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Apple Engineering Program Manager Interview Questions

Updated Oct 15, 2017
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Engineering Program Manager Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
No Offer
Negative Experience
Difficult Interview

Application

I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Apple (Shanghai, Shanghai (China)) in September 2017.

Interview

Reached out by recruiter, after brief talk on phone, set up first phone interview with hiring manager, overall went well, I was moved to next round by hiring manager directly during the phone interview. Next round was on campus, meet with 5team members, each 30mins, more backgrounds and experience questions. One week later, got phone call from recruiter to have face to face meeting with hiring manager, together with another team member. The interview was set right after I'm back from a long holiday leave, not quite my best or even normal condition, didn't do well. Also some questions was pretty tough.

Interview Questions

  • What would you do if you have some nasty customers you have to work with?   Answer Question
  • What would you do if the vendor cannot delivery according to schedule and core team doesn't approve any schedule delay?   Answer Question

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  1. Helpful (13)  

    Engineering Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Apple in June 2017.

    Interview

    First, there was a recruiter discussion (screening effort), followed by a call with a peer role. The call was about 40 minutes long, and focused mainly on my experience and a description of the position being applied for (all pretty straight forward). Feedback was tailored towards communication and thinking methodologies. The next call (committed to during the first call) was with the position's direct supervisor, and was structured much differently. It was more conversational, discussing in detail a technical challenge in my experience. The interviewer asked many probing and curiosity based questions, which seemed to be a conversational test of my knowledge and thinking strategy, as well as a performance of my communication skills. This call concluded with an invitation to visit the campus.

    Interview Questions

    • "Tell me about a technical challenge you've encountered, and how you overcame it."   Answer Question

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    Engineer Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Apple.

    Interview

    I got the phone call from the HR recruiter, she scheduled the phone interview with hire manager for me. The hire manager was quite nice. He asked me about the general working experience, there are several technical questions were asked, maybe i didn't answer it very well, haven't hear from HR since the phone interview.

    Interview Questions

    • What will do if one of the key parts failed the spec two weeks before the product launch. What will be your actual plan, which department will you contact?   1 Answer
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    Engineering Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

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

    Interview

    Pretty long day with 9 consecutive 45-min interviews. Everyone was friendly, very smart. Met with people at all levels and a variety of roles, including engineers, program managers, and QA. Seemed more about the cultural fit, relationship building, and the core part of an EPM duties vs factors to consider when trying to go above and beyond. Overall, a good exprience and welcome people to enjoy it.

    Interview Questions

    • Case study to think through different variables about next gen technology   1 Answer

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    Engineering Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in June 2013.

    Interview

    Interview was with more experienced program managers, engineering managers, and HR. Each interview lasted for 30-45 mins. I 1 full days of interview followed by 2 half days of interviews. The environment was professional and courteous. The interviewers had reviewed the resume but had not coordinate between themselves about what areas to ask me more questions about. That meant some repetition in questions, which was ok. Overall process was good.

    Interview Questions

    • 1. Tell me about yourself
      2. Your strengths and weaknesses
      3. The most difficult decision you had to make
      4. What are you most proud of
      5. Why chose to work for Apple   Answer Question

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    Engineering Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sunnyvale, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Apple (Sunnyvale, CA) in June 2016.

    Interview

    Extremely elaborate and painfully long. Recruiters are subpar and very poor in terms of communication. Often handed off from one recruiter to another.

    Recruiter 1 reached out for phone screen with interviewer 1. Interviewer 1 missed the phone screen appointment. Recruiter reached out and set up a followup call. Although I asked for confirmation on the rescheduled time, no confirmation received. So I wasn't expecting the call when suddenly the interviewer 1 calls on the rescheduled date !

    After the call went well then recruiter reached out 1 week later to set up phone screen 2. After giving a few dates, phone screen 2 was scheduled 2 weeks later.

    Phone screen 2 seemed to go well but things went quiet for 2 weeks. Then a new recruiter reached out to schedule an onsite and after I said yes to onsite it took one more week for the recruiter to ask for dates!

    After I provided the dates the recruiter again went quiet for 2 weeks and then came out of the blue to again ask for dates. I provided the dates and again no response for 1 week and then he again comes back and asks for dates ! After I provide the dates again quiet period for a week. I was really surprised when he actually ended up setting me for a in-person interview.

    The in-person interview 'seemed' to go well. Most people I spoke to seemed to be either genuinely nice or nerdish in an Apple kind of way. In the end the senior most person on the interviewing team actually told me 'talk to you soon' ! The recruiter told me to reach out and also let him know how things went. Noticeably, the general theme that came across was that the team was not happy with the previous EPM in that role.

    And then lo behold, no word, not a single peep from the recruiter after 1 month. That was disappointing but not entirely surprising given how the recruiter had been communicating all along. I know Apple is a most sought after company and they have more people trying to get in than the number of positions available but this is really very unprofessional to leave a candidate hanging, especially after the candidate has invested so much time in the whole process. I have had an opportunity to interview with Apple in the past and the unprofessionalism of their recruiters has been very consistent both times.

    My 2 cents - I felt that if they are not moving fast enough then it means that they want to try out the other candidates in the pipeline and want to keep you as a backup in case the other candidates don't work out. So keep that in mind as you work through the process.

    Needless to say, Apple recruitment process is not even closely comparable to the user experience of those awesome apple products! Truly unfortunate for such a great company.

    Interview Questions


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    Engineering Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Clara, CA
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Apple (Santa Clara, CA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    Difficult due to the amount of different people you'd meet every 30 min. Although they asked questions I've answered were right, they didn't seem to fit their Apple Inc. standard.

    Interview Questions

    • What are the program management steps.   2 Answers

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    Engineering Program Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in July 2015.

    Interview

    The interview process occurred in 3 rounds. The first two rounds consisted of 30 minute phone interviews with a manager and then a team member. Multiple reschedules occurred due to people being unavailable. I was then flown out for the final onsite interview round. The onsite interviews were basically a series of 45 minute cross functional interviews with engineers, managers, and team members. There was a pretty good mix of technical questions, program management situational questions, and questions regarding prior PM experience.

    Although I wouldn't say the questions were particularly difficult or unexpected, the onsite interview was exhausting due to having to handle about seven 45 minute interviews in a row. They were even asking interview questions during lunch. That being said everyone on the team was very friendly and accommodating. Overall, I left the place with a positive vibe regarding the team. I heard about 1.5 weeks after the final round that they were moving forward with the offer.

    Interview Questions

    • Describe three key things that you believe are essential to being a good program manager. Describe the process of deciding when to escalate an issue.   2 Answers
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    Engineering Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Apple.

    Interview

    After an Apple recruiter phone screen and a phone screen with the hiring manager, I interviewed with 17 people over two days. The first day was interviewing with people in the same team as the open position, and people in other teams that I would work with. The second day was interviews with higher-level people (senior managers, directors, etc.).


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    Engineering Program Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Taipei (Taiwan)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Apple (Taipei (Taiwan)) in January 2015.

    Interview

    Cross function interviewers, short but efficient in each interview but long wait between interviews.
    Recruiters approached me in December, I got first and second round interviews in weeks, but then took another month to go through another 5 interview calls. The process is pretty long and time consuming. The questions from the interviewers can be technical, but also focused on the scenarios and disposition mattered concepts.

    Overall, you learn from the interview process, and it makes you want to join them.

    Interview Questions

    • Very focused on scenarios and situation justifications and understanding status then speak up as the role   1 Answer

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