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Apple Engineering Manager Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 15, 2014
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Engineering Program Manager Interview

Engineering Program Manager
Cupertino, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Apple in May 2014.

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

Negotiation Details – 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!

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Engineering Program Manager Interview

Engineering Program Manager

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Apple.

Interview Details – 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 Question – 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

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Engineering Project Manager Interview

Engineering Project Manager
Cupertino, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Apple.

Interview Details – 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 Question – Why are you leaving your current position.   Answer Question

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Senior Engineer/Manager
San Diego, CA

I applied through other source and the process took a day - interviewed at Apple in February 2010.

Interview Details – They first interview you to see if you have the right Culture, and if you pass that interview, your allowed to interview for the position.

Interview Question – They asked a few questions about small team working environments and how I think out of hte box.   Answer Question

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Software Engineering Manager Interview

Software Engineering Manager

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Apple in May 2012.

Interview Details – Got a call from an in-house recruiter, scheduled a full day interview - 10am-5pm. One hour lunch, one hour each person. Interviewers were very nice eventhough they did ask lots of tricky questions. They challenged my answers and solutions described.

Interview Question – How many cars are there in the US?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Had a better offer from a different company

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Software Engineering Manager Interview

Software Engineering Manager

Interviewed at Apple

Interview Details – Smooth and efficient interview schedule setup with breaks and meals provided.

Interview Question – Tell me something that you have done in your life which you are particularly proud of   Answer Question

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Engineering Project Manager Interview

Engineering Project Manager
Cupertino, CA

I applied online and the process took a day - interviewed at Apple in March 2013.

Interview Details – The interview process was quite rigorous. I was interviewed by 7 people in one day and then one phone interview as that person was not here. Overall it went well but I got a response saying that my skill sets were not an exact match. Not sure, what they were looking for.

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Engineering Project Manager Interview

Engineering Project Manager
Cupertino, CA

I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Apple in March 2013.

Interview Details – 30 minutes phone interview -> 6 hours onsite interview
6 hours onsite interview is very detailed, but most of the questions they asks are very standard. Those who you'll interview are most likely your future coworkers and bosses.

Interview Question – tell me about your management style.   Answer Question

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Engineering Program Manager Interview

Engineering Program Manager
Cupertino, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Apple in January 2010.

Interview Details – I was contacted by an Apple recruiter via LinkedIn and eventually had a 15-20 min telephone screening interview. Two days later, I had a 30 min phone interview with the hiring manager. The next week, I traveled to their campus for an onsite interview with 4 different people who would be peers/one level higher. Finally, I was brought back onsite for another 3 interviews with more senior level (boss of boss) employees.

Interview Question – They asked me pretty typical interview questions, nothing too technical since it was for a program management role.   Answer Question

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Engineering Project Manager Interview

Engineering Project Manager
Cupertino, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took a day - interviewed at Apple in December 2010.

Interview Details – Took 3 months before had our first phone interview with the hiring manager. Prior to phone interview with manager, interviewed with a fellow Apple engineering project manager which I believe went very well. Rescheduled with the hiring manager 4+ times before our first / only phone interview.

Manager was 12 minutes late and stopped the interview after 10 minutes (said she had someone in her office that she had to talk to). Interview started with a pause. I offered to provide a summary of my background and experience but I was cut off almost immediately with a drill down question about what was said.

Manager was looking for strong technology knowledge base and experience. I suspect that the interviewer was focusing on what was not in the resume. It seemed more of an elimination process.

I agree that this was not a fit for the company or for me.

Interview Question – Explain XXX (technology drilldown question).   Answer Question

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