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IBM Interview Questions in United Kingdom

Updated Feb 25, 2015
Updated Feb 25, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Finance Analyst Placement Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    Arrived at the assessment centre, had 3 activities:

    Group Test (Pick from a list of controversial issues and present 3 most and why)
    Business Interview (see interview Questions)
    Group Logic Test (hire a person from a list of candidates based on differing hiring parameters)

    All in all not too difficult, the most difficult part was attending as it was held at their UK headquarters, quite a distance from where I live!

    Interview Questions
    • Went through submission and talked about previous work experience etc.
      What is the stock price of IBM currently?
      What is the event in your life you look back on with the least pride?
      What is the event in your life you look back on with the most pride?
      Logic question - Take a cube of 3cm^3 area and cut it in 1cm^3 segments. If it was originally white and you spraypaint it black (while still together as one block but after cutting), how many blocks:

      Are there in total?
      Have no sides black?
      Have one side black?
      ...
      Have four sides black?
       
      Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Industrial Placement Software Development UK Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    Filled in template CV (careful as they disabled autocorrect!) and received invitation to complete online test (IPAT) 2 days later. These were fairly challenging, but was told I was successful a day later. Was invited to an assessment centre in Hursley, had to arrive at 8.05am(!!) and wasn't offered reimbursement for accommodation (you must be travelling over 100 miles.) However all travel was reimbursed about a month after the assessment centre. Was also asked to prepare a 15 minute presentation. On the day, we were greeted by two current placement students who were really helpful and friendly, they were just there to make us feel comfortable, not assess. I had a business interview, group tasks, and presented my presentation and was asked questions after. I was successful and shortly had a telephone "matching interview" with a prospective new manager which was very similar to the previous interview. I was successful and about 2 weeks later I received my offer.

    Interview Questions
    • Asked who are IBM's competitors, which is difficult because no company has its fingers in so many pies! Generally the answer is that it depends on which industry you are talking about!   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Finance Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Competency based interview question on the online application, make sure you understand the company's core values and use the best examples of where you have put this into practise. The assesment centre is fairly routine but they do not make it to daunting, ensure you use examples from your allocation as well as any extra circulars/ jobs that you have demonstrated the core principles in.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
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    Student Industrial Placement - Marketing Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at IBM in February 2015.

    Interview Details

    Initially you have to fill out your CV in the IBM format which includes the usual CV information plus additional questions at the end. You upload this on their employment section and fill in basic information on there also.

    Secondly you get invited to complete the IPAT test which includes Numerical questions and Sequence questions where you are timed per question and get about 2 minutes per question. The test is not easy, it is very hard! Everyone I have spoken to who passed, like myself, after completing the test we all thought we failed for sure...

    After you get through the IPAT test you will be put through the CV assessment where they see if you are a right fit for them and then they will decide whether or not to take you through to an assessment centre. This process took about a month.

    Once getting through the CV assessment you will get an e-mail informing you that you passed, and in my case, an e-mail saying you will find out more information on the assessment centre location, time and day later on. So, about 2/3 weeks later I got the e-mail with all that information. Mine was at SouthBank and was an afternoon session.

    The assessment centre itself includes 2 group tasks, a logic and a discussion, which are both timed and watched over by a couple of assessors. I also had to do a presentation before attending with set questions to answer in it and then you present this on the day on a 1 to 1 basis and this turns into a kind of interview too as they will stop you in places and ask you questions. This lasted about 20-25 minutes and was quite relaxed. Business interviews are also offered at the assessment centres which are interviews with specific managers in areas which you applied for however, when I was there there weren't any business interviews as they couldn't get any managers in for them... but there is the potential that you will get one there and then.

    I then got an e-mail the following day saying I passed the assessment centre and was then put in the matching process where different managers can then decide if they want to offer you a business interview for their particular area.

    For myself, I think I was quite lucky as I have heard that people have waited weeks before becoming matched and offered an interview... So, 2 days later I was actually sent an e-mail with an offering of a marketing role in Hursley and that they wanted to organise an interview. This was on a Thursday and the interview then took place on Tuesday. This interview lasts about 30-45 minutes...

