What We Look For

What we look for

The people who are most successful at IBM share a distinct set of characteristics. These begin with energy and creativity, along with a clear focus on delivering exceptional customer service. We've defined and refined these to set out our IBM competencies, which complement our values and identify the core, common and critical behaviours you'll need to succeed. If you'd like to work with us, this is the best place to begin: by identifying how you've already used these competencies and the examples you'll use to demonstrate them.

  • + Partner for Clients' Success

    At IBM, we need people who will take time to understand our client's unique needs before drawing any conclusions. Having the knowledge of our capabilities and how they can provide value for our clients is key. Are you someone who can provide breakthrough insights that can challenge a client's current perception about their own business and increase their success?

  • + Embrace Challenge

    This competency focuses on developing the ability to effectively adjust priorities in response to changing business needs. Being able to take on new challenging situations with enthusiasm and determination is critical. Are you someone who persists in overcoming obstacles to accomplish your goals?

  • + Collaborate globally

    Our company needs people who can work well with people whose background, culture, language or work style is different than their own. Being able to reconcile conflicting interests or objectives to reach consensus in the pursuit of common goals is important. Are you someone who can identify and connect with key individuals to achieve desired outcomes?

  • + Act with a systemic perspective

    At IBM, we need people who will integrate facts with intuition and experience to make timely decisions. Having the ability to solicit input from others to test the validity of new ideas is key. Are you someone who encourages risk-taking by supporting others during set backs and challenges?

  • + Build mutual trust

    This competency focuses on developing the ability to inspire others through example. Being able to create an environment where everyone feels accountable for the success of the organization is critical. Are you someone who follows through on commitments from beginning to end?

  • + Influence through expertise

    Our company needs people who can build organizational capability by identifying skill gaps and supporting individual development. Being able to move talent to other parts of the organization for the employee or IBM's growth is important. Are you someone who can focus on identifying and developing tomorrow's leaders?

  • + Continuously transform

    At IBM, we need people who will adopt new approaches and solutions in response to changing demands. Having the ability to ask questions and seek feedback to learn from others at all levels of the organization is key. Are you someone who promotes innovation by challenging the status quo?

  • + Communicate for impact

    This competency focuses on developing the ability to translate complex information into a simple message with impact. Being able to vary communication approaches based on the message and audience is critical. Are you someone who asks questions to ensure mutual understanding?

  • + Help IBMers succeed

    Our company needs people who motivate others by leveraging their interest and capabilities across organization boundaries. Being able to create a sense of pride and belonging among team members is important. Are you someone who recognizes individual and team contributions?


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