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  1. 1st Interview is Good but NOT Progressing to 2nd Interview - Listener Q&A

    1st Interview is Good but NOT Progressing to 2nd Interview - Listener Q&A

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    Receiving that invitation for your first interview is exciting. Having a good interview and then not hearing demoralizing, especially when it happens over and over.

    In this listener Q&A, we go behind the scenes to look into what might be happening, why it might not be your fault, and what to look out for.

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  2. Positive Pre-Interview Pump Up Message. Confidence, Encouragement and Empowerment. Let‘s Go!

    Positive Pre-Interview Pump Up Message. Confidence, Encouragement and Empowerment. Let‘s Go!

    This episode is like a strong cup of coffee, a pre-workout drink, and a strong inspiration to walk into your interview with confidence.

    Listen pre-interview to remind yourself you've worked hard for this, prepared, and a company can't wait to hire you.

    Please share this positive, pre-interview episode on your social media and with friends that are searching for jobs because we all need a little more positivity in our lives, and I'm here to give you some.

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  3. ”Why Are You Leaving Your Job?” What NOT to Say, What to Avoid & The Perfect Answer

    ”Why Are You Leaving Your Job?” What NOT to Say, What to Avoid & The Perfect Answer

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    At your interview you will be asked, "what are your reasons for leaving your job?" or some variation of that. 

    Knowing how to answer without looking bad or communicating the wrong message is difficult, and that's what we'll cover in this episode.

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  4. Top 4 Flaws and Qualities that Impact Your Interview AND Job

    Top 4 Flaws and Qualities that Impact Your Interview AND Job

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    Do you realize that common mistakes you make in the workplace - habits many people have, are interview killers? And that once you get a job, the mistakes that are made during interviews can come back to haunt you, or worse?

    We cover the issues and how to solve them. 

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  5. Listener Q&A: How Hard to Push for an Offer? Creative Ways to Receive Offers - Yes or No?

    Listener Q&A: How Hard to Push for an Offer? Creative Ways to Receive Offers - Yes or No?

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    Listener Q&A. How hard to push for an offer? Creative ways to receive offers. How to follow up. Cold contacting companies.

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Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.


We believe that we are on the face of the earth to make great products and that's not changing. We are constantly focusing on innovating. We believe in the simple, not the complex. We believe that we need to own and control the primary technologies behind the products that we make, and participate only in markets where we can make a significant contribution. We believe in saying no to thousands of projects, so that we can really focus on the few that are truly important and meaningful to us. We believe in deep collaboration and cross-pollination of our groups, which allow us to innovate in a way that others cannot. And frankly, we don't settle for anything less than excellence in every group in the company, and we have the self-honesty to admit when we're wrong and the courage to change.


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Top 30 Apple Coding Interview Questions (with solutions)

In this solution, we sort the array. Then, fix one element and find a pair (a, b) in the remaining array so that is .

Start with first element in the array and try to find such a pair (a, b) in the remaining array (i.e to ) that satisfies the condition: . If we find the pair, we have found the solution: , and . Now we can stop the iteration.

Otherwise, we repeat the above steps for all elements at to until we find a pair that meets the condition.

Runtime Complexity: Quadratic, O(n​2​​)

Memory Complexity: Constant, O(1)

Merge overlapping intervals

The goal of this exercise is to merge all the overlapping intervals of a given list to produce a list that has only mutually exclusive intervals.

Problem statement: You have an array (list) of interval pairs as input where each interval has a start and end timestamp, sorted by starting timestamps. Merge the overlapping intervals and return a new output array.

Consider an input array below. Intervals , , , are overlapping so they should be merged to one interval . Similarly, intervals and are also overlapping and should be merged to .


Interviewing at Apple: Be prepared for anything

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 you're 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. 

Interview process steps

1. Application

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 atApple 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. 

2. Phone Screen (up to two)

Phone screens for corporate roles at Apple are pretty standard: an informal, 30-minute conversation with a recruiter to assess interest and team fit.

  • The recruiter will brief the candidate on what to expect from the hiring process.
  • The first call may be with an internal recruiter, then a team lead (like Microsoft, Apple hires for teams rather than centrally).
  • Prepare to discuss past projects you’ve worked on, as well as your academic and professional achievements. 

👉 Click here to see recent Apple Interview questions.

3. 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.

