Apple Inventory Specialist Interview Questions

Updated May 15, 2015
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Inventory Specialist Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
No Offer
Negative Experience
Average Interview

Application

I applied through college or university. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Apple (Austin, TX) in May 2015.

Interview

Very surface level, do not need to worry about technical experience. Interview seems to mainly search for personality matches with the company; they frequently reassure you they can teach you anything you need to know. They take along time to get back to you at first (after their Hiring Event), be prepared to wait 1-2 weeks. Do not worry about dress code at all, they are looking for a personality match to the company culture (you would be wearing just an Apple t-shirt and jeans on the job anyway). You walk into the Apple store, check in with the front door specialist, and wait around the front product tables, and then they walk you out of the store and find some quiet place in the mall to interview. My biggest frustration was that I had THREE interviews after the Hiring Event (which, the hiring event was basically a group interview), but the questions never became more difficult, and at times it was clear recycling of the same questions. They never ask you about your qualifications or experience (I had it!), just about "Why Apple?" questions and similar. The reason this was so frustrating was when I got the rejection letter, I had no idea what was different with the last interview, all the questions were virtually the same each time and I tried my best to keep variety. It wears you down, and I now know why people say 'it is harder to get hired at Apple than to get into Harvard'. The rejection letter is very abrupt, and their email system feels very impersonal so you never get the feel that you are really connecting with any management there. Overall, the interview process is best described as surface level: You can tell when they are asking the basic weed-out questions like "What was a trait in your last boss that you didn't like?" (NEVER answer this one truthfully), but other than that it is hard to tell what they are looking for in you, or anyone for that matter.

Interview Questions

  • Tell me about a time where you were given a difficult task/project with little information, and how you excelled at that project/task with what you were given.   1 Answer

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    Inventory Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Apple (Dallas, TX) in August 2014.

    Interview

    Applied and was invited to attend a group interview. Around 70 people showed up for the group interview, and then roughly 10 were selected for interviews after the group interview. Had the first interview with the store leader within a few days, and the interview with the market leader later that day. Interview process was more of a conversation than a sit you down and grill you interview.

    Interview Questions

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    Inventory Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer

    Interview

    I was contacted by Apple to schedule an interview time with them at a hotel. It was a large group interview and there was a presentation on Apple as a company. After that, we introduced ourselves and were asked some questions. The groups were then broken down into smaller groups and were asked questions there.

    Interview Questions

    • What is your favorite Apple product and what do you use it for?   Answer Question
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    Inventory Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Apple (New York, NY) in June 2014.

    Interview

    Applied online, heard back in a week and was scheduled for an interview in NYC. The interview was a group interview, very laid back. Was told there will be 2 more interviews if you passed this step. It was just their effort in putting a face to the many resumes they get.

    Interview Questions

    • The questions were very easy mostly talking about your work experience and your experience with apple products.   Answer Question
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    Inventory Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Chelmsford, MA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Apple (Chelmsford, MA) in April 2014.

    Interview

    The interview and hiring process was on the juvenile side. They had members from nine different retail stores. They broke us up into groups and we had to answer various questions to the members in our group from an ipad. Each group had an Apple Retail employee monitoring how we answered the questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Most difficult question is when you had to come up with a fun fact about yourself and tell the rest of the candidates. I'm sure they could all careless as to what you had to say about your personal life. The entire process felt very high school-ish. Next time I apply to Apple, I'm going to apply directly to Apple corporate.   Answer Question
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    Inventory Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Apple.

    Interview

    3 Interview process over 6 week time frame: All interviews were scheduled via email, and with exception of the 1st interview; all were one-on-one. 1st interview/5 people-project: plan a trip for interviewer (teamwork process) Prior to 2nd interview (which had already been scheduled) a background check done. 2nd interview: Store Manager at chosen store location 3rd interview: Sr. Store Manager

    Interview Questions

    • All were behavioral questions: Tell me about a time, and how you handled the issue. This was (IMO) based on whatever position you were interviewing for. Interestingly the only question about Apple was" why I wanted to work for Apple! "   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    No negotiation, a congratulatory email and follow-up phone call to formally offer job, give rate of pay, and discuss next step for training schedule and paperwork

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    Inventory Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    No Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Apple (New York, NY) in September 2013.

    Interview

    Four interviews! First a phone screening, second a group interview, third with a manager and final with the GM. Make sure your application essay is upbeat and very cheery. The people that read them probably screen a hundred an hour. Phone interview came from California, group interview is usually 4-6 people with tasks to see how much of a 'team player' you are. Third interview may be with another candidate, mine was. Final interview depends on the GM- mine had a superiority complex so she had an employee sit behind her taking notes.

    Interview Questions

    • The questions themselves weren't so great- however there were odd circumstances which seemed to dampen my mood.   1 Answer
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    Inventory Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied in-person. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Apple.

    Interview

    Very slow. They like to take their time, even if the job you're interviewing for is crucial. Don't expect a fast response. You will talk to several people, usually beginning with a store manager, then a senior manager, then a store leader, then a market leader. Don't be afraid to use the same answers, as you'll get a lot of the same questions.

    Interview Questions

    • Expect questions around business acumen, political savvy, dealing with conflict, managing conflicting priorities, etc.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Nonexistent. You'll be told your pay.

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    Inventory Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Las Vegas, NV
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Apple (Las Vegas, NV) in November 2012.

    Interview

    Theres 4 interviews in total.. first is group interview where they ask you basic retail questions and 1-2 general technology questions. Second interview is a 1 on 1 with a store manager after you observe and mingle with employees at the store for 30 minutes. Third is a group interview with 3 store leaders. Never got to the forth interview... honestly they asked more or less the same questions on all 3 interviews, just different people asking them. I'm not sure what they were looking for really since i figured I did well enough in the first two, stick to same answers for the rest of interviews and it should work but that wasn't the case, not for me anyway lol

    Interview Questions

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    Inventory Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Apple in October 2011.

    Interview

    Two interviews for Specialist Position and two more when being promoted

    Interview Questions

    • Explain to me as if I were 5 years old how this iPod will sync with iCloud   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    No negotiation. As is offer

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