This is Dinesh from Hyderabad. I have faced IBM Interview on 9-08-06 at Narayanamma Engg college, Hyderabad. I got selected. This is my 5th attempt to a s/w company and the second interview faced. (first one was genpact, faced just 4 days before that).
Be sure that ur confident enough at your part. Be straight forward. dont try to hide ur expressions, show ur frankness. They should believe that you are speaking all the facts (may or may not be true). Don't give a chance to them to think in a -ve way abt u. Always support ur words with a simple example especially when ur talking at the dangerous edges . don't give a chance to them to ask further Qns on that ans. That the line it self should be self supportive.
For ex : if u r allowed to choose a location to work, you can say one or more locations immediately followed by the reason in 2 r 3 words for ur selection. (it is better than saying that it is ur wish. It indicates ur openness in expressing ur opinion)
The test consists of three rounds as of all of us know : Written, Technical and HR interviews.
The written paper contains 55 Qns to be answered in 1hr. It contains the Qns on verbal ability, Aptitude, reasoning, Attention details and technical.
The Verbal Ability includes the following Qns.
1) I got ___________ in traffic so got late (struck/struckup/hold/....).
2) Mr Benerjee the officer of ... was questioned ___________(for ,with,on,to) his connection regarding the murder.
3) The proteins present in ____ apple ,____banana,______Egg are very essential .....
We have to fill the blanks with a, an or the ( ans: an,a,an)
4) A Qn was asked on the meaning of underlined word. Here the word is Therapeautic .
5) Miss X (some name is given) given a speech on _____ bank of ____ river kaveri regarding _______ abilities of the women. like that the Qn goes here also they have given the options like
1 a, an ,the 2 the,the,a 3 a, the,a 4 the, the, the
6) Thre is an essay abt the ATM behavior and usage, security mechanisms, connectivity, technology used like that. Qns are asked as follows.
1. how an ATM is connected to net.
2. what the operation not mensioned in the passage
a. with drawl b. deposit c. donations to charities d . amount transaction btnm accounts
3. which of the following is false.
some time s Atm are un reliable.
They are connected through modems.
4. which is not a possible error regarding ATM.
a. mechanical error b. s/w error .i/p error ....( the answer depends on the passage and actual errors given)
5. why ATM s are kept in shops
a. because there is no chance of theft there
b. no space in banks.
c. there will be more no of people.
Then csome Qns are on venn diagram models like
1. In a party 10 take only tea 15 take tea and 8 take only coffee then what is the number of persons take either coffee or tea.(nos are not exact).
2. In a college there are students who can play either football or cricket or both. 500 play cricket 220 play both and 600 play football. what is the total strength of the college.
Like this there are one or two more Qns.. they r also easy and simple
Then now real IBM pattern starts. It also will be easy but needs a little bit of practice other wise u should have high spontaneous analyzing capacity.
Some 3 Qns are given with instructions like : given three strings check which of them are same ans: A if all are same, B if 1&2 are same, C if 1&3 are same, D if 2&3 are same, E if all are different
Strings are given as
1. a. 66749384879456 b. 6674934879456 c. 6674934879456
2. a. XIVIIMIVIIIVIXIV b.XIIVMIIVXIVIIIV c.XIVIIMIVIIIVIXIV
3. a. 34523897346579 b.343647654869679 c.346548364874379
Three Qns are given in the following model:
1.If + is replaced by *,* is replaced by -,- is replaced by / ,/is replaced by% nad % is replaced by + then what is the value of the following expression.
Some options will be given u have to choose correct answer. (all the digits are not same). Next two of the same model but they are giving 4 expressions like above we have to find which one is correct.
