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Apple Engineering Manager Interview Questions

Updated Sep 6, 2014
Updated Sep 6, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Energy Systems Engineering Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

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

    Interview Details

    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
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Engineering Program Manager Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    • 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!
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Engineering Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed 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 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
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Engineering Project Manager Interview

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

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed 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 Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineering Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Smooth and efficient interview schedule setup with breaks and meals provided.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me something that you have done in your life which you are particularly proud of   Answer Question
    No Offer
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Engineering Project Manager Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed 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 Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Engineering Project Manager Interview

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

    I applied online. The process took a dayinterviewed 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.

    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Software Engineering Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed 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 Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Had a better offer from a different company

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Engineering Program Manager Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Apple in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    Very thorough - three separate onsite interviews with multiple people. Initial phone call with recruiter was half an hour long, just a quick resume review and typical "what do you want out of a job" questions. Technical people asked high level technical questions, even though it is not really a technical job, to make sure you understand the technology you will support. Lots of troubleshooting questions, hypothetical situations, etc.

    Know your resume! They will read it (all of it) and quiz you about it. Even stuff from a decade ago. Be honest and be enthusiastic about the company and the position.

    Everyone I interviewed with was enthusiastic about working for Apple and seemed to enjoy their jobs.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you do when you find out two weeks before launch that a software feature still hasn't been implemented?   View Answer
    • How do you go about defining a new SW feature, from start to finish?   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineering Project Manager Interview

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

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a dayinterviewed 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 Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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