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  1. Helpful (1890)  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    Around 2 months after I submitted my resume for Apple software engineer position, I got a call from the hiring manager. He asked me what was the good day for the interview. It took half day for meeting 5 people. It was long hour interview for me. Each interviewer spent ~ 30 minutes and asked ~ 4 questions. Each interviewer asked questions in the different areas.


  2. Helpful (948)  

    Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Apple.

    Interview

    Hey guys! Here's my review of Apple's interview process. I hope this helps any potential Apple employees in their quest to join Apple! So I applied back in September actually. I didn't hear back at all. I then re-applied at the beginning of this month again and I heard back within a week about attending the hiring event.

    Hiring Event: I read so many articles and nearly all of them said that the hiring event would have 70+ people. Mine only had 15 so I guess I lucked out a little. We were told to sign in and wait. Make sure you start smiling and greeting every Apple employee you see as soon as you enter the hotel?banquet hall, etc. They will start grading you the moment you enter. Start up a conversation with a couple people. This shows you're a people person and not a wallflower. We were lead in shortly after and we had introductions. All of the Apple employees introduced themselves and then we introduced ourselves. We were asked to say something about ourselves that is unique. After introductions, we were broken up into groups of 5. We passed around an iPad that had questions on it and took turns answering the questions. Make sure you seem engaged and try to tell a story with your answer. Don't just give a one word answer. Once that was over, we re-convened in the big group. We were shown videos about Apple and everyone gave a rundown about their role. After that, they asked if we had questions. Make sure you have some ready! Good ones too. Questions that will get them thinking and challenge them. They like that. I was offered the next interview right after the hiring event. It took roughly 45 minutes.

    Second Interview: I had the second interview two days later at the store that I will be working at. It lasted about 30 minutes. It was all personal questions. They want to get to know you so make sure you have good answers for questions such as, "What's your hobby?", "What are you passionate about?", "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?", "Why Apple?". Don't give one word responses. Again, craft a story with your words. Think of a personal experience and relate that to the question. I was offered the the interview right after.

    Third Interview: I had this interview 2 days after the second one. I expected to have a one on one but I had an interview with another gentleman. Keep in mind this isn't meant to be a competition and chances are the person you are interviewing alongside didn't even apply for the same role as you so don't get nervous. Try to speak first when possible. This interview had harder questions but if you remain calm and think for a second, you should be okay. I was asked questions like, "Name a time where you had to deal with an unruly customer", "Name the most profound experience you had with a customer", "Name a time where you were overwhelmed with projects and how you dealt with it". Again, not to awful. All in all, this interview challenged me to think outside the box and craft my answers accordingly. I got a call 2 hours later inviting me to attend the fourth interview.

    Fourth Interview: This is usually the last interview for most people unless you are applying for a higher role. This interview was days after my third interview. It took place with the market leader, myself, and two other gentlemen who also applied for jobs. This one was more technical in nature so heads up. They can ask you anything from the 3 Mac's Apple offers, difference between android and iOS, difference between an SSD & HDD, explain RAM, Hard Drive, & Processor, etc. If Apple is launching a new product, know that product inside and out. I was only asked one technical question however. I was also asked what my passion in life is so when asked that, let the passion soak up the room! Let your passion take over and encapsulate everyone! I was told I'd get a response within 24-48 hours and I got one 4 days later with an offer. Don't worry if you don't get a call within the 24-48 hour time frame. Apple prides themselves on reaching out to their applicants. You will get a call.

    In conclusion: Apple looks more at how you talk than what you know. Their whole mantra is, "we can teach you about technology but we can't teach you to be confident, talk to people, not be an mean, etc." So keep that in mind. It's okay if you don't know the answer to a question but don't just say "I don't know". Apple loves stories so let your inner J.K. Rowling out! All in all, be confident, smile a lot, don't be nervous, and stay calm! That will take you very far in the job process! Good luck everyone!

    I posted the interview as "difficult". My reason was not that the questions were difficult, but rather that you have 4+ interviews so it becomes difficult to keep the energy going, not to repeat yourself too much, come across personable, etc. Hope that helps!

    Interview Questions

    • What is your passion in life? Name a time you went above and beyond for a customer. Explain RAM, Hard Drive, and Processor. Why Apple? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Name a time you had to deal with an unruly customer.   32 Answers
  3.  

    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Interview

    Applied through university career portal, interviewed a lot of people on the finance team. Each interview is only 30 minutes, sometimes there are some behavioral and technical/scenario questions, but the main emphasis is on fit. Some interviewers were very nice and engaging, others not so much. Used Webex meetings, would switch to facetime if there were any lags.

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  4.  

