IBM Interview Questions in Washington, DC

Updated May 14, 2015
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    Consulting By Degrees AIS Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 7+ weeksinterviewed at IBM (Herndon, VA).

    Interview

    These events happened in the Spring 2014, so they may have changed the interview process since then. IBM was at my engineering career fair, and I spoke to one of the recruiters. Sent her my resume later that evening, and a week later I was invited to an on-site interview in Herndon, VA. Flew out the night before and arrived at the office in the morning. There was a fairly large group of us, and they split us up into two groups. I believe one group was more info systems/business-related majors and the other group (the one I was in) was more technical/engineering majors. The other group went to the one-on-one interviews first, while my group sat in a conference room. However, I believe this was done on purpose as a recruiter who was there with us was asking questions like "How do you define what I means to be a consultant" and others like that. Also they shared IBMs core values, goals, etc. So really it was part of the interview. I made sure to participate during questions and gave the best answers I could. When the other group was finished, we went to do our one-on-one interviews. There were three separate interviews: one case study, one technical, and one behavioral. These were surprisingly easy; the case study was very straightforward, the technical was basic questions about Java (i.e. "what's the difference between a private and a public variable", etc.), and the behavioral was your typical, generic questions ("describe a time when __"). I felt very confident in each of these, and the interviewers were very friendly, which made me feel comfortable. Afterwards, the recruiters said we would hear back within two weeks. I didn't hear back for a month, and then it was another month after that until I got the offer. Overall a good experience (minus the waiting to hear back). J

    Interview Questions

    • Basic Java questions ("What is a class", "What is the difference between a private and public variable", etc.)   Answer Question
    • Standard Behavioral questions ("Describe a time when ____. How did you handle it?", "How do you define what a consultant is?", etc.)   Answer Question
    • There was a case study. This was pretty straightforward. I believe mine had something to do with improving performance of a clients website, can't recall the details.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Didn't negotiate as I thought the salary was fair. Also I don't think I could have even if I wanted to.

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    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at IBM (Herndon, VA) in May 2014.

    Interview

    Flew all candidates out to their office in Herndon, VA. Three back to back interviews, one case and two behavioral. The case was about market entrance. No hard behavioral questions. Thought I did pretty well and the interviewers seemed to like me but got an email two weeks later stating I didn't get the position.

    Interview Questions

    • The Case - Wasn't hard but sometimes it can be difficult to know what they are exactly looking for.   5 Answers
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    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at IBM (Herndon, VA) in March 2014.

    Interview

    Initially was contacted after submitting online application. Time sensitive emails are sent out and you must respond within 48 hours. No phone screen, simply selected and provided a travel package to interview at their VA location. The interview consisted of three 30 minute one-on-one interviews. One technical, one behavioral and one case. Technical: What is polymorphism, what is inheritance, draw out the software development lifecycle, what types of development do you like the most, what is a project at IBM that you would like to work on? Behavioral: Asked questions about handling problem situations (Have you had to deal with a bad group member, how do you deal with an angry customer?) Case: You are given a network diagram of a website and asked several questions about how to handle different scenarios such as, the client is experience large amounts of lag time on the pages, after fixing that problem the client wants to add addition features to the page. Overall an easy process. The case questions is something I had not encountered before so I over prepared with Victor Chengs LOMS. If you have not done case interviews before I would recommend looking at his material. It provides a good case framework.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing was really that unexpected. All fairly basic, they are mainly looking to get to know you. Look at my description for the types of questions they asked.   Answer Question
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    IBM GBS Consulting By Degrees Entry Level Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at IBM (Herndon, VA) in February 2014.

    Interview

    I had a three-part interview in the Herndon, VA office. The three interviews consist of a business case interview, a technical interview, and a behavioral interview. The business case interview was a little weird for me since I had never done one before, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. The question I got was pretty basic. The technical interview was mostly about the skills I learned in school (HTML, CSS, MySQL, and Java). I had to use a white board and write out a line of CSS code, which wasn't too bad (although I did mess up). The behavioral interview was pretty basic, no questions out of the ordinary.

