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- No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at IBM (London, England (UK)) in September 2015.
Originally applied for a different post - without consultation, and after a wasted F2F interview, I was interviews for a new role that turned out to be completely unsuitable (another F2F interview)
- Please explain how you are a world specialist in a chosen field 1 Answer
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at IBM (London, England (UK)) in August 2015.
HR phone interview, hiring manager phone interview and them Assessment day. Assessment day format group exercise and presentation with other candidates that applied for this role, ibm GBS presentation, various interviews in afternoon with other senior managers from GBS. Day was structured well however interviews held by various managers not necessarily hiring you. Wasn't selected as There reason was I had good PM skills but not skills they were looking for despite applying for a PM role..
- Talk through your CV and your experiences and how you dealt with certain scenarios 1 Answer
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at IBM (London, England (UK)) in August 2015.
First was requested to do online assessment. Then an hour an a half competency based interview. Included a 15 minute presentation on a difficult project. Made to feel at ease and given a chance to think through answers. Asked about previous work experience and asked to compare to competencies as assessed. Waited a week for a reply.
- Have you ever had to convey a difficult message to a group of people? Describe the situation. Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at IBM (London, England (UK)).
I applied online few weeks ago. I done the IPAT test. All questions were related to logical and numerical aspects. The questions themselves were not difficult but the time is very short. Only 2:15 minutes for each question so it is . They told me I passed the IPAT test yesterday. But they emailed me this morning that they looked at my application and their company has high standard so they cannot proceed my application to the next stage. I phoned them ask for feedback but they weren't very friendly and patient. They said they are not able to provide me any feedback because there are too many applications. But it is not easy for us to apply a role with them. It took me a half day to fill their own application form and another day to prepare for the IPAT test. If I didn't pass the test, I can totally understand their rejection. But I passed it then they told me I am not good enough. Shouldn't they look at the application form first? Why it is impossible for them to offer us a reason for rejection which may only cost them few minutes after us spending about two days for it. This is the worst interview experience I had.
- A company bought twice as many small envelopes as large envelopes. It used up 6/11 of the small envelopes and 1/3 of the large envelops. What fraction of the total number was left unused? Answer Question
- If a certain computer is capable of printing 4400 monthly credit card bills per hour, while a new model is capable of printing at a rate of 7,000 per hour, the old model will take approximately how much longer than the new model to print 10800 bills? 1 Answer
- 37, 73, 9, 49, 58, 85, 25, 64, 29, 92, ? ->4 ->12 ->16 ->18 ->81 1 Answer
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. I interviewed at IBM (London, England (UK)) in June 2015.
The most unprofessional experience of my life. The interviewer clearly thought interviewing was below his pay grade as an Associate Partner. Clearly had not gone through my CV nor had he even made the effort of finding out the role I was applying for. He started the interview with "People just book these things into my calendar without asking me". His general tone throughout was patronising and he clearly had no interest in being there. As an experienced professional with over 10 years experience and an MBA from a leading European Institution, I reacted as most people would and decided that if this reflected the culture at IBM Interactive Experiences then I had no interest in working there. My advice to IBM is either train your staff to better deal with the recruitment process, or leave the earlier interview rounds to those trained within this important function, such as the HR team. The poor experience can create negative feelings towards your brand.
- No hard questions, just an awful distrusting tone when asked. Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at IBM (London, England (UK)) in June 2015.
Stage 1 - Headhunter Interview (Excellent) Stage 2 - Hiring Client Group Sales Director telephone interview (Good) Stage 3 - Group Sales Director Face to face interview (Good) Stage 4 - All day Assessment (Shocking & Very Poor) Part 1 - Presentation (the CFO was cold, with withdrawn body language and non communicative) Part 2 - Numeracy test (degrading) Part 3 - Grammar test (degrading) Part 4 - Spelling test (degrading) Part 5 - Sales exam (insulting) Part 6 - Assessment over lunch (neutral Part 7 - Group work (non value adding) Part 8 - CEO & Commercial Director Interview The nicest person on the day - HR Director The coldest person on the day - CFO The insincere person on the day - CEO The neutral people on the day - Commercial Director and Group Sales Director I was the final person out of 8 at the end of the process. I didn't get the job because of the colour of my skin, although the CEO will say its because they are now unclear about their requirement.
- I was asked about my job choices to date Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at IBM (London, England (UK)) in June 2015.
It was about a half an hour telephone interview only. The panel of 2 was made up of my future line manager and his manager. Questions were in-depth and straight to the point.
- Declined OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at IBM (London, England (UK)) in May 2015.
Applied through the company website. Quite a long period of time elapsed before they contacted me for interview. I made myself flexibly available at a time to suite them. Followed up with a phone interview where I was asked a mix of procedural and contextual questions. A full day assessment board at an IBM site followed.
- Describe a difficult issue with working with a customer. Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at IBM (London, England (UK)) in April 2015.
Assessment Centre 2 group working assessments before lunch. The candidates that got through, had previously done this assessment or had help from other friends who might have been successful at this assessment centre. Did not assess personal skills.. more about how the person works in a group.
- Did not get through to interview stage Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at IBM (London, England (UK)) in April 2015.
It was very open and relaxed. We talked about my experience and how it related to the position. it was a very positive experience. The position is within the Interactive Experiences part of IBM and it has more of an agency feel, rather than the more stuffy/old school IBM. So a lot of what I had read online about IBM did not apply here. There is change afoot within the organisation and new blood is helping with that change.
- What was the thing I was most proud of in my career to date. Answer Question
This was done in advance with the recruiter, so I was aware of what was being offered in advance of the offer.
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