IBM Interview Questions

Updated Jul 27, 2015
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    Software Designer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    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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    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.

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    Bluemix Garage Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at IBM (San Francisco, CA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    I did a pairing interview where there was a sample app that demonstrated what I needed to create and then I was given the bare minimum and told to create it from there. It was in Ruby on Rails, but could have also been done in Javascript and also included implementing a 3rd party API that would be unfamiliar to most candidates. Quick 45 minutes.

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    Consulting By Degrees AIS Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    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). J

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    • 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.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

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

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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at IBM (Columbus, OH) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Flew me on-site to conduct 3-30 minute interviews back to back. 1 case, 2 behavioral by senior consultants within IBM. All were one on one, and all travel and expenses were paid for by IBM.

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    • Case: Quantitative and Qualitative questions about a new software and entering the market.   1 Answer
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    WW Performance Marketingfor Security Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at IBM (Atlanta, GA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Two phone interviews with my manager, and my manager's boss. General getting to know you questions and clarifications about my experience and how that might prepare me for performance marketing as well as my interest in IBM, and demand generation and branding. Security division elaborated on as very vague job description on website.

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    Summit Program Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at IBM in April 2015.

    Interview

    One Phone call with a Recruiter. Roughly 1 hour in length with informational questions followed by behavioral questions/stories. Was painless and an enjoyable experience. Set up a phone conference interview with the assistant. Shortly after was contacted by a hiring/landing manager about opportunities in different cities that offered the program. Program runs from June to June.

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    • Tell me about a time when you faced adversity? Tell me about a time when you had to sell something? Sell me on your favorite movie?   Answer Question
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Littleton, MA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at IBM (Littleton, MA) in April 2015.

    Interview

    Basically to understand my background and how related my past projects are to the position. It was quite interactive. I wasn't put under pressure by the interviewers. They were quite nice also.

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    • What reporting tools have I used? Have I been involved with multiple projects at the same time?   Answer Question
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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at IBM in April 2015.

    Interview

    First I had a phone interview with HR and heard back within a week regarding a "super day" interview, which consisted of 2 behavioral and 1 case study interview. The interviewers, whom some of them were in the same program while others had been consultants for decades, all seemed very tired and bored. I thought one of the interviewers was falling asleep during my first behavioral interview, and another interviewee confirmed this with me later too. The case study was fairly to the point, but the interviewer was very cold and rude.

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    • Questions regarding team effort and leadership. A few "tell me about a time when [...]" questions. No too difficult technical questions that surprised me.   1 Answer
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    Device Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at IBM (New York, NY) in April 2015.

    Interview

    It is two steps process. first is a phone interview, then 2nd is a on site interview. in onsite interview, 7-8 interviewers take interview. the candidate has also to give a seminar based on his/her research work.

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