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Product Quality Engineer Interview

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

Application

The process took a week. I interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in January 2011.

Interview

I received a cold contact through Linked-in. The personnel manager was very nice and accomadating of my work schedule and the time zone difference. The initial interview was more to determine if 1) I was willing to move to CA, 2) willing to travel and 3) if I had ever stopped a line and how would I handle it should it be necessary. The next two interviews were with my potential peers. It was through these that I learned that a lot of travel actually translated to living a third of the year in China in 2 to 3 week chunks every 4 to 6 weeks. I was also told that though you were not discouraged to take vacation time, there really was no opportunity to do so. Questions consisted of how have I stopped a line in the past, could I give examples with out giving out proprietary information, and how would how customers use a product influence the recommendations I would make for testing during development. There was also a belief by the interviewers that the job was very different from anything I have ever done but it really wasn't. Lastly they wanted to know what questions I had about Apple. This is a pitfall question and probably where I lost any chance of continuing the interview process because I tried to get the interviewer enthused enough to sell me on the company and the interviewer was audibly insulted by my questions. So be careful how you respond to this type of question if you want the job.

Interview Questions

  • Have you ever stopped a line for a quality issue and how did you go about it? Can you provide examples.   1 Answer
  • What do you want to know about Apple?   1 Answer

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    Product Quality Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Apple (Cupertino, CA) in October 2011.

    Interview

    This was by far the most lengthly and tiring interview ever. There were two phone interviews which lasted for 30 minutes each. After which, I was invited to the Cupertino facility to interview. The arrangements were pretty good. Apple takes care of the flight, car and hotel so your out of pocket expenses are very litte. The actual interview was very very tiresome.
    I was interviewed by 14 (yes - in one day) employees. Each for 30 minutes. There employees included some at the peer level and some at the supervisory level. Most of the interviews were pretty technical with some focusing on core problem solving and some actually getting into theoretical physics (Solve this circult diagram based on Ohms law). The one thing that struck me as negative was that atleast 5 employees spoke negatively of the company and complained about the lack of work/life balance.
    All in all, this was a negative experience for me since I didnt get the job, but every time I followed up with HR, they said that "everybody loves you!". Six months and still waiting.

    Interview Questions

    • Solve this circuit using Ohms law   Answer Question
    • If there are 500 washers that have been rejected by the test lab, can you tell me how you would go about determining the root cause and corrective action.   Answer Question

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    Product Quality Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Apple (San Francisco, CA) in July 2017.

    Interview

    Round 1. Several rounds with the team and the hiring manager over the phone. Nature of questions were technical and people skills. SOme were very difficult questions.

    Round 2. In person full day interview with the extended team. No particular schedule. People get added and the coordinator keeps sending the email during the interview.

    2 Days after the interview the recruiter sent an email saying that they are pursuing other candidates with a better match. No reason, no detailed communications. Reaching to the recruiter but no answer.

    Interview Questions

    • Tell me a difficult problem and how did you solved it.   1 Answer
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    Product Quality Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cockeysville, MD
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Apple (Cockeysville, MD) in August 2017.

    Interview

    An Apple recruiter contacted me via LinkedIn. The first call took place with the recruiter, a brief 15 min call to discuss my profile and the open position they wish to recruit for. After a week I got an email saying they would like to take the process forward and set up a 45 min phone interview with the hiring manager. Depending upon the outcome from the phone interview, next round would be onsite interview at Cupertino, CA.

    Interview Questions

    • The interview was purely technical:
      1. Tell me what you do at your current job?   Answer Question
    • 2. From resume, can you explain what is DPMO?   Answer Question
    • 3. How would you rate yourself in GD&T, metrology and Statical Process Control?   Answer Question
    • 4. What measurement instruments are you familiar with?   Answer Question
    • 5. Can you tell me how you would mount a cube which has a hole in it on a CMM?   Answer Question
    • What is p in statistics?   Answer Question

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    Product Quality Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

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

    Interview

    After calling through a recruiter, I was setup with a Quality Manager for phone interview. He asked me to go through my resume and asked few questions. He was asking questions before I could finish the answers. At one question i hesitated and that's it. Interview was concluded. No more questions. I received my answer. One thing I would like to suggest regarding this position is talk with the current employees or see their profiles. Also, they have strict emphasis on statistical processes. Most questions were related to it. All the best.

    Interview Questions

    • Walk me through your resume.   Answer Question
    • Explain me your current role in detail.   Answer Question
    • What is the product of your company and where it is used.   Answer Question
    • Explain me the manufacturing process of your current product.   Answer Question
    • How do you control the key parameters   1 Answer
    • Do you have experience with statistical controls? Explain   1 Answer
    • What is Cp and CpK explain.   1 Answer
    • This is what role demands XXXYYY. Do you have any questions for me?   1 Answer

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