Your interview experience at IBM iX

Hi! You’ve applied for a job at IBM iX and you need to prepare for your first interview? Great! We’re happy to talk to you soon. To support you in your preparation, we’ve collected some professional tips and useful information.

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Your way to IBM iX in 5 steps.

1: Get to know the recruiter

Sometimes there is an optional first call with a responsible person from recruiting to clarify questions about your application documents. This takes about 15 to 30 minutes.

2: Let’s talk about your motivation

In this interview, you get to know your potential manager and another person from the department. Prepare yourself well so that you can present yourself and, if necessary, your previous work with a portfolio or case presentation. This exchange usually lasts 30 to 60 minutes and takes place remotely or on-site.

3 (optional): Present your skills

In some cases, we may want to give you a hands-on task to better understand your skills and approach. This can be e. g. a coding assessment or a case to work on. This presentation will last about 60 to 90 minutes and takes place remotely or on-site.

4: How do our values sync?

In addition to your potential manager, you will meet other potential team colleagues. We want to know what values drive your professional attitude, how they align with our company, and how your personality even makes us grow. This interview may also include a task, depending on the role, which is why we schedule 60 to 90 minutes for this.

5: Welcome on board

It’s a match? Then we contact you to make you an offer verbally and send you a digital draft of the contract. If you are happy with it and there are no questions left, it’s time for the written employment contract. After that, you will receive it digitally or by mail. Once you have signed it, you’re part of the IBM iX team.

There are several steps you can take to prepare yourself for a successful interview. Here we’ve create a prep checklist for you.

Carefully examine the job description at our job portal. Consider why you apply at IBM iX and what is your motivation.

Perform research on our company – e. g. on our company website for:

  • Our leadership board and company structure.
  • Our ways of working.
  • How we turn ideas into unique customer projects.
  • The company culture and current stories.
  • IBM iX competitors and position in the market.

Consider your answer to common interview questions:

  • Why do you want to work at IBM iX?
  • What do you need to be happy in your job?
  • In which role do you see yourself in the future?
  • Why are you the ideal candidate for this role?

Prepare thoughtful questions for us regarding points that you would like to find out more about. Remember that this is your chance to ask us – and not just our chance to ask you.

Prepare your self-presentation and tell us something about you, that cannot be found in your CV. Conduct a mock interview. This will help you to feel more confident.

Prepare your WebEx setup:

  • No need to install the app (unless you want to), you can use the browser version.
  • Ensure your settings allow microphone and webcam access for WebEx.
  • You can check your settings in the WebEx Lobby before joining the interview.
  • You can click “notify the host” in case your host has not invited you to their WebEx room yet.
  • Provide pen and paper to take notes
  • Have a glass of water ready
  • Reduce noise factors and distractions
  • Check technical equipment, e. g. WIFI and headphones
  • Prepare a backup solution, e. g. your mobile phone
  • Adjust video setup: good lightning, clear background, right camera height to see your face

Suit or shirt – what to wear?

At IBM iX we do not have a specific dress code. We celebrate our agency spirit and open culture. It’s definitely not necessary to suit up. The most important thing is that you feel comfortable – and if that is in a suit, go for it.

In which language should I prepare?

As we are working in a multicultural business and tech environment, our company language is English. If both you and your interviewer speak the same language (Croatian, German, English, etc.), then the interview can take place in that language. Nevertheless, you should be comfortable with speaking English or German when it’s required for the role.

How long does an interview take?

The interview duration may vary, from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the stages of the recruiting process you are in and the position you have applied for. Read more here. If you are unsure about the duration of your upcoming interview, please do not hesitate to ask the Talent Acquisition Team.

Contact us. We’re happy to hear from you and answer any further questions.

Patrizia Jackert
Patrizia Jackert
Associate Director Recruiting IBM iX Berlin, Bonn & Switzerland
Jil Perdacher
Talent Acquisition Consultant, IBM iX Dusseldorf, Graz & Vienna