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Getting an Interview
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Helpful (6)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through other source. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in March 2015.
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!
- 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
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week – interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in October 2014.
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.
- one of managers asked what I have done in previous job and wanted me to describe in detail. Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Apple in September 2014.
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.
- What is a project that you worked on that you were passionate about? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in June 2014.
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.
- What things did you research before coming to this interview. 1 Answer
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.
Helpful (4)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA).
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.
- Why are you leaving your current position. 1 Answer
Helpful (3)No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took a week – interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in March 2013.
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.
- tell me about your management style. 1 Answer
Helpful (4)No OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day – interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in March 2013.
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.
Helpful (1)No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day – interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in December 2010.
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.
- Explain XXX (technology drilldown question). Answer Question
Helpful (2)No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day – interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in April 2010.
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!
- Give me an example of how you deal with a crisis? Answer Question
Helpful (2)No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks – interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in February 2010.
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.
- 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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