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Apple HireVue Interview Questions

To help you prepare for a HireVue interview at Apple, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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Question 1 of 30

Introduce yourself.

The Goal

This getting-to-know-you question assesses how well your personality will fit the profile of their culture and how closely your passions and ideals align with what they represent. Before the interview, compose a capsule bio, typically about 200 words. Share the basics of who you are, why you are here, where you come from and where you're going, and your interests, views, and values. You can include personal information such as where you are from, your upbringing, your character, and educational and professional achievements. Describe how your life experiences influenced your self-awareness, growth, and continuous development. Rehearse it, ensuring you come across as relaxed, interesting, relatable, communicative, and competent, showcasing you have the analytic abilities required for the position.

Written by Kevin Downey on September 24th, 2022

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Apple HireVue Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

    1. Introduce yourself.

      The Goal

      This getting-to-know-you question assesses how well your personality will fit the profile of their culture and how closely your passions and ideals align with what they represent. Before the interview, compose a capsule bio, typically about 200 words. Share the basics of who you are, why you are here, where you come from and where you're going, and your interests, views, and values. You can include personal information such as where you are from, your upbringing, your character, and educational and professional achievements. Describe how your life experiences influenced your self-awareness, growth, and continuous development. Rehearse it, ensuring you come across as relaxed, interesting, relatable, communicative, and competent, showcasing you have the analytic abilities required for the position.

      Written by Kevin Downey on September 24th, 2022

      What You Need to Know

      Apple uses Hirevue, an assessment vendor, for one of the phases of their interviews. Hirevue's proprietary machine learning algorithms analyze data points found in your video interview to predict your future job performance and ascertain when you are being truthful or confident and how well prepared you are for the interview. They evaluate every data point to identify the top performers and those most suited to the company's goals and culture. They then pass on those recorded interviews, including their findings, allowing Apple's hiring authority to compare candidates' performances side by side.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I grew up in Pasadena, CA. As soon as I was legally able to, I got a job in retail during my summer vacation from school. By the time I turned 18, they promoted me to manager. I took a gap year before attending college for business management and administration. I've always had a strong work ethic. I graduated from high school with a 4.0 GPA and repeated this success throughout my four years of college."

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  • Behavioral

    2. What is your favorite food?

      The Goal

      Fun questions like this are designed to lower your guard and get you out of interview mode. Aiming for consistency throughout the interview is as important as giving them insights into your personality. The only way to accomplish both is by being professional yet sincere throughout the interview. Have fun with this question, and let them get to know the best side of you. Let your personality shine in a way that says you are already one of them.

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      What You Need to Know

      This question will give the assessment vendor and the hiring authority who'll view the recording later an opportunity to contrast the real you against the performative professional you. They will use this question to identify your tells versus your poker face. Consistency is key. They'll evaluate the consistency of the details of your answers, identifying conflicting statements, conflicting verbal and nonverbal data points, and the consistency of your background and appearance. For example, if you state you are highly organized and professional, but your background is cluttered and untidy and your items are unprofessional, this contradicts your statements. Wear professional clothing appropriate for the role. Make sure your space is organized, free of distractions, and work-appropriate. Make sure your statements are consistent and truthful, and your confidence and demeanor are by your true nature.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I'd say my favorite food is my homemade tacos. I am very conscientious about my diet and make everything from scratch. I used dried beans, so I have to soak them overnight. I make my own salsas with dried chilis, and this takes time as well. I also make my own corn tortillas from scratch. It takes a lot of organization and planning, but when planned out and done right, it creates a big batch, and my super delicious meals are planned for the week."

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  • Behavioral

    3. What makes you a strong candidate for this position?

      The Goal

      Your resume and cover letter got you this far. This question essentially asks why you are interested in this position, what you have to offer, what sets you apart from the other candidates and makes you uniquely qualified for this position and their culture, and why they should hire you. Tailor your answer to seem like a good fit with the rest of the team by aligning your answer with the company and its core values.

      Perform adequate research on every purpose statement, mission state, and shared values. Learn as much as you can about them and the opportunities they offer. You'll also want to perform adequate research on yourself, what you have to offer them, and how you already embrace everything they do as if you are already a member of their team. From there, you should be able to construct an in-depth answer.

