IBM Interview Questions in Iowa

Updated Aug 28, 2015
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    Business Reporting Analyst (Entry-level) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dubuque, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at IBM (Dubuque, IA) in January 2014.

    Interview

    1. Recruiter is in the building lobby every Wednesday. (This is great because I find IBM job titles impenetrable, and I need help even to know which ones to consider.) I give him my resume; he asks a couple of quick questions ("What's your Excel proficiency?" "Customer service experience?"), grabs a list of open positions and highlights three, and says, "I recommend these. If you apply for any of them, send me an email and tell me." 2. I apply for all three. Four days later, I get a polite rejection email for one of them. (I never did hear back about the second.) 3. Three months pass. 4. I receive an email saying I'm under consideration for the third position, but first I need to reply with two things: dates and times I'm available for interview, and my salary requirements. A friend tells me that entry-level people in this facility typically get 35K. I email back a salary range with 36K at the bottom of it. 5. Immediately I get back an email that says, "We wouldn't be able to offer more than 35K. Is that a deal-breaker?" Of course I email back and say it's fine, though it annoys me to start the salary negotiation before they've even met me. 6. Same-day response: "Can you come in for an interview tomorrow?" As I work in the same building, I say sure. 7. Interviews several hours apart with the manager (1 hour) and the team lead (30 minutes). They're pleasant, easy-going interviews, mostly a mix of "Tell me about a time when you ..." (dealt with a difficult customer, had multiple deadlines at the same time) and "If you had to handle this problem, what would you do?" (100 new emails in your inbox; how do you keep them organized?). There isn't a feeling of pressure; it's as if they've already decided, provisionally, that I'm going to be OK unless I say something really egregiously awful. 8. Ten days later, receive email requesting that I fill out an online form. Most of it seems like stuff I've already typed into other online forms, but whatever. 9. Two days later, receive email offer: 33K. Email back requesting 36K. 10. Get amended offer of 36K five days later, pending background check, which I assume I must have passed.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you handle an annoying co-worker who won't get back to you with information you need to do your job?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I described the negotiation phase in the Hiring and Interview Process section, but I have two pieces of advice: - Be prepared for a bit of salary negotiation before you've even had an interview. (If I had it to do over again, I would have set that initial range 20% higher in this phase, since they were obviously taking my bottom number as a starting point and trying to bring me down a bit from it.) - Clearly whatever you negotiate in the initial email is not binding, since they ended up accepting my request for about 10% more. (Again, if I'd known it was going to be so easy, I would have asked for more!)

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    Systems Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dubuque, IA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at IBM (Dubuque, IA) in June 2013.

    Interview

    I applied online, at IBM.com. I received an automated email telling me that i was being considered for the position. three weeks later I was called and had a brief phone conversation about general skills and availability. I was thanked and told that they would get back to me. two weeks after that i received another phone call inviting me to dubuque for a personal interview. this went well, however i never heard back from anyone. I called, left voicemail, and email, but never heard back. I finally gave up waiting.

    Interview Questions

    • The 5 levels of schema, their uses and the 7 layers of the OSI model and their uses... things you very seldom put into verbage.   Answer Question
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    Technical Support Specialist - Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dubuque, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at IBM (Dubuque, IA) in May 2013.

    Interview

    Very laid back interview. Asked about previous projects completed as well as some questions to find out what type of person I was. The only interview was in person and with the person who became my manager. They looked over my resume and really just asked about the different skills listed on it.

    Interview Questions

    • What was the last book you read?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    The intern position was not able to negotiating because the pay was based on the number of college credits completed. Full time positions can negotiate their pay.

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    Technical Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dubuque, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I interviewed at IBM (Dubuque, IA) in August 2012.

    Interview

    Interview was done on Skype with the manager. Started off with very basic questions and went more into technical topics. Do NOT put anything on your resume that you can't back up in the interview. It depends on who interviews you, but they can be very thorough. Interviewers at IBM are very smart and will be able to tell right away if you are lying. Prepare for the interview by thinking about your responses to the general questions that are normally asked in every interview, but focus on technical questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Technical questions can be very difficult, depending on what position you're applying for.   Answer Question
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    Dispatcher Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dubuque, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at IBM (Dubuque, IA) in November 2011.

    Interview

    took all of 5 minutes, very unprofessional. They were not really interested in my background just that I had one, IBM had a tax break riding on how many local employees they hired.

    Interview Questions

    • do i know excel was the concern   1 Answer
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dubuque, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at IBM (Dubuque, IA) in September 2011.

    Interview

    First you have to get through the resume 'filter'. Many will not. Once you do, at least in Dubuque, I had one interview & an offer (pending background check) before the end of the 1st interview. I should have been suspicious. They've been - over the years - really focused on bringing in bodies in to Dubuque.

    Interview Questions

    • Are you willing to move to Dubuque?   1 Answer
    • Tell me about your project management experience.   1 Answer
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Delhi, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at IBM (Delhi, IA) in June 2011.

    Interview

    Initially staffing agency shortlisted and forwarded resume then a personal interview and then just 1 more final interview regarding package

    Interview Questions

    • Explain about your previous IT Project   1 Answer
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    Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dubuque, IA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at IBM (Dubuque, IA) in October 2010.

    Interview

    Interviewed in fall of 2010 at a technical services delivery center. I met a company rep at a job fair and he encouraged me to arrange an interview. The interview process was very professional. I caught a quick glimpse of the main floor, it's very open with short cubicles. In the interview there were fairly standard questions asked. The one takeaway I was able to gather was that coming in an an entry level employee they expect you to work as many hours as the job requires (travel, project tasks, etc). Work/life balance appears to be very poor and opportunity for advancement seemed questionable. But very impressive office space, it's incredibly green-friendly which I appreciated. Very fast-paced though.

    Interview Questions

    • What can you tell me about what we do here?   1 Answer
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dubuque, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at IBM (Dubuque, IA) in September 2010.

    Interview

    Submitted resume through current employee. No references were checked. Interview consisted of standard questions e.g., What would you do if there was conflict on your team. There is typically a large amount of time between submitting your job application and receiving any word from IBM. At this time IBM consistently offers jobs but is unable to find skilled employees. This gives them to opportunity to look like they're trying to hire without actually spending the money to hire.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No negotiations. It was take it or leave it.

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    Accounnt Focal Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dubuque, IA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at IBM (Dubuque, IA) in August 2010.

    Interview

    They interviewed me on skype, which was convenient as I lived about 1,000 miles away.

    Interview Questions

    • No unexpected questions. I had a friend on the inside selling me.   Answer Question
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