What does it take to get a job at Apple? It might be a dream job for many but aside from the talent and experience required for the role, a candidate needs to keep a cool head in one of the highest-pressure interviews they’re likely to have.
Business Insider have gone through a number of questions, submitted to Glassdoor, that applicants have been asked at interviews at Apple. Some were practical, others technical, but there’s also a fair few esoteric ones in there too.
A sample of the questions can be seen below, alongside the roles they were related to:
“If you have 2 eggs, and you want to figure out what’s the highest floor from which you can drop the egg without breaking it, how would you do it? What’s the optimal solution?” — Software Engineer candidate
“Explain to an 8 year old what a modem/router is and its functions.” — At-Home Advisor candidate
“How many children are born every day?” — Global Supply Manager candidate
“There are three boxes, one contains only apples, one contains only oranges, and one contains both apples and oranges. The boxes have been incorrectly labeled such that no label identifies the actual contents of the box it labels. Opening just one box, and without looking in the box, you take out one piece of fruit. By looking at the fruit, how can you immediately label all of the boxes correctly?” — Software QA Engineer candidate
“How would you breakdown the cost of this pen?” — Global Supply Manager candidate
“Are you smart?” — Build Engineer candidate
“You put a glass of water on a record turntable and begin slowly increasing the speed. What happens first — does the glass slide off, tip over, or does the water splash out?” — Mechanical Engineer candidate
“Are you creative? What’s something creative that you can think of?” — Software Engineer candidate
“You seem pretty positive, what types of things bring you down?” — Family Room Specialist candidate
“If you’re given a jar with a mix of fair and unfair coins, and you pull one out and flip it 3 times, and get the specific sequence heads heads tails, what are the chances that you pulled out a fair or an unfair coin?” — Lead Analyst candidate
“What was your best day in the last 4 years? What was your worst?” —Engineering Project Manager candidate
“How would you test a toaster?” — Software QA Engineer candidate
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