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Apple Engineering Interview Questions

Updated Jan 26, 2017
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Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview

Application

The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in May 2010.

Interview

Applied online for the position.
Contacted by the company recuiter about 6 weeks later to schedule an interview with the hiring manager.
Took sometime to find a good time for both side to set up a phone chat for 45 min.
Half hour after the phone chat, was asked to interview on site.
The basic question is to describe yourself.

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Other Interview Reviews for Apple

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    Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Apple (New York, NY) in April 2010.

    Interview

    Applied online a few days later received an email a few days later inviting me to an invitation only invite at a hotel. I went there stayed for 2 hours and it was pretty intense a lot of people were there but overall the employees were very friendly. Didn't receive an offer though

    Interview Questions

    • If someone came in with a faulty ipod and the genius bad was application booked what do you do?   Answer Question
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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cupertino, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in March 2010.

    Interview

    Contacted by recruiter via Linkedin. Exchanged several mails trying to setup a good time to talk. Finally spoke for about ½ hour by phone. Spoke in general terms about by career experiences & areas Apple was recruiting talent for. Agreed to have a follow-up call but never heard back. Very pleasant recruiter / conversation.

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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in January 2010.

    Interview

    Was surprised Apple reached out to recruit me at the old age of 37!

    Negotiation

    Indicated I would take a $10,000 decrease in salary only after they indicated I would allowed to participate in their Employee Stock Purchase Plan!

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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cupertino, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took a week. I interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in October 2009.

    Interview

    Phone interview with HR rep that briefly touched on my experience at previous employment. Then a technical phone interview (about 45min). Asked all sorts of questions from microprocessors to voltage regulators. Very specific knowledge necessary. He definitely knew his stuff. Come prepared!

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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cupertino, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in April 2009.

    Interview

    I talked with a recruiter and two hiring managers. They asked some fairly technical questions over a wide range of topics. I was happy to get the second interview, however it became clear they were looking for someone more senior. Next time.

    Interview Questions

    • They both asked if I had questions for them, and I faltered the first time. I worry that probably didn't show as much enthusiasm as I'd wished.   Answer Question
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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cupertino, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in April 2009.

    Interview

    I received a call from the recruiter at Apple. He then scheduled me for an interview in person. Two people interviewed me for 45 min session each.
    The interview was behavioral as well as technical. The technical was high level and general concept and the process of the product life cycle flow.

    Interview Questions

    • in an ideal world what would you like to be,
      perfect programmer
      code and leave things for others to clean up
      jack of all  
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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in August 2008.

    Interview

    I was called by a Project Manager (while I was at the airport...), and we set up an interview.

    He first described the offer, and what he was doing. He then asked the ultimate question : "Tell me more about yourself". I used my resumé as a guideline. I stopped when I had something more to say like a specific project.

    At the end, he said "Do you know this technology XXXXX?" and since I didn't, I asked to know more. I then said how I could use my current skills to know more about this technology.

    I finally stated what my deadlines were (it was for an internship).

    Interview Questions

    • Do you know about this technology XXXX ?   1 Answer
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    Engineering Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cupertino, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in June 2008.

    Interview

    The hiring process is very quick, no time is wasted and they like to move forward quickly, if they feel that the candidate is good. There were 2 phone screens and one on-site interview. The first phone screen was 25 min and the second was about 40 minutes.

    The on-site interview process was very smooth and well planned. The recruiter and the interviewers were very professional. There were six 1:1 interviews - 5 completely technical. The manager provided great information about the group/what they do and was very polite and professional. The last interview was non-technical with the HR personnel. The HR person was exceptionally nice, providing answers to all of my questions in details.

    If you are get an interview call for Apple, make sure that you can defend your resume (whatever you have claimed to know) very well. The company culture is very good. There is a lot of work and great opportunity to grow. The managers are very nice - a lot is expected from you while maintaining good work/life balance.

    Interview Questions

    • The questions depend on your field of expertise. Make sure you know whatever you have claimed in your resume.   Answer Question
    • Everything from engineering basics to advanced knowledge regarding your skills.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    Apple is very rigid about their policy. I was able to negotiate, but the room was very less!

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    Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Apple (New York, NY) in April 2008.

    Interview

    large group interview, watching videos and occasional q's. some role play, very informal, rather pointless, but you should stand out form the crowd.
    one to one with store manager, more q's, also about working as a team, and lots on customer service - i.e. the customer is king. must be a team player, must also have specific apple knowledge.

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