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Creative (Apple Store) Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
Anonymous Interview Candidate in Houston, TX
Application Details

I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Apple.

Interview Details

The hiring process was rather quick for myself, however I have seen the process take a while for many others as well. It is incredibly difficult to get into the job if you don't fit the current culture of that store.

Interview Questions
  • Nothing stood out, but if I had to choose one it would be, How long do you plan to be with the company?   Answer Question
Negotiation Details
I was unemployed at the time, and just happy to work, but the compensation was already better than most spots I applied at, so no negotiation needed
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Easy Interview

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    Creative (Apple Store) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Arduous process. Lengthy. Expect multiple interviews, beginning with a phone or Face Time interview with a recruiter that asks you scenario questions. Then, you move on to the store interview, and prepare for a panel. They are more interested if you "fit in." The process can drag on, and if you're lucky, you get a second interview and maybe a third and maybe a job.

    Interview Questions
    • "Tell us about a time when you delivered world-class customer service, and another time when you failed to meet the customer's expectations."   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation. Just, "here's the salary."
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Creative (Apple Store) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tigard, OR
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Tigard, OR
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Apple.

    Interview Details

    I had three interviews at Apple. My first one was a group panel interview. There were about 6 people applying for the job, and 3 managers interviewing us. The second interview was a phone interview, and the third and final interview was a one on one interview in person. The process took about 1.5 months in total but was totally worth it.

    Interview Questions
    • The most challenging questions that I was asked during the interview was regarding my plans to make the Creative training team great. It was a fairly young team, so I had to really think on my feet for this one since I didn't have a lot of content or experience to draw from. Unlike most other interviews that I have gone through, Apples interview questions are not typical interview questions. They actually sit down and get to know the applicants, not just ask canned questinos.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    I was able to negotiate my salary about 5% more than was offered. I was already coming in pretty high at the top end of the allotted HR range for annual pay (even though the position was hourly).
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Creative (Apple Store) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5+ monthsinterviewed at Apple.

    Interview Details

    I did a group interview with 20 other people. It was very intense and very competitive. You have to find a way to stand out in a group interview. The most important thing is to remain calm and not to act nervous. That is the kiss of death in Apple!

    Interview Questions
    • Apple says...."Tell us of a time that you...." Come prepared!   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    Ask for more money right when you start. The raises are very very small. Be willing to bargain.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Creative (Apple Store) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South Hills, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in South Hills, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Apple.

    Interview Details

    Applied online. Sent in a resume and thought out cover letter and was asked about 2 weeks later to come in for a hiring event. After dressing business casual and making my appearance to the event, there were about 25 others there, many of who showed up in unprofessional attire. This almost put a bad taste in my mouth, but I just felt an advantage right away. After watching a few small video clips about the company (Apple), we were asked what the most surprising thing was that we just learned. Then after, we were moved into groups, where we were asked general questions, mainly about customer service experience. They say it's optional to answer, but why would you go to a job interview and not answer questions. They log down what you say and they judge you from there. After this event, which lasted almost two hours, I was asked a week later to come in for a second one on one interview. I was told that only 3 out of the group were asked to come in for this. It was a pretty relaxed interview with the team leader just walking around the store as he asked me general customer service questions and answering questions about myself. I found out halfway through talking with the team leader at the store that they were only hiring for the sales position. I was pretty disappointed with the fact that the team leader wasn't even aware of the cover letter I took the time to create and that I applied for the creative position. I think they just bring in anyone who generally applies to the store and assume they just want the general sales position, but you have to start somewhere I guess. The 1 on 1 interview lasted for about 45 minutes, thought it went very well, but was informed that they went ahead with their hiring of others. Somewhat glad I didn't get it because it opened my eyes to the Apple culture. Felt it was Apple or nothing there, but that's the way it is when you're working to promote any company.

    Interview Questions
    • Looking around this store, what do you think we can improve on? And don't say everything is already great.   Answer Question
    • That guy over there (points to older man) has a regular flip phone and has Verizon, go ahead and tell me what you would say to him in short to buy an iPhone and switch to AT&T.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Creative (Apple Store) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Costa Mesa, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Costa Mesa, CA
    Application Details

    The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Apple.

    Interview Details

    The interview was not that bad. Questions were pretty straight-forward regarding your past experience and how you handle issues. Ordinary job-wide question: Tell me a little about yourself, tell me a time when _______ and how you handled it, why do you want to work here?

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Creative (Apple Store) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Roseville, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Roseville, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Apple in September 2012.

    Interview Details

    Overall the interview process was simular to others referenced -my one concern was the time lag between mt second interview (face to face) and any contact. I called, with no response at least half a dozen times and never got a return call or answer. My final communication was a very generic, bland email. Very disappointing.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8.  

    Creative (Apple Store) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bakersfield, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Bakersfield, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Apple in June 2012.

    Interview Details

    The first part of the interview process was actually a phone interview. This dealt with my background information, a lot of what is listed on my resume, but gave me a chance to really explain where I came from and where I was heading. This lasted about 15-20 minutes and ended with me being able to ask questions that I had. My main questions at that point where how the interview was going to proceed, what else I would need to prepare for, and the like.

    The second interview was a face to face interview with two people at a time. One of these individuals was who I already interviewed with over the phone, and the other an area manager. Partway through the interview, the phone interviewer switched with another area manager, and I was left to answer questions with them. Many of the questions are "What did you do in a situation where..." sort of questions. Most of these were retail/customer service oriented but some also dealt with how I dealt with creative problem solving and technical savvy. This interview lasted about 45 minutes and I was warned ahead of time it would not last longer than an hour. Additionally I had been asked to bring copies of my resume to this interview as well as a copy of my portfolio.

    The third and final interview was unusual in that it was conducted via Facetime. This position was for a store not in my local area and so for the 2nd interview I had traveled on my own dime to get there. There were some scheduling conflicts on Apple's end of things that prevented me from meeting one key person and so the extra interview was scheduled (my 2nd should have been final). As I could not travel again, I basically begged them to let me have another phone interview or suggested the Facetime route. I'm not entirely sure why this company hasn't jumped on that idea sooner, but I digress...

    The final interview was much like the 2nd where I was asked "What did you do" situation questions and was given time to ask my own questions. Apple is extremely hush hush about things and so the questions that I really wanted answered they had to hedge around, however politely. All in all, this interview was more of a formality to give me some facetime (sorry) with this other manager I'd not yet met. It lasted about 15 minutes.

    Every time I was told a specific time frame in which I would be contacted and only by the end was that not met. I'm assuming that means that if you hear back when you should, you are being considered, otherwise, keep looking elsewhere.

    Interview Questions
    • What is the most challenging technical problem you've been faced with and how did you overcome it?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Creative (Apple Store) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Apple in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    I went to a group interview and we were shown a few videos about the apple style. After that we did some situation role play and talked about why us for apple. Still waiting for the one to one.

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you think you will be an asset for apple   View Answer
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Creative (Apple Store) Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed at Apple in April 2012.

    Interview Details

    A lot of phone calls, emails and a lot of meetings.

    Interview Questions
    • When were you faced with a difficult situation and how did you overcome it? What can you contribute to the team? After the answer they followup with: Please explain more. Then they will say How do you mean?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

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