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!!)
Gauri: Yeh..Good 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: That's it??
Ajay: (smiling) These are just to start the interview..!! (I just smiled.)
Ajay: Tell me some things which you don't 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 it's 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 don't really prefer job hopping. Do you play guitar??
Ajay: I play all instruments..
Ajay: Do you know, IBM takes special care of it's women employees?? IBM has won the Best Employer award for 10-15 years..
(I just nodded.)
Ajay: Ok..tell me something about yourself..
Gauri: I am from Bombay ..
(He immediately stopped me)
Ajay: Bombay or Mumbai??
Gauri: Mumbai..Are 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)
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 IBM's slogan?
Gauri: What makes you special!!! (He nodded in appreciation.)
Gauri: Sir, actually I didn't 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.
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.
Gauri: Yes sir.
Ajay: (Smiling) Ok..So, 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.
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.
Finally, around 10: 50 pm results were declared and Expression Of Responsibility was given to us!!!!