Very Difficult Interview
I applied online and the process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Apple in December 2013.
Interview Details – Applied online. Landed phone interview, the recruiter was rude.
Interview Question – What is your favorite smart phone feature? Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Apple in October 2013.
Interview Details – Ever have a meeting with someone who is texting on their phone the entire time? That is what its like to interview with Apple over the telephone or in person. The recruiter, manager and team members would ask me to repeat what I said or would never make eye contact.
Interview Question – Unexpected is the aloof personalities. Answer Question
Reason for Declining – Aloof maangers and team.
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Apple in October 2013.
Interview Details –
I was given a campus onsite directly after talking to a campus recruiter from CPU group on career fair. The very next day, I was interviewed for pure technical questions (on white board). Very basic questions about verilog, synthesis, verification, multi-core, cache coherency, and give me 5 mins to talk about myself. [this round is positive]
After 3 weeks, I was contacted by CPU group in texas claiming they are interested in me. This time, the recruiter was very impolite and impatient. He kept grumbling that he was busy today and he had a meeting soon, he didn't prepare at all and he probably lost my resume. During this interview, I highly doubt he was listening or what. He asked verification stuff, whatever I said, he found a way to refute me in a rude way. then he asked out of order scheduling, register renaming, 3 kinds of data dependency, virtual memory, MESI protocol, merge sort. every topic is in quite a detail. And eventually, he said I have to go, ask a question I can answer in 2 mins. I said since you are from the CPU group, any comment on the new A7 chip, new 64-bit processor since everybody is talking about it? He said, I have no comment.
I felt his emotion affected our interview a lot and I felt really bad after this interview. Only within a couple of hours, Apple rejected me. I guess he must have written a really bad review of me and gave me a "negative" although I answered almost all the questions.
Interview Question – Why there is a E stage in MESI protocol, I said I don't know, will you please teach me that? He said, NO. Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Apple.
Interview Details – I was contacted by a recruiter and a phone interview was set up with the hiring manager. At the end of the phone interview, the hiring manager said I would be contacted to set up in-person interview. I met with the hiring manager, three peer managers and two potential co-workers. The in-person interviews in all took about 4 hours. I was told at the end that I would hear from them to schedule the next round of interviews. I never heard back from Apple even after I called and emailed the hiring manager and internal recruiter.
Interview Question – How would you write the business requirements for a toaster Answer Question
I applied online and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Apple in September 2013.
Interview Details – Be prepared for at least 1 phone interview from the recruiter and then 2 or more in person interviews with the hiring managers and their managers.
Interview Question – Explain the difference between POP3 and iMap email accounts. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation on compensation, it was 'take it or leave it'
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Apple in July 2013.
Interview Details – Was contacted through a recruiting firm. Initial test was proficiency with listening, typing, and basic logic. Then did a group interview at the campus. Was asked to take an "irrelevant" test on product knowledge. Was pulled off in groups of 5 to go for an interview on a one on one basis. Was asked 5 standard questions on why you want the job, why you didn't stay at your last job, etc. Was contacted one last time to sign paperwork and meet with HR.
Interview Question – No curve balls really. I don't think anyone will be stumped upon the process. Answer Question
Negotiation Details – No negotiation. It was this is what you will make per hour, do you accept?
I applied online and the process took 8 weeks - interviewed at Apple in July 2013.
Interview Details –
Initial contact was with a recruiter over the phone. They asked a few questions about salary and some related to the position and it only lasted maybe 15 minutes. A few days later I received an email. They wanted to set up FaceTime interviews with the hiring manager and a peer.
The FaceTime interviews went well although we were disconnected a couple of times. It has been a long time since I have done an interview and I've never done a FaceTime interview so I thought it was awkward but apparently it went OK because a few days later I got an email inviting me to campus for face-to-face interviews.
Apple was first class about it. They worked around my busy schedule and handled everything including flight, room, car, etc. They gave me a case study to complete a few days ahead of time.
The interview process was tough, but also relaxed. There were 5 or 6 face-to-face and one over video conference. I was a little nervous at first but everyone was so nice and friendly I was able to relax and go with it. The video conference was a little unnerving and I didn't do so well on that one. Starting to wonder if that was the deciding factor.
Worked really hard on the case study and the presentation went well but since it came last they were under a time crunch with other meetings so it didn't last the full 30 minutes. I thought I did really well and enjoyed the experience.
Weeks went by with no updates. Finally, 5 weeks or so after the interview I received an email from the recruiter informing me they had decided to move forward with another candidate. Oh well. It was not to be I guess. Some feedback would have been nice though. They never gave any reason why and I didn't ask. A little disappointed because I believe I could have been a big help. Better luck next time.
Interview Question – One interviewer asked me how I could come up with a spreadsheet or a formula to weigh and mitigate potential risk in a project. Threw me for little bit because it seemed somewhat unrelated to the position. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Apple.
Interview Details – The hiring process was pretty basic. The college program only goes through one Skype interview instead of the multiple interviews for the regular position. It's really just a matter of having some basic tech knowledge and making a good connection with the interviewer. There are some discussions of how you would troubleshoot this issue or that one, but the focus is on how you deal with people.
Interview Question – The role-playing scenarios tempt people to go straight into troubleshooting mode, when they're really designed to see if you really empathize with the customer. View Answer
Negotiation Details – There was no negotiation. An offer was made and I was free to accept or decline it.
I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at Apple.
Interview Details – Applied for job and was contacted by recruiters over email. Had one interview over a app called Hirevue which was awkward because did not speak to someone directly. Then had two more interviews over Facetime which were more relaxed with one interview being 30 minutes and the next being a hour.
Interview Question – You are in a situation in which you are having a bad day and dealing with terrible customers and your shift is barely starting. How do you deal with it. Answer Question
I applied online and interviewed at Apple.
Interview Details – Went through one phone interview, then 2 face time interviews.
Interview Question – What is the pros and cons of working from home versus working at the company. View Answer
Pros: Teaching customers was the best. "Enriching lives" is a mantra that is actually followed through, to give the best customer experience possible. Being able to help someone that had honestly little to no knowledge on say the iPad is a gratifying… – Full Review
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