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IBM Research IRL Software engineer interview

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Application
I was interviewed on-campus for Software engineer role at IBM Research IRL
Interview Process
Resume Shortlist Technical Interview
Round 1

Resume Shortlist

Interview Experience
I had sent my resume to the hiring group, Selection through telephonic interviews. I was interviewed by three different research groups  (once by each).
Interview Tips
Factors in decreasing order of importance: CGPA each stage. Ability to explain your projects precisely. Ability to solve ''standard" logarithmic problems.  The way you think and put down your Answer is the most important. The final answer .s not so I important, and they prod you when you think out aloud anyway.
Round 2

Technical Interview

Interview Experience
Almost- by default they ask about your previous projects/internships if they are relevant to the group. Ofher questions depend on the group you are interviewed by and your own profile, In my case it was machine learning, text mining etc. I was told about the research problem they were dealing with then and asked f or comments/suggestions/.inputs and a discussion followed.
Interview Tips
Basically these are specialized Interviews so it's good to have sound knowledge of your domain (analytical and application skills are very much required).
Skills

Skills Tested

    Skill Tips
    CGPA>9.0, 1f not (like me) relevant work done in the domain and in past internship.A recommendation from the professor is also a good add on.
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    IBM Research IRL interview

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    AnonymousFresherSelected
    Application
    I was interviewed on-campus for IBM Research IRL
    Interview Process
    Test Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview
    Round 1

    Test

    Interview Experience
    It was a test of time management,speed and accuracy.
    There were three sections
    1.Manipulation of matrices 15 question (No negative marks,3 parts in this section)
    2.Number sequences 20 questions (with negative marking . very simple,try to practice more questions and do at-least 12-15 Q)
    3. Quant 12 questions (with negative marks, try to read question and solve them without pen)
    I had written the same paper (model) for IBM internship, but fared very badly in that, so was cautious this time.
    Round 2

    Group Discussion

    Duration
    25 Minutes
    Group Discussion Topic
    Education
    Interview Experience
    There were 12 in our batch. They asked us to introduce ourselves. Suddenly they said lets us hear each person's opinion separately and start the discussion. I was the last person to share my views.
    Everyone said that education is necessary and supported..
    i got points on both the sides (supporting and opposing), so as every body spoke for it, i spoke against the topic.
    Interview Tips
    Do not use paper to write points in GD.
    Round 3

    Technical Interview

    Interview Experience
    No much technical was asked. They asked questions like-
    1.Tell me about yourself.
    2. I had said that i was interested in coding, and they asked an example, i explained it confidently.. this was the only tough program i attempted on my own,so I explained the algorithm.
    3. He asked about my family details and my experience in NITW.
    Round 4

    HR Interview

    Interview Experience
    The examiner started looking at my paper and said you attempt things which you don't know..
    i said i attempted 12/20 in number seq and 11/12 in quant and i am confident that i have answered 10 correct in quant..
    Then he said ok, I think he was convinced..
    He then asked me about my strengths and weaknesses..
    He also gave a chance to ask questions.
    Skills

    Skills Tested

      General Tips
      It is totally a cool and lengthy process, be patient and confident..<br />
      I strongly feel if you have good communication skills you can easily crack interview, but practice a lot of num. seq, quant, speed calc..
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      IBM Research IRL ANALYST interview

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      AnonymousFresherSelected
      Application
      I was interviewed on-campus for ANALYST role at IBM Research IRL
      Interview Process
      Test HR Interview
      Round 1

      Test

      Interview Experience
      The written test had questions from quantitative aptitude and logical reasoning.
      Round 2

      HR Interview

      Interview Questions
      • Question 1: Are you flexible with night shifts?
      • Question 2: How can you prove to be an asset to our company?
      • Question 3: Why are you not opting for post -graduations?
      • Question 4: Why didn’t you pursue graduation in your own home town?
      Interview Experience
      After that was the interview round. In the interview round they asked me about what were my goals and where do I see myself in three years from now. They also asked me the reason why they should select me and not others.  
      Second round of interview was a telephonic round. It was as follows:

      1. A situation was given "You are a sales executive and the order of your customer has not reached his place. How can you help him out with this?

