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Application process

Ok, so we've whetted your appetite and now you want to know what happens next. Questions are buzzing around your head… What are they looking for? How do I apply?

Don’t worry, those questions are all answered, and in this section we'll give you all the 'must have' information to help make your application to IBM successful.

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What we look for

We are looking for candidates who recently graduated (not more than two years of work experience) or has less than one year remaining of their studies

The most successful people at IBM share a distinct set of characteristics. These begin with energy and creativity, along with a clear focus on delivering exceptional customer service. Here’s the lowdown on them.

So, now you know the process, what are we actually looking for? Here’s the lowdown on the key qualities. Think about whether, and how, you can demonstrate them.

Adaptability

How do you cope with changing demands and stress? Are you flexible? Have you successfully completed several projects with competing deadlines?

Communication

Do you present information clearly, precisely and succinctly? Adapt the way you communicate to your audience? And listen to others?

Client focus

Can you see a situation from a client’s viewpoint, whether that’s colleagues or customers? Can you anticipate their needs?

Creative problem solving

Do you use ingenuity, supported by logical methods and analysis, to propose solutions? Can you anticipate problems? Do you put forward innovative ideas?

Drive

Will you proactively learn new skills – even if they’re beyond the scope of your current job? Will you put in the time and energy needed to achieve results?

Teamwork

How do you work with others to achieve shared goals? Do you easily build relationships with others? Are you a team player?

Passion for IBM

Do you know what IBM does and what our most recent achievements are? Are you up to speed with the latest trends in our industry? What are the biggest challenges we face? (You’ll need the facts at your fingertips and the enthusiasm to match.)

Taking ownership

Do you take responsibility for tasks/decisions? And implement decisions with speed? Can you show when you’ve worked to correct your mistakes?

Top Tips

Here’s where we’ll give you our top tips on surviving the selection process! These may all sound simple and obvious, but you would be surprised what basic mistakes are made during our selection process.

Throughout the process think about the skills IBM is looking for and how you can demonstrate to us that you have these.

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Vanessa Gough’s Top Tips
Vanessa is a Professional Development Manager at IBM.