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      What You Need to Know

      The assessment vendor will evaluate all your verbal and non-verbal cues to determine the authenticity of your answer. They'll know whether you believe what you're saying and if it is sincere and comes from the heart or if you're simply telling them what you think they want to hear to land the job. They'll evaluate whether you believe in what you claim makes you unique and sets you apart from the other candidates.

      Once you begin and the interview question comes on screen, you'll have 20-30 seconds to prepare your response. You only get one shot to record your answers. There are no retakes. You'll get roughly three minutes to record each answer, but don't feel like you have to let the clock run out. Only take as long as you need to answer. Some questions may take longer to answer than others.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I identify with every aspect of Apple's culture, values, and attitude as my own. In every position I've worked in, I was referred to as a Clutch-Player, and I feel that everyone who works at Apple is a clutch player by default. I'd love nothing more than to work amongst those I see as my peers, and in every aspect, including my qualifying skills, I envision myself being the perfect fit for your teams."

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  • Behavioral

    4. What is your greatest strength?

      The Goal

      This question tests not only how you perceive yourself but how confident you are in your abilities and how strong a fit you believe you are for this opportunity. The goal is to identify a couple of your strengths, what you have to contribute to their teams, and why you believe these will make you successful in this role. You have to believe it. Go through your previous performance reviews and jot down every positive remark. Leave no stone unturned. You want them to see your value, that you are a desirable asset, and that you'd be a great addition to their teams.

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      What You Need to Know

      HireVue's algorithm will look for any signs of a lack of confidence in your skills. They'll also spot indicators of being disingenuous, exaggerating, or telling the interviewers what they think they want to hear. For example, some non-verbal cues are gaze avoidance, the shifting direction of your eyes, frequent body posture changes, restless foot, and leg movements, fidgeting with your hair or pressing your fingers to lips, stroking your chin, covering your mouth or your eyes, among others. Some verbal cues they'll analyze include repeating a question before you answer as if stalling or speaking in sentence fragments. It will also flag any changes or irregularities in your speech pattern, such as a rising and falling tone. So make sure you practice plenty before your interview.

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  • Behavioral

    5. What will you miss most about your current job?

      The Goal

      Apple frequently refers to the culture of their teams as a family. So, naturally, they'll want to recruit those who embrace their culture and assimilate into it. One way to gauge whether you'll compliment their teams is by learning how you reflect upon your prior teams. This question evaluates how you reflect upon your previous employer - amicably or acrimoniously. Your answer may also inform them of what your loyalty is worth. So before your interview, compose a list of everything you genuinely loved about your previous employment experience. Those aspects of your previous employment that advance your career should be at the top of your list. Demonstrate gratitude; they got you this far on your professional journey.

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      What You Need to Know

      The assessment vendor will evaluate your nonverbal cues and break them down into data points. They will pass along those data points with your recording video. Some nonverbal cues you should be aware of are your posture, such as slouching, folding your arms, and protecting your neck. Others are your professional appearance, how tidy you or your surroundings are, your head and hand movements, and your facial expressions and eye movements. Some verbal cues are when you place stress or emphasis on certain words, stutters, or take long pauses, among others.

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  • Behavioral

    6. What is your greatest weakness?

      The Goal

      This question will indicate what kind of professional you are and whether you take ownership of your development. You want to come across as the type of person who performs self-assessments, seeks feedback, and seizes every opportunity to learn and grow. That will allow them to assess your level of self-awareness and whether you're open and honest about your shortcomings and growth opportunities or if you allow your shortcomings to control you and impact your performance.

      There's an expression that says, 'No one can hold over you what you already own.' Take ownership of your growth opportunities. If you can, volunteer a shortcoming that benefits the greater good, such as helping out the others on your team while sacrificing your work priorities. Go deep in a way that exhibits your values and integrity. A well-intentioned shortcoming, or a growth opportunity you've self-identified that is integral to your career goals, would be a good example.

