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Table of contents
1.
Introduction 🌼
2.
About IBM 📽️
3.
What Exactly is IBM Looking for? 🎯
4.
How to Join IBM❓
5.
On-campus Selection Procedure🏹
5.1.
Eligibility Criteria 
5.2.
Coding Test 
5.3.
English Test
5.4.
Interview 
6.
Off-Campus Selection Procedure 🔎
6.1.
Cognitive Ability 
6.2.
HR Interview 
7.
What do you Need to Prepare?🌱
7.1.
Process to Apply
8.
How to Join Through LinkedIn and Referrals?
9.
Frequently Asked Questions
9.1.
What are the number of rounds conducted in IBM for freshers?
9.2.
Is IBM good to join as a fresher?
9.3.
Is IBM a service-based company?
9.4.
What are the benefits of working for IBM?
9.5.
Is it tough to get into IBM?
10.
Conclusion
Last Updated: Mar 27, 2024

Ways to Join IBM

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Introduction 🌼

Are you willing to work at IBM? If yes, then you landed on the right path. We will provide a complete guide for getting job opportunities at IBM.   

Introduction

This blog will let you know about the ways to join IBM. We will go through on-campus and off-campus drives of IBM. So, fasten your seat belt for the journey. Let us dive deep into the topic. 

Let's first discuss a little bit about the company itself.

About IBM 📽️

IBM stands for International Business Machines. It is an American multinational technology company. Charles Ranlett Flint founded the company in 1911. The company is known for developing and selling software, middleware, and hardware. 

about ibm

The company has headquarters in Armonk, New York. The company is best known for cloud computing and data analytics. The company has more than 2,82,100+ employees. Top inventions by IBM include ATMs, magnetic strip cards, hard disks, etc.  

What Exactly is IBM Looking for? 🎯

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  • Collaboration: IBM seeks team players who promote a productive working environment. Candidates who maintain a good atmosphere within a team. They value candidates who are supportive and display outstanding cooperation.
     
  • Presenting with Purpose: You should be skilled at confidently and successfully creating and delivering your presentations.
     
  • Communication: An effective communicator makes a long-lasting impact. They see if you can deal with challenges in a focused and controlled manner. 
     
  • Solving Problems using Creative and Critical Thinking: The ability to solve problems helps find a quick fix. Understanding the problem helps in preventing issues. 
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How to Join IBM❓

As we know, there are two ways to join IBM, like other companies. The first is by going through on-campus, and the second is by preparing for the off-campus process.

Although we will look for every aspect of preparing for IBM, we will discuss the off-campus and on-campus procedures. 

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Before starting, you must know IBM is a service-based company. So, you can visit our blog if you want to switch to a product-based company.   

Let's start this by understanding on-campus opportunities first. 

On-campus Selection Procedure🏹

On-campus selection is one of the ways to join IBM. The company conducts campus recruitment at various colleges to choose the top students. This year recruiting is virtual and depends on management. First, let's check whether you are eligible to apply to IBM.

Below are the fundamental requirements which must be met.

Eligibility Criteria 

Grade 10 

Need at least 70%

Grade 12

Need at least 70%

Graduation 

Need at least 70%

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So if you met the above requirements, congratulations. You could take your step ahead.

However, above requirements are based on the last campus drive. And this depends on company management and is subject to change. Please visit IBM's official website for more information.

on campus test

IBM divides the on-campus process into three rounds. These are:

  • Coding test
  • English test 
  • Interview

Coding Test 

The test procedure consists of 6 questions (1 Coding and 5 MCQs). The duration of this test is 30 minutes. This tests problem-solving ability. Languages given for coding questions are CC++Java, and Python. The MCQ section consists of questions related to DBMS(Database management system)data structures, and computer networking

English Test

Just after completion, if you clear the above round, you will get mail to start English text. The company uses this round to judge the employee's proficiency in English. In this round, you can expect questions related to antonyms, synonyms, sentence completion, etc. There was no limit on the number of questions; try to maximum questions in the given time frame. 

Interview 

Candidates who clear the above two assessments will get mail for the technical interview. Technical interviews evaluate your technical skills like thinking, solving problems, and dealing with stressful situations. The interviewer can also examine your problem-solving abilities. They may discuss resume-based questions like projects or professional experience. The number of technical interviews may vary based on the firm's demand and job profile.

Off-Campus Selection Procedure 🔎

offcampus procedure

Keep in mind the off-campus selection procedure is different from the on-campus procedure. So, eligibility criteria also differ a bit. Below is the requirement for off-campus selection. 

Grade 10 

Need at least 60%

Grade 12

Need at least 60%

Graduation 

Need at least 65%

Highest Qualification

B.E / B.TECH / M.E / M.TECH / BSC/ MSC/ BCA/ MCA

Based on the preceding requirements and are subject to change at the discretion of IBM's management. Please visit IBM's official website for more information. 
IBM expects to recruit individuals who are passionate about their field and want to learn and grow every day. They plan to hold the following rounds for this purpose. And the hiring of the applicants depends on their performance in those rounds. As a result, keep this in mind and work hard. 

