Apple Engineering Manager Interview Questions

Updated Jul 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)  

    Engineering Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cupertino, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    I had a casual interview with the director of project management, the hiring manager and then the formal interview process started. I then interviewed with the hiring manager's boss, two other team member, who would be my peers, an engineer and the engineering manager and then the hiring manager again. Each session was for 45 min.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your project management style? How would you protect the engineering group? Why do you want to change / apply for this position? Describe how you would approach a project with just a high level, vague requirement.   1 Answer
  2. Helpful (6)  

    Engineering Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cupertino, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    I had one initial screening-type interview, and then a full day in Cupertino, where I met with 8 members of the team 1-on-1, including a lunch interview. A few of the interviews were very difficult, including a few riddles/brain teasers that I took a veeerrrry long time solving and needed a couple hints. I was asked a lot of CS and EE technical questions, as well as a ton of fit questions. One interview was quite intimidating. It was very rapid-fire, to test adaptability and response to interruptions. I kept positive the whole time and enjoyed the challenge! The interviews covered a broad range of topics and skill areas with all different types of interviewers. Overall I enjoyed them, and I came knowing that the interviews would be tough. They didn't disappoint! My advice to future applicants would be to relax as much as possible and try to have fun with the challenges. Know that the way you react to a difficult situation can be just as important as your actual answers (if not more important). Keep smiling, stay positive and just think, I'm doing my best!

    Interview Questions

    • I don't want to give away the actual riddles, but study some riddles / brain teasers and get used to that way of thinking.   1 Answer
    • One of my favorite questions: What was your best day in the last 4 years? What was your worst?   1 Answer
    • Why Apple? (almost every interview)   1 Answer
    • State your top 3 strengths and top 3 weaknesses, as fast as you can. Go!   2 Answers
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    Engineering Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Apple (San Francisco, CA) in January 2015.

    Interview

    Several stages of phone interviews, first with recruiter and then with engineering director. Apple had to reschedule the phone interviews a number of times due to Apple Team's last minute meetings and trips.

    Interview Questions

    • What is the most technical aspect of your current job?   1 Answer
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    Engineering Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in October 2014.

    Interview

    A week after phone interview with hiring manager I went through face to face interview with 6 other managers. In one day, 7 hours of long marathon interview was a headache. Most of them were pretty nice but one of managers was very reluctant to talk and didn't care much about my answer. He was kind of rush to finish the interview. Very disappointed.

    Interview Questions

    • one of managers asked what I have done in previous job and wanted me to describe in detail.   Answer Question
  6. Helpful (1)  

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Apple in September 2014.

    Interview

    1 recruiter phone call and 1 phone interview with an EPM. The interview wasn't even an interview. The guy only called me because I had a referral. He didn't know my resume well, was unprepared, and made up his mind that I wasn't a good fit prior to the interview. The interviewer asked me if I had any questions about the job so many times--even after he told me I wasn't a good fit. I don't understand why he wasn't upfront about the purpose of the phone call in the first place since it clearly wasn't an interview. He didn't take the time to get to know me at all. Total waste of time and a disappointment. I thought Apple would be more professional than this.

    Interview Questions

    • What is a project that you worked on that you were passionate about?   Answer Question
  7.  

    Engineering Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in September 2014.

    Interview

    Long day, met with about 8 members of the team, back to back... about 30-45 min with each person. All were very friendly and setting was very casual. Not much focus on prior experience. The on-site followed phone screenings with the two managers. Final interview of the day was with the head of the department who was very nice.

    Interview Questions

    • asked specifics about sensors and a few physics type questions with whiteboard work necessary   Answer Question
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    Engineering Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cupertino, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in June 2014.

    Interview

    Initial phone interview with the hiring manager. Not much discussion about the job function, since i was preforming a similar job at my previous company. Interviews at the apple campus consisted of 6 people, 30 minutes each. None of the interviewers had any specific questions prepared, so i spent my time talking about my previous work experience. Everyone was very busy, and looked like the interview was just adding to their daily work space. Most that interviewed me were 1 year or less at the company.

    Interview Questions

    • What things did you research before coming to this interview.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    My salary requested was accepted without much negotiation. Advice to shoot a bit higher and work your way down. Also glassdoor can help find salary ranges.

  9. Helpful (7)  

    Engineering Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cupertino, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in May 2014.

    Interview

    I was referred via an emplyee a week before I was contacted by a recruiter. She right away scheduled a phone interview with the hiring manager without interviewing me. My phone interview (20min) with the hiring manager went well. He asked about my current position and why did I fit with their position. At the end of the call he also explained about his two job openings. I had two onsite interviews. One was Full day, and the other was half day. The full day inteview was tough. Every half an hour a new person would come in and almost none of them had read my resume so I had to go over all my experiences and education. Questions were both about my experience and personal. The second day was more technical. Interviews were so frustrating I must say. I would say out of 10 people whom I saw 7 of them were constantly looking at their cell phones and were distracted. But all of the people whom interviewed me were so nice and reasonable. Next day after the second interview I got a call from the reruiter to discuss my salary and I was told that I'm being hired. The whole process took a month.

    Interview Questions

    • No unexpected questions were asked! Probably the technical questions were a bit difficult but expected...   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    The offer was too good to be true that I didn't have to negotiate it. I felt well wanted and they appreciated my years of experience and education!

  10. Helpful (3)  

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Apple.

    Interview

    Was contacted by a recruiter. He arranged for a 1 hour phone interview with a hiring manager. After that I was invited to the corporate campus for an interview consisting of 8 30-minute long interviews with various engineers and managers. A week after the interview, I was informed that they had selected another candidate, which I do appreciate. I was also given feedback by the recruiter.

    Interview Questions

    • Part of the problem with Apple's interview style is that you tend to get asked the same questions over and over by different people who didn't have a chance to hear you answer previously. Also 30 minutes per person isn't really enough time to get to know one another.   Answer Question
  11. Helpful (4)  

    Engineering Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cupertino, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA).

    Interview

    I interviewed on site with 6 different people in the organisation. They asked in depth about project management and people/stakeholder management skills and experience.

    Interview Questions

    • Why are you leaving your current position.   1 Answer
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