nd test is verbal reasoning wich also lasts 20 min.

1st round selection centre consists of 2 group exercises and a re-test of the numerical test. the 2nd numerical test is very easy, only 10 questions.

first group exercise is a logical exercise which they ask you to solve.
second group exercise is consists of a business case about an event where half way though they suggest there is a problem and you have to rethink your strategy.

Interview Question – how many petrol stations are there in the UK?   View Answer


No Offer

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Business Consultant Interview

Business Consultant
Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)

The process took 8 weeks - interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details – Online Applicatio
Psychometric Tests
Assessment Center
Final interview

Interview Question – The assessment Center - Teamwork and numerical test was fine. It was the selling to the interviewer a offer that you only have about 30 minutes to read was the tough part.   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Business Consultant Interview

Business Consultant
Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)

Interviewed at IBM

Interview Details – Classic CV submission, IPAT test, invitation for 1st round selection day - 2 group exercises + confirmatory IPAT test. The group exercises were the same ones as are discussed online - one logic (each of you has slightly different information) + one that is focused around organizing an event. Just do your best, focused on the team work and NOT solving it yourself (which would be way more efficient!!!!!)

The overall experience was pretty negative I must say - especially in comparison with other consulting companies/positions. Everything is very anonymous, people are not helpful at all when it comes to personal needs/preferences.

Interview Question – The confirmatory IPAT test only has the 'logical' part (i.e. the numerical series)   Answer Question


No Offer

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Business Consultant Interview

Business Consultant

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at IBM in May 2012.

Interview Details – Group exercises- one logical one, one event planning task. Then a confirmation maths test.
The second stage was a one-to-one interview, case study and presentation (only in front of the assessor!) and group logic test (really hard)

Interview Question – Why is the product so expensive? (I was trying to sell a mobile app to the interviewer)   View Answer


Accepted Offer

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Difficult Interview

Business Consultant Interview

Business Consultant
Bangalore (India)

The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at IBM in June 2010.

Interview Details – Resume Screening
HR screening
Technical interview
HR interview
Salary negotiation
Offer rollout

Interview Question – What are your strengths and weakness   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – not really

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