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)
(Last Interview of the day!!)
she: YehGood Evening, Sir.
he: So, what do you feel about being the last one to be interviewed?
she: I got to know the questions that you asked to all my friends
he: Oh, really?? What did they tell you??
she: They told me that you asked
1. Tell me something about yourself?
2. Why IBM?
he: Thats it??
he: (smiling) These are just to start the interview..!! (I just smiled.)
he: Tell me some things which you dont like about your college
she: Sir, our college conducts re-tests if we have not cleared the regular unit test, and they send the reports back home.
he: They really do that??
she: Ya, they do.
he: Have you ever given the re-test?
she: Yes sir, 2-3 times. Because we were busy in Firodiya Karandak practice
he: (Interrupting me) Have you done Firodiya??
she: Yes sir.
he: As what?
she: As a Singer. I sung a Telugu song in S.E. and a Portuguese Song in T.E.
he: 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.)
he: So, should I grill you on c++ or java??
she: Yes Sir, you can.
he: (smiled) Should I??
she: You can, sir.
he: Anyways, you are watching me since morning, what do you think about me??
she: (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??
he: I play all instruments
he: 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.)
he: Oktell me something about yourself
she: I am from Bombay ..
(He immediately stopped me)
he: Bombay or Mumbai??
she: MumbaiAre you from Mumbai?
he: No, But its like my second home. Why did you think that I am from Mumbai??
she: A person who is so particular about saying Mumbai and not Bombay must be closely related with the city
(He just smiled)
she: I love computers. I never get bored of them. It can be gaming or surfing..
he: (Interrupting me) So, which was the last site you surfed?
she: It was IBM.
he: What did you like about it?
she: Sir, I loved the latest logo in which I is shown by vertically drawn eye and B is represented by a honeybee.
he: It is not really a logo
she: Ya, not exactly but that particular picture
he: Ok. What is IBMs slogan?
she: What makes you special!!!
(He nodded in appreciation.)
she: 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: So, do you want to ask anything?
she: Sir, when did you join IBM?
he: I am with IBM since last 4 years. Before that I was working with a Japanese company.
she: Sir, and what about the training?
he: Training will be for 3-6 months depending upon the project requirements.
Anything else you want to ask?
she: No sir.
she: Yes sir.
he: (Smiling) OkSo, now you will tell your mother immediately about the interview??
she: (Smiling) Yes sir.
he: Do you think I will select you?
she: Yes sir.
he: Are you sure?
she: 100% sir.
she: Absolutely Sir
he: (Smiling) Anyways, it was nice interacting with you..
she: Thank you, sir.
he: Wait for the results now
she: Yes sir. Bye.
Finally, around 10: 50 pm results were declared and Expression Of Responsibility was given to us!!!!