Like: a. 35-2+4/3%42=35
Like this they r giving 2 Qns. This seems to be some what risk just increase the speed of calculations. The remarkable Qn of IBM is on cubes, in this imagination plays major role. Given a Qn like this:
there r three cubes arranged side by side. Each cube is divided into 64 cubes then top most layer of second cube is removed and top two layers of third cube are removed. And then total volume is painted
1. what is the number of cubes painted on 1 face, 2. two faces, 3. three faces , 4. four faces , 5. no face.
This qn needs more imagination or u have to know the answer well before for this particular qn.
Some Qn s are given on data sufficiency here also analysys plays major role. There r some 4 or 5 Qns in this model
Like a can do a worked for 5 days and b worked for 7 days how many days they take to complete the work .....like that .
There r 3 more qns on relations ship btn numbers, on the solving of eqns.
Then we can have some Qns on technical
One Qn on C, one Qn on UNIX, one on RDBMS, on on processors like that total I had only 6 to 8 Qns. Qns are like this :
- what is the o/p of printf("%d",printf(ram)); ans:ram3
- What is the command to kill or stop a process in unix ( kill,stop,terminate ....) ans : kill (check it out)
- Unix is what kind of OS ( multiuser and multitasking).
Like that some what easy Qns we can get.
In this written test I got 42 out of 54 (one Qns is not printed well so they asked us to leave it) I saw it when they are pinning my resume to my applcn form and answer sheet. I got selected for technical interview. I was called up by Mr. Adithya for the first round of Interview.
The technical interview went on very cool such that we can say it as simple HR. I got some Qns abt project and languages. First I entered his cabin by saying excuse me sir. He responded well invited me by shaking hand and offered the seat. I said thank u and sat. The interview started like this.
Adithya: have u attended the presentation in the morning?
My self: yes sir.
A: any more qns other than qns asked there?
M: If I got selected into IBM what kind of environment can I expect ( team /individual)
A: ya u can work on various technologies which we train u on . here u have work with the data base of Airtel on behalf of IBM. U can go for any of the technologies depending on the requirement and location preferences........
M: is there any pre requisites for the job?
A: not needed but u can learn on ur own interest but not necessary.
Then he asked me abt my self.
I have my details as a flowing river which is well practiced followed by hobbies, strenths and weakness, achievements.
A: what is ur greatest strength i.e C/C++/JAVA/PHP/Oracle like that (he said all the subjects)?
M: I have strong knowledge in C, I know oracle well, I am interested in java also.
He asked what is polymorphism? Afte that what is pointer ?
I answered without any late
A: tell me abt ur project.
I explained the project as I am selling a product to him( with all the benefits by highlighting all the advatages and purpose of project)
By giving the details in the following order:
Project name client name ... Purpose ( simple in one line) back end
After that detailed description of flow was given .
A: what is ur role in ur project?
M: analysis, coding and testing ( analysis,coding,testing mantioned in resume)
A: u have analysed, designed, coded, and tested the project.
M : ya
A: what the others have done
Here I got a chance to present me as a good maneger and i think this is one major point I made an impression on him. I answered that as a leader I shared the total work among all the members We r 5 people 2 are allotted for only documentation
are allotted for only development I myself designed the data flow and screens and the data base, how it should be.
Then database was to one guy to develop and one guy taken all the interfaces to develop. I developed the server side scripting and I have tested all the coponents individually and integrated and tested again. In this way I participated in all the activities as a leader.
Here he got satisfied with the way I supporting my words.
So what ever u say, be sure that it is supported well. Then he asked abt achievements.
I said that I have presented a paper.
Then he asked the details abt what did u do and what has been presented in the presentation.
Here also the same confidence was shown and given a brief explanation.
A: any more qns regarding IBM other than the subject / technology.
M: why ibm is considering the women and disabled cases while all others are looking for only talent for their profit.
He answered that qn for 3 minutes explaining abt the talent of woman then the risks of taking woman and how they are handling them and encouraging them.
I said it is very impressive and I like this culture
Then he asked me to wait for some time and hr will be conducted.
