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Updated Jun 9, 2014
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Columbia, MO

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at IBM in February 2014.

Interview Details – I was contacted by a recruiter and then apply. They scheduled a online interview using Skype. The interviewers were friendly but they seemed a little bit in a hurry.

Interview Question – They asked me to describe myself, the typical "tell me about yourself"; it caught me off guard.   Answer Question

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I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details – I was referred by a family friend when they had an opening for a summer intern. Because I was referred, I guess I skipped the initial HR inspection and went straight to the interviews. I had a first round chat with the team manager, who simply talked about the team and the project they work on and asked about me and what I was looking for. He was very polite and enjoyable to talk to. After the interview, he emailed me about 1-2 weeks later with an update that he had OK'd me for the next round and I was passed on to someone else on his team.

The second interview was more of a struggle, though it wasn't meant to be. I personally just have a hard time talking about myself, and that's what this interview consisted of. Additionally the team member brought along another team member without giving any prior notice so I was caught off guard and felt more uncomfortable at being on speakerphone. However, as far as intern interviews go, I think IBM is among the easier interviews as there were no technical questions. Both interviews were about half an hour.

Interview Question – Describe a project of yours and include specifics about the classes and data structures that you used.   Answer Question

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Boulder, CO

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at IBM in March 2013.

Interview Details – The interview process was pretty laid back. I think the whole process took around 3 weeks. I submitted an application and received a call about two weeks later to interview the next week. I went on site and it was a round table interview with the hiring managers or someone they sent in their place to take notes. Questions were pretty normal. I only had one interview and got a job offer a couple weeks later. The managers just wanted to get a feel for who you were and what you wanted to learn so they could put you in the right department.

Interview Question – Nothing too unexpected. They asked what you knew about IBM and why you wanted to be an intern there. They did ask me to give a 30 second commercial to market myself, but it was pretty much the same as being asked to tell them about yourself. They ask for a strength and a weakness, an example of when a teammate wasn't pulling their weight on a project and how you handled it, and an example of a time you failed and what you learned from it and how you came back from it type thing.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was originally dissatisfied with my payment offer, but I countered and they accepted.

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I applied through other source and the process took 2 days - interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details – Received a call from a hiring manager asking for an interview. Arrived on site and interviewed with three different managers all wanting an interview. Interview was pretty standard questions about school work and class projects. Nothing really technical was covered which I didn't expect.

Was then directed to take an online aptitude test.

Interview Question – No technical questions came up, I didn't expect this.   Answer Question

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I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details – 2 parts, first was behavioral and second was case. Behavioral super easy. Case a little harder, also nice interviewer.

Interview Question – What would your teacher say is your biggest flaw?   Answer Question

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Interviewed at IBM

Interview Details – Interview was pretty easy. The manager who interviewed me just talked about how she loved my background and I asked her questions about her personal experiences. No real
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I applied through college or university and interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details – 1 Round of HR screening, talking about your resume.

1 Round behavioral interview with Hiring Manager, and talking about your interests.

1 Round Technical interview with STSM in the same department.

Interview Question – Tell me about a time when you had to take a leadership role.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – All interns are paid based on the credit hours they completed towards their degree, or so I've been told.

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New York, NY

I applied online - interviewed at IBM in March 2010.

Interview Details – Asked about what I knew about IBM'S competitors, details of my college major, how much I used Social Media and my computer skills.

Interview Question – What drives you? What would a professor say was his or her reason for not liking you as a student?   Answer Question

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I applied online and interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details – I sent my resume and received a phone call two weeks later asking behavioral questions

Interview Question – They didn't ask any technical questions   Answer Question

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Research Triangle Park, NC

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at IBM in November 2012.

Interview Details – It was a direct on-site interview without any initial phone contact. They send me two exercises in which I can choose to solve and present on site two weeks later. The on site interview lasted for a day because they mixed us with full time job seekers

Interview Question – The interview question was predefined (problem-solving exercises) so that there was no surprise at the interview.   Answer Question

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