For many wannabe engineers and coders, landing a job at Apple is not just a dream career move, but a life goal. The cult of Apple is almost as strong as it's finances – the company is one of the most valuable in the world, pulling in $233 billion in revenue for FY2015, and working for it pushes your CV to the top of employer piles for the rest of your life.
But what's it take to get a job at Apple? Aside from talent and experience in your chosen field of expertise, you'll also need to keep a cool head in one of the most high-pressure interviews you're ever likely to have. Business Insider went through a tonne of questions (submitted to Glassdoor) that applicants were asked during real-world Apple interviews. Some are technical, some are practical, but there's a fair few esoteric ones in there too ("What's something creative"???).
Check out a sample below, along with the roles in question they were related to. How would you have fared?
- “Explain to an 8 year old what a modem/router is and its functions.” — At-Home Advisor candidate
- “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
- “How many children are born every day?” — Global Supply Manager candidate
- “You have a 100 coins laying flat on a table, each with a head side and a tail side. 10 of them are heads up, 90 are tails up. You can’t feel, see or in any other way find out which side is up. Split the coins into two piles such that there are the same number of heads in each pile.” — Software Engineer 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
- “Why did Apple change its name from Apple Computers Incorporated to Apple Inc.?” — Specialist candidate
- “You seem pretty positive, what types of things bring you down?” — Family Room Specialist candidate
- “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?” — Software Engineer 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 your favourite app?” — Software QA Engineer candidate
- “How would you test a toaster?” — Software QA Engineer candidate
For the full list of real Apple job interview questions, hit the source. [Business Insider]