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Extreme Blue - Business Position Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at IBM.
Interview Details First Round: IBM CV Template + IPAT IBM Tests including numbers series problem.
Second Round: Assessment centre:
- Confirmation IPAT Test
- group exercise - Zin Obelisk type exercise
- for the business role there was also a written case study
Third and final round: Assessment centre:
- interview with a senior manager
- one-to-one role play exercise with assessor
- split into pairs for negotiation exercise
- situational group interview
- pre-prepared presentation entitled 'What does technology mean to you?'
Interview Question – one-to-one role play exercise was trickiest Answer Question
Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through another source and the process took 4 months - interviewed at IBM in May 2014.
Interview Details IBM in-house recruiter found me on LinkedIn and messaged me asking if I would be interested in a role at IBM.
I had 2 x phone interview, one with the in-house recruiter which I passed and then one with a department lead which I also passed.
I was then invited to the AC where we did a group case study and had 2 x face-to-face interviews, one was a technical interview and one was a partner interview. As long as you know your stuff you'll be fine.
Interview Question – Actually the whole process was fine, nothing difficult or unexpected as long as you are confident and know your industry you should be fine. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – I had another offer on the table so managed to negotiate on the base salary they originally offered.
Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at IBM in May 2014.
Interview Details Online application, followed by telephone interview and assessment centre (three interviews and group exercise). The process was well-structured and a good deal of context was given about the firm at each stage. The initial telephone interview focussed on identifying broad skills overlap with the firm and determining rapport. The assessment centre then probed more deeply, testing team work, presentation, analytical and communication skills and assessing capabilities from a business and technical point of view.
Interview Question – Technical interview questions are very thorough and probe a wide range of practical expertise. it's important to have plenty of practical examples to mention and to be able to explain them clearly and simply. View Answer
Managing Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at IBM in June 2010.
Interview Details Be sure to know about IBM's current business and technology investments. Follow recent news around IBM. Don't be too forward or aggressive during assessment centers. They are looking for team players.
Interview Question – What motivates you in your life and job? Answer Question
European Industry Solutions Concierge Team Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at IBM in May 2014.
Interview Details The process is pretty lengthy and competitive, however if you take your time in filling out the application properly and can talk about good examples for your answer you should make it through to the assessment centre easily. Your answers don't necessarily have to be from past work experience, it could be from any real life experience you've had. Throw in some personality, recruiters love it.
The IPAT test is hard, most people I have talked to at IBM thought they failed it, however you are still very likely to make it through to the next stage even if you did poorly on it.
The assessment centre was surprisingly a lot easier than that of other companies I had attended. The group tasks were pretty basic. Make sure you're always communicating well with your group mates. You don't have to be overly bossy, or be a pushover for that matter. Just find a nice in between. Listen first and then speak. Be the one in the group who compliments others for their bits and motivates everyone - that works well in any assessment centre.
For your individual interview, review your IBM CV and refresh all the experiences you had talked about. Make sure you prepare a killer presentation, prepare and research in advance. Make the presentation nice and chatty like a conversation, that makes it more engaging. Use less words, more pictures and visuals in your slides.
The final interview was with the manager of a Team I was placed in. IT WAS HARD. Basically the guy looked at my CV and tore it apart. Mentioned that my past experience does not fall in line with the line of work. It was a pretty bad interview, but I felt like more preparation may have helped me. Luckily if you get rejected from one team, another hiring manager may pick your CV up and offer an interview for a position.
Interview Question – From your past experience I can see that you are a great independent decision maker, but when have you demonstrated teamwork in a very processed based work environment? Answer Question
Graduate Business Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online - interviewed at IBM in April 2014.
Interview Details After filling out a long application form and submitting my CV and following a number of emails, I was invited to an assessment center at headquarters. About 20 people showed up on the day at 8am. Between 8 am and 1 pm we were required to partake in three activities in teams. Each activity lasted half an hour. One was a numerical reasoning exam and the other two assessed how you interact in teams. If you passed the three morning sessions you had to do an interview in the evening.
Interview Question – One of the group activities required solving a problem regarding the location of artwork in a museum given only snippets of information. Answer Question
Technical Support Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and interviewed at IBM.
Interview Details I applied for the job and they first called me to talk about my experience. After that I received an email with some questions to answer, as. - Say 5 thing that would you do if your wirelless conexion were not working.
The day after I sent the answers, and I got an interview with them 2 days after.
Interview Question – Why do you feel that you would be successful in this role?
Why work for IBM?
Have you experience working with targets and working with strict policies and procedures?
Example When you have worked in a monitored environment. View Answer
Graduate Consultant Interview (Negative Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 8 weeks - interviewed at IBM in April 2014.
Interview Details On the day of the assessment we were split into groups and had us do two group exercises, one logical and one business based. It turns out not giving your other team mates the chance to speak and constantly taking up every point in one breath is something they are looking for, I kid you not, if you get invited to one of these do not sit thinking oh i will let so and so finish making their point.
get in there and make your contribution.
Interview Question – do loads of basic maths ahead of the AC Answer Question
IT Architect Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at IBM
Interview Details joined via an acquisition so was not interviewed
Technical Consultant Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 months - interviewed at IBM in February 2014.
Interview Details Submit application and CV online. Then they determine whether you will be given an online IPAT test. Sit the IPAT and if you pass you are invited for an AC. The AC day is one day for successful candidates, and half a day for unsuccessful candidates. The morning involves a confirmatory IPAT, which is quite tough, and two group exercises. One exercise is logic based and the other is event planning. Second half of the day involves a paired exercise where you pitch a solution to a given problem to two interviewers. Then there is an interview with a Professional Development Manager - it's just a chat about your interests.
Interview Question – How did I have to behave or work differently as a woman in the sciences. Answer Question
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