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Updated Apr 18, 2014
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Managing Consultant - Strategy Interview

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I applied through college or university and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at IBM in March 2010.

Interview Details – Hired as an intern during business school. Had a pre-screening interview, then an interview day. Interviewed with 3 people, each about 45 minutes. Two were behavioral interviews, one was case interview

Interview Question – Revenue for a particular brand is going up, but profit is going down. Why?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Hired out of B-school, didn't negotiate.

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Senior Procurement Manager Interview

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New York, NY

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 months - interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details – Contacted through a recruiter, had 3 interviews (2 by phone, last in person with perspective managers (2). Notified 10 days later, that they wanted to hire, but waited another 60 days before actually started.

Interview Question – What do you do with an enraged client who is screaming and yelling?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Negotiate salary since you can look forward to very few raises.

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Sales Engineer Interview

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San Francisco, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at IBM in October 2010.

Interview Details – Contacted through recruiter, hired over the phone. Never saw my manager until we met to sign paperwork.

Interview Question – They were all technical questions, and it was a phone interview. It was like taking an open book test, but it's a realistic idea of what the job would be like. If you don't know the answer to a question, admit it, but get that answer in a timely fashion.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – all via phone until the offer was written. there was no negotiation on the salary, but sign on bonus and vacation days were on the table.

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Solutions Architect Interview

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Cambridge, MA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed 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 Question – 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.

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Programmer Analyst Interview

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Washington, DC

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at IBM in May 2012.

Interview Details – I was emailed by a manager and set a phone interview for the following week. At the scheduled time I was contacted by a team and was asked rather difficult technical questions. At the end of the phone interview I was told to go to their office the next day which was not really an interview; just a short meeting.

Interview Question – technical question on programming   Answer Question

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Software Developer Interview

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Austin, TX

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at IBM in April 2014.

Interview Details – I had applied the to this position through the IBM portal I received a phone call after 3 weeks. I had a phone interview for around 25 minutes.in the phone interview I was asked about my undergrad project by the project manager for the position at ibm. After that round she called me to Austin and there I had two rounds of interviews.one with the project manager and the second with the team of three developers second interview was pretty tough because it was technical the first one was just a casual conversation with the project team lead she just spoke about the technologies that I had listed on my resume and asked me a few questions which gave her a fair idea of what I knew . This interview is pretty easy to crack if u know the fundementals of all the technologies listed in your resume.

Interview Question – No such tough questions   Answer Question

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Executive Project Manager Interview

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Interviewed at IBM

Interview Details – Was professional hire many many years ago. It was a 4 interview process at that time.

Interview Question – The most difficult question is always the one about salary   View Answer

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Human Resources Intern Interview

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Poughkeepsie, NY

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at IBM in January 2012.

Interview Details – Mostly went over interests, experiences and goals. There were really no curveball questions. Just be prepared to talk about yourself confidently and clearly. Good to also review recent news items and about the company culture.

Interview Question – There were no questions that stick out. Perhaps why you would be a good fit type of thing   Answer Question

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IT Specialist Interview

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Washington, DC

I applied through college or university and 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 Question – How do you join 2 tables?   Answer Question

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Brand Specialist Interview

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I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at IBM in November 2013.

Interview Details – The hiring manager called me directly. Interview was only 30 minutes. He was just looking for a person with solid communication skills. He was not technical enough to interview me properly. I was overed the job the following week.

Negotiation Details – Yes, I got a sign on bonus

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