It’s easier to get into Harvard than to land a job at Apple Store Upper West Side in Manhattan

Run Windows on Mac OS X with no reboot!“At a press event today, Apple said that 10,000 people submitted applications to work at the new store on Manhattan’s Upper West Side,” Dan Frommer reports for Silicon Alley Insider.

“Of those, just over 200 got jobs, for a 2% acceptance rate,” Frommer reports. “Meanwhile, Harvard’s acceptance rate was 7% this past year… 29,000 applications for about 2,000 admissions.”

Frommer reports, “This may put new meaning into the term ‘Genius Bar.'”

Full article here.


  1. This is what recession can do to the job market… Hopefully, out of those 10,000 candidates, the 200 that were hired really had the Mac, as well as people skills needed to properly represent Apple’s corporate philosophy.

  2. aside from SATs, you also need to pay $75 admissions fee just to apply to Harvard.

    anybody and everybody, especially in today’s economy probably tossed in an application for a choice retail job like the Apple Store, it cost nothing to try so why not? so the 10k number and ratio of actual hires is kind of meaningless in comparison

  3. @Jubei
    “I wonder how many applied at the Microjunk Store? 1 Million?”

    Well, Microsoft has a 90% market share, so if 10,000 applied at Apple, that means that 90,000 applied at the Microsoft store, right?

    Of course, Microsoft hired ALL of their 90,000 applicants and promptly began firing them due to the economic downturn’s negative impact on their bottom line… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />. These fired employees were given a severance package consisting of broken chair parts.

  4. Though the writer means that Apple’s standards are very high and we know this to be true always, he obviously doesn’t have a clue and shows his that his yardstick is a toy at best.

    But, accepting that Apple’s standards are high , as well any Apple user appreciates, anyone applying for a job at Apple should realize that unless they can really cut it they should probably not even bother to start with.

    We don’t do windows.

  5. I’ve noticed over the years that the Mac platform has always had a way of making people feel like computer geniuses, but that Windows had a tendancy to make people feel like idiots.

    10,000 people in the relatively small (albeit populous) area of Manhattan felt qualified enough with their computer knowlede to be able to help others. I think that’s a testament to the quality of the Macintosh experience, and by extention, the lack of quality of the Windows user experience.

  6. 75 fee for Harvard is meaningless, compared to the cost of board and tuition there.

    The SAT score also not a very high bar for anyone who any serious interest in going to a 4 year college.

  7. I have a friend who recently got hired at the Roseville Sacramento Apple store (fairly new store). They had a 3 interview process, starting with a group interview. My friend got hired after the 3rd interview.

    They asked my friend about experiences in Europe on the 3rd interview. My friend had been to school in Europe for awhile studying design. The store Manager was from England, where my friend stayed and studied.

    My friend had retail experience and studied design, and had used Macs and whole family had used Macs for awhile.

    They are probably very very picky and my friend got really lucky but is very qualified, and young and good looking. Hopefully works out well!

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