IBM 2012 Graduate Scheme


Hello guys…I am a fresh entry in this competitive world of graduate jobs…my question may sound silly but i would really appreciate if anyone of u guys could help me out…

The end date for applying for a 2012 IBM Graduate Scheme as mentioned in the website is July 31. But it also says the company accepts application on first come first served basis.

What i applied for one of the role today. Am i too late or is there a possibility the company would have already filled their positions? Will I still be considered for the 2012 scheme?

Thanks in advance


Hi Shiva.konar

Usually if the date of application pass by, the system wont allow you to submit the application. IBM has extended some application deadlines please double check the end dates. If your application is successfully submitted them you will receive an email stating that your application is received and being reviewed, if you have got one then you are fine and your application will be considered. If still in doubt call or email the recruitment team they will help you. hope this helps, .All the best.


Thanks a lot Valentino…i double checked the end date…its 31st of July…but just to be safe i will email the recruitment team

thanks a lot once again…good luck


I’ll be applying to the technology consultant IBM grad scheme soon, does anyone know the recruitment process?



I applied for IBM last week and have been invited to the selection day this Thursday. After you apply, you then have to do IPAT test, after that it is a first round selection day, and then after that I’m not sure, although I believe there is then a second assessment day.


Hey can anyone help with IBM CV and initial application process?


If there isn’t any places left of the IBM graduate scheme then many of you may be interested in FDM Group’s IT Graduate scheme.

I’ve been reading up on the company today and they actually look really good!

Check out the Graduate programme online


Dear Mr.Parker
The first step is to register urself at the IBM recruitment website on the Technology Consultant webpage.

The deadline for sending the application is 31st July 2012 for September 2012 start.

The next step is to fill in the online application form. It is a fairly simple form. Should not take more than 30 mins to fill the form.

The trickiest and most difficult part is the CV Upload section. you SHOULD NOT upload your regular CV

The CV they require is in different format and the template can be downloaded from the following link

Click on IBM CV Template

you need to fill in the details asked in the above template.

here is some information which will be useful for filling in the CV

What to put in your IBM personal statement
The main point of a personal statement is to provide a concise summary of your career goals, key skills, and relevant achievements – effectively, a condensed covering letter.
DON’T do this:

