Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Apple in January 2014.
Round 1: Why apple? Your strengths and weaknesses? What are you looking for in you job. Totally behavorial.
- No cases in round 1 Answer Question
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I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in March 2013.
Brief on-campus interview, followed by a fly-in interview at the Apple campus. Fly-in interviews consisted of 2-6 30-minute interviews with managers who were hiring interns. The process was very informal.
- It's all about fit with Apple. Answer Question
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I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Apple in January 2013.
2 On campus interviews. Four 2nd-Round interviews at Apple's Campus in Cupertino.
Offer for internship position 5 days after 2nd round interviews ended
- I was asked by a global sourcing manager how to solve supply constraints and expand supplier base in the face of an imminent product releases. Answer Question
Typically there is no negotiation for internship positions.
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in March 2010.
Submitted my resume through an employee referral, was contacted by a hiring manager because he said my resume and cover letter jumped out at him as providing diverse experiences and showing I had a real passion for Apple. Then had three interviews, two phone/iChat and 1 in person. Overall, they asked tough, probing questions, but thorough preparation made me feel good about the process. Ultimately, received an offer for an intern position for the summer.
- Asked me to describe specifics about exactly what MY roles had been in certain team projects. Any time I would say something like "we determined that the pricing at $500 was the best strategy..." he would stop me and say what was your role in making that decision. What questions did you ask? What did you suggest, etc. He wanted me to focus on my actions and roles and avoid generalizations. Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
Family complications made it harder to go to Northern Ca for the summer, and I had a couple of competing offers that were for more money and closer to my family. I don't regret the decision, but it definitely would have a been a great project and summer at Apple.
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I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in February 2010.
Apple's big emphasis is on fitting your prior background to a specific need they have, even for an MBA summer internship. Apple is not keen on hiring people for positions not in line with their work history, so if you are looking to make a career switch, it will be very difficult unless you can make a clear, unambiguous linkage between your prior experience and the needs of the intern opening. Truly understanding what is the culture of Apple and their thinking about consumer products is key. When you are asked "Why Apple?", the wrong answer is "I love my iPhone." The interview is almost all behavioral, but there are targeted functional questions depending on the position.
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Absolutely no negotiation. Either you take their somewhat low MBA intern salary, or the next person in the line of MBAs salivating to get the position will.
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