4. Apple Assessment Center (if applicable)

Some candidates report being asked to use Apple’s Assessment Center as part of the hiring process. It’s a chance to network with Apple employees and learn more about the company while completing exercises. 

  • Apple Group Exercise: Group exercises test your ability to work in a team. You’ll be asked to solve problems pertaining to the specific team you’re applying for (Siri, Maps, Calendar, etc.) while being observed by Apple employees. Be prepared to pitch ideas and persuade others while also asking thought-provoking questions.
  • Apple Written Exercise: In a written exercise, you’ll prepare a response to an unseen case study problem. You’ll receive a candidate brief with a question/prompt.
  • Apple Roleplay Exercise: Interviewing for a job at Apple retail always involves roleplaying potential scenarios with customers. The interview process for a retail job starts with a group interview where candidates are asked questions about Apple products. The group format is intentional in order to test candidates’ public speaking skills. At one point, they’re asked to stand up in front of the group and introduce the person sitting next to them. Candidates then break up into smaller groups and answer typical interview questions such as "Why do you want to work at apple?" and "Tell me about a time you didn't get along with a coworker."

5. Onsite Interviews

Unlike Microsoft and Google, Apple has not cut back on hiring during the coronavirus pandemic, save for a brief pause between March and April. It is unclear whether or not Apple has resumed onsite interviews. Apple announced in June it wanted employees back in the office and is offering COVID-19 nasal swab tests for staffers returning to work. 

Onsite interviews typically consist of six hours of back-to-back interviews, typically with two people at a time.

Lunch is considered an extension of the interview, and may in fact be the most intense part of the interview process, as the candidate gets quizzed by several team members at once. While little has been publicly shared about the interview process, current and former employees report on Quora that onsite interviews tend to focus on technical questions. Software engineer candidates will be asked typical questions about algorithms and data structures and be expected to code on a laptop and whiteboard, and show an understanding of system design. 

Candidates invited for an onsite interview receive a link to Apple Travel and the freedom to book a return flight and three nights accommodation at a hotel near Apple HQ. 

👉 Click here to see recent Apple Interview questions.​

Extra tips

Work/life balance is difficult to achieve at Apple.

Apple employees are often expected to work long hours, or even pull all-nighters to meet deadlines, so be prepared to put work first. “I've been in meetings at 4 pm where a dozen people decide we are going to all work all night that night in the office on a problem,” one Quora user writes.

“No discussion about "hey, I have to pick up my kids" or "let me call home first" -- everyone nods and agrees, no hesitation.”

Apple hires for specific teams, not centrally.

Apple corporate consists of 10 different teams, from Design to Marketing and Machine Learning & AI. You’ll need to determine upfront which team you want to join, explain why you chose that team and that particular role, and how you’re uniquely positioned to contribute to the team. 

You will have to answer questions like these ones asked recently at Apple...

Whether you're a project manager, senior software engineer or even a family room specialist- everyone gets behavioral questions in their Apple interview.

Behavioral interview questions

  1. Tell me something you have done in your life which you are particularly proud of.
  2. What are your failures and how have you learned from them?
  3. What brings you here today?
  4. Do you think performance should be rewarded over experience?
  5. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
  6. Describe a humbling experience.
  7. You seem pretty positive. What kinds of things bring you down?
  8. What was your best day in the last four years? What was your worst?
  9. Talk about a time where you had to make a decision in a lot of ambiguity.
  10. What do you want to do five years from now?

👉 Click here to see recent Apple Interview questions.

Problem-solving interview questions

  1. If you have two 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?
  2. How many children are born everyday?
  3. If you're given a jar with a mix of fair and unfair coins, and you pull one out and flip it three times, and get the specific sequence heads, heads, tails, what are the chances that you pulled out a fair or an unfair coin?
  4. You have a cup of hot coffee and a small cup of cold milk. The room temperature is in between these two. When should we add milk to the coffee to get the coolest combination -- at the beginning, middle or end?
  5. If you are in a boat with a boulder and you drop that boulder into the lake, how does the water level change?
  6. If there are 25 teams in a single elimination tournament, how many games does it take to pick a winner?
  7. If you had a string and wrapped tightly around the world and you wanted to lift it up 1 meter off the ground everywhere, how much would the string have to stretch?
  8. You are in the elevator with the CEO, and you have one minute to convince him to hire you. What would you say?
  9. How would you survive on a desert isle until rescue comes?
  10. If you were a monkey, what sort of zoo paddock would you find most disagreeable?

