Apple Inc. is one of the most successful in the world, creating a line of computers, smartphones and peripherals that seems to be growing in popularity each year. Not surprisingly, many people seek employment at the tech giant. Any employer can benefit from taking a look at their policies on recruitment, hiring, and their employment screening techniques.
The hiring process for the retail stores has been described as “fairly lengthy,” but getting a job at the main Cupertino location can be downright grueling, according to those who have been through the process.
The hub of the Apple hiring process is numerous interviews conducted over various platforms. It is not uncommon to have multiple phone and FaceTime calls to start. If the applicant passes this phase of screening, lengthy interviews in front of a panel of interviewers is next. Employment screening techniques for some positions include whole-day interviews being conducted at Apple’s Cupertino location.
Apple does what it can to make traveling to the company headquarters easier, including offering access to Apple Travel which helps with coordinating flights to San Francisco and lodging near the campus.
Engage the Applicant
Other employment screening techniques include engaging the applicants. While the screening calls and interviews at Apple include a barrage of questions, they also reserve time at the end of each session to allow the applicant to have their questions answered. While this is usually only about five minutes of time, it allows the applicant to feel engaged and involved with the hiring process.
Innovative Employment Screening Interview Questions
Like many successful tech companies, the Apple company is known for asking creative and sometimes downright strange interview questions. The goal is to gain insights into the applicant’s personality as well as their ability to handle stress and think innovatively.
Some questions require technical knowledge and problem-solving ability; exact questions will depend upon the position being sought. Persons seeking retail jobs are asked interview questions related to how they would manage unhappy customers.
Some actual questions asked by Apple interviewers have included:
“What is the weight of the Empire State Building?”
“Explain how an airplane wing works.”
“What superhero reflects who you are and why?”
“How would you explain what RAM is to a five year old?”
Their employment screening techniques also include some applicants being asked elaborate math problems as well. A Product Design Engineer candidate was asked:
“Imagine a small amount of cold milk just out of the fridge and a cup of freshly made hot coffee. The room temperature is exactly between the two items. When should the milk be added to the coffee for the coolest combination (beginning, middle or end?)”
A Research Scientist candidate was asked:
“How would you check a binary tree to determine of it is a mirror image on its right and left sub-trees?”
Advanced Employment Screening Techniques
The Apple company uses advanced employment screening techniques as well as traditional employment screening including background checks into criminal history (and credit history when relevant to the job). Any employer can gain insights from these employment screening techniques and the hiring trends and methods of one of the world’s most successful tech companies.
Disclaimer Statement: All information presented is for information purposes only and is not intended to provide professional or legal advice regarding actions to take in any situation.
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