      2. I was asked to pronounce few words like television, specialization etc.

      3. To make a story on a phrase "dark stormy night ".
      Skills

      Skills Tested

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        IBM Research IRL interview

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        AnonymousFresherSelected
        Application
        I was interviewed on-campus for IBM Research IRL
        Interview Process
        Test Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview
        Round 1

        Test

        Duration
        30 Minutes
        Interview Experience
        The test procedure had 3 stages :- 
        (1) There were some 15 question on matrix (simple ones ,like if row and columns were exchanged then what is number at matrix [2][3]) ...
        (2) We were given questions on number series (you can easily get the pattern for these part on the net) some 12 in 4 minutes..(all questions were easy...)
        (3) Quantitative test of 15 questions in 15 minutes ..
        Interview Tips
        Skip the questions that you find difficult. Try and solve as many questions as you can .
        Try and attempt max no'of questions in quantitative part of selection
        procedure,and keep ur basics ready
        Round 2

        Group Discussion

        Duration
        30 Minutes
        Group Discussion Topic
        Should politicians be educated?
        Interview Experience
        In this round , all the group members were given 30 sec to express their view , then 10-15 minutes of open discussion (they give chance to each and ever member to keep their views).
        In the end they asked each and every member to give some conclusion.
        Interview Tips
        Be confident, try and speak something.
        Round 3

        Technical Interview

        Interview Questions
        • Question 1: What is assembly language?
        • Question 2: what are 8-bit and 16-bit processors, what is the difference ?
        • Question 3: Why do we call them 8 bit and 16 bit?
        Interview Experience
        It was only for 20 minutes .
        They asked me questions on c, c++(classes), and then the interviewer made
        me write something in HTML (since i had mentioned this language in my resume).
        Then they asked us to select a subject of our choice from our academics and explain.  I selected processors.


        ..
        Round 4

        HR Interview

        Interview Experience
        This round was easy. The interviewer was kind . He asked me about my family background. Then he asked me to explain working of induction motor. He also asked me to pick one subject from ece and explain
        Skills

        Skills Tested

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          IBM Research IRL Software engineer interview

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          AnonymousFresherSelected
          Application
          I was interviewed on-campus for Software engineer role at IBM Research IRL
          Interview Process
          Resume shortlisting Interview Interview
          Round 1

          Resume shortlisting

          Interview Experience
          I had sent my resume to the hiring group. Selection was through telephonic interviews. I was interviewed by three different research groups.
          Round 2

          Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: Questions on projects/internships
          Interview Experience
          Almost by default they ask about your previous projects/internships if they are relevant to the group. Ofher questions depend on the group you are interviewed by and your own profile. In my case it was machine learning, text mining etc. I was told about the research problem they were dealing with then and asked for comments/suggestions/inputs and a discussion followed,
          Interview Tips
          Good to have sound knowledge of your domain (analytical and application skills arevery much required).
          Round 3

          Interview

          Interview Questions
          • Question 1: A modelling problem
          • Question 2: A DSA problem
          • Question 3: Explaining your B.Te·ch I intern project
          • Question 4: Explaining other projects
          • Question 5: General intent in life and lurure plans if any
          Skills

          Skills Tested

          • Domain work in Internship
          Skill Tips
          Good CGPA(>9)is necessary and a recommendation from the professor is also a good add on.
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          IBM Research IRL interview

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          AnonymousFresherSelected
          Application
          I was interviewed on-campus for IBM Research IRL
          Interview Process
          Test Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview
          Round 1

          Test

          Duration
          34 Minutes
          Test Sections
          • Section 1: Data matrices
          • Section 2: Number series
          • Section 3: Quantitative
          Interview Experience
          Data matrices was for 16 min (no neg marking)Number series was for 4 min (very simple,but there's negative marking)Quant  was for 14 min (simple,but neg marking is there)
          Round 2

          Group Discussion

          Duration
          10 Minutes
          Group Discussion Topic
          Politicians should be educated?
          Interview Experience
          First I was asked to introduce myself. Then everyone spoke out their view for 2 minutes and then there was an open discussion on the topic.I didn't support the topic.
          Interview Tips
          Just speak out your views. Don't get tensed.If u don't speak out u, might be eliminated in the gd round itself.
          Round 3

          Technical Interview

          Interview Experience
          This lasted for around 15 minutes. Many of the questions were basic questions like what is a stack,queue and they asked me to write a c code for fibbonacci series and i was asked a few SQL queries like creation of a table,deletion of a table and difference between truncate and delete in SQL..and finally i was asked the language i like the most..that is to give a preference order among the languages which i liked ..so i chose c first then java as c is the standard for all the other languages..
          Round 4

          HR Interview

          Interview Experience
          My HR round lasted for just 10 minutes. I was asked the usual hr questions like tell me about yourself,how do u define success,my strengths and weaknesses.The main question the HR guy stressed was the implications of being a perfectionist,-was it good or bad.The last question was if i was comfortable with working in any place in ibm (ibm islocated in 6 locations all over india).
          Skills

          Skills Tested

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            IBM Research IRL interview

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            AnonymousFresherSelected
            Application
            I was interviewed on-campus for IBM Research IRL
            Interview Process
            Test Group Discussion Technical Interview HR Interview
            Round 1

