IBM IT Specialist Interview Questions

Updated Jun 23, 2014
Updated Jun 23, 2014
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IT Specialist Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Anonymous Interview Candidate
Application Details

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details

Spoke with a former and future manager as well as a colleague whom I would be working with. Basically informal to the extent they wanted to get to know the person rather than a fact sheet of skills.

Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

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    IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Chandler, AZ
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chandler, AZ
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days - interviewed at IBM in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    I knew someone who already worked there, so that's how I got the interview. I was interviewing for a specific software product, so the questions were very much detailed towards that. Not many "you're in a blender" type or non-technical questions at all. First contact was with a manager to do a pre-screening, then a technical interview. I was told right away after the interview that I got the job. Processing stuff took about a month or so, but it was also during the holidays.

    Interview Questions
    • They asked a very specific question about the software product involving architecture that required detailed knowledge of the software product.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    The salary was already negotiated up front, very early on in the process. They gave me a range, and I said I wanted a certain number in that range that the manager agreed with.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Washington, DC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 months - interviewed at IBM in October 2010.

    Interview Details

    I applied through campus recruiting as well as on the website. I was contacted through email to attend a weekend long event in Virginia (close to Washington DC). Friday night was an informal dinner and Saturday was the interviews. There were 3 back to back interviews and questions depended on whatever the interviewer felt was appropriate. Since I have a CS background, 1 interviewer asked me technical questions related to UML/SQL. The other 2 interviewers asked me general behavioral questions. I also had to take a test online at some point with basic math and logic type questions (timing is what gets you on these!). At the interview they assured that applicants that the test was not very important in determining who will get hired.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Bronx, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bronx, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    Recruited me straight out of college and paid for my relo. Had 3 separate rounds of interviews

    Interview Questions
    • How can you program when you don't have a degree for it   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university - interviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    Campus recruiting was easy and fast

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Very easy negotiation process in 2009
    Accepted Offer
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    IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 week - interviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    There was a long period of waiting during the hiring freeze after an IBM employee reached out as initial interest. After hiring freeze ended, two customary HR interviews took place, and I was hired. This process was unorthodox compared to standard hiring process; the standard is to begin with university internship, post internship interview, then employer decision.

    Interview Questions
    • 30 minute intelligence test composing of many IQ-esque questions. (Matrix transpositions, pattern matching, simple math with large numbers, etc.)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Negotiation attempted, employer inflexible on offer.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Columbia, MO
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbia, MO
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 months - interviewed at IBM in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    It took IBM three months to call me for an interview. The staff was courteous and professional. The interview was very formal. I interviewed one on on and with a group of two people. This was for the Columbia data center. I think the culture there is much different than that of the rest of IBM on the whole.

    Interview Questions
    • Not sure. All the questions were specific and technical, relating to the job itself.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at IBM in June 2009.

    Interview Details

    Usually what happens is that your resume has to have some kind of catch phrase or something that will give an eye catcher. Make sure that you research the teams you are looking to join and understand the suite of applicaitons or hardware (as well as you can) prior to any interview

    Interview Questions
    • The interview I was on was more of a cheerleading type questions. IMO it seems if you make it to the interview they do want you   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No real negotiation since I was a College hire
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
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    IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    This was over 13 years ago, so it's changed by now. I was recruited right out of college, and interviewed the standard set of questions. It was more technical at the time, and my transcript spoke for itself (in terms of what I knew). They wanted to know more about whether I would travel full time, and about some of the project work I did at the University.

    Interview Questions
    • The most difficult questions for me are always the one where they ask you about the "most difficult thing that ever happened to you, and how did you respond?"   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation, as I was right out of college. It was the best offer by far, compared to all my college roommates.
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    IT Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Fishkill, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fishkill, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at IBM in July 2008.

    Interview Details

    Old interview process was good, multiple managers with an real interest in hiring. New employees sent off for a week of training. Can't speak to current process

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    straight forward offer made was within scope and accepted.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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