Among 27 people 7 were called for hr interview
After 1 1/2 hr I was called up to hr as a 5th guy. It went on very casually. Just I entered the cabin. I said excuse me. He smiled at me and shook hand and offered the seat. he is very cool I felt very interest in talking with him. He is .. some singh.
He started vth a qn how r u dinesh
Ans : fine thanku and asked how r u.
Singh : u r from kadapa ?
A: yes sir
S: there we can get some thing round like pebbles or some thing icant get that name can u bring it for me.
A: is it a bomb? (generally kadapa is welknown for hand made bombs)
A: mangoes? (we are having a plenty of mango gardens there)
A: any kind of sweet?
S: no it was a thing which available there only, kadapa is well known for it.
Actually I didn't get what he want but I decided to show my skills again.
A: ok sir if want I will bring it for u.
A: definitely I will bring it (stressing the first word as I am having them in my pocket).
S: ok tell me abt ur self
I told the same by hearted essay which contains all my educational details, hobbies, strenths and weaknesses.
He stressed on weakness i.e. he just given an expression I understood that he wants more regarding that. Then I have given a brief explanation with example regarding weakness and told how I managed to over come that.
S: what kind of work u r dreaming of ?
A: I should be given a chance to prove my innovation or I should work in an environment where my innovative thoughts can work on behalf of me.wher I can get a significance to my work which worth of a huge amount of money.(here I have given more importance to work satisfaction than money)
S: mr dinesh u r going to be placed for BPO where u have to operate over a s/w which is already developed where u can get very less chances of programming. is it ok for u?
A: yes sir. I want to just launch my self into the s/w company through a company like IBM. No problem I can work here.
S: tell me abt ur family
I told abt my family, as a part of that I mentioned my native place name.
He asked abt that whare it is?
S: how far is it from Hyderabad ?
A: 400 kms (ans delivered instantly without any gap of even a milli second but it is actually 500-600km here the speed is required rather than the facts coz none of us measured the distance personally)
S: whare r u staying?
A : Hostel in SR nagar (again vth the same speed).
S : can u relocate to B'lore or pune?
A: yes sir
S : sure?
A : definitely I will relocate.
S: if I give a chance to choose among banglore, pune, Chennai & Hyderabad which one u choose. Here I have taken all the freedom to express my view with out any hesitation. I have given my preferences as per my convenience and also said that if it is neede I can work in any places with out any problem. its just my preference as u asked.
S: ok mr dinesh thank u pls u can leave and wait out side. I was unable to understand, for what he called me and with out asking any single tough qn (I know ibm interviews are always tough) he Is sending me out what he is going to judge abt me.
And asked when can I expect the result?
S: just wait for 15 min we will tell u. U had ur lunch?
A: yes sir.
S: then pls go & relax.
I am unable to guess what is going to happen but I felt with confidently that if they choose 4 or 5 I should be one of them.
Then we all the guys are waiting for results saying that how much time they take to select 5 or 6 from 7. Then one guy came out side vth out any paper in his hand (generally a list of selected names) and asked who is dinesh. Yes sir I said. You please stay back here and remaining people I am very sorry pls leave. Just after 2 seconds I am able to under stand that I only got selected and I am testing my self whether I am awake r not.
After five minutes they called me inside and explained the things procedure and asked me to show the certificates. I have shown the Xerox copies. Then we exchanged email id and phone nos.
Here they told me that they are seeking for enthusiastic, confident person with innovative thoughts. Which r show in both the rounds. I felt that the hr called me to just see me and know abt me (which was already mentioned in the feedback by the first interviewer)
They collectively said welcome to IBM
Enjoy ur self
Ok we will meet u in Delhi bye take care (training will be given In Delhi ).
Thanks to every body who have taken part ( encouraged, kept hopes on and prayed for me) in my success. Bye friends always keep ur self energetic it always works for u apart from ur talent. Don't forget ur smile and energy.
Bye. All the best for ur future.