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IBM Project Manager/Senior Project Manager Interview Questions

Updated May 5, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)  

    Accepted Offer

    Interview

    2 face to face interviews, One phone call

    Interview Questions

    • Have you ever been dismissed from a project? if "yes", why? If "no" does it signify that you do not push hard enough?   Answer Question

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    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4 days. I interviewed at IBM (New York, NY).

    Interview

    Met with senior IBM resource manager by chance at a job fair in manhattan on a friday. After some causual and snappy discussion, he asked for my resume, which I had on me. It was crisp, well written, engaging and firmly planted the hook. He then directed me to some additional colleagues, who gave me an on the spot rapid fire 10 minute round robin interview, which concluded with scheduling a meeting and formal interview/vetting for the following monday.
    When I showed up on monday, they had all the offer letters, hiring forms and other paperwork ready and made me an offer. I worked for IBM for two years and then
    Left for a BBD on Wall street. To this day my decision to leave IBM was the most difficult one I have ever made in my professional career, and I would go back to IBM in a heartbeat.
    The point is, be prepared, and be prepared for anything, and be prepared to be decisive and confident on who you are, what you know, and what you don't. Smart, experienced, talented people can smell BS and indecisiveness mile away.

    Interview Questions

    • In your mind, What woud be the worst case scenario for you while working at IBM ?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Not to wisecrack, but They made an offer I could not refuse. It was best and last, and it was a very good and fair offer.


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    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at IBM (Newark, NJ).

    Interview

    One in-person interview with the client with the engagement manager present and an IBM project manager on the phone.

    Interview Questions

    • The client asking a question of me about agile management and the IBM project manager interrupting the client and telling the client that we do not do agile management.   1 Answer

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    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at IBM (Lexington-Fayette, KY) in January 2013.

    Interview

    Short Interview - ask questions about PM experience, type of projects, how many years, worse project why, best project why, management of risk, communication skills, how to handle difficult personalities, project planning tools, how to manage budget, how to measure progress

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    very easy - just ask if the rate was acceptable - I said yes


  6. Helpful (1)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at IBM in October 2012.

    Interview

    Just had 1 phone interview

    Negotiation

    No no negotiation possible


  7.  

    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at IBM in June 2012.

    Interview

    first, I got an email saying they are interested in my background, they direct me to a link which has some related tests, I finished the tests online, then I got an email confirmation saying wait for the feedbacks. Later on, I got a phone call from them, asked me to go to the onsite interview.

    Interview Questions

    Reasons for Declining

    not interested


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    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Washington, DC
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at IBM (Washington, DC) in February 2012.

    Interview

    Interview process was extremely lengthy probably due to the fact that IBM carefully screens candidates. Went through 3 separate interviews first with one on one followed by group panel 3 weeks later.

    Interview Questions

    • How often would you be available for travel at a moment's notice?   1 Answer

    Reasons for Declining

    The work location simply wasn't convenient in terms of commute. During the initial interview process there was no mention of the downtown location other than IBM had various sites from which to choose.


  9. Helpful (1)  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at IBM in March 2011.

    Interview

    Phone interview to discuss the position and work environment.

    Negotiation

    Not much to negotiate. Offer was "as is".


  10. Helpful (1)  

    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at IBM (Washington, DC) in June 2010.

    Interview

    Interview process was detailed and extensive. Interviews included the hiring partner and various associates.
    Because each consulting candidate will be used for a large variety of customer engagements, expectations during the interview process is about finding the best candidates available.
    New hires are expected the sink or swim based on their own skills and knowledge.

    Interview Questions

    • What are you looking for in your next job?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    I was firm with my request. There was limited negotiation.


  11.  

    Senior Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at IBM (Tampa, FL) in March 2009.

    Interview

    Plan to speak to multiple PM methodologies, SDLC, Agile, SCRUM. All standard PMO pracitces apply in this environmment and it is expected of all PM to contribute any process improvements they can identify as a result of their contract or client engagements via a Lessons earned Log file. Prefessional demeanor most recognized is a positive, 'how can I help' attitude. Damage control, problem resolution skill are a MUST.

    Interview Questions

    • H would I handle an unruly/unhappy customer?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    straight forward


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