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Updated 16 Oct, 2018
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Software Engineer Interview

Anonymous Employee
Accepted Offer

Interview

You can apply through online portal or through friends referral. If you get shortlisted,HR will call you and provide you details about opportunity. Number of interview are generally depends on the team and kind of position. It sometime be done with 1 technical interview followed by HR interview or sometime it can be 2-3 technical interviews followed by HR round.

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  1. Helpful (7)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at IBM in March-2013.

    Interview

    *Please note that due to the size of the company this process may vary.

    The interview came in three distinct phases. All were conducted over the phone. I was referred to the company by an employee so they seemed to be confident to not need an in person interview before making the decision.

    Phase 1 was speaking with someone from the skills management department. She was a neutral party unaffialited with the department I would be interviewing with. She gave a breif overview of the company and what the position would be. After confirming I was still interested I continued to phase 2.

    Next was a discussion with the hiring manager. This was not technical at all; mostly a meet and greet for both parties. I was asked mostly about my background and what I why I wished to work for the company. The manager shared some details about how the department operates and what I would be doing if I were to accept the offer.

    Phase 3 was the technical interview. I had expected a number of whiteboard style questions but there was a distinct lack of them. I had already sent in some code samples of a game that I had created previously. The most technical questions related to the reason why I had made certain design choices when designing the code for the game. After that, the questions become more about myself and why I was passionate about technology and to see if I really enjoyed working in this field. Once I believe the interviewer was satisfied with my ability the interview became less about one way questions and more about free flowing conversation to see if I would mesh well with the team. Shortly after this interview the hiring manager called to let me know that they would be extending an offer to me soon.

    The experience was a very positive one.

    Interview Questions

    • What was most unexpected was the lack of typical whiteboard style programming questions in favor of other topics.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    The neogotian phase was very pleasant. However, the division of HR being in India and my department being in the US caused the process to move quite slowly. After getting put in touch with the proper people to speak with in the US the process was much smoother. After receiving the initial offer I did my homework and came up with a very solid counter offer. The counter was accepted without issue.


  2. Helpful (1)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Littleton, MA (US)
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I interviewed at IBM (Littleton, MA (US)) in February-2014.

    Interview

    In the phone interview, I was asked to introduced myself focusing on my developing experience and skills instead of being asked questions. Then I went to the second round interview, and talked with a technician in an office. I was asked how to design a website.

    Interview Questions

    • There would be a IQ test. Get well prepared for that or you might regret!   Answer Question
  3.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at IBM (New York, NY (US)) in October-2010.

    Interview

    phone interview, onsite interview, people are nice there. and lunch interview is good. did some programming tests and asked about technical questions, what i did in the past. some situation questions, what do u plan to do in the future.

    Interview Questions

    • what do you think your former employee will talk about you?   Answer Question

  4.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at IBM.

    Interview

    The interview consisted of a phone conversation. The phone conversation was relatively lax. I was not asked any technical questions. They mostly just asked what I was interested in working on. This probably is not the norm with IBM in the states

    Interview Questions


  5.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at IBM in October-2014.

    Interview

    I submitted my resume to the career fair for IBM. A few weeks later, I was contacted by a manager that they were interested in doing a phone interview. I did the phone screen and then was followed up with another technical phone interview a week later. Both went well so later on I then took the IPAT test and submitted more details on my application. I later then received an offer. I asked for an extension to decide after some interviews with other companies. For now, I will say that I "declined" the offer, but it is still on the table and who knows if I will accept it in the coming month.

    Interview Questions

    • Why does the printf statement take so long to print from the Arduino in one of my projects?   Answer Question

  6. Helpful (2)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Burlington, VT (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at IBM (Burlington, VT (US)).

    Interview

    Meet with about 5 managers and teams, it's a day long. They do more speaking than you have too. Be honest and tell them your interests. The managers go over what they do and sometimes they describe the entire organization. The questions they generally have are not too difficult, but you should be on top of things just in case. This didn't happen to me, but someone had to write a small circuit example for an engineering job.

    Interview Questions

    • There was no difficult question.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There was no negotiations.


  7.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Declined Offer

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at IBM.

    Interview

    No Technical Questions. Mostly common scenario questions. Initially had a phone call from recruiter. Then invited for hiring event. You get to talk to more than one division. You will then be invited for on-site. Offer arrives in 3 weeks or less.

    Reasons for Declining

    Offer came late

  8. Helpful (2)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA (US)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    I submitted multiple applications for various software development roles. About a month later I received a call asking to set up a phone interview. It was a comprehensive interview with multiple team members, covering points on my resume, Java-knowledge questions, and soft skill questions about how I work with other people. Soon afterwards, I received my offer.

    Interview Questions

    • General Java development knowledge, resume questions, and work ethic / situational questions.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    It never hurts to try negotiating. Every company expects developers to do so, so they won't be offended.


  9.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at IBM.

    Interview

    Called me for a phone interview, asking general questions regarding to projects that I had previously worked on, send me off to an on site interview with the manager that I previously talked with and a team lead. Interview questions is relatively easy, mostly regarding various software design cycles.

    Interview Questions


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