If there’s one thing Apple is known for — other than its wildly popular products — it’s secrecy.
Even internally, employees on different teams don’t ask about each other’s work and some staffers report being forbidden to discuss projects with their spouse.
It’s no surprise, therefore, that Apple also keeps its hiring process hush-hush, and employees rarely speak about what it’s like to work there, even anonymously on Glassdoor.
Back in 1977 when Apple was a one-building startup, there was a sign in the lobby that reportedly read: “Loose lips sink ships.”
As the world’s second-largest tech company by market valuation, Apple has its pick of illustrious candidates. The tech giant’s ‘Join Us. Be You.’ promotional recruitment video calls on “those unfamiliar with convention, unmoved by rules and reborn with every new discovery” to join its ranks.
With an average salary of $124,000, according to PayScale, reimbursements of up to $52,000 a year for continuing education, and the chance to work with some of the brightest minds in tech, Apple’s allure as an employer is undeniable. If youre a hiring manager at Apple, your biggest problem is volume: choosing between so many talented candidates to invite for a phone interview can be brutally hard.
How long is the interview process at Apple?
Most employees say the interview process at Apple is unstructured (and unpredictable) compared to its peers Google and Microsoft, and the process varies significantly by role. In general, most Apple staffers report waiting 1-4 months between resume submission and receiving an offer, with very little feedback from recruiters in between interview rounds.
In lieu of requiring a cover letter, Apple asks motivational questions in the application for certain roles. Questions include: What motivated you to seek a job at Apple?
– and – Why did you apply for this role?
Demonstrate passion for the company and its products, elaborate on how your skills and past experience make you a perfect fit for the role, and how the role fits into your career trajectory. And yes, you can still work at Apple even if you’re an avid Android user who owns a PC. However, to sign into Apple’s career portal, you’ll need an Apple ID.
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Behavioral interview questions
FaceTime Interviews (up to five)
Apple’s next round of 30-minute 1:1 interviews is designed to assess your technical and behavioral skills. Be prepared for probing questions that require a lot of introspection, such as: Use the STAR method to answer behavioral questions: describe the situation, the task you were faced with, what action you took to resolve it and the end result. What’s the best mistake you’ve ever made and what did it teach you?
One marketing manager who oversees new hires for Apple stores in the Southwest market asks this question of all prospective retail employees.