Apple Engineering Manager Interview Questions

Updated Mar 27, 2015
Updated Mar 27, 2015
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    Engineering Project Manager Interview

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

    I applied through other source. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Apple in March 2015.

    Interview Details

    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.   View Answer
    • One of my favorite questions: What was your best day in the last 4 years? What was your worst?   View Answer
    • Why Apple? (almost every interview)   View Answer
    • State your top 3 strengths and top 3 weaknesses, as fast as you can. Go!   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Engineering Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Apple in January 2015.

    Interview Details

    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?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Energy Systems Engineering Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    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
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    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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Engineering Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    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
  7. 4 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
    • Why are you leaving your current position.   View Answer
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Software Engineering Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Engineering Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Anonymous Employee 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
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Engineering Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Anonymous Employee 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 Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    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

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