If you make it to our shortlist of candidates, you're
ready to enter the next phase - the interview. This is your
chance to shine. You'll need to be familiar with IBM and be
honest and confident about yourself. Most of all, demonstrating
the right attitude will get you far. Look for ways to illustrate
the values that we hold
There are no fixed questions in our interviews. Much will depend on the type of job you've applied for, the interviewer and how the interview unfolds. The interview is also a chance for you to find out more about IBM, so do prepare some questions of your own.
Here are more tips to help you along:
Before the interview - Assess, prepare, rehearse.
Study the position for which you’ve applied. What
strengths will make you effective on the job? Do you have
an understanding of your weaknesses?
Research IBM and the business units you might want to join.
The IBM website is a great place to start. Think about questions
you might want to ask during the interview. And don’t
forget the outfit – choose something that presents
you well and reflects the position you hope to fill. Note
details about the interviewing venue (date, time) and the
interviewer (e.g. name and job role), so that you can prepare
suitably. We will usually have a copy of your resume but
bring one with you, just in case.
Run through a mock interview session with a trusted friend.
We’ll want to learn more about you, so be prepared
to share some information about yourself and your career.
Questions will range from the objective (e.g. how many people
did you manage) to the subjective (e.g. how could you add
value to IBM if you got this job).
The day of the interview - Rest, arrive, perform.
Interviews can be nerve wrecking, but make sure you get
enough rest the night before. You’ll want to be mentally
Plan to be at the interviewing venue at least half an hour
ahead of time. This will allow you to collect your thoughts
and appear cool and confident in front of us.
You can now put all that practice and preparation to work.
We’re looking for people who can think well in a high-stress
situation (like an interview!). Take your time to answer
and don’t be afraid to ask the interviewer to repeat
a question. A pause between thoughts is better than a garbled
Above all, relax and be calmly confident of your abilities.
It’s all right to be nervous, but we hope your personality
and passion will still shine through. This is a time to
connect with us and show why you’re the right fit