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Apple Engineering Program Manager Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated May 15, 2014
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Engineering Program Manager
Cupertino, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Apple in May 2014.

Interview Details – I was referred via an emplyee a week before I was contacted by a recruiter. She right away scheduled a phone interview with the hiring manager without interviewing me. My phone interview (20min) with the hiring manager went well. He asked about my current position and why did I fit with their position. At the end of the call he also explained about his two job openings. I had two onsite interviews. One was Full day, and the other was half day. The full day inteview was tough. Every half an hour a new person would come in and almost none of them had read my resume so I had to go over all my experiences and education. Questions were both about my experience and personal. The second day was more technical. Interviews were so frustrating I must say. I would say out of 10 people whom I saw 7 of them were constantly looking at their cell phones and were distracted. But all of the people whom interviewed me were so nice and reasonable. Next day after the second interview I got a call from the reruiter to discuss my salary and I was told that I'm being hired. The whole process took a month.

Interview Question – No unexpected questions were asked! Probably the technical questions were a bit difficult but expected...   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – The offer was too good to be true that I didn't have to negotiate it. I felt well wanted and they appreciated my years of experience and education!


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Engineering Program Manager

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Apple.

Interview Details – Was contacted by a recruiter. He arranged for a 1 hour phone interview with a hiring manager. After that I was invited to the corporate campus for an interview consisting of 8 30-minute long interviews with various engineers and managers. A week after the interview, I was informed that they had selected another candidate, which I do appreciate. I was also given feedback by the recruiter.

Interview Question – Part of the problem with Apple's interview style is that you tend to get asked the same questions over and over by different people who didn't have a chance to hear you answer previously. Also 30 minutes per person isn't really enough time to get to know one another.   Answer Question


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Engineering Program Manager Interview

Engineering Program Manager

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Apple in October 2012.

Interview Details – One of my friend forwarded my resume through internal referral system. There were 4 Phone interviews (First HR + Hiring Manager + 2 team members). Then they called me for F2F whole day interview. There were 8 F2F interviews, including 1hr lunch. First 4 interviews were all done by team members for 30mins each. Then 3 members from other team interviewed me again. Finally hiring manager interviewed me for the final 30mins.

After a couple of days, they called me again for F2F with Director and Sr.Director for a quick 1hr interview. They discussed very high level job functions and experience.

Interview Question – Team members requested me to draw Network architectures on white board. Tech team members were asking about
1. CDMA (1X) theoretical data rate (not regular data rate)
2. LTE activation, call flow, bandwidth
3. Scenario based questions (Network/Customer issues)
4. What do you like in iPhone 5 and what new features do you suggest to add
5. Examples of dealing with difficult employees
6. Examples of Pro-activeness
7. CDMA channels (FWD- Pilot, Sync,etc) and its purpose
8. Why Apple (customized answer -not regular one) ?
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Negotiation Details – Yes, I was able to negotiate a little bit. I requested the HR to see if there is any room for negotiation. They agreed to bump the salary by 5k+.
I would have taken it without it too.


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Engineering Program Manager
Cupertino, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Apple in January 2010.

Interview Details – I was contacted by an Apple recruiter via LinkedIn and eventually had a 15-20 min telephone screening interview. Two days later, I had a 30 min phone interview with the hiring manager. The next week, I traveled to their campus for an onsite interview with 4 different people who would be peers/one level higher. Finally, I was brought back onsite for another 3 interviews with more senior level (boss of boss) employees.

Interview Question – They asked me pretty typical interview questions, nothing too technical since it was for a program management role.   Answer Question


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Engineering Program Manager
Cupertino, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Apple in May 2011.

Interview Details – Very thorough - three separate onsite interviews with multiple people. Initial phone call with recruiter was half an hour long, just a quick resume review and typical "what do you want out of a job" questions. Technical people asked high level technical questions, even though it is not really a technical job, to make sure you understand the technology you will support. Lots of troubleshooting questions, hypothetical situations, etc.

Know your resume! They will read it (all of it) and quiz you about it. Even stuff from a decade ago. Be honest and be enthusiastic about the company and the position.

Everyone I interviewed with was enthusiastic about working for Apple and seemed to enjoy their jobs.

Interview Questions

  • What do you do when you find out two weeks before launch that a software feature still hasn't been implemented?   View Answer
  • How do you go about defining a new SW feature, from start to finish?   View Answer


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Engineering Program Manager
Cupertino, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Apple in March 2010.

Interview Details – Typical and professional, except at the end. Interviewed 13+ folks over the course of 2 months then,just "nothing". A rejection letter or something would have been expected after all that time. Wonder if that's how they treat their folks? The interviews themselves were very professional and not terribly difficult, pretty typical for program management stuff. Folks on their side seemed very tired but they did seem like they had some good team work. I heard (rumor) that they get all the candidates and only make a decision at the very end. Moral of the story....it aint over till it's over, so don't think because you are in the home stretch you will hear something or for that matter, even a letter of rejection. So it goes, on to the next :)

Interview Questions

  • You have a program with something or component that fails 1 week before launch. What do you do?   View Answers (3)
  • How do you handle difficult team members?   View Answer


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Engineering Program Manager
Cupertino, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 6 weeks - interviewed at Apple in February 2010.

Interview Details – Over the course of 6 weeks, I had two on-site interviews totalling 16 interviewers. After each set of on-site interviews, I would get no response from the recruiter. I was in a very busy time with my current job and I was bending over backwards to make time for them. I finally received a response for a 3rd round of in-site interviews with another four interviewers. 5 minutes after receiving confirmation of the interview (through e-mail) I received a phone call from the recruiter that an offer was accepted by someone else. Who does that? Why would they even tell me I was being brought in for a 3rd round if they already made an offer to someone?

I was constantly reassured by the recruiter that technical questions would not be part of the interview because it was a project management job, not a technical job, but I had 3 interviewers who asked nothing but technical questions and I was ill-prepared for them.

Interview Question – You have no extra time and no extra resources but is asked by the CEO to add 20 extra features, what do you do?   View Answers (2)


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Engineering Program Manager

The process took a day - interviewed at Apple in March 2010.

Interview Details – Email correspondence with company recruiter, leading to phone interview a few days ago with hiring manager, consisting of both non-technical and very few technical questions. Few questions regarding personal and career goals and previous technical experience and achievements in the past few years. Still waiting on reponse and/or invitation for in-person interview in Cupertino.

Interview Question – What is your focus and where do you see yourself ending up?   Answer Question


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Engineering Program Manager
Cupertino, CA

The process took 6+ weeks - interviewed at Apple in September 2009.

Interview Details – I was an employee referral. The interview process was quite long. Lots of time elapsed between the phases. I had 2 or 3 phone interviews, plus 2 face-to-face interview days (5 - 7 people each day). Quite rigorous. The people were quite nice and professional and none of the questions were too difficult. I am not sure why they didn't hire me except I didn't hit it off with one person on the second day of interviews. Oh, well..

Interview Question – Describe a situation where you ran into problems managing an outside vendor.   Answer Question


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Engineering Program Manager Interview

Engineering Program Manager
Cupertino, CA

The process took a day - interviewed at Apple in June 2009.

Interview Details – Initially had a phone interview and then in person interview - I met 10 people including the recruiter. The questions were both technical and non-technical. The interview lasted for about 6 hours. The question that I found difficult was " Where do you see yourself in 5 years and how will this job help you acheive that goal?"

Interview Questions

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years and how will this job help you reach that goal?   Answer Question
  • What will you do if the client asked for more features and you are already behind schedule   View Answer

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