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      What You Need to Know

      You want to seem in control of your development and emotions. Try to come across as relaxed as possible, speaking in a level yet enthusiastic tone. Maintain eye contact with your computer camera, and smile softly. Avoid looking at yourself on the screen; the computer's algorithm could misinterpret that as looking down, a sign of a lack of confidence or shame. Confidence, poise, and nature are the demeanor you want to strike.

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  • Behavioral

    7. Describe a time you failed at something. How did you bounce back from it?

      The Goal

      There's an expression that says, 'The true test of your character is what you do when no one is looking.' The interviewers want to make sure anyone they bring on board has a strong sense of integrity and accountability and takes ownership of their mistakes. Making mistakes is human. How you deal with and remedy a mistake comes down to exercising good judgment and knowing when asking for help is appropriate. Ultimately, the goal here is to display a propensity to learn and grow from your humbling setbacks.

      It's natural to fear being judged for making a mistake. How you confront your fear and evaluate the situation, taking into consideration the benefit of the team while reducing the impact of your mistake is the true test of your character. Make sure you confidently explain the reasons behind your course of action.

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      What You Need to Know

      The assessment vendor will evaluate your choice of words and body language to evaluate how truthful your answers are. That allows the hiring authority to have greater confidence that you may be the right fit for this opportunity for the right reasons. If they like what they see, they'll schedule a live interview. Therefore, you'll want to be as truthful and confident in your answer as possible. Before your interview, prepare yourself mentally for what is to come. Build your confidence and wait until you believe in yourself before you start the HireVue interview. If you don't believe in yourself, neither will they.

      Go online, research, and study the body language of a person who exhibits confidence in a relaxed seated position. Perform some fast physical exercises to manufacture some instant confidence. Raise your arms, stretch your back, and make yourself as big as possible. Next, step into a private space with a mirror, look yourself in the eye, and say some affirmations. You got this!

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  • Career Goals

    8. Why do you want to work for Apple?

      The Goal

      By inquiring why you want to work for Apple, they are curious if your reason for choosing them is strong or if you have a track record of taking jobs that aren't a good fit, of which Apple could be another. They'll need to assess your commitment to the role you are applying to or if you'll take what you need and move on.

      Their goal is to find the candidate whose personality seems suited to this role, is most aligned with their values, mission, and brand, and would complement their team, environment, and culture. Research the company and yourself to see how well the two align. Save them the trouble and do their homework for them.

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      What You Need to Know

      They are asking you to give them a reason they should hire you. The algorithm will study your behavior to ascertain whether you truly believe what you are saying. As difficult as it is to come across as natural when you are addressing a computer algorithm, remember that the hiring authority will review the recording later. Practice in front of your computer's camera and record yourself answering some of the questions in this set to get the hang of it. You want to avoid coming across as too rehearsed and sounding too wooden or dull. Try not to look at yourself either; maintain eye contact with the camera lens so you can avert sending the algorithm any mixed signals. Exude confidence, and communicate clearly. Align your interests with the elements of what this opportunity offers, and sincerely believe in your messaging.

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  • Career Goals

    9. What do you value most in a working environment?

      The Goal

      Before they can determine how well you'll fit into their culture, they'll aim to determine your ideal working environment. The interviewers will also separate those in the candidate pool who have put thought into this and those who have not. That will help them clarify if you are a career-minded professional, if you've set goals for yourself, and whether those goals align with theirs. They're also curious whether you feel this is a step up in your career or a stagnant move that you are just complacent with taking until something better comes along. Therefore, it is integral to your success in delivering an above-average interview to research the position and their work culture and determine how well your goals align with theirs.

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      What You Need to Know

      Think about Apple's culture and the physical environment they often showcase. It is clean, organized, and sleek. Then think about the vibe of their environment. It is hip, friendly, professional, and approachable. Now consider the physical surroundings you choose for your HireVue interview. Your surroundings are the environment that will display as a reflection of you as a professional. Therefore, you'll want your space to be neat and work-appropriate. Make it a reflection of your professional workstation at home. You'll want it to be a relatable environment for the hiring authority, similar to theirs.