            Test

            Duration
            32 Minutes
            Test Sections
            • Section 1: Analytical
            • Section 2: Number series
            • Section 3: Qauntitative
            Interview Experience
            Written test was divided into three section of analytical, number and quant of 13,4 and 15 min respectively.
            Analytical was based on matrices type questions where they switch few numbers to others and ask questions based on that.
            Interview Tips
            Speed is very important in aptitude.
            Round 2

            Group Discussion

            Duration
            25 Minutes
            Group Discussion Topic
            Should politicians be educated
            Interview Experience
            In group discussion, they were looking for good communication skills. They asked each and everyone to express their views on the topic.
            Interview Tips
            Try to speak based on content and do not babble out of context.
            Round 3

            Technical Interview

            Interview Experience
            The interviewer emphasized on OOPS , inheritance, polymorphism,etc. and he asked me to explain an subject to him.
            Round 4

            HR Interview

            Interview Experience
            The interviewer asked me common questions initially, like why would you like to join IBM, tell me about your academic background, etc.
            As my interview progressed he was basically talking to me about topics like why is a student of 8.5 cgpa not able to explain the basics of the
            subject.
            Interview Tips
            HR is always the simplest one. What they look for is your communication skills, be confident and speak slowly as you and interviewer have plenty of time.
            HR is mainly a formality and be confident in what you speak.
            Skills

            Skills Tested

              General Tips
              Try to brush up your basics....in any company that you apply, they only look for basics and your logical reasoning. <br />
              Try to read operating system, c/c++ and data structure as it can help you in preparing for any company.
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              IBM Research IRL Software engineer interview

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              AnonymousFresherSelected
              Application
              I was interviewed on-campus for Software engineer role at IBM Research IRL
              Interview Process
              Test Test Technical Interview
              Round 1

              Test

              Test Sections
              • Section 1: Aptitude test
              Interview Experience
              It had 3 parts: Data manipulation, number series and calculations.
              Round 2

              Test

              Interview Experience
              Technical test on C. Typical questions on what will be the output of the program.
              Round 3

              Technical Interview

              Interview Experience
              Questions were based on various areas of CSE, especially Programming languages and thesis work. Questions on Database connectivity in Java , CGI, DFA, DMA etc were also asked.
              Interview Tips
              ISL works 80% in java and 20% in C. Thus, prepare Java well before appearing for the IBM-ISL. Must have basic knowledge in databases, Operating systems.
              Skills

              Skills Tested

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                IBM Research IRL interview

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                AnonymousFresherSelected
                Application
                I was interviewed on-campus for IBM Research IRL
                Interview Process
                THROUGH INTERNSHIP Test Technical Interview
                Round 1

                THROUGH INTERNSHIP

                Round 2

                Test

                Test Sections
                • Section 1: Mental ability
                • Section 2: Number series
                • Section 3: Quantitative
                Interview Experience
                We were given a paper which had 3 sections- mental ability,series and quant.Around 100 were selected from this round..Next we had a coding paper where we had to understand the code and give the output or what error.Altogether 38 were selected for 2 profiles- regular and extreme blue.Then each of the 38 candidates were interviewed and finally 9 were selected 7 for extreme blue and 2 for regular.
                Round 3

                Technical Interview

                Interview Experience
                I had an interview for about 1 and a half hour..I had a shaky start, with me fumbling in the very basic questions of c,c++,os.  But i was quick to realize my mistake.Then the interviewer asked me how to get all possible combinations of a given string. I gave him a solution. He asked to take a different path.I gave him a solution in that path, then I gave many more. Not all of them were correct, only 1 or 2 were concrete. Others were just ideas in all possible directionsI don't know what impressed him but i got the internship opportunity and that too extreme blue.There was not much stress on HR round.
                Skills

                Skills Tested

                  General Tips
                  As a matter of fact regular interns generally dont get a ppo, and if you happen to read this before the holidays, remember that you do not need to work extra hours. Make preparation for placements as your priority.They don't expect you to work that hard and will give ppo in most cases.
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                  IBM Research IRL Software engineer interview

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                  AnonymousFresherSelected
                  Application
                  I was interviewed on-campus for Software engineer role at IBM Research IRL
                  Interview Process
                  Test Technical Interview
                  Round 1

                  Test

                  Interview Experience
                  Basic Math is tested. Selected students are called for an interview. CG cutoff was 9.
                  Round 2

                  Technical Interview

                  Interview Experience
                  Since it is a research profile, they will ask you to talk about your areas of interest and specifically, what work you have done in those areas.
                  Skills

                  Skills Tested

                    General Tips
                    The work entails research related to practical applications. They give out just one offer every year. They do usually have a waitlist though. In case the person who is made the offer rejects it, the next guy is given an offer.
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