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General - Interview MIT, Pune - 26 June 2007 by IBM

Details of General - Interview MIT, Pune - 26 June 2007 by IBM conducted by IBM for job interview.
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IBM International Business Machines also known as Big Blue conducted campus at MIT on 26th June, 2007. Students were from PVG, SKNCOE, SCOE and MIT.


Criterion was aggregate 60% (For 5 semesters). Nearly 95 students got short listed from the aptitude test. Further 72 cleared the Group Discussion and finally 59 got through. I was one of them.


1. Aptitude Test: It was very interesting.

It had 3 sections:
Matrix Manipulation: Three 5*5 matrices were given and there were 5 Qs on each matrix such as interchanging rows and columns, replacing one symbol by other, etc. (15 Qs in 13 min) there was no ve marking for this section, so, I attempted all Qs.
Series completion: 20 Qs to be solved in 4 min. It had -1/4 marking. So, I attempted only 18.
Quantitative: 12 Qs in 17 min. It had -1/4 marking. I attempted only 7 Qs.

This section was a bit tough.


2. Group discussion:

Topic for our group was Should Politicians be Honest?

We were a group of 16 students.

It was an extempore. Each one had to stand up and present his/her views.


3. Interview (At around 10 pm)  

Interviewer: Ajay

(Last Interview of the day!!)

Ajay: Finally

Gauri: YehGood Evening, Sir.

Ajay: So, what do you feel about being the last one to be interviewed?

Gauri: I got to know the questions that you asked to all my friends

Ajay: Oh, really?? What did they tell you??

Gauri: They told me that you asked
1. Tell me something about yourself?

2. Why IBM?


Ajay: Thats it??

Gauri: Yeh.

Ajay: (smiling) These are just to start the interview..!! (I just smiled.)

Ajay: Tell me some things which you dont like about your college

Gauri: Sir, our college conducts re-tests if we have not cleared the regular unit test, and they send the reports back home.

Ajay: They really do that??

Gauri: Ya, they do.

Ajay: Have you ever given the re-test?

Gauri: Yes sir, 2-3 times. Because we were busy in Firodiya Karandak practice

Ajay: (Interrupting me) Have you done Firodiya??

Gauri: Yes sir.

Ajay: As what?

Gauri: As a Singer. I sung a Telugu song in S.E. and a Portuguese Song in T.E.

Ajay: Do you know something?? I am a musician I have all instruments at my home. I have a reserved floor for music in my bunglow. IBM has its own band and we perform all over the world. I am the president of IBM club.

 (He was going through my resume.)

Ajay: So, should I grill you on c++ or java??

Gauri: Yes Sir, you can.

Ajay: (smiled) Should I??

Gauri: You can, sir.

Ajay: Anyways, you are watching me since morning, what do you think about me??

Gauri: (Thought for a while) Sir, you are pretty honest and can go naughty at times.. and I think you dont really prefer job hopping. Do you play guitar??                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Ajay: I play all instruments

Ajay: Do you know, IBM takes special care of its women employees?? IBM has won the Best Employer award for 10-15 years

(I just nodded.)

Ajay: Oktell me something about yourself

Gauri: I am from Bombay ..

(He immediately stopped me)

Ajay: Bombay or Mumbai??

Gauri: MumbaiAre you from Mumbai?

Ajay: No, But its like my second home. Why did you think that I am from Mumbai??

Gauri: A person who is so particular about saying Mumbai and not Bombay must be closely related with the city

(He just smiled)

Ajay: Continue

Gauri: I love computers. I never get bored of them. It can be gaming or surfing..

Ajay: (Interrupting me) So, which was the last site you surfed?

Gauri: It was IBM.

Ajay: What did you like about it?

Gauri: Sir, I loved the latest logo in which I is shown by vertically drawn eye and B is represented by a honeybee.

Ajay: It is not really a logo

Gauri: Ya, not exactly but that particular picture

Ajay: Ok. What is IBMs slogan?

Gauri: What makes you special!!!

(He nodded in appreciation.)

Gauri: Sir, actually I didnt know this but my mother messaged me after I told her that I have cleared the G.D and have to go for the interview.

(He smiled.)   

Ajay: So, do you want to ask anything?

Gauri: Sir, when did you join IBM?

Ajay: I am with IBM since last 4 years. Before that I was working with a Japanese company.

Gauri: Sir, and what about the training?

Ajay: Training will be for 3-6 months depending upon the project requirements.

Anything else you want to ask?

Gauri: No sir.

Ajay: Sure?

Gauri: Yes sir.

Ajay: (Smiling) OkSo, now you will tell your mother immediately about the interview?? 

Gauri: (Smiling) Yes sir.

Ajay: Do you think I will select you?

Gauri: Yes sir.

Ajay: Are you sure?

Gauri: 100% sir.

Ajay: confident?

Gauri: Absolutely Sir

Ajay: (Smiling) Anyways, it was nice interacting with you..

Gauri: Thank you, sir.

Ajay: Wait for the results now

Gauri: Yes sir. Bye.

Ajay: Bye.


Finally, around 10: 50 pm results were declared and Expression Of Responsibility was given to us!!!!  

I wish you all the very best c u in IBM
Gauri Joglekar