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  • Career Goals

    10. Why are you looking for work?

      The Goal

      They are curious about what your circumstance will reveal about you as a potential employee. If you quit your job before lining up another, this could speak to a lack of planning or strategizing. If you are currently testing the field, they'll be curious about how committed you are to your current employers and whether your loyalty has a price tag. Focus on your career growth, career advancement, career development, and pursuing a work culture and environment aligned with your values.

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      What You Need to Know

      The algorithm and hiring authority will evaluate how forthright you are when answering this question. They'll study your non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions, eye movements, body movements, tone, and of choice of words. Smile softly, maintain eye contact with the camera, make efforts to naturally enunciate your words, and try not to stutter or take long pauses. Keep it natural. Avoid sounding too rehearsed or sounding like a boring robot. Let your personality shine by being friendly, professional, and approachable.

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  • Career Goals

    11. Where do you see yourself in five years?

      The Goal

      You'll want to indicate that you're singularly interested in landing a long-term opportunity with Apple. The way to convincingly communicate this is by mapping your five-year career plan broken down into attainable goals. If you composed one a while ago, be sure to update it before your interview, evaluating how far you've come and where you currently stand in the framework of your plan. Then plan five years out from where you currently stand. That will help you explain how Apple can get you there. Go even farther by detailing the direction you hope to grow within their company.

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      What You Need to Know

      Try to present yourself as a professional in every way. Remain objective and confident, keeping your face and posture relaxed and your body language open and at ease. Wear professional clothing appropriate to the role and keep it natural. Show your personality and share how you weigh success while defining what success looks like to you across all fronts; short-term goals, long-term goals, and the big picture.

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  • Communication

    12. How would you explain what a modem and router are to an 8-year-old?

      The Goal

      Communication is more than getting everyone on the same page. It's about how a message is conveyed. Communicating complex topics in layman's terms should seem like second nature. Displaying your ability to adapt your communication style to the style of less skilled communicators will go a long way here. That requires patience, empathy, and setting the tone for communication through your attitude. The more comfortable you are, the more confident you'll be. Take care with your choice of words and what they might communicate as you deliver your answer.

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      What You Need to Know

      This question centers on communication. Therefore, it is a reasonable expectation that the assessment vendor's algorithm will evaluate your communication skills. Pay close attention to your choice of words. Enunciate and speak clearly, avoiding any stutters or awkward pauses. Smile and pretend you are talking to a person, limiting your use of any speech crutch words such as "uh," "like," "um," "you know," "so on and so forth," "and," "well," "but," "so," "ah," "er," and "Etcetera."

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  • Communication

    13. Describe a time you disagreed with your manager. How did you handle it? What was the outcome?

      The Goal

      This question aims to assess your emotional maturity and how well you relate to and communicate with people in positions of authority. How you answer will provide them with insights into how proactive your approach is to prioritizing the team's needs. There is nothing wrong with disagreeing with your team leaders or management as long as it is done respectfully to accomplish a mutual goal while respecting the chain of command.

      However, before disagreeing with anyone, you must understand the big picture of the vision or goal. It's also crucial to objectify the situation and not the individual you disagree with. Avoid bad-mouthing your boss or offering examples that ended acrimoniously. Instead, offer examples where you disagreed on an approach to solving a problem that resulted in a meeting of the minds.

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      What You Need to Know

      The assessment vendor's algorithm will study you for any defensive cues while you recall your experience. It's perfectly natural to regress into the emotion of a conflict situation when reflecting upon it. Yet, you'll want to avoid any defensive behavior, defensive posturing, jerky movements, or gestures that could be interpreted as insecure, closed-off, unapproachable, hostile, or disinterested. Some may think exuding a strong posture may communicate confidence, but it could be seen as defensive or confrontational. True strength comes from within, and it would better serve you to come across as relaxed and emotionally mature.

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  • Compatibility

    14. What do you expect Apple geniuses to be like?

      The Goal

      Apple refers to the staff at their stores and genius bars as 'geniuses.' These individuals are the ambassadors of their brand. By asking you this question, they are testing how familiar you are with their culture, whether you embrace those qualities, and if it feels like a good fit for you. Anyone bringing on a new employee wants to gauge their like-mindedness and how well they'll fit into their work environment.

