28 of the toughest questions Apple asks in Job Interviews

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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 both 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 solving tricky math problems, while others are simple but vague enough to keep you on your toes.


Question #1 – 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?
Position: Software engineer

Question #2 – Describe an interesting problem and how you solved it?
Position: Software engineer

Question #3 – Explain to an 8-year-old what a modem/router is and its functions?
Position: At-home advisor

Question #4 – How many children are born every day?
Position: Global supply manager

Question #5 – You have 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.
Position: Software engineer

Question #6 – If we hired you, what do you want to work on?
Position: Senior Software engineer

Question #7 – 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?
Position: Software QA engineer

Question #8 – How would you break down the cost of this pen?
Position: Global supply manager

Question #9 – A man calls in and has an older computer that is essentially a brick. What do you do?
Position: Apple Care at-home consultant

Question #10 – Are you smart?
Position: Build engineer

Question #11 – What are your failures, and how have you learned from them?
Position: Software manager

Question #12 – Have you ever disagreed with a manager’s decision, and how did you approach the disagreement? Give a specific example.
Position: Software engineer

Question #13 – 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?
Position: Mechanical engineer

Question #14 – Tell me something that you have done in your life which you are particularly proud of?
Position: Software engineering manager

Question #15 – Why should we hire you?
Position: Senior software engineer

Question #16 – Are you creative? What’s something creative that you can think of?
Position: Software engineer

Question #17 – Describe a humbling experience.
Position: Apple retail specialist

Question #18 – What’s more important, fixing the customer’s problem or creating a good customer experience?
Position: Apple at-home advisor

Question #19 – Why did Apple change its name from Apple Computers Incorporated to Apple Inc?
Position: Specialist

Question #20 – What brings you here today?
Position: Software engineer

Question #21 – 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?
Position: Software engineer

Question #22 – 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, tails, what are the chances that you pulled out a fair or an unfair coin?
Position: Lead analyst

Question #23 – What was your best day in the last 4 years? What was your worst?
Position: Engineering project manager

Question #24 – When you walk in the Apple Store as a customer, what do you notice about the store/how do you feel when you first walk in?
Position: Specialist

Question #25 – Why do you want to join Apple and what will you miss at your current work if Apple hired you?
Position: Software engineer

Question #26 – How would you test your favorite app?
Position: Software QA engineer

Question #27 – What would you want to do 5 years from now?
Position: Software engineer

Question #28 – How would you test a toaster?
Position: Software QA engineer


Source: Gadgets Now

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