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Technical interview questions

  1. How would you build the iOS home screen user interface?
  2. Find the most frequent element in an integer array.
  3. How do you use a hashmap counter?
  4. What does asymptotic mean?
  5. Why can't you use primitives in a hashmap?
  6. Given an iTunes type of app that pulls down lots of images that get stale over time, what strategy would you use to flush disused images over time?
  7. How would you design a data structure that is an array, but with so many elements such that the array almost fills up the entire RAM?
  8. How does ARC work in Objective C, and how is it different from garbage collection?
  9. Write a program that uses two threads to print the numbers from 1 to n.
  10. Explain to an 8-year-old what a modem/router is.

👉 Click here to see recent Apple Interview questions.

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Looking to land a job at Apple but don’t know what the process looks like?


Well, you’ve come to the right place. Detailed in this post is a look at the timeline of the interview process, preparation guidelines, and what's different or unique about Apple’s interview process as opposed to other tech companies.


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Apple’s interview process differs from a lot of the other larger tech companies and that is in large part due to the number of interviews and their on-site process.


Apple usually starts hiring at ICT2; these positions are for those with 0-2 years of experience. The growth track ends at ICT6.


We’ll now go through the interview process, preparation tips, and a deeper dive into what makes Apple’s hiring process unique. At the end we’ll provide you with some sample questions asked in an Apple interview.



updating your RESUME

The first thing you should do is update your LinkedIn and resume to be metrics / deliverables driven. Be succinct, show how what you’ve done relates to the position, and tailor it to the job description as it will better demonstrate how you’re a fit for the role.


Here is our guide on how to prepare for the coding interview with a 12-week plan.


Apple, like most of the other tech giants, doesn’t require that you know any one particular language, but you do need to be proficient in at least one. Acceptable languages include: C#, C/C++, Python, Java, and a few other mainstream languages. It’s best to pick the programming language you’re most comfortable with and stick to it.

PRESCREEN with recruiter

From resume submission to first contact will take about a week. If the recruiter thinks your resume is a good match, they’ll reach out to you over LinkedIn or email. From here, the recruiter will ask you to set up a time to chat; it’s best to schedule this call as soon as possible so that you seem ready and eager.


This initial phone screen will last anywhere from 15-30 minutes. The recruiter will not go into anything technical; the recruiter mainly wants to gauge your interest level and see if you can speak to what’s on your resume. One-line answers won’t cut it for behavioral questions; spend some time reflecting on past accomplishments and how they relate to Apple and the role you’re applying for. As a best practice, be able to speak to each line on your resume for about a minute or two each.


Questions you can expect:


Why do you want to work for Apple?

What’s your favorite Apple product or services? (e.g. Apple Maps, Siri, Apple Pay)

What was your favorite project to work on at your last company and why?


Fare well here, and you’ll move onto the technical portion of your phone screen.


Technical Phone interview

If you’ve successfully made it through the prescreen, the recruiter will set up your technical phone screen with a hiring manager or a member on the team you’re looking to join. From pre-screen to technical phone interview will be about a week and then to schedule your next technical phone interview will be 1-3 days.


Here, you’ll have one or two technical phone screens which will be a mix of resume Q/A and a coding question centered around data structures and algorithms; the coding question will be administered through a shared editor such as Codility. Each of these coding interviews will be about 45-60 minutes where you’ll have about 30 minutes to complete the coding challenge.


Apple technical phone interview questions:

Collapse a binary search tree into a sorted list

Find circular loop in linked list

Give the complexity of various sorting algorithms

Here is a list of the top 15 coding questions asked in an Apple interview


ON-site interview

If you’ve passed your technical phone screens, then you’ll be invited to an on-site interview. Anticipate a 2-week wait period before being brought in.


Here is where your patience, skills, and domain knowledge really come into play. The on-site interview will last about 6 hours where you’ll meet with 8-12 people and in some cases upwards of 15.


Each interview will either be a 1:1 or 2:1 and will be about 45 min to an hour. For 2:1 interviews, if you start responding to an interviewer's question and then proceed to write code, you might be cross-questioned by the other interviewer. Sometimes, they may pose a question one after another giving you little time to answer. In any case, make sure you take one question at a time, and stay focused. Take the time to understand the questions clearly and don’t rush.


