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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 sometimes made during our selection process.

George. Graduate Business Consultant. What are your top tips?

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Assessment Centres

We use assessment centres because it gives us the opportunity to see you in a number of situations. These are not designed to catch you out. If you attend an assessment centre think about the following:


I don't have a technical degree, is it worth me applying to IBM?

For most of our graduate roles, we will consider applications from people with any degree background. What we ask though is that you can demonstrate the core competencies that we look for, including a passion for the area you are applying to.

What are your minimum educational requirements?

We ask that applicants are expecting or have obtained a minimum of a 2:1 honours degree. We have no minimum UCAS points requirement.

What if I get a 2:2 in my degree, can I still apply/join IBM?

If you have a job offer from IBM and you subsequently obtain a 2:2, the situation will be judged on a case by case basis (however this has rarely happened).
If you have a 2:2 and you're yet to apply, we recommend you look at the entry level routes into IBM as you don’t meet the minimum entry requirements for our Graduate Scheme.

Do I need work experience before applying to IBM?

Not necessarily, as long as you can demonstrate clear examples of the IBM competencies, work experience isn't essential.

What salary do we offer?

We offer a very competitive starting salary ranging between £30,000 and £37,000.

Can I apply for more than one job role?

No, you can only apply for one job with us at any one time. If during our selection process we feel your skills would be better suited to a different role or you would like to change your application to an alternative role, we will discuss this with you at the time.

Do you offer any kind of relocation package?

At the current time, IBM does not offer a relocation package.

Where will I be based if I join as a consultant?

You will be based in our Southbank office in London, however you will often be expected to work away from London on a client site. When you are based away from home, IBM will provide alternative accommodation arrangements for you eg. a hotel and will provide travel and subsistence expenses.

Can I be based anywhere in the UK?

Although we have offices around the UK, we require our graduates to be flexible in terms of where they will work. As a lot of the work is client facing you may need to be based on a client site.

How long does the whole process take from when I apply?

On average you can expect the whole selection process to take between 8–10 weeks. This is from when you submit your application to potentially being made a job offer. The timings do depend on when we have selection days planned and it also assumes that there will be no technical issues with your application form or online aptitude test. Therefore, please note that in some cases it may take longer than the anticipated 8-10 weeks.

What is the online test and how can I prepare for it?

If your initial application is successful, we will invite you to take an online computer aptitude test (CAT) – the IBM IPAT test. The test itself is divided into three sections, however, you will only be asked to complete two of the three sections. You can choose to take these in either one or two sittings. You will have seven days to complete the two sections before your password expires. The test can be adjusted for anyone that needs a reasonable adjustment and you will be asked to self select whether you need this when you log on for the first time. When you log in to take the test for the first time, there are sample questions for each part of the test, so take time understanding exactly what is required for each section. This part of the test isn't timed so you can take as long as you need.

What happens at an assessment centre?

It depends on which role you have applied to. However, most contain a number of group exercises - some task solving and some discussion based. You will also take part in some individual exercises - either in the form of a presentation or a written exercise. You can also expect to have at least one interview.

When will I find out if I have been successful?

We aim to let all candidates know if they have passed or failed an assessment centre, or first round selection day, within 10 working days.

If I am unsuccessful, when can I reapply for a job with IBM?

If you are unsuccessful at any stage of the process then you can reapply 12 months after your initial application to us. If during the selection process we feel that you would be better suited to another business area, then we will offer this to you as an option.

How can I get in touch with someone in IBM Recruitment?

Contact us via our Facebook page.
Alternatively if you've already applied to IBM, you should have contact details on the email you'd have received from the team.

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