    After the interview, I received an e-mail that same day saying it had gone well and they were then going through the pre-employment checks. 2 days later I received a formal offer e-mail and letter.

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6.  

    Strategic Analytics Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    Applied with CV and a series of ~250 word questions. Before anyone looks at your CV, you are required to complete standard SHL numerical and a verbal reasoning tests online (not the numerical sequence test and logic tests required for some other IBM positions). Upon passing these, the CV and questions are screened, and the next stage is an assessment centre. I was invited to an assessment centre, and immediately told my mum, who was over the moon for me. I was then informed that this was invitation was in fact an accident, and the offer was unprofessional retracted. Ouch.

    Interview Questions
    • Very standard questions, screaming to be heavily tailored for IBM.   Answer Question
    No Offer
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Business Consultant Graduate Scheme Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Interview Details

    This is a genuine review with all honesty.

    I filled in the online application form and submitted it. A few days later I was sent the online IPAT test which consisted of a numerical sequence test and a numerical problem solving test (research online for practise questions and practise practise practise). I passed both tests and was given an assessment centre date.

    On the day of the Assessment centre I arrived at 8:15am and booked into the reception. At 8:30am we were taken into a room where all 26 students were able to relax and talk to each other (this was the resting room in between the exercises). We were split into groups of 6 and we participated in two group exercises.One was a group discussion based exercise where they assessed the leadership skills and your contribution to the discussion. After our first group exercise we were bought back into the resting room where we were told that "We need to take a picture of you individually so the recruiter (Service line recruiters) can put faces to your applications". I found this very odd as it seemed like your looks can play a part in your application, and maybe even your ethnicity (I disagree with this approach).

    The other task was a logical group exercise where they tested all their competencies to see if you were able to demonstrate them. At 1pm, 8 people were chosen to stay on for the interviews and the rest 18 were sent home. In my group only one person was chosen.
    I found this process very odd and untrustworthy for many reason which i cannot disclose due to several reasons.

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    Begin with an online submission of typical information e.g. CV and required to answer some competency-based questions as well.
    Then, I was invited to finish an online logical test which consists of spotting the sequence etc which I think is harder comparing with other normal logical test. After that, I was required to do 2 more online tests (verbal and numerical tests) which have no surprise and very easy.
    After a week or so, I got invited to the AC and it was straight forward and it was a nice experience.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Extreme Blue Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hursley, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hursley, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at IBM in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and took an aptitude test soon after (also online), followed by an assessment centre on site (IBM Hursley) a few months later.

    Assessment Centre involved group exercises, two interviews - 'technical' and 'non-technical', a non-technical presentation and another aptitude test.
    Technical interview was very relaxed and was mainly about my application form, what I've done in terms of technology and why I am applying for the role. I had no technical questions about coding or solving a problem etc. Non-technical interview focussed more on how I behave in teams and how I deal with people (and examples of these using my application form).

    Was offered a place about a week later. Accepted soon after.

    Interview Questions
    • Give an example of a time when you've had to change your approach to a project. Why did you respond in the way you did and what would you do differently next time?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Graduate Technical Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at IBM in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    Completed the application form online, then an online psychometric and numerical test. Following this I was invited to an assessment centre in London. The day was reasonably well organised, the first half of the day consisted of group exercises and the second half of individual interviews an a numerical test. After the first half of the day, the majority of the people were sent home, which was a feature I found odd and disliked.

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Graduate Software Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hursley, England (UK)
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Hursley, England (UK)
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at IBM.

    Interview Details

    IPAT test is difficult, but achievable. The assessment centre is actually great fun! Got to know loads of people and meet many of the people I actually work with today. The exercises were mixed and varied, with several group exercises and several individual exercises and interviews. The interviews were mainly informal chats about your application form and yourself, so nothing to worry about! The group exercises were challenging, and we barely ever got the answer in the time limit, but this didn't matter, how you work as a group does. Overall a very good hiring process, and one that I enjoyed!

    Interview Questions
    • What do you see as the next big thing in computing? (somehow...I didn't think about this beforehand!)   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    None needed, I accepted at the site which they gave me (which was my first choice)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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