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Senior Consultant Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at IBM.
1 telephone interview 2 CV focussed interview Assessment Day
- Challenges faced in previous projects/ work Answer Question
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Senior Consultant InterviewAccepted Offer
My CV was provided to the company through a friend. I was then sent a job spec and I had a short phone interview with a partner. I believe the usual process is to go through two interviews - one with a manager and one with a partner. I was then sent an offer of employment via HR.
- What do you want to be when you grow up? Answer Question
Senior Consultant InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at IBM (London, England (UK)) in July 2011.
Application on-line, followed up by a telephone interview and a recruitment day. Straight forward and very efficient.
- Pressure Challenge - 10 mins to read a large case study on a company losing money and 3 mins to plan and prepare a recommendation (team work of 3). 1 Answer
Straight Forward - accepted as long as they paid me another £1000
Senior Consultant InterviewNo OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at IBM (London, England (UK)) in May 2010.
Interview was straightforward except for one sticking point. A friend who interviewed for a similar position in Australia reported precisely the same experience and the same irritation. In the interview, a scenario was pitched in which an arbitrary question requires a numerical answer. You will have to "guess" a whole bunch of input data and then predict an answer. If your first instinct is to build a simple mathematical model to reduce the number of arbitrary guess-numbers you need to use you will be "wrong". This will not be explained to you but you may be told afterwards that you need to guess the entirety, i.e. simply start throwing random numbers down on a piece of paper and work out a single-use answer. The question will usually be something where you could get the answer off the internet in 5 seconds. It's a useless scenario and entirely contrary to the way an experienced analyst should work but there you have it. Welcome to IBM.
- You want to convert motor license fees to a fuel tax only. By what percentage should you increase the fuel tax? 1 Answer
Senior Consultant InterviewAccepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at IBM (London, England (UK)) in February 2010.
Telephone interview followed by an Assessment Center - Case study, Group Discussion, Presentation, Competency based interview, Partner and then a HR round of interview. Assessment is completed in a single day. However the process of applying and getting a call takes time can take upto a couple of months.
- Why did you change companies so often? Are you an opportunist? Answer Question
Reasonable, not a very great negotiation opportunity.
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