  • Coding Assessment
  • Cognitive Ability Test
  • English Language Test
  • Personal Interviews
  • HR Interview 
     

Also, remember company has the right to cancel, skip, or add any extra rounds. It depends on the necessity to recruit an efficient and productive applicant. As only two rounds are different from those explained above. So, let's discuss about these rounds as well. 

Cognitive Ability 

This round evaluates an individual's cognitive ability. Questions related to aptitude, reasoning, planning, problem-solving, and image resemblance. It includes amusing games like finding greater than/ less than, number bubble games, etc. After submission, results will be declared within half an hour, and further notifications will be received for selected ones. 

HR Interview 

Candidates who advance to the HR round will be evaluated based on their personality, strengths, weakness, background, etc. They can also ask questions about the company's history, aims, and structure. While introducing yourself, explain your interest, strength, and hobbies. 

What do you Need to Prepare?🌱

preparation
  •  Coding
    A coding round often assesses the candidate's ability to solve complicated issues. This round measures your ability to comprehend and resolve a problem in a short time. The coding test helps identify the programming ability. To clear the coding test, you need a good command of Data structure and algorithms. You can start with competitive programming. But first, get familiar with languages like C++JavaPython, etc. 
     
  • English Test 
    The company expects its employees to be expressive to everyone. As English is a must-to-know language, IBM checks for your level. You can practice speed reading, learn antonyms and synonyms, take practice tests, and study grammar. We also have a video from which you can learn how to clear group discussions.
  • Interview
    Interviewing is an essential part of the employment selection process. An interview helps in determining whether an applicant's skills match the requirements. 

    Cracking an interview is always tricky. You must answer all the questions politely. Before interviewing at IBM, prepare yourself with computer science fundamentals as you can expect a question from it. The candidate should be proficient in any programming language, including C++CPython, or Java. Majorly questions related to OOPS(Object-Oriented Programming), DBMS(Database Management Systems), CN(Computer Networks), OS(Operating System), and COA(Computer Architecture) are expected to be asked. You can refer to some interview questions to prepare yourself. 
     
  • HR Interview
    We have created a list of HR questions that IBM frequently asks. 
  1. Introduce yourself - mention your education, professional achievement, a bit about your family, and hobbies. 
  2. Why are you willing to join IBM?
  3. Give a brief introduction about your internships and projects. 
  4. What are the difficulties you faced, and how did you solve them?
  5. Would you be willing to relocate to other parts of India?
  6. Situation-based questions like - If you become a team leader and one member is not giving efficent performance. How will you act toward this problem?

You can refer to the blog containing various HR questions

Process to Apply

Process

  • Go to the career page here.
  • Search for the job profile.
  • Register yourself and save your reference number.
  • Fill the form using your reference ID on the link.
  • You can also visit their LinkedIn official page to apply for different profiles. 

How to Join Through LinkedIn and Referrals?

We have seen two ways to join IBM, and then you can also join IBM by referrals. Referrals are one such way to join IBM. You can get referrals from the Company employees and directly apply for the position you want.

employee referral

One of the best ways to make a manager to look at your Resume more closely when you're applying for jobs is through a job reference. Here are some strategies for obtaining recommendations.

  • Use LinkedIn to Find Referrals: begin by looking up contacts at the company on LinkedIn. Enter the name of the company you wish to learn more about in the search bar. Then, You can see the complete list of the contacts in your network who might be able to assist you.

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  • College Placement Cell: If you are a recent graduate, see if your college's career services or alums office can put you in touch with former students who are already employed by the business you're interested in. 
     
  • Explore Your Network: Ask your friends and professional contacts if they know someone within the organization who could assist you in getting an interview.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the number of rounds conducted in IBM for freshers?

For freshers, IBM conducts three to four rounds. These are coding test, cognitive test, English test, interviews, and HR round. 

Is IBM good to join as a fresher?

Yes, IBM can be a great start for your career. The company operates in around 171 countries so you will get tremendous opportunities and connections as a fresher.

Is IBM a service-based company?

Yes, IBM is an American service-based company known for developing and selling computer software and hardware.

What are the benefits of working for IBM?

Healthcare choices, income protection, personal leave, holiday plans, transport service, etc, are some benefits of working at IBM.

Is it tough to get into IBM?

Yes, it is hard to get into IBM. Their shortlisting procedure is extremely rigorous. The company has a challenging interview process that differs from one field to another.

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Conclusion

In this article, we have discussed the ways to join IBM. Starting with a brief idea about IBM and the on-campus and off-campus processes. Along with the ways to join IBM we discussed how to prepare yourself. 

These articles will help you to explore more about technical roles at IBM:

Check out IBM Interview Experience to learn about their hiring process.

 

Refer to our guided paths on Coding Ninjas Studio for aptitude preparation. Enroll in our courses like data analyticsdata sciencemachine learningdatabase management, etc. Refer to the mock test and problems available. Take a look at the interview experiences and interview bundle for placement preparations.

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