    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Interview

    Long but worth it. You truly get to understand the company culture and what they are looking for in a candidate. At the end of the day, it is a sales position, so the company expects sales staff that want to help people.

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    Sales Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Interview

    A lengthy interview process that is more focused on your work ethic and your soft skills. A majority of the interview process is to allow them to determine if you're an approachable person who can handle a stressful floor environment.

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    Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bethesda, MD (US)
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Apple (Bethesda, MD (US)).

    Interview

    Spend a lot of time asking you questions about yourself, and how you would handle customers on the floor. I wish they put more emphasis on the technical background they are looking for in the interview, instead of just the customer service aspect.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you approach your coworker if you notice they are not properly accomplishing their task?   Answer Question

  7. Helpful (1)  

    Store Leader Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Interview

    Two recruiters reached out to me. Initially had a good phone call with an apple recruiter from a different region as I was planning to move out of state. When I saw someone local pop up I reached out to a recruiter (who had messaged me) and set up a time to chat.

    She forgot about the interview then called me after I emailed and had a pretty rushed call. Seemed uninterested and questioned where I saw a posting for the role and kind of implied I was mistaken. Well, the post is still up and that conversation made me change my mind about wanting to join Apple. No thanks.

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  8. Helpful (1)  

    UI Engineer, Media Products Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY (US)
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Apple (New York, NY (US)).

    Interview

    The recruiter was polite, but very forgetful—every interaction required a follow-up reminder. Giving them the benefit of the doubt and assuming they are understaffed in that department.

    The interview itself was not really at all challenging, but uniquely stressful and unclear. This is most likely chiefly due to the current remote context, but the evasive and outright rude behavior of some of the interviewers was frankly surprising.

    On the first round, you are given a task to recreate an existing webpage design and walk them through it. Obviously there is no way to complete it within an hour, but they want to see your process. I did exactly that, but it felt like they were trying to guide me into a very entry-level “start with mobile” approach rather than let me explain why I took a holistic approach instead due to the context of the design. There wasn’t a lot of curiosity there about my decision-making, just gotchas about why the mobile version wasn’t done first. By the time I got half-way into explaining why I thought that was an imperfect solution, it was pencils down. Too bad, it might have been a fun discussion, but it really felt like they had an itchy trigger finger for “pass” and I threw one right down home plate, regardless of the outcome of my work.

    Next, I clearly caught someone on a bad day. They asked me to go ahead and use “whatever” framework I wanted, which begs the question of finding a boilerplated code editor that fits the requirements they hadn’t given me yet. Typically, this is why vanilla JS is used in interview challenges. After spending 20 minutes coaxing out what exactly it was that they wanted and finding a fit, we had issues using the actual template itself. Then interviewer then got mad at ME, shockingly, and asked me to “write a model”. In the framework I chose, it’s literally two or three lines of code, which the interviewer was struggling to believe.

    Sensing that the interviewer was coming away with an outcome that was less than ideal, I asked what they wanted to evaluate, exactly. It was a template responding to changes in a router, which is a crazy thing to ask a candidate to just pull out of thin air in 40 minutes unless they are constantly doing exactly that in online IDEs. By the time I started just talking through how routers and views work on my framework of choice, it was time for questions about them. They could not have possibly seemed less interested in answering my questions about their work.

    The rest of the day went very well and I had some excellent conversations. I was made to wait two weeks to hear back, even though I was sure that very rude interviewer was going to give a veto. Disappointed in the process here and at least some of the personalities that are part of it.

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  9.  

    Subject Matter Expert Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Apple.

    Interview

    The role was on a team that manages cosmetic coatings for several Apple products. The process started with a phone call with the recruiter in which I was asked about my most recent employment. We also went over the job description and I was asked if I'd be ok with travel since there would be a lot of it. I then talked with the hiring manager in a more technical phone call. I was asked about my grad school research and we talked about what I did in my most recent job. I was also asked to explain a processing technique from my resume and how I would react in a common technical situation which the manager's group encounters often. Lastly, I spent a day in video calls (would have been on-site if not for COVID) with various members of the team and managers/directors who asked about my background and questions directly related to the role. I was not asked to go into detail about any single technique on my resume, but rather how I would solve various problems which would call on that experience. I was ultimately not given an offer because they found someone whose experience better matched the role.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you generally design a stack of thin films to reflect a given color?   Answer Question

  10.  

    Verification Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Apple.

    Interview

    It was a basic phone screen with quite a lot of questions to code on for Verilog, SV and UVM. Overall, the nature of the questions were not too difficult but a lot of emphasis was given on syntax

    Interview Questions

    • UVM TB questions, sequence, sequencer and driver protocol, SV randomization questions   Answer Question

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