    Interview Questions

    • Nothing really was difficult or unexpected. They know that this position is entry level so they don't expect you to know everything or be an expert.   Answer Question
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    Entry Level Consultant GBS Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Herndon, VA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at IBM (Herndon, VA) in January 2014.

    Interview

    Notice of my interview caught me by surprise; I am from a non-target school, and put my resume in at an engineering conference. A recruiter contacted me about 1-2 months after the event, and I was informed that I had been referred through their internal system to GBS. the interview consisted of only one round of 3, 30 minute interviews. Two were behavioral and one was a case.

    Interview Questions

    • The two behavioral interviewers really liked the "tell me about yourself/walk me through your resume" question - they asked both times, my guess is to check for consistency in your answers. They also really focused on your leadership qualities and your drive for self improvement and being able to work effectively in a team. Also very results driven questions ("how much did you save the company?" type questions if it's on your resume)   Answer Question
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at IBM (Herndon, VA) in January 2014.

    Interview

    One round of the interview process. 3 interviews, 1 situational, 1 behavioral and 1 case. Each interview is a 1:1 half hour session with a managing consultant or higher. Case interview is to get to know your qualitative and quantitative skills. Behavioral interview is to get to know your personality. Situational interview is to get to know how you would react in a situation based on your experience. Prepare for the interview like you are preparing to meet a client and you have to sale yourself. Consultants are mostly working on client site so it’s important that you show professional maturity.

    Interview Questions

    • What comes to your mind when you hear the company name - IBM? What comes to your mind when you hear the company name - Twitter? What comes to your mind when you hear the company name - Apple? What do you think of when you hear (your name)?   2 Answers
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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at IBM (Washington, DC) in December 2013.

    Interview

    I applied online one month before, and applied again when I rec'd an email from my business school newsletter saying they are recruiting business majors. Two weeks later, I received an email notifying me that I had a 1st (and final) round of interviews at their DC office. 1 case and 2 behavioral interviews. Over the course of the week, a recruiter called me to say that I got invited to an interview. From that call, I was able to switch from a different service line to another that matched my skills and career goals (so technically this could be considered an employee referral). Interviewers were very friendly and the Interview Day introduced you to what you would be exposed to if you were to work at IBM. We saw demos such as Watson, smart parking app after the interviews were over. The emails were confusing (HR side) it was not that greatly coordinated but eventually I worked around it and looked past that before accepting the offer. Depending on the service line you are applying for, you would have to take a skills/intelligence test. Prepare for the interviews ahead of time and know why you want to work for IBM specifically for the service line you signed up for. Do your research ahead of time and if you get an offer, try to talk to as many employees as possible to get an insider's perspective. They don't recruit at universities as often as other companies since they already have an established name recognition worldwide.

    Interview Questions

    • At a meeting with a bunch of executives, you listen to what they are saying about a particular area that clearly that don't have much knowledge about. You, having worked on a similar project, are an expertise compared to these executives. How would you exert yourself in this situation, knowing that you just started working at IBM in less than a year?   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Non negotiable, recruiter said my base salary was a premium compared to peers who rec'd a similar offer due to the skills I brought to the table

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    Enterprise Applications SAP GBS Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at IBM (Herndon, VA) in October 2013.

    Interview

    3 interviews. One was a case study which asked me how would I take on the task and I had to provide a general idea about the case study and in a way reach a conclusion or idea that I believe would be a good way to handle the issue.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    I got a call maybe 3 days later and I accepted

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    Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Herndon, VA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at IBM (Herndon, VA) in October 2013.

    Interview

    The interview was a three 30 minutes interview interval. One was a behavioral interview, another was a situational interview and the other one was a case study. The interview happened separately. My interviewee made me feel comfortable. They were not aggressive and were willing to help me along the way.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you handle a situation where client wants you implement a particular situation but your team does not thing it will be effective and presents another solution?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There was no negotiations. I was hired into a two year program (Consulting by Degrees) which did not allow me to negotiate the offer.

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    IT Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at IBM (Washington, DC) in October 2013.

    Interview

    3, 30 minute interviews, including one case interview.

    Interview Questions

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