      Be equipped to speak with authority by researching their values and culture and incorporating their language into your own. Imagine yourself in the position and reveal you're emotionally vested in the opportunity. Answer with sincerity and in a manner according to your nature.

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      What You Need to Know

      There is a lot of valuable information on this on their websites. For example, "What you work for should reflect what you stand for. For everything we create, we consider its impact -- on our customers, our colleagues, and our planet. The same innovation that goes into making our products goes into taking on issues we care about deeply, such as accessibility, equity, privacy, and the environment."

      "Everyone joins Apple for a reason. Often it's because they found a company that aligns with their own values. Welcoming is one thing. Belonging is everything. When you start a career at Apple, you'll realize that you're not the only one here who wants you to succeed. You can expect the respect and support of an inclusive community throughout your time here. One of the most meaningful ways to find that experience is by joining a Diversity Network Association. These employee-led groups are rooted in the celebration and amplification of culturally underrepresented communities, creating even more opportunities to belong, learn, and grow. It feels like we're not just coworkers. We're really like Apple family here."

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  • Compatibility

    15. Apple is restrictive concerning the apps listed in the App Store. Do you consider this a competitive advantage or disadvantage? Why?

      The Goal

      This question tests your professionalism and diplomacy in your approach to hot topics. When asking your opinion on such debatable issues, they test your brand loyalty and whether you share in their vision. How you communicate this will offer them insight into how effectively you would represent Apple. Be informed, humble, and respectful, and acknowledge all perspectives while avoiding presumption.

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      What You Need to Know

      Do your research. For example, Apple takes its user's privacy very seriously. Review Apple's guidelines for their app store, which will inform you of their position on this topic. "The guiding principle of the App Store is simple--we want to provide a safe experience for users to get apps and a great opportunity for all developers to be successful."

      They also state on their website, "What you work for should reflect what you stand for. For everything we create, we consider its impact -- on our customers, our colleagues, and our planet. The same innovation that goes into making our products goes into taking on issues we care about deeply, such as accessibility, equity, privacy, and the environment."

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  • Compatibility

    16. Why is it important to install software updates?

      The Goal

      This question tests how qualified you are for this position. To consider hiring you, the interviewers need to evaluate how informed you are, how technically proficient you are, and how effectively you'd represent their brand. Communicate your answer as if you were an apple genius at the genius bar, educating a customer on the value of updating their devices to the latest iOS as soon as it is available. Be knowledgeable and confident in your delivery. Convey the information as if it was second nature, with a friendly and approachable demeanor.

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      What You Need to Know

      Not everyone updates their software, and some are suspicious of installing updates frequently, subscribing to speculative misinformation about intentionally filling your device's storage or draining its battery. However, older devices often have less adequate storage capabilities, or the battery is nearing the end of its lifespan, in which case correlation does not equate to causation.

      As stated on Apple's website, "Upgrading to the latest version of iOS provides the latest features, security updates, and bug fixes. Not all features are available on all devices or in all countries and regions. Battery and system performance may be influenced by many factors, including network conditions and individual use; actual results may vary."

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  • Compatibility

    17. Which Apple Apps do you use daily?

      The Goal

      A company often expects its employees to loyally embrace and embody its brand. Understanding how you incorporate Apple's technology into your life will serve as a personality assessment, offering insight into your interests, motivators, and the connections you'll potentially build through mutual interest.

      Imagine someone just bought their first iPhone and asks if you have any recommendations for which of Apple's Apps they should start with. Share with enthusiasm your recommendations, and go above and beyond in your engagement with them. Then capture that same enthusiasm while delivering your answer to this question. Focus on the culture Apple represents, and represent that in your answer.

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      What You Need to Know

      Perform adequate research on Apple before your interview. They have a great deal of messaging that can serve as a guideline for the language to incorporate into your interview questions. For example, the following text was taken from their website:

      "At Apple, collaboration is more than simply working together -- it means passionate, collaborative debate. People on retail, hardware or marketing teams may focus on different issues, but the principles of respectful, honest discussion remain the same: We advocate ideas, contest points of view, and ultimately build on each other's thinking to come up with the best solution. We aren't merely creating products. We're creating something magical for the person who uses it. Join our community and help define it. Explore a collaborative culture of inclusion, growth, and originality, supported by resources that make a difference in your life."

