If you have successfully passed the online tests stage, you will be invited to an IBM assessment centre. The most important skill tested by IBM recruiters during the assessment centre will be your ability to work in a team and collaborate with others.
You will need to demonstrate confidence, but it is important to remember that you cannot take too much control, or sit back and restrain from sharing your ideas. Check out our assessment centre page for more do’s and don’ts . Remember – you are only given one chance to impress IBM recruiters.
During the IBM Assessment Centre, you will be required to take part in a number of activities, including:
You will need to sit the IBM IPAT Test again, so cheating in the online test will be of no help to you!
- IBM Pre-prepared presentation;
You might be asked to prepare an under-10-minute presentation on a given topic, eg. technology, and deliver it at some point during the assessment centre. Make sure to check all emails carefully to include the relevant points.
This test will ask you to write a case-study-prompted essay regarding one of the business areas.
In this task you will be assessed on your ability to communicate and reach decisions as part of a team. You will be observed by IBM recruiters throughout the exercise, so make sure to demonstrate your strengths; share your ideas, but also be ready to appreciate others’ input and develop on their points, and try to persuade others to your ideas and ask interesting questions. Most importantly – remain calm and speak clearly.
You will be given around 20 minutes to work in a pair and analyse a set of information. You and your partner will then need to prepare your response. In the second part, your interviewer will play the role of a client and you will be representing IBM. In this task, you will need to prove your negotiation skills, teamwork and analytical thinking.
In this exercise, you will work on your own to prepare a response to a case study problem, in the candidate brief provided to you. You will need to develop your arguments fully, and will need to persuade the recipient towards your team’s recommendations. The best practice is to start by analysing all the information and planning your response; only then should you start writing your response. Be sure to check your grammar and spellings throughout the essay, and be cautious of the time that you have been allocated – sometimes it might be better to skip some points in order to finish in time.