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Apple Hardware Engineer Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Jun 22, 2014
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Senior Hardware Engineer
Cupertino, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Apple in March 2014.

Interview Details – Recruiter contacted me. Had a phone interview with another recruiter. After that had two technical phone interviews, one with the hiring manager and one with one of the senior hardware engineers on the team.

The on site interview was pretty grueling. 8 people back to back 1 hour each. Bone up on your college level electrical engineering questions, because they will make you solve equations and draw circuits on the white board. One interviewer gave me a test to complete.

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  • Unexpected to be able to rehearse college level circuit questions (from flip flops to electromagnetism) for a senior level design position. I thought the interview would have been more about practical engineering experience versus academia.   Answer Question
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Hardware Engineer

I applied online and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Apple.

Interview Details – Applied online and HR reached me out. First interview was with HR to see where I stand. Then an engineer from the department interviewed asking more technical questions related to resume. It was followed by a more technical interview where I was asked to write down circuit questions and solve/explain. I was then given a 24-hour assignment which included a design/business questions and 4 pretty difficult circuit questions. It was followed by 2 more phone interviews by s different engineer and engineering manager.

Interview Question – I was given a 24-hour assignment for opamps. Questions are confidential.   Answer Question

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Hardware Engineer Interview

Hardware Engineer

Interviewed at Apple

Interview Details – Quick-paced. Some interviewers were more respectful than others. Overall a good experience to be able to interview with some of the brightest engineers in industry.

Interview Question – Why is there a null for a dipole antenna along its vertical axis?   Answer Question

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Hardware Engineer Interview

Hardware Engineer
Cupertino, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Apple in December 2012.

Interview Details – Three different phone interviews, each with one or two engineers on the iPhone systems integration team. They asked several questions about basic circuit design, no curve balls. Otherwise they'd ask more open ended questions, things like the future of interfacing with devices or the theory behind capacitive touch. There was very little time to chat about other things (such as personal projects), but when we did, it was usually technical. They're a sharp bunch of guys, and great interviewers.

Interview Question – How else could you design a touch interface for a device (besides capacitive touch)?   View Answer

Negotiation Details – Negotiation is difficult until you're actually working there. Until you're in the lab on your first day, good luck trying to sort out anything.

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Senior Hardware Engineer Interview

Senior Hardware Engineer
Cupertino, CA

I applied in-person and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Apple in January 2010.

Interview Details – Very fast and easy, it was 3 years ago and I can't remember much of it other then it was a group at first then to the individual stage where they talked yo us and asked question regarding where you have worked previously and things like that. Relatively painless.

Interview Question – How many ping pong balls will fill this room?   View Answer

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Hardware Engineer Interview

Hardware Engineer
Cupertino, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Apple in July 2013.

Interview Details – A recruiter called me and set up an interview with the hiring manager. He liked me and wanted me to speak with 2 others on the phone. They flew me out to Cupertino for some onsite interviews: 7 back to back whiteboard interviews. The phone interviews were mostly about debugging skills and programming, while the onsite interview questions were thoughtful design questions.

Interview Question – Block diagram a schematic to interface 1000 sensors and collect information from them at intervals while minimizing CPU usage.   View Answer

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Hardware Engineer Interview

Hardware Engineer
Durham, NC

I applied through college or university and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Apple.

Interview Details – Initial "informal chat" that was actually an interview on campus. Asked a mix of technical questions (stress/strain diagram, necking, etc) and design questions based on an example in my resume (they asked me to redesign a project I'd worked on based on fake client feedback). And a brain teaser. Some discussion about finite element analysis work that I'd done after my freshman year and some in-depth questions on how FEA works.

Second interview was 30m phone interview with 2 hardware engineers. I expected technical questions but got none. The interview was all about how my design process works, and was rather ambiguous.

Interview Question – Advantages/disadvantages of tetrahedron and hexagonal FEA elements.   Answer Question

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Hardware Engineer Interview

Hardware Engineer

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Interview Details – On site interview

Interview Question – It was the first round. Nothing special, just normal FSM, and simple C questions   Answer Question

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Hardware Test Software Engineer Interview

Hardware Test Software Engineer
Cupertino, CA

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Apple in March 2013.

Interview Details – - Quick phone screen asking basic C++ and object-oriented principles.
- Scheduled a conditional a day of interviews with conditional second day.

The entire process was very disorganized. They did not bill the rental car or hotel to Apple correctly, so I had to float that money up front. 12 weeks later I am still trying to get reimbursed from an unresponsive interview coordinator.

As others have mentioned, the interviewers were barely prepared. I had at least 3 interviewers not show up. Some were too busy on their phone to pay attention. All who did show up emphasized that you would be working long hours and have to do a lot of travel. The interviewers themselves projected weariness.

Even if i had gotten an offer, I don't think this would have been a good group to join.

Interview Question – - Code an in-place linked list reverse
- Code an STL iterator
- Brainteasers

There were the types of brainteasers that Google recently got rid of. You either know them or you don't. I did not practice brainteasers in my preparation, so I bombed these. I interview a lot of people, and I can't fathom what this team gets out of these questions.

If you find yourself studying brainteasers to get a job, that's a sign that the interview process is absurd.
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Hardware Engineer Interview

Hardware Engineer

Interviewed at Apple

Interview Details – Interview was long, deeply technical, and challenging. I found it fun. Wish I had studied up on analog circuitry beforehand - was vastly unprepared for that discussion and that's what lost me the interview. Oops! Some questions were detailed design questions that required 30-45 minutes to completely answer in detail. This was perfectly acceptable.

Interview Question – Design questions on analog op amp circuits. Should not have been difficult or unexpected, but I'd been doing nothing but pure digital circuits for years and needed a review.   Answer Question

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