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IBM Software Developer Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Aug 8, 2014
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Software Developer
Austin, TX

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at IBM in April 2014.

Interview Details – I had applied the to this position through the IBM portal I received a phone call after 3 weeks. I had a phone interview for around 25 minutes.in the phone interview I was asked about my undergrad project by the project manager for the position at ibm. After that round she called me to Austin and there I had two rounds of interviews.one with the project manager and the second with the team of three developers second interview was pretty tough because it was technical the first one was just a casual conversation with the project team lead she just spoke about the technologies that I had listed on my resume and asked me a few questions which gave her a fair idea of what I knew . This interview is pretty easy to crack if u know the fundementals of all the technologies listed in your resume.

Interview Question – No such tough questions   Answer Question


No Offer

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Very Easy Interview

Software Developer Interview

Software Developer

I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details – All I had to do to get the interview was talk to a few people at my school's career fair. If you have solid credentials (work experience in open source, good GPA, etc.) then you have a good shot at an interview. They do a lot of Python programming and working with open source technologies in this sector of IBM, so experience in that world is also a plus. The interview was not technical, although they were prepared to make me an offer based on the way that I described my experiences with the various technologies that they were interested in.

Interview Question – No technical questions.   Answer Question


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Software Developer Interview

Software Developer

Interviewed at IBM

Interview Details – I applied to the position through my university's career website. I received an email from an IBM program director who was looking to fill 2 positions: a developer and consultant. I applied to both positions on their website, and the next day was invited to an interview event out of sate. I flew out the next week and had 3 interviews with 3 people, one of which was the program director who initially contacted me. I also had a 4th impromptu interview for a different developer position from someone who got a hold of my resume and was interested in speaking with me. All of these interviews were 99% behavioral, about me and my experiences, projects I had worked on and difficulties/successes I had in those projects. One of the managers brought in a developer who asked me two short technical questions, but no code was written. I emailed the managers when I left the event, and immediately heard back for 2 phone interviews regarding the 2 different developer positions. In one I spoke with a manager again just about myself, and in the other to a developer who asked technical questions. I followed up after both interviews and both managers said they would be extending an offer.

Interview Question – How would you increase the performance of your website if you can design the whole system end to end?   Answer Question


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Software Developer Interview

Software Developer

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details – Was recruited out of college by several departments. Had interviews with all of them over 2 days. Got 8 offers, they don't compete with each other so all offers were the same. Logic test was pretty easy, over all interview was easy and fun. Seemed like lots of nice people who work there.

Interview Question – Lots of people asked if I was working to be a manager.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Software Developer Interview

Software Developer

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

Interview Details – Everyone was professional during the interview process, including HR, hiring manager, and non-manager types. The initial process was automated which made the paper work simple, but errors in automation introduced a few follow-up fixes.


Declined Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Software Developer Interview

Software Developer
Washington, DC

I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at IBM in August 2013.

Interview Details – Process description (started August 1, 2013, 30 days total from initial contact to salary offer):

1. Sent Resume, copy College Diploma and Certifications transcript from job position posted on Internet site.
2. Contacted two days later by a recruiting agent.
3. Scheduled first phone interview with technical manager.
4. First phone interview seven days after initial contact. Questions related to past working experience and MS products/languages (C#). 15-20 minutes.
5. Two days later, recruiting agent confirmed approval of tech. manager. Scheduled second phone interview with regional director. Requested detailed current employee benefits information. Regular communication by email. Official employee application form (online).
6. Second phone interview regional director seven days after first phone interview. Current experiences and why choosing IBM. 12 minutes interview.
7. Four days later, confirmation of approval of regional director by recruiting agent by email. Sent a second employee application form.
8. Two days after that, first official talk about salary requirements.
9. Confirmed preliminary salary offer.

Interview Question – Why do you choose IBM as your future employer?   View Answers (2)

Reason for Declining – Requested salary increase. Offer lower than the national median for the position+experience, way lower for the DMV area.


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Easy Interview

Software Developer Interview

Software Developer
Tucson, AZ

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 months - interviewed at IBM in March 2011.

Interview Details – The interview process first started with answering some basic education and career questions so the employer understands what you are personally trying to strive for. Once a 1:1 interview is scheduled you are usually taken into a private conference room or the office of your hiring manager and asked several questions. The questions are ordered from the topics of education, previous employments, experience in the computer engineering field, hobbies, what to expect to learn from IBM. All these questions were simple and fairly easy. Once the sit down interview was over my hiring manager took me on a tour of the IBM campus and labs to see the projects that were currently being worked on. Once the tour was over my hiring manager asked me if I had any questions about the company and the job position. After a few weeks I got an offer.

Interview Question – The most difficult question was to explain how to test certain basic household items. The employer was looking for in-depth and detailed ways to cover all the components of the items.   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Neutral Experience

Average Interview

Software Developer Interview

Software Developer

Interviewed at IBM

Interview Details – Interviewed by hiring manager, then a test.

Interview Question – not very difficult   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – be prepared


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Software Developer Interview

Software Developer
Austin, TX

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at IBM in March 2012.

Interview Details – 2 Phone interviews. First one was mostly questions about my resume and my past experiences and how they make me fit for the job. Then the interviewer spoke about their position and how the team works. The second interview was from a Software engineer on the team and they asked me scenario questions on how to approach certain scenarios.

Interview Question – How would you test a slow running website to make it faster?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Did not need to negotiate


No Offer

Positive Experience

Average Interview

Software Developer Interview

Software Developer
Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at IBM in July 2014.

Interview Details – phone interview with three interviewer, simple questions like what is sudo, etc etc
then face to face interview, same thing ask small questions what to know about my final year project.

Interview Question – what software program could you not live with out   View Answer

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