IBM Interview Questions in Portsmouth, South East England, England

Updated Feb 25, 2015
Updated Feb 25, 2015
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  1.  

    Business Placement Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeksinterviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    After filling the application form, was invited to sit a psychometric tests. They were a bit harder than I expected and actually thought I wouldn't pass yet two days after received an email saying I had passed an my CV was being screened. After a few days was invited for an assessment centre a month later.
    For the assessment centre had to prepare a 15min presentation about how I work in a team, a time I took initiative and created something innovative; to do research on an IBM product; client or project that I was interested; what I would bring into IBM and how could I benefit from them.
    After the interviewer asked me questions for 15mins nothing special. What did I know about IBM, what did I expect to be doing, a time I delivered over pressure... It was quite relaxed.
    Also did 2 group exercises which were quite easy. It's all about how we interact with the colleagues rather than a absolute right answer.
    Next day got told I passed the assessment centre yet it has been a month and still haven't been invited for a a final interview.

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  2.  

    Inbound Call Handler Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a dayinterviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    There are few direct contracts nowadays with IBM, and certainly no 'jobs for life.' I was hired originally via a recruitment agency (Manpower.) After a year I was offered a permanent position, but on contract. The interview process was the same as any other you would expect. You have to show commitment to the job and the company, and convince them you are not here today gone tomorrow.

    Interview Questions
    • None. I have good experience in handling all kinds of customers.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    It would have been a huge drop in salary, plus I was aiming to move on in under a year.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3.  

    Business & Technology COnsultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 6+ monthsinterviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    Online Form demonstrating competencies. Online Tests. Assessment Centre. One-to-One interview

    Interview Questions
    • What would you do if you were to win £100,000,000 today in the lottery? What is our share price today?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Graduate - Technology Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at IBM in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Stages are
    1. Online application - similar to other graduate recruitment applications
    2. Selection day - I thought very easy
    3. Assessment centre - broken up into
    *numerical test - easier than expecting but practiced heavily
    *verbal test - as expected, practiced heavily though
    *group exercise - we didn't get the answer correct, but don't think that matters, as it was more about working together, I helped a couple of people, put my view forward, but made sure I was adaptable based on other peoples feedback - area I did best in from feedback
    *role play - I found this very confusing as was expected to be in character from the minute I walked through the door, was somewhat expecting some general introduction. This part lost me the job.

    All based in Portsmouth.

    Interview Questions
    • The role play was very difficult. The interviewer expected me to act from the minute I stepped into the room, which I was not aware of, and completely had me confused. When I showed confusion, he continued to act as the client. For example, I should have introduced myself as coming from IBM etc, but I introduced myself - with just my name etc.

      Also someone walked in while I was being interviewed, I wasn't sure if part of the role play given how bizzare the start was (apparently it wasn't) but basically led to a very confusing experiences.
       
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    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Technical Consultant/Graduate Scheme Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at IBM in September 2013.

    Interview Details

    Assessment Centre day is split into 2. Extremely challenging. The group exercises at the start of the day are not bad, but the written test isn't easy at all. Those who perform well (8/10+) in the test got invited to the next stage of the AC.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  7.  

    Human Resources Industrial Placement Year Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at IBM in January 2013.

    Interview Details

    The application form (CV template) is a long process however is extremely useful once filled out as where it contains a lot of information you can transfer a lot of it to any other application forms/cover letters. Next step is the online test which I found very challenging, sequence based questions and mathematical problem solving but in quite short timings. You have to pass this in order for a manager to even review your CV. Practice before is vital.

    Next is the assessment centre, there is usually around 12 of you in a room with 2 current placement students. They are there to help you relax and prepare, and it is very much a social environment, Throughout the morning you take part in a presentation to 1 interviewer, 2 group tasks (make a marshmallow tower and put a list of items in order of most practical) and finally an interview specific to you role. On my assessment centre there wasn't anybody to interview me, however from what I have heard some of the interviewers are very relaxed and friendly and some more professional. In the presentation the interviewer asked me questions at the end relevant to what I had discussed in my presentation e.g. 'What was your favourite aspect of when you worked at 'company I previously worked at'. It was more like a conversation than interview questions.

    I passed all these stages and had a phone interview with my hiring manager. It was an extremely relaxed phone call where she basically told me about the role then offered it to me.

    I think I was extremely lucky through this entire process as it didn't seem to challenging at all.

    Interview Questions
    • Why IBM?
      Why HR?
      Give me some more examples of when you have done this skill?
       
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Business Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Application Details

    The process took 8 weeksinterviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    Online Applicatio
    Psychometric Tests
    Assessment Center
    Final interview

    Interview Questions
    • The assessment Center - Teamwork and numerical test was fine. It was the selling to the interviewer a offer that you only have about 30 minutes to read was the tough part.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  9.  

    Technology Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at IBM in December 2012.

    Interview Details

    Two assessment centres following an online application and some maths tests.

    Interview Questions
    • Case Study working in a team of around eight people. Nothing too taxing on the first assessment centre. Second assessment centre same thing, much harder case study / problem to solve .   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10.  

    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at IBM in November 2012.

    Interview Details

    Assessment Center - Three Stages - One Day

    First Stage - Group project + Psychometric test

    Second Stage - Presentations in groups of two

    Third Stage - Interviews with IBM assessors

    Interview Questions
    • Group Project - Entailed working on a complex logical problem with a set of other candidates all having pieces of information and not being able to show them to the rest of the group. Key to success was talking only when sure of being right and not being pretentious.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11.  

    Business Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in Portsmouth, South East England, England (UK)
    Interview Details

    Classic CV submission, IPAT test, invitation for 1st round selection day - 2 group exercises + confirmatory IPAT test. The group exercises were the same ones as are discussed online - one logic (each of you has slightly different information) + one that is focused around organizing an event. Just do your best, focused on the team work and NOT solving it yourself (which would be way more efficient!!!!!)

    The overall experience was pretty negative I must say - especially in comparison with other consulting companies/positions. Everything is very anonymous, people are not helpful at all when it comes to personal needs/preferences.

    Interview Questions
    • The confirmatory IPAT test only has the 'logical' part (i.e. the numerical series)   Answer Question
    No Offer

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