Your on-site interviews will be a mix of behavioral, domain knowledge, and coding.


Behavioral questions are a big part of Apple’s interview process. It’s a good idea to prepare a few anecdotes on your enthusiasm for Apple, how you work in teams, how you work under pressure, and times you’ve displayed leadership.


Apple really wants to find out who you are as a person and whether or not they could see themselves working with you. They’ll ask you questions about Apple products and services, previous projects you’ve worked on, a personal evaluation, and some questions to test how you think creatively.


Brand loyalty is huge at Apple, so be prepared to speak about different products you like, dislike (why?), and where you think improvements can be made. Whatever the questions may be, do not take them lightly and bring your full attention.

Domain Knowledge:

Apple interviews for specific teams (i.e. Maps, Calendar, Siri, etc.) so they expect you to know the product or service you’re interviewing for, ideas about how it works (Siri for example), and the complications that go into building it. The questions asked will be related to the work the team is doing and the problems they’re trying to actively solve. So for example, if you were looking to join the iOS team, it’s good to have a strong foundation on operating systems and the challenges associated with them.


Be prepared to work through questions on a whiteboard and discuss your thought process, as your interviewer will look at how you approach problems, what questions you ask, and other approaches you may be able to take. In many cases, your interviewer is not so much concerned with whether or not you solved the problem (which is important) but rather how you think about the problem. It’s important to articulate your thought process throughout.


Data structures you should know

Arrays, Linked Lists, Stacks, Queues, Trees, Graphs, Heaps, Hash sets, Hash maps


Algorithms you should know

Depth first search, Breadth first search, Binary search, Quicksort, Mergesort, Dynamic programming, Divide and conquer


Here is a list of the top 15 coding questions asked in an Apple interview


Note: For higher level candidates (3-5 years of experience) you can expect questions on system design.

Don’t forget about the lunch interview. Whereas at some companies this is more of a light conversation, at Apple, lunch acts as another interview — and it will be technical/domain specific. It can’t be stressed enough that you must be comfortable talking about your domain expertise and how you can make an impact to the problems they’re solving now and in the future.


THE OFFER / NO offer

At this stage, you can expect to hear from your recruiter within a week. However, if you don’t hear from them, it’s best to send them a friendly reminder email so that you stay top of mind for them. From the first contact to the offer, you can expect the whole process to take about 1.5 to 2 months.


In the event you don’t receive an offer, you’ll most likely have to wait 3-6 months before reapplying for that same position. But it’s recommended that you keep your options open as recruiters will often consider you for multiple roles as they see fit, so keep an open mind and browse through a few that are interesting to you and that align with your career path.


If your interviews went well, Apple will reach out to you, at which point they’ll make you an offer, send you documents to sign, and discuss any further questions you have.



FaceTime interview

For your phone screens you’ll most likely be using FaceTime (it may be over Skype as well).


2:1 interviews

Questions will come at you fast, so practice thinking under pressure, and prepare for interruptions which can throw off your thought process.


Interviewing is team specific

You will interview for specific teams and will be expected to know the product or service you’re interviewing for, the challenges associated with building it, and how it works. Questions will be based around problems the team is looking to solve and technical questions related to the job.


Don’t have to wait 6 months to reapply

The good news is, Apple will consider you for multiple positions so if the one you were applying for doesn’t work out but they find a fit for you on another team then they’ll get you another round of interviews.


Lunch is an interview

The team will take you out to lunch, but don’t think that this doesn’t count as an interview because it does. With you doing the majority of the talking, it’s suggested that you order something light.



In our experience, it’s best not to try to memorize specific questions. There are no silver bullets.

The questions that companies ask are always changing, because companies of this size are always trying to stay ahead of the curve and try new things. The questions you face will also depend on the team and the hiring manager.


Instead, it’s best to work your way through the fundamentals so you understand the underlying concepts and can answer even new types of interview questions with confidence.


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The trickiest questions Apple will ask in a job interview

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Apple is known for being one of the most challenging and exciting places to work, so it's not surprising to learn that getting a job there is no easy task.

Like Google and other big tech companies, Apple asks a mix of technical questions based on your past work experience and some mind-boggling puzzles.

We combed through recent posts on Glassdoor to find some of the toughest interview questions candidates have been asked. 

Some require to solve tricky math problems, while others are simply but vague enough to keep you on your toes. 

This is an update of a post originally written by Kyle Russell. 


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