IBM
3.2 of 5 10,991 reviews
www.ibm.com Armonk, NY 5000+ Employees

IBM Senior Software Engineer Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Mar 30, 2014
All Interviews Received Offers

Getting the Interview 

47%
31%
14%

Interview Experience 

51%
25%
22%

Interview Difficulty 

Average Difficulty
29 candidate interviews Back to all interview questions
Relevance Date Difficulty
in

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer
Irvine, CA

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 5 days - interviewed at IBM in December 2010.

Interview Details – Contract to hire for specific project.

Interview Question – No real difficult questions   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Take it or leave it.

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer
Santa Clara, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 days - interviewed at IBM in August 2011.

Interview Details – 3 - 4 rounds of interviews
Usual questions on programming especially C
Linked Lists, bitmaps binary search trees
Networking basics, TCP/IP, routing switching
Some genric problem solvign type questions

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at IBM in June 2011.

Interview Details – Had 3 interviews for this position. Hiring 1st level manager, 2nd line manager, and one peer.

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

1 person found this helpful

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer
Foster City, CA

I applied online - interviewed at IBM in July 2012.

Interview Details – Database questions (given a use case, design tables, write queries to get certain data out), Java OOP questions, synchronization in Java, HashMap + hashcode questions, Hibernate questions, Flex questions.

Interview Question – I was asked some Hibernate questions that I wasn't prepared for.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Negotiated a little on salary and also got sign-on bonus

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer
Dayton, OH

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at IBM in August 2009.

Interview Details – Interview process was very professional and well organized. I was placed in a nice hotel and the interviewer comes to my room for interviewing. There were three rounds of interview and it was very well organized.

Interview Question – About my previous experience and my skill set assessment   Answer Question

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

No Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer
Chennai (India)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 1 week - interviewed at IBM in January 2014.

Interview Details – 2 Telephonic, 1 Technical

Interview Question – Asked about Weblogic Servers (In Depth)   Answer Question

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer
Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

I applied through a staffing agency and interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details – I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1 weeks - interviewed at IBM

Interview Question – There was nothing like unexpected.   Answer Question

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer
New Delhi (India)

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at IBM in September 2010.

Interview Details – Interviews
 Phone Interview
 1:1 Interview
 Group/Panel Interview
Tests
 Skills Test
 Personality Test
 Drug Test
 IQ/Intelligence Test

Interviews
 Phone Interview
 1:1 Interview
 Group/Panel Interview
Tests
 Skills Test
 Personality Test
  IQ/Intelligence Test
Other
 Background Check
 Presentation
 Other

Interview Question – Tech Questions   Answer Question

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

1 person found this helpful

No Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer
Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

I applied online - interviewed at IBM in August 2013.

Interview Details – HR contacted me to setup a technical phone interview with one of the team leaders.

I had 1 hour lasting technical interview for a position at IBM Dublin office.

Interview Question – 1. Comparison of merge sort and quick sort
2. How stacks are implemented in computer architecture ? ( Not a data structure question )
3. Polymorphism
  Answer Question

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response

Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Difficult Interview

Senior Software Engineer Interview

Senior Software Engineer
Bangalore (India)

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took 1 week - interviewed at IBM in November 2012.

Interview Details – Generally 3-4 technical rounds.
May ask directly write programs.
Lot of experienced people so may meet with tough interviews.
Core Java : Threading, collections, oops concepts, Design Patterns, Puzzles.
Linux : commands, awk, sed tools, shell scripting.

Interview Question – Deign level questions like how you will design debugger.
How you will design application with three tier architecture
Lots questions on processes and management round questions.
  Answer Question

Was this interview helpful?  
Yes | No
Flag Interview  |  Add Employer Response
RSS Feed Embed
Interviews for Top Jobs at IBM

Worked for IBM? Contribute to the Community!

IBM Videos

Loading...

IBM – Why Work for Us?

Join us. Where forward-thinking IBMers are inspired to build a smarter planet. Be an innovator Whether you're fresh out of college, or an experienced professional, IBM is a company where you can cultivate your… Full Overview

Provided by employer [?]

The difficulty rating is the average interview difficulty rating across all interview candidates.

The interview experience is the percentage of all interview candidates that said their interview experience was positive, neutral, or negative.

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.

Glassdoor is your free inside look at IBM Senior Software Engineer interview questions and advice. All 29 interview reviews posted anonymously by IBM employees and interview candidates.