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- No OfferNeutral ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Apple.
I did a single 1:1 interview. I received an email 2 days later saying that they had decided to go with another candidate. I had been recommended by a friend who was already working there. The interviewer asked what my best work experience was. I told them and went into detail why I chose the specific job, specifically that the manager I had at the time was very good, She also asked about what I had been doing over the past year. I told her about graduating University, working and traveling.
- There were no difficult or unexpected questions. Answer Question
Helpful (1)Declined OfferEasy Interview
I applied through college or university. I interviewed at Apple.
Interview at IEEE Conference. Interview with director level. Very nice person. Sat at a coffee table for about 1 hour. Talked about teams and organizational structure. Also, discussed his lifetime experience and views on antenna designs and antenna engineers. Questions covered Maxwell Equations, and the importance of displacement currents.
Reasons for Declining
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Apple in January 2015.
The interview process was straight forward. I applied through my university website. After the first interview, I was contacted within 4 days for a second interview. Ultimately I didn't get the job but the interviewers were very friendly and asked straight forward questions. I would have liked a faster response as after the second interview I had to wait 2 highly nervous weeks. But Apple is a dream company and I will for sure try again.
- Nothing technical, mostly behavioural questions. Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through other source. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Apple (Vancouver, BC (Canada)) in January 2015.
Informal phone interview It was a good conversation and the manager was very well versed and passionate about Apple's role in the education field. We talked for about an hour and apparently he only allows about 45 mins during a sit down interview.The position would have been a challenged for me however he gave insight in a different role for my qualifications at Apple which was not available at the time that would be a better fit me. I did follow up afterwards but did not hear from the manager and the position was filled shortly after my phone interview. However, I have better insight, if another job opens up at Apple, as to what I can apply for in the future. I am not actively looking for a job but if the right job comes along at Apple, I would definitely apply again including this position.
- Describe what you think an account executive role is at Apple? If you were meeting with two superintendent of two separate school boards, what would you say to them about how technology is useful in the classroom? Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Apple (Montreal, QC (Canada)) in December 2014.
Two interviews: One group, and then one with the General Manager. I've heard of there also being three, though: group > floor manager > general manager. I think I skipped a step because I was a referral, which is the best way to even get an interview in the first place.
- In the group interview, remember to listen attentively, look engaged, smile, and participate. Don't over do it. Engage with other people in the group interview, as well. Don't try to show off and stand out in an obvious way, and don't be as silent as a mouse. For the interview with the manager, it was pretty typical, but I made sure to reiterate that my joy came from working with people and not with computers -- Apple is all about the customer service and the people. Even if you're "not a computer person" it only matters if you are a people person. Answer Question
Helpful (2)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Apple in November 2014.
I applied to Apple for an in-store Specialist position but was contacted a couple of weeks later by an Apple Business Manager (business-to-business sales) to interview for a Business Specialist position. We met at a coffee shop and talked for about an hour. I did a lot of talking around my motivations for a recent move, my previous roles and why I hadn't pursued other things that my education would suggest might be more obvious choices. Most of the questions were standard, nothing off the wall - just things like 'What did you learn from your last role', 'what did you learn about sales' etc. I had a second interview with the same manager and his superior a couple of weeks later, again over coffee near the store. It felt like a good meeting, I went over some of the same things and again there were no weird questions. They mention that the role was very specific and asked if I would be open to other roles in Apple, to which I said yes. After this they didn't contact me again, which I thought was very rude as I had met them twice. I emailed my main contact trying to get an answer either way, but he never responded. I don't expect a response when I am just submitting a resume, but after interviewing twice I would think they would have the manners to send a quick email - 'sorry but you're not the right fit, but thanks for interviewing' etc.
- Really nothing that hard, it was all about past experience, suitability for role etc. Answer Question
Helpful (3)No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Apple in October 2014.