      "To see all the cross-functional work and the relationships we've forged come together in one product makes me incredibly proud. Cross-functional collaboration is crucial because no one team is responsible for a product or a service on its own. Dozens of specialist teams may be needed for even a single key component of a new product. Yet each team works with a shared purpose, create an extraordinary user experience."

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  • Compatibility

    18. What is your favorite Apple device? Why? 

      The Goal

      They want to know how familiar you are with their suite of products while gauging your enthusiasm for what they offer. They'll evaluate your level of engagement and how well you'd represent their brand. Before you can represent their brand, you'll have to convey that you already embrace their culture as a loyal customer. Give the interviewers the list of the products you own, which of those you use most, the value you find in them, and why you cannot live without them. Speak as if you were sharing this information with a customer and were already on their team.

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      What You Need to Know

      You want to come across as professional, friendly, and approachable. Maintain eye contact with the camera as if you're speaking face-to-face with a person while avoiding looking at yourself on the screen. You should come across as an expert on your Apple devices, speaking effectively about what you enjoy most about them and their capabilities. The assessment vendor will screen you for your honesty and comfort level to ensure your claims are genuine and that you truly are a loyal Apple customer. They'll study your verbal and non-verbal cues, facial expressions, eye movements, body movements, posture, and the nuances of tone and choice of words.

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  • CompatibilityCompatibility

    19. What is the current version of iOS?

      The Goal

      This question tests how up-to-date you stay on the company's information. There are multiple news articles about the company released every day, from details of their events, product announcements, super fans, and updates. How you answer this question will inform them of how engaged you are in the company and its culture. They want to hire someone who looks at Apple as more than a company but as a way of life. Exhibit that you are immersed in all things Apple-related, including what the current software update is and what that upgrade offers.

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      What You Need to Know

      From Apple's support page: "There are two kinds of iOS updates: The annual feature updates which are revealed during those conferences. They are marked by an increase in version number (say from iOS 11 to 12) and usually have major new features. The regular security updates are there mostly to fix bugs (making the phone more stable) and patch up security exploits that may be discovered (making the phone safer). Generally, Apple releases security updates when the need arises. While the frequent updates may be annoying, it is important to keep your iPhone up to date to ensure your phone runs smoothly and that it is as safe as can be."

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  • Competency

    20. Where is Apple's headquarters located?

      The Goal

      Straightforward questions like this test how far you would go as a representative of their company to educate their consumers on their ecosystem. Consider this interview set as a guide for the kinds of questions you should ask while researching their company. This will aid you in delivering a top-notch interview. It requires going deeper than exploring its mission statement and its core values. Learn as much as you can about their ecosystem and what they offer. For example, Steve Jobs envisioned Apple Park to resemble a nature refuge; as a result, eighty percent of the site consists of green spaces with fauna indigenous to the area and even includes a pond.

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      What You Need to Know

      There are many answers to this question; it is a test of the breadth of your knowledge. The most obvious answer would be Cupertino, CA. But another way of answering this question would be Apple Park, which is often colloquially known as "the spaceship." Therefore, it is prudent to perform thorough research before your interview to be ready to answer this and other similarly straightforward questions as thoroughly as possible.

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  • Competency

    21. Who is Apple's CEO?

      The Goal

      When answering straightforward questions like this, it pays to go above and beyond. Familiarize yourself with everything you can about Apple's executives, read up on recent interviews and media coverage, and offer additional facts or insights while delivering your answer. You don't have to submit a book report on the subject, but displaying the breadth of your knowledge by adding some general relevant information can go a long way here.

      Written by Kevin Downey on September 24th, 2022

      What You Need to Know

      A webpage on Apple's site is entirely devoted to Apple's leadership, with general biographies that offer everything you need to know about each of them. Read through it, focusing on those who will most impact the position for which you are applying.