  1. Use sweeping, generic statements like ‘I am interested in pursuing a career in IT’ – this won’t tell the recruiter anything about you, or your career goals.
  2. Try to list all of IBM’s competencies, eg ‘I am an adaptable, client-focused individual with excellent communication and teamworking skills.’ Every other candidate has the same list, so this is unlikely to make you stand out.
    Here are some things you could consider to help tailor your answer:
    • Think about the specifics of the career sector and role you’re applying for. Your stated career goals need to be clear and focused, so think carefully about what interests you.
    • Refer to relevant experience. If you’ve previously done an internship at a technology company, include this in your statement, with some explanation of the type of work you did.
    • Talk about relevant university project work. While a specific degree is not required for most roles, your final-year project may have included some relevant content; for example, analysis of business processes is useful experience for organisation and people consultants.
    • Consider the qualities that are needed for your chosen role. If you’re applying to be an information developer, you could emphasise your close attention to detail, or your written work (such as blogs, short stories etc), as these are both key elements of this role.
    There is no word limit for the personal statement, but try to keep it as concise as possible, with a maximum of 250 words (though preferably fewer).
    Skills and achievements
    This section includes several themed boxes in which candidates must provide examples of when they have demonstrated the stated competency within a maximum of 150 words.
    Point of question: tests written communication skills, understanding of requirements of role, ability to match experience with competencies sought.
    DON’T do this:
  3. Use the same example for each competency. The recruiter needs to see the full breadth of your experience and skills.
  4. Waffle on past the word count.
    Tip: There is no specific requirement for how you answer these questions. Try the ‘STAR’ technique: first describe the Situation, then the Task you had to complete, what Action you took, and what the Result was.
    While technical ability isn’t necessary for most roles, it’s a bonus if you do have a technical example, such as teaching yourself a programming language.
    Here are some things you could consider to help tailor your answers:
    • Adaptability: Travel is highly likely in all of IBM’s graduate roles, so it’s very important that you show you are flexible about how and where you work, and that you can adapt to different situations.
    • Teamwork: Teamwork comes into almost everything, so examples are plentiful: sports teams, group presentations and drama productions, to name but a few. Think about situations where you couldn’t have achieved the same result alone.
    • Effective communication: This is vital for a large organisation such as IBM, as different business areas need to be able to communicate well with one another. Most roles will also involve some form of client contact, either in person (eg sales specialist), or in writing (eg information developer). If you’ve had a part-time job where you dealt well with a particularly difficult customer, or if you got an excellent grade in a presentation exam at university, use these examples – keep them specific and show that you achieved a positive outcome through communication.
    • Self-motivation and drive to succeed: Ideally, you should use an example where you decided to do something independently (usually outside academia). This could include a whole range of things, such as fundraising work, self-driven learning, or sporting achievements.
    • Initiative and creative problem solving: This is an important one to get right; the technology industry is driven by creativity and new ideas, and IBM cites creativity as a key characteristic of its employees. Your answer should show your ability to think laterally, and to identify opportunities for improvement. Show that by using your own initiative you were able to achieve a positive, quantifiable result.
    • Client focus: Customer service experience is beneficial here but if you don’t have it, don’t panic: the bottom line is that you need to show you are able to work with the needs or expectations of others in mind. Your ‘client’ could be your listeners if you worked in student radio, or even your lecturers, as your work is structured according to their brief. Think of any occasion when you’ve had to provide a service or deliver work to somebody.
    IBM CV question: Please provide reasons why you have applied to this particular role.
    Space given for question: 150 words.
    Point of question: tests knowledge of scheme applied for, communication skills, level of research done, knowledge and understanding of career path.
    DON’T do this:
  5. Give a generalised answer which could apply to any of IBM’s graduate roles.
  6. Simply parrot the job description without explaining why it appeals to you; saying ‘I want to unleash the power of IBM’s products’ doesn’t actually tell the recruiter anything.
    Here are some things that you could consider to help tailor your answer:
    • Pick out the key things about the role that interest you: it could be something like the range of responsibilities a management accountant has, or the level of client interaction a technology consultant has. Explain how you think these aspects would benefit your development.
    • Find out which area of the business the role fits in to. What kinds of projects might you be able to get involved in? How do you know that these kind of projects will interest you (ie have you done something similar in the past that sparked your interest)?
    • Think about the long-term career opportunities the role could give you. Most IBM graduates will work towards accreditation by a relevant professional body, so if this is something that appeals to you, include this in your answer.
    Additional information section
    This section is for any additional information that you feel is relevant, which must be explained in up to 150 words. IBM suggests technical skills, technology experience, commercial awareness or any achievements or awards as possible examples, so think carefully about each of these and whether any of them apply to you. Obviously, knowledge of technology is particularly useful given the industry IBM operates in, but any other information is equally valid. It’s important to use this space: an empty box won’t look great on your application.

ALL THE VERY BEST…Hope it helps



Hope it helps



Has anyone attended the first round selection day for Graduate Business Consultant? I’d really appreciate it if someone could talk about their experience and what actually happens on the day. I’ve read that there might be an interview as well - what kind would it be (questions)?



Wow thank you very much for that @shiva.konar it is most appreciated! :slight_smile:


Hello everyone! Anyone attending the Selection Day on the 30th?


I know its going to be a tough one even if theres any possibility. Can someone get into IBM Software with a high 2:2 and an Oracle Certified Java Programmer certificate. This will also be backed up with some explanation why I didnt hit the 2:1 target.

Any suggestion is welcome.