Application, interview, selection

We want to get to know the real you. This is not only about what degree you have decided study but also what interests you and how you fill your time, your career ambition, what makes you tick.


Upload your CV, cover letter, current academic transcript, and current right to work documents (valid passport, or birth certificate and valid drivers license).

You will be invited to sit our online aptitude test the following business day after you’ve applied online.
Note: If you’ve taken this test for another graduate/intern position in the past 12 months, then you’ll not be required to sit this test again.


Once you’ve passed the aptitude test, you’ll be called for a phone interview. This interview will establish whether you meet our minimum requirements (credit average, no more than 2 years relevant work experience, graduated from an Australian / New Zealand university no more than 2 years ago and AU/NZ citizen). If you are a good fit for one of our positions, you’ll be invited to a HR interview (if you are outside of the Melbourne or Sydney, your interview will be over the phone).
Note: As our team is global, your phone interview may not necessarily be conducted in Australia or New Zealand.

Upon passing your second interview, you’ll be shortlisted for either roles:
a) (For graduates) Invited to attend either an assessment centre, or to a panel interview
b) (For interns) A hiring manager will review your CV, and if they believe that you are suitable for this role, they’ll ask your recruiter to set up a final interview.


We always aim to let you know the outcome of your final assessment as soon as possible. To help you get the most from your experience with us, we’ll also offer feedback on your interview. If you’re successful at this stage, you will receive a formal offer.

You’ll find a large community of people at IBM ready to welcome you. In the months before you take up your position, you'll have a chance to meet your peers and new colleagues in one of our keep in touch events. We encourage you to take advantage of these occasions to help prepare for your first day at IBM and start building your network.


Frequently Asked Questions

1) What are you looking for in candidates?

We look for candidates that have a passion for the IT industry, have an enthusiasm for innovation and a drive to push the boundaries. Candidates with strong communication skills, self-motivation, confidence, and who are quick to think on their feet and react to change. These are all advantageous qualities to possess.

2) I am unsure what business unit to apply to, how should I decide?

We don’t expect you to know exactly what you want to do after Uni – it’s a big decision! Our recruiters will work with you to decipher your strengths and interests, and align these to our business units. The more honest you are with our recruiters, the better the job fit we can obtain for you.

3) I’m located in Tasmania/Northern Territory – are there any opportunities for me?

Although our program is predominantly located in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Perth and Gold Coast, if you are willing to relocate we are able to consider you for any of those locations.

4) Are there any courses that you don’t look at taking?

We take students from a variety of faculties at IBM, as we believe diverse backgrounds will give us diverse results.

5) I am an international student, can I apply?

For our Internship and Graduate program you must be an Australian or New Zealand Citizen; or PR holder.

6) If I miss a call from the support team, will I receive a call back?

Yes, you will. Our team will re-call any candidates that have missed our initial call.

7) I sat the test, and completed the phone screening ; however I have not received a phone call from a recruiter – what should I do next?

If you are not successful at the phone interview stage, you will receive an email notification within 24 hours to notify you. If you have not received this email, this means that you have passed, and you have now been shortlisted to our phone interview stage . Please be patient during this time, as our recruiters review each and every application that passes the aptitude test and phone interview stage.

8) If I am not successful for this year’s intake, can I apply again next year?

Yes you can. Your aptitude test score is kept on our system for 12 months. If you have passed the aptitude score, your score will be transferred to any additional role you apply for. If you have not passed the aptitude test, you will be able to re-sit the test in the next 12 months.

9) When is the close date to your program?

We don’t have a closing date for our program, as we hire on a rolling basis. However, we would recommend that the sooner you apply, the quicker an outcome from your recruiter.

10) Do you offer vacation work?

Rather than vacation work, we offer 12 month internships to students who are currently enrolled in university. We believe that this tenure will give you the foundation to learn, develop and implement your skills more effectively than a 6 week program.

11) How many positions do you have open?

The number of roles for each business unit varies each year, due to business demands.

12) Do you offer support for candidates who identify as living with a disability?

Definitely! At the time of application, we ask that those living with a disability declare this so that we can make reasonable adjustments to the next stages (i.e. aptitude test, assessment centre).

13) Will the role involve travel?

There is a level of expectation that GBS Graduates will travel when required, to meet the needs of their clients. If you would prefer not to travel, then we would recommend applying for another business unit (eg. GTS).

14) What is the IBM culture like?

The main elements that make up our culture is diversity, training, development and flexibility. At IBM we have a diverse background – from where our employees studied, where they originate from, and what makes up their skillset. If we hired the same type of people, we would constantly be producing the same outcomes and solutions, this is why diversity is so important to us.
Our people are our key drivers, so it is imperative to us to constantly upskill. From participating in our Learning@ IBM modules, to completing classroom workshops – CEO, Ginny Romety encourages our employees to participate in 40 hours of training per year (Think 40).
We understand the importance of work-life balance, as well as flexibility in the workforce. In order for us to accommodate to our employees lifestyles, we have initiates such as working remotely, compressed working hours, and job sharing.
Each of these elements help to form our IBM culture.

15) How does IBM rate in regards to pay?

Each year, our compensation and benefits team review graduate salaries against the marketplace, to ensure that our graduates are paid a competitive salary.

16) Does IBM offer rotations?

Our 2 biggest business units (GTS and GBS) offer rotations as part of their graduate programs. Typically, GTS (which is a 12 month program) offers 2 x 6 month rotations; and GBS (which is a 24 month program) offer Graduates 4 x 6 month rotations.

17) What happens after my graduate role?

When we hire you into our graduate program it is as a full-time employee. After your graduate year, you will continue your journey as an IBM employee.

18) What type of training do you offer?

Every graduate hire in Australia and New Zealand is part of our Startwise Program. In addition you will receive additional learning based your Business Area, which is more focused on your job role. Our programs include plenty of networking and mentoring opportunities. You will also have access to CareerSmart, our central hub for managing your career development.

19) Who will support me?

As well as your functional manager, senior team members and Intern/Graduate network – you will also receive support from your recruitment team and Program Manager; as well as being assigned a buddy.

20) What if I have a question that isn't answered here?

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Interview Tips

  • Ensure that you attach all the relevant documents at the time of applying, to ensure a more efficient recruitment process
  • Outline in your cover letter what type of role you are most interested in (eg. Project Coordinator, Technical Consultant) and why
  • Seek any reasonable adjustments, if required, to accommodate a disability
  • Prepare for the aptitude test
  • Do your research – use our website and social media platforms (Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter) to keep up-to-date with what we are working on; and know why you want to work for us
  • Use relevant examples to support your answers. Articulate how this role compliments your longer term career plans.
  • Ask us questions about IBM, our clients, the opportunities we can offer you and what you can expect from us.
  • Try to relax and remember that we’re interested in the real you. Our interviewers are trained to get the best from you so enjoy it!
  • Talk to us. Come along to one of our events on campus and ask our current graduates what it's really like to work at IBM.
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