IBM Interview Questions

Updated Apr 15, 2015
Updated Apr 15, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)  

    Analyst Interview

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    It was really easy, nothing exceeds my expectation. It was pretty smooth and relaxing. Give an example of a time you successfully worked on a team.What major challenges and problems did you face?

    Interview Questions

    • What would your past managers say about you?
      If you had questions that no one had answers to, how would you handle it?
       
      Answer Question
  2.  

    Senior Consultant Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview

    Applied on the website and received an email stating that I was selected for an interview. Was then flown on site for three 30-minute interviews with three different managers. Each one was for a specific purpose: behavioral, technical, and case study. Heard back about 2-3 weeks later that I got the position.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a piece of software you used on your resume. Follow-up questions were asked based on what you said.   Answer Question
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    Applications Developer Interview

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at IBM in April 2015.

    Interview

    Went over resume and started the technical interview, didn't least longer then 30 minutes. As long as you know basic program definition you will be fine. It was a very easy process and questions.

    Interview Questions

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    Software Designer Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at IBM (Austin, TX).

    Interview

    1) Portfolio Review
    2) Phone call with a designer on staff
    3) Follow up phone call with a senior designer
    4) On-Site fly out that included dinner for two nights, a hotel stay and a night in the town
    5) A follow up conversation

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  6. Helpful (3)  

    Consulting By Degrees AIS Consultant Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 7+ weeksinterviewed at IBM (Herndon, VA).

    Interview

    These events happened in the Spring 2014, so they may have changed the interview process since then.

    IBM was at my engineering career fair, and I spoke to one of the recruiters. Sent her my resume later that evening, and a week later I was invited to an on-site interview in Herndon, VA. Flew out the night before and arrived at the office in the morning.

    There was a fairly large group of us, and they split us up into two groups. I believe one group was more info systems/business-related majors and the other group (the one I was in) was more technical/engineering majors. The other group went to the one-on-one interviews first, while my group sat in a conference room. However, I believe this was done on purpose as a recruiter who was there with us was asking questions like "How do you define what I means to be a consultant" and others like that. Also they shared IBMs core values, goals, etc. So really it was part of the interview. I made sure to participate during questions and gave the best answers I could.

    When the other group was finished, we went to do our one-on-one interviews. There were three separate interviews: one case study, one technical, and one behavioral. These were surprisingly easy; the case study was very straightforward, the technical was basic questions about Java (i.e. "what's the difference between a private and a public variable", etc.), and the behavioral was your typical, generic questions ("describe a time when __"). I felt very confident in each of these, and the interviewers were very friendly, which made me feel comfortable.

    Afterwards, the recruiters said we would hear back within two weeks. I didn't hear back for a month, and then it was another month after that until I got the offer.

    Overall a good experience (minus the waiting to hear back).

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    Interview Questions

    • Basic Java questions ("What is a class", "What is the difference between a private and public variable", etc.)   Answer Question
    • Standard Behavioral questions ("Describe a time when ____. How did you handle it?", "How do you define what a consultant is?", etc.)   Answer Question
    • There was a case study. This was pretty straightforward. I believe mine had something to do with improving performance of a clients website, can't recall the details.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Didn't negotiate as I thought the salary was fair. Also I don't think I could have even if I wanted to.

  7. Helpful (2)  

    Consulting Leadership Position Interview

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview

    Job posting stated 5 yrs industry experience required, 8 yrs preferred. I had the preferred amount of experience, so submitted my resume and was contacted by a recruiter for IBM. We arranged the interview date/time via email. When the recruiter called me for the the phone interview, she told me only minutes into our conversation that really they were looking for someone with 15-20 years of industry experience, and described a very different role than what was in the posting. I confirmed with her that she was describing the role title I had applied for. She seemed to have no explanation for the vast difference between the posting and the role she was now describing. I withdrew my application and ended the interview early because I felt this was a big red flag.

    Interview Questions

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    SIEM Interview

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    First interview went well, was casual. The guy conducting the interview seemed really nice. The second interviewer was hard to understand, we did not speak the same language & he did not seem interested in the interview.

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want this job because you arent qualified?   1 Answer
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    Anonymous Interview

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview

    Was dragged out and more difficult than I would have liked. However, made me understand the company a little bit more inside and out. The interviewers voice was a little bit muffled, almost like they were standing away from the speaker. Looking forward to the next portions of the interview process.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    Didn't seem to fit into my strengths

  10. Helpful (3)  

    Senior User Experience Consultant Interview

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview

    There were 3 different interviews that took place on campus. Each mini interview lasted 30 minutes. One portion was more traditional. He asked what I was interested in pursuing, asked if I had questions about the company, and was generally informational. The next was solving a business problem. They're not looking for a right answer, just to see how you think. The last interview was basically pitching one of your old projects.

    All of the interviews were very relaxed and casual.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me about a project you are passionate about.   Answer Question
    • You need to create an app to solve a ___________ problem for your user. How do you go about it?   Answer Question
    • Why IBM? What technologies do you see as a big thing in 5 years? What do you want to work on?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    They give you an offer. There is no room for negotiation.

  11. Helpful (3)  

    User Experience Designer Interview

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at IBM (Austin, TX) in March 2015.

    Interview

    Comprehensive process with 2 rounds of interviews, one on the phone and the second in person. The in-person interview had multiple individual interviews as well as a group interview and portfolio review. Everyone was very nice and it's definitely not one of those scare-factor type interviews where they try to terrify you away.

    Interview Questions

    • What are two experiences you love, and what is one that you hate?   Answer Question

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