- I submitted my resume to the Grace Hopper Celebration database, and it was forwarded to multiple Apple recruiters who were looking for New Grad candidates. - Each team at Apple has its own designated recruiter, and because my resume was distributed to many teams, I ended up doing a number of phone screens. The phone screens usually were not difficult because they were only 30 minutes long. They mostly tested knowledge based trivia questions along with asking about your past work experiences and projects. It was pretty overwhelming because multiple recruiters were trying to contact me, all from Apple, but it felt ridiculous having to do so many phone screens that all essentially looked for the same skill sets. They even had a recruiter that just started her job, who contacted me by the wrong name and wrote down the wrong information about me, which I felt was fairly unprofessional and disorganized. - Because there were many teams in contact with me, they hired a single POC recruiter to manage my onsite, which really helped. Scheduling an onsite during the fall is a bit difficult because Apple gives their employees the entire Thanksgiving week off, and many people go on vacation during December. Anyways, I ended up scheduling it and was told I would have 4 2-on-1 interviews. It turned out to be 8 45-min interviews for 4 different teams and I didn't find out until I had a "break" when a hiring manager came to talk to me. Thinking back, it was probably the most mentally stressful day of my life. Note that I probably could have split it up into two days, but because I had other obligations, I asked for a single day interview. - In terms of question style, most teams liked to focus on problem solving and algorithmic questions, covering data structures, trees, graph search, etc. one of the teams asked me to find bugs in a piece of code. Another team really focused on class design and asked me to describe the architecture one of my past projects. - Although I was offered breaks in between the interviews, I felt pressured not to take them to keep everyone on schedule. It was also really tough doing so much talking throughout the day (literally met with 16 people that day). My performance was likely diminishing as the day went on, and I knew I didn't do too well on some of the interviews. - The overall feel of the Cupertino office: the building I was placed in was beautiful. The cafes serve extraordinary food and the people I talked to were very smart and sounded like they were doing exciting work. As often noted, Apple is pretty secretive even internally. Some teams I talked to say they do code review through email, which I found pretty strange. - In the end I did not move on to the next round (which would be another onsite for whichever teams were still interested). Overall, I wish that Apple had a more generalized interviewing process for New Grads. The disorganization really displays how segregated Apple is as a company.
- Describe the architecture and class structure of a component in one of your side projects. Answer Question
- No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied through college or university. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Apple in October 2014.
Hand out resume at info session, got contacted in 2 weeks. The first phone interview is based on some basic transmission protocols like UART and I2C. Some basic C stuff is asked as well. Questions are like how many lines goes into UART, is clock and data on the same line and is I2C master slave or peer to peer. The second phone interview is much harder, down to the very basic level. Questions are like how to reverse a BYTE in C
- How to reverse a byte in C Answer Question
- Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Apple (Montreal, QC (Canada)) in October 2014.
First there was a group seminar. We were approximately 25 and we were the third group of the day of a 3 day event. I got there early. It was in a hotel. So each candidate arrived and I made sure to be social and not to stay with one group too long. I introduced myself to everyone as they arrived. Which lead to other following my steps. Once the doors open there were about 12 staff member ands they had a great song playing and all 12 employees were clapping and wooing. I had read from this website that was how they greeted you so I expected it. I was the first was to walk it with a big smile ensure that that I was social and approachable. This interview was more of an introduction of the company. The members went through a presentation of each job description and ensured that we understood the values and mission of the company. We had to present the person next to us to the group. We also were placed in team and to make a skit of a given situation how to approach the client and solve the problem. The seminar finished with each candidate filling an "application" choosing position, availabilities as well as desired store and knowledge of products. The second interview was about a month and half later. It was at the store. I met with an assistant manager. The interview was pretty straight forward. Walking in I felt like I knew this guy for ages and we were good friend. The interview was comical and laid-back. The third interview was 2 months later. I met with the manager. He explain that this interview was to ensure that connection between the candidate and the manager was good and that the expectations were similar. This interview, I thought was the most anxious because it was less friendly and more serious. I got a call back a month later giving me a job offer.
- Accepted Offer
The interview was a phone interview that was in-depth. Went through resume and asked many questions about specific tasks that were completed. Due to the fact that it was an intern position i believe the questions were simpler than usual.
- Nothing specific Answer Question
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