Apple Project Engineering Manager Interview Questions

Updated Jul 8, 2015
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  1. Helpful (6)  

    Engineering Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cupertino, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in March 2015.

    Interview

    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.   1 Answer
    • One of my favorite questions: What was your best day in the last 4 years? What was your worst?   1 Answer
    • Why Apple? (almost every interview)   1 Answer
    • State your top 3 strengths and top 3 weaknesses, as fast as you can. Go!   2 Answers
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    Engineering Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in October 2014.

    Interview

    A week after phone interview with hiring manager I went through face to face interview with 6 other managers. In one day, 7 hours of long marathon interview was a headache. Most of them were pretty nice but one of managers was very reluctant to talk and didn't care much about my answer. He was kind of rush to finish the interview. Very disappointed.

    Interview Questions

    • one of managers asked what I have done in previous job and wanted me to describe in detail.   Answer Question
  3. Helpful (1)  

    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    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
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    Engineering Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cupertino, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in June 2014.

    Interview

    Initial phone interview with the hiring manager. Not much discussion about the job function, since i was preforming a similar job at my previous company. Interviews at the apple campus consisted of 6 people, 30 minutes each. None of the interviewers had any specific questions prepared, so i spent my time talking about my previous work experience. Everyone was very busy, and looked like the interview was just adding to their daily work space. Most that interviewed me were 1 year or less at the company.

    Interview Questions

    • What things did you research before coming to this interview.   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    My salary requested was accepted without much negotiation. Advice to shoot a bit higher and work your way down. Also glassdoor can help find salary ranges.

  6. Helpful (4)  

    Engineering Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cupertino, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA).

    Interview

    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.   1 Answer
  7. Helpful (3)  

    Engineering Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in March 2013.

    Interview

    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

    • tell me about your management style.   1 Answer
  8. Helpful (4)  

    Engineering Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in March 2013.

    Interview

    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.

  9. Helpful (1)  

    Engineering Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in December 2010.

    Interview

    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

  10. Helpful (2)  

    Engineering Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 dayinterviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in April 2010.

    Interview

    I had applied on the Apple Website for an Engineering Project Manager for the iPhone team and got a call from the recruiter. The initial rounds consisted of two phone screens one with the hiring manager and another with a PM on their team. I was then flown to Cupertino for an onsite interview. The interview was done in a room away from the main building and primarily consisted of 1-2 people firing questions at you. The overall process was very hectic with each interview lasting between 45 mins to an hour. They asked mostly behavioral questions to figure how well I deal with problems and wanted me to give examples for each of the behaviors. Towards the end of the day, they cut short the interview and told me that the feedback was mixed and bade me goodbye!

    Interview Questions

  11. Helpful (2)  

    Engineering Project Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeksinterviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in February 2010.

    Interview

    The recruiter and the manager phone interviews went well. The onsite interview was a fiasco. They forgot about me so my interview started late. People just kept coming and going throughout the whole interview with no introductions at times. Onsite questions were not similar to the phone questions or what was described as the position.

    Interview Questions

    • What would you do if your coworker anounced two days before launch that they were not going to deliver and in fact had not been working on their deliverables as previously stated in prior meetings.   2 Answers
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