Could you get a job at Apple? It depends on your answers to these 25 questions

“Would you be able to get through an Apple job interview?” Adam Boult asks for The Telegraph.

“People who’ve applied for jobs with the firm – successfully and unsuccessfully – have been sharing some of the questions they were asked during their interviews on the website Glassdoor,” Boult writes. “Here’s a selection of them – how would you cope with being asked these?”

• “Who would you most like to share a coffee with and why?”
• “How would you describe yourself?”
• “Tell me about a time when you got something you didn’t think you deserved.”
• “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.”

Twenty-one more questions in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Good luck!

45 Comments

    1. 1. My Dad. He’s gone.
      2. Children have row models. Once you grow up, you’re the example.
      3. Yes. Fish fingers and custard…
      4. Underutilized
      5. You already know. You do it.
      6. Why?
      7. Cannot remember that happening.
      8. Who cares about other peoples opinion of their music? Not Me.
      9. Don’t drop the egg. It’s going to break from any height over a couple of feet. (Hey, I took care of 80 chickens when I was a kid)
      10. First day of a class in high school (9th g). Everyone came in and sat down. There was a long paragraph of stuff written on the board. Mr. Brixby came in and erased the chalk board. Then he ask everyone to write down what they could remember of what ever it was from the board. Most had next to nothing. I was the person that had it all. Everyone looked at me with a funny look. I thought, I’m not going to show you THAT again… 😉

    2. There’s several answers. One would be to just divide the pile … the requirement was merely same number of heads, not same number of heads up.

      Or if “same number heads up” was the intent, cut each coin in half and make two piles from the halves.

      Etc.

    1. “an Ivy League professor position” They are a bigger problem than they are an asset.

      Funny, just watched a couple of episodes of Mike Rowe’s Dirty Jobs.

      Interesting; the thought came to me: Who would I rather be around on a daily basis, and who would I call on if the s–t hit the fan?

      EASY call. And the same goes for the kids who don’t know what a turntable is.

      Not in my company, your not!

      Both, if you get my meaning. I have two degrees and the only thing of any lasting value is my PhD in School of Hard Knocks and Life Experience.

  1. “If ‘you can’t feel, see or in any other way find out which side is up’ then how do you know 10 of the coins are heads up? Ha! I’ve run rings around you logically, Mr. Apple-Interviewer-Guy!”
    I know what they are getting at but it needs to be worded better.

    1. That question, and a few others, probe to find if the person is an independent thinker, a leader or a follower. The questions clearly indicate that they’re looking for followers/sheeple. For some jobs that might be useful. But for employees in general, I find that disappointing.

    2. Perhaps how you respond to the question vs. the “correct” answer is what the interviewer is looking for.

      Criticizing the question, with an attitude that you are more intelligent than the person interviewing you probably won’t get you too far.

      Then you can go home and complain that they’re all a bunch of idiots and the questions were stupid, while you continue looking for your next job.

      1. “while you continue looking for your next job” which, given the questions, would seem like the better idea.

        Agree, Derek Currie, great questions if you are one of the sheeple followers. They will not serve us well in just about all parts of society.

      2. What you say has merit, but if you used the same tone as you have written here, then you would not be offered a job at our company. Condescending attitude goes both ways and Apple is becoming the industry gorilla that old time Apple users used to detest. Just because Apple currently makes a lot of money doesn’t make their average employee smarter or better. Without Jobs’ app store, all the current stuck up Apple employees would still be working at their former employer, Microsoft.

      1. Sounds like my local US Post Office. They had 4 registers but only 1 or 2 would be operational and despite heavy traffic they wouldn’t staff the other two to handle the congestion even though there was plenty of people idling walking by. Customers would complain about the long wait in line and could tell because there was a big ole clock. You know, the kind they had in your schools many years back… BIG! BIG CLOCK!!! So, what did the government agency known as the US Post Office do? They took down that big clock in the lobby. Problem solved! And if you really wanted to complain to someone. They would give you a phone number that no one ever answered. It’s the little things like this that allowed an outsider with no political experience win it all!

  2. The only one that got me stumped is #17. I have no idea how many children are born every day. I have no idea how to give a witty response to this either. I don’t really have a creative answer to how to test a toaster either, but at least I have SOMETHING.

    Answer to #5 is to label each box “fruit”, by the way.

    By the way, the article mentions 25 questions but lists 23, so I guess the remaining two are “why does this article mention 25 questions but there are only 23?” and “is there any other question we forgot to ask”.

      1. That’s not necessarily true. After the hand of God prevented me from dying in this life, an angel revealed to me a couple of my past lives. She showed me how I died in those “lives”: Paris in the early part of the 20th century my wife shot me in the head after she discovered I cheated on her, and in Vietnam during the late ’60’s. I was retrieving munitions from a dump and an enemy rocket, grenade, etc. obliterated me. So, a child is born more than once.

    1. Question 24: Did you notice there are only 23 questions?

      Question 25: What question would you like to answer that I didn’t ask?

      As was pointed out above, an interview is about both employer AND employee asking questions. So the final question from the employer should be ‘What questions would you like to ask ME?’

  3. And the sign said “Long-haired freaky people need not apply”
    So I tucked my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why
    He said “You look like a fine upstanding young man, I think you’ll do”
    So I took off my hat, I said “Imagine that. Huh! Me workin’ for you!”
    Whoa-oh-oh

    -From “Signs” 5 Man Electrical Band reprised by Tesla

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