How to prepare for the Apple interview process and land your dream job

Read on to learn about the Apple interview process so you can land a great job!

When you are applying for jobs, especially at large tech companies like Apple, you want to be as educated as possible about their mission, values, culture, products, and more. At Pathrise, we have helped over 1,000 people land great jobs in tech and we have proven, data-backed tips for each step of the way.

We know that there are a lot of similarities in the application and interview processes from company to company. If you prepare with this in mind, you should be able to go into your interviews with confidence. Below, we will outline the application and interview process for Apple.

Apple application process

One of the great things about big tech companies like Apple is that they are almost always hiring. You can find their openings on their Jobs page or on the larger job boards, like LinkedIn, where they have over 3k openings. We always recommend that you spend time optimizing your LinkedIn profile before applying to roles on that platform because they share your profile when you submit an app.

But, if you think that you are going to find success by just sending an application into Apple through the online portal, you are going to be disappointed quickly. Large tech companies receive thousands of applications for the same positions. How can you make sure that you stand out and get your resume actually seen?

Using LinkedIn

Start by searching on LinkedIn for technical recruiters, high level team members, or managers from the company. Then, try to find someone who has a connection to you. Maybe you both went to the same school, you are from the same hometown, or you have similar academic or professional interests. Whatever it is, this connection will warm up your cold email or LinkedIn message. Spend the time finding someone who has this connection because it will be worth it. There are 7,600 results when you search “Apple technical recruiter” on LinkedIn, so you should be able to find at least 1 person.

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You can also use our guide, which explains how to reach out to recruiters and includes a list with contact info for specific Apple recruiters, based on the types of role they work on.

Once you find the right person, you can craft your cold email or message. Fellows in our program have found that sending a cold email along with their application triples their response rate on average. Check out our cold email templates and information so you know what to say. 

Apple interview process

Apple has established interview processes, which is great, because it means you can prepare for each step. Most tech companies follow the same structure, which is helpful to know as you go into your sessions.

The Apple interview process typically takes 4-8 weeks on average and follows this order.

Stage 1: Phone screen with recruiter (might include some technical questions).

Step 2: Phone screen with hiring manager.

Stage 3: 1-2 technical phone interviews with team members.

Step 4: Onsite interview, which lasts 5 hours and includes 5-6 rounds with each team. There are around 4 technical interviews per team and a lunch interview. The questions are technical, behavioral, and cross-functional.

How to prepare for these interviews

Most phone screens are typically casual. They are your first introduction to the recruiter, so you want to put your best foot forward. Even if they are asking a couple technical questions, they should be pretty simple. For the most part, they want to get a sense of who you are and how your background relates. The goal is for the recruiter to make sure you are the right type of candidate technically and behaviorally so you can move on with the process.

To prepare, you should spend time on company research to learn about their mission, values, culture, and products. Even though you probably use Apple products every day, you want to understand the company as a whole as well as the products individually. You can find information on their About Apple, Teams, and Values pages and then plan to insert what you learned into your responses. Check out our list of phone interview questions and answers to help you practice for your phone screens.

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For your technical challenges and onsite technical interviews, you should make sure you are well-prepared by practicing these kinds of problems and timing yourself. For engineers, working with a partner in pair programming practice sessions can be especially helpful. We have a list of Apple interview questions that you can use to practice for software engineering, data science, product design, and product management interviews.

Once you go onsite, you will also have behavioral interviews, where you can put your research on company values and mission to work again. Prepare your responses by writing them down and practicing them in front of a mirror or with a partner. We have also compiled a list of behavioral interview questions from top tech companies that you can use to prepare.

Apple offer process

When you get to the offer stage with big tech companies, negotiation is important. Apple offers are on the high end when compared to some of the other prestigious tech companies like Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon, but that doesn’t mean you should skip negotiation. These companies do often have leeway on their equity, signing bonuses, and other benefits. 

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When you are applying and interviewing, keep quiet on specific numbers or even salary ranges, if you can help it. If they ask, just let them know you’d like to do more research on market rates or say, “Negotiable, within reason.” Check out our negotiation guide for more information on how to negotiate successfully, including an email template you can adapt.

For more specific information on how to get a job at top tech companies, check out our guides with interview processes, questions, values, and everything else you need.

Pathrise is an online mentorship program that works with students and professionals 1-on-1 so they can land their dream job in tech. With our tips and guidance, fellows in our program 3x their  application response rate and double their interview scores.

If you want to work with any of our mentors 1-on-1 to optimize your applications, interviews, or with any other aspect of the job search, become a Pathrise fellow.

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