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IBM Software Engineer Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 08, 2014
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Interview Details Phone call from recruiter. She seemed distracted and not to be listening to my answers. Was very terse. Asked to complete and online test.

Interview Question – Why do you stand out for this role?   Answer Question

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I applied online and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at IBM in November 2011.

Interview Details 1 Interview with HR, 2 Technical Interview, 1 Manager inteview.
Exactly what you can expect when dealing with a big corporation.
I received the final feedback 1 week after the final interview and the offer letter after 2 weeks.

Interview Question – The technical interviewers did not go very deep in technical stuff. Unexpected.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Gross Salary proposed not negotiable, some negotiation on the benefits.

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I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at IBM in December 2012.

Interview Details Initial communication consisted of a call to the number listed on the submitted resume in which an online test was set up consisting of logic and arithmetic questions. I was then contacted again and we organised a time to do a 35-45 minute phone interview.

The phone interview, a screening call, consisted of behavioral based questions such as "What would you do if there was a problem in your team and how would you solve it?" The questions all related to team work or individual questions and I didn't get asked any technical questions which I was expecting.

Next was a phone call from the local IBM manager (the above call took place with someone from the national centre) who asked me similar questions but in a much less formal manner. I think this call was basically a get to know me call.

Interview Question – None really but it is expected that with all behavioral questions that you are able to present a real life example where possible.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – It was an internship type role so I didn't bother with negotiating a salary.

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Anonymous Interview Candidate
Singapore (Singapore)

I applied online and the process took 5 days - interviewed at IBM in March 2014.

Interview Details I found their job post in a Job Board (glassdoor.com) and applied to their site directly. Few days later or a week after they called me and invited me for an interview. I was not informed of the written exam.

Interview Question – There were lots of coding items in the written test for 1 hr. First part is multiple choice. About Java threading and memory management. Second part is the coding. Most items are using arraylist. I was not able to finish the exam so during the interview they asked me how did I arrived with my answers. I felt I was able to answer them well or convinced them with my answers but I was wrong to assume on that.
I made a follow up if I passed. Unfortunately, I receive the confirmation that they will not proceed further with my application.
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Interviewed at IBM

Interview Details Basic: phone screen, then on-site

Interview Question – Do an in-order BST walk without additional data structures and without recursion.   Answer Question

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Interview Details Standardized test with battery of questions.

Interview Question – Not any   Answer Question

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Raleigh, NC (US)

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 months - interviewed at IBM in November 2012.

Interview Details My interview was 1:1 for the first round and a panel for the second. The interview was pretty straightforward. We went through my resume and she asked about projects that I did for school. The panel interview was one of the technical guys asking about 3 tech questions.

Interview Question – I didn't have any unexpected questions, I went through extensive interview training prior   Answer Question

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Research Triangle Park, NC (US)

I applied through a staffing agency and the process took a day - interviewed at IBM.

Interview Details Was quite simple for me in that I was a contractor on a small team of contractors. Which is a good way for both potential employee to learn about IBM and also for IBM to learn about you, sort of a test drive. Key things are about execution, being thorough and thinking both big and long-term.

Interview Question – Was some time ago and really didn't do much of an interview, more of a trial. Most difficult thing was learning and programming on OS/2.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – Pretty quick and simple, I had another offer at the same time. I came back with a few things I would like better, which they adjusted the salary but didn't change the vacation time.

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Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

I interviewed at IBM in May 2013.

Interview Details Very simple process applied directly to company, got interview and technical test

Interview Question – Some c++ questions about memory   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No it was non negotiable

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Interview Details phone to get date for onsite interview , questions about all things in the CV, and general questions ,why you want to work for us,hat if you got other offer after a while , what are the main things you expect to find in the new job, technical questions about algorithms and data structures

Negotiation Details – No Negotiation phase

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