Hi all. In order to help you all get into IBM, the process I had to follow is as follows:
1 - Apply to your desired position via the job websites.
2 - If successful, you will be sent an email with instructions of your log on details for the online aptitude test.
3 - Get this test completed asap. Don’t wait around as other applicants may get ahead of you with lower scores, yet pass to the next round.
4 - The aptitude test is intense. You have only a couple of minutes to answer each question. There is a timer in the corner that will count down to the next question. The timer can not be paused, so you need to think quick.
5 - The test is half on numbers and half on visual pattern sequence.
6 - There are no answers to these questions on Google, Yahoo, Bing etc, so no point in searching for them.
7 - Once you have completed the test, hit submit.
8 - If you have been successful, you’ll get a phone call to inform you if you have passed or failed.
9 - If you have been successful, you’ll be invited to an Assessment Centre. This will be a 3 week wait.
10 - Be sure you arrive at the centre 10 mins before the start time. You’ll be asked to fill out a couple of forms. Take a copy of your passport and degree with you.
11 - You’ll all be taken to a room where IBM will hold a short presentation on their strategy and how you fit into that business model.
12 - You’ll be teamed up in groups of 6 and expected to circulate between the interview, logical test and presentation.
13 - The interview is one on one and you’ll have your chance to explain why you want to work for IBM. Do not kiss ass. Just be yourself as the interview is a relaxed meeting.
14 - The logical test will be assessed by two IBM persons. You won’t be able to interact with them in the 30 mins you are given to find the answer to two questions asked.
15 - The presentation will be in the form of Dragon’s Den and at the end of the 30 mins you will need to pitch your idea and gain a Dragons interest in investing in your idea. Think on your feet and make your invention the best there is.
16 - When the day is done and all tasks completed, you’ll be given an interview slot time and day. My interview took place the next day.
17 - The telephone interview is with one person from IBM. Make sure you are in a quiet place and with good reception. This is your chance to sell yourself and secure a job with them. In the 45 mins allocated, don’t babble and be direct in your response. You’ll have a chance to ask any questions at the end of the interview.
18 - Keep an eye on your emails as you’ll get an email asking you to remain patient whilst they review your CV, Assessment Centre and interview.
19 - If you have been successful in all the three areas, expect an email within two weeks. The email will either offer you a job or explain that you haven’t been successful.
20 - The acceptance email will contain your letter of offer and all the documents you are expected to fill and submit. You will be expected to reply back within 3 days of the offer to accept your job. Get the documents submitted asap as they will need to start the HR process of setting you up with an IBM account, expenses, pay cheque, personal details etc.
21 - The letter will state your annual pay rate, date of start and location.
22 - On your first day, you’ll be issued an IBM Carbon laptop, iPhone 6 or 6s as a business phone, iTunes account, email account and business car. So you may need to travel by train one way as you’ll need to drive back. You’ll only be given a quarter tank, so be sure to fill up on your way home.
23 - If you are required to travel for business purposes, all expenses will be paid back at the end of the month. Air travel abroad will be booked on your behalf as well as a rental car. Be sure to carry your paper and plastic drivers license at all times.
24 - Hotel bookings are also made on your behalf. You’ll need a form of id whether you stay abroad or onshore.
I applied for a position at North Harbour as a Test Analyst on August 3rd. On August 7th, I had my first email with my aptitude test log on. I completed the test the same day. On August 10th, I had a phone call to say that I passed with flying colours and the highest scores on record internationally, ever. They then said that I got a perfect score (100%).
I was then told I will get a further email confirming which day I would need to attend the Assessment Centre. Mine was for 30th August.
On the day, I was in a group with 5 other people from all sorts of background. I worked in a factory for 7 years as a caretaker. The day started off with the interview and I explained I have a high IQ which aids me in my ability to see patterns and problems and high degree of mental calculations.
In the logical test, we were able to correctly identify the two answers. In the presentation, we choose the underwater hairdryer and explained why we wanted £100,000 investment. We marketed the underwater hairdryer by saying that the device would be used inside a perspex box so you could see where you were swimming and that the dryer can dry in less than 10 secs. We had to really use our imagination. The trick here is to go for the most obscure invention and run with it.
I was given a next day technical interview. I got an email two days later to ask me to remain patient whilst they went through the deciding process. On Sept 2nd, I was made an official offer as a tester and I started on Sept 20th on £59, 650 per annum. In these few weeks, its already travelled to Spain, Portugal, Scotland and several cities in England. Be prepared to travel a lot. However, it’s not all work as in the evenings, you are allowed up-to £60 for food and drinks and entertainment (been to a couple of strip clubs and comedy shows).
So for me, the process was all done in a little over a month. I left my job at the factory and now earn 5 times more than what I did for 7 years. So, it pays to be on the look out for opportunities no matter what your background is or where you’re from.
Good luck to everyone, and feel free to email me with any questions you may have.