IBM - IBM - Business Specialist Interview Questions & Answers

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  • IBM - Business Specialist

    4.4286/5 | Interview date: February 2018 | Job offer? No |

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    Sectors: Science & Technology

    Difficulty rating 40.0 / 100

    Interview process

    The IBM group assessment centre was very well run. The morning is split into four segments, where you are asked to work as a small subgroup in two of them, do a short test (to verify earlier test results) in one, and watch a "history" video and presentation.

    The day is an excellent chance to network, and if you're successful you're asked to stay for the afternoon, do an individual interview, prepare a presentation and other activities. I was not successful unfortunately but it is a very competitive position and I fought hard!

    Most difficult question

    We weren't really asked interview questions in that sense. However the group activities were difficult because we had to work with 6 other people we'd never met before and come to a consensus within 30 minutes on our projects.

    Interview tips

    Participate as fully as possible with your potential colleagues.
    Do NOT sit in silence - you will not be chosen!
    If you have an idea, speak up. Let people know you have something to say.
    If you figure something out, tell people.
    If you're not sure, clarify.
    Enjoy yourself. It's for them AND for you.

    Experiences at the assessment centre

    We were split into 4 groups of 7.
    We watched a 10 minute "history of IBM" video (available on YouTube) of what the company had gone through between 1911 and 2011.
    We carried out a logic puzzle in order to answer questions. This required co-ordinating information
    We carried out a "project management" task with a time limit, budget limit, strict client requirements and creativity.
    We carried out a 10 question sequencing test to verify earlier results.

    Interview steps


    • Phone
    • 1:1
    • Group / Panel
    • Senior Management
    • Video


    • Numerical
    • Personality
    • Verbal reasoning
    • Psychometric


    • Assessment centre
    • Group excercise
    • Background check
    • Presentation
    • Competency based questions

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    • Did the interview reflect the overall values / culture of the organisation? 3/5
    • Would you recommend this company to a friend? 4/5
    • Did you want the role following your interview? 5/5

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