IBM Staff Software Engineer Interview Questions

Updated Aug 26, 2015
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Staff Software Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Accepted Offer

Interview

It was a nice interview session. Interviewed for IBM z/VM systems team working for their virtualization team. Most of the questions were behavioral. Some questions on background and projects and also on Linux kernel

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    Staff Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at IBM.

    Interview

    Was referred by employee. Had 4 interview rounds after phone interview. Had tricky C questions , C data structures , string operation programs etc, networking related : TCP states. There was main focus on C programming skills with the ability to problem solving. I like these interviews compared to Google's because Google asks questions which may not even be related to the work you will be doing!

    Interview Questions

    • Dont remember exactly but one was related to C printf arguments & other one on TCP SYN ACK states and sequence numbers   Answer Question
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    Staff Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer

    Interview

    describe yourself?

    Interview Questions

    • Have you ever had a problem with a manager and if so, how did you handle it?   Answer Question
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    Staff Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at IBM (Austin, TX) in February 2012.

    Interview

    I did not have one, as I had previously interned and was basically offered the job given my previous experience. Usually one manager will do all the hiring for an area and do the initial screening, followed by conference calls with the team that is actually doing the hiring

    Interview Questions

    • They were more interested in myself as a person than my technical abilities that I had already proven through internships with IBM   Answer Question
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    Staff Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chicago, IL
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. I interviewed at IBM (Chicago, IL) in September 2011.

    Interview

    The interview too place more than 20 years ago and I cannot remember much. it was solely a person interview with 1 or 2 managers. There was no online application, personality test, or other type of testing.

    Interview Questions

    • the interview occurred too long ago for me to remember the details. this question is not relevant to my experience   1 Answer
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    Staff Software Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at IBM in September 2010.

    Interview

    recommendation process, internship, then was recommended to full time position, 3 rounds of interview, all are about technical, data structure, algorithm, project, programming on the board. each interview took about 30~60 mins.

    Interview Questions

    • what is the most difficult challenge you met in your project?   Answer Question
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    Staff Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at IBM (Austin, TX) in December 2009.

    Interview

    Initial contact was a phone screening interview. Several days later I was contacted to be interviewed by several technical personel and given a short skills assessment test. The screening interview consisted of general questions about my current resume, career path, and what I was looking for in a job and work environment. The technical interview consisted of more specific questions about particular skills and how I would rate various skill sets from 1 to 10. A short skills test consisting of a series of questions focused on skills required for the job.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the difference between an object and a class in java?   Answer Question

    Reasons for Declining

    Pay and amount of time required for on-call duties.

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    Staff Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at IBM (Austin, TX) in January 2007.

    Interview

    Pretty boring, straightforward behavioral questions with very little technical depth. The culture was pretty professional and stuffy, not a place where younger people would be interested in working. The manager was not technical and the technical staff was not that skilled. I would personally think it is hard to get top technical talent and filter them out with these interviews

    Interview Questions

    • What does synchronized do in java   1 Answer
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    Staff Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at IBM (Singapore (Singapore)) in April 2015.

    Interview

    The first step is skill interview. The interviewer is very nice. because I could not answer some questions. so I didn't pass it. although questions were not very difficult. the questions are very common and important in the project. Good luck!!

    Interview Questions

    • when the application become very slow, what the problem it maybe.   1 Answer
    • when you are downloading a file, and it show "time out", what the problem   Answer Question
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    Staff Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at IBM (Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)).

    Interview

    one in person interview

    Negotiation

    joined as graduate, no negotiation

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