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  • Customer Service

    22. As a customer, what do you most value in customer service?

      The Goal

      People who identify with a brand's culture feel they are part of that team. For those, a good customer experience equates to feeling recognized and appreciated for their brand loyalty. This begins with feeling welcomed into their environment, appreciated and included, and having an exit experience that makes them look forward to returning. Often, this means feeling heard, validated, and treated fairly. When you look at Apple's support, they call it Apple Care. Caring is at the heart of their customer support philosophy. Consider this when sharing what excellent customer service means to you.

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      What You Need to Know

      As they state on their site, "Service and support from the people who know your Apple products best. Because Apple makes the hardware, the operating system, and many applications, Apple products are truly integrated systems. And only AppleCare products give you one-stop service and support from Apple experts, so most issues can be resolved in a single call. One stop for technical support, Apple hardware service, and software support. Most Apple hardware comes with a one-year limited warranty and up to 90 days of complimentary technical support. To extend your coverage further, purchase AppleCare+."

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  • Customer Service

    23. Describe an experience you had with a difficult customer.

      The Goal

      This question explores your ability to deliver a great customer experience by determining how you put your skills into action. How you answer this question will inform them what kind of service to expect from you and how consistent you'll be in your work. When explaining why the customer you dealt with was challenging, provide the full context of their situation and why you chose the approach you took. Ensure your answer communicates your integrity, empathy, tolerance, understanding, and steady communication skills. Even more so, display your ability to be a supportive problem solver.

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      What You Need to Know

      Objectify the situation, exhibiting an emotional intelligence, perspective, and how far you went to retain their confidence and brand loyalty. Try not to regress into the stress of the moment and avoid revealing any stressful body language, such as narrowing your eyes, folding your arms, or furrowing your brow. Instead, maintain relaxed eye contact and a friendly and approachable demeanor. You want to give the impression that the customer was in good hands while exuding confidence.

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  • Customer Service

    24. Describe a time a customer asked for something unexpected or unrealistic.

      The Goal

      This question aims to assess your communication skills. The situation presented by this question tests your mediation, negotiation, conflict resolution, and customer service skills. Your answer will indicate whether you can be a trusted member of their team. Most companies have specific solutions they offer customers when an issue arises. You'll need to strike a balance between satisfying its customers in a manner that represents Apple and its core values while respecting the boundaries of a company's policies and protecting its assets. Begin with how you identified the source of the customer's request, what fueled their expectations or request, what you did to enhance communication and expectations, and what you did to help them. Include the steps you took to de-escalate if de-escalation was necessary. Explain how it was resolved, focusing your example on the situation and the solution rather than the person or their problem. You'll want to convey the cool professionalism of an Apple genius and deliver your answer according to their customer service model.

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      What You Need to Know

      Sometimes, despite your efforts, you can't meet their needs and maintain your emotional intelligence, not internalize their feelings as your own, and get creative with your solutions and approach. The assessment vendor will evaluate your behavior for defensiveness, discomfort, or dishonesty. So, remember to practice. You'll want to answer with as much emotional intelligence, confidence, and integrity while answering the question as honestly as possible.

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  • Customer Service

    25. What skills do you need to work in customer service?

      The Goal

      Everyone wants to feel heard, so showcase your communication skills by explaining how you actively listen when engaging with your customers. Everyone wants to feel understood, so detail how you mirror back to your customers what they are communicating. Everyone wants to feel respected, so offer how you validate their concerns. Lastly, remember the keyword at the heart of Apple's customer service philosophy, 'Care.' Show how you take care of your customer's needs and exhibit sincerity in your approach to ensuring you've delivered a positive customer service experience.

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      What You Need to Know

      You'll want to ensure you come across on camera as confident in your skills. It should seem like second nature. Study the body language and posture of someone confident in their abilities and practice. Be calm, friendly, approachable, poised, and, above all, relaxed.

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  • Customer Service

    26. Share about a time you went above and beyond for a customer. 

      The Goal

      Your answer to this question will speak to your work ethic. When asked about a time when you went above and beyond, go above and beyond in your answer. Focus on culture, branding, and creating human connections through your interactions with your clientele and your team. Exhibit positivity and enthusiasm for working in a customer-centric environment. If you can set the impression that your go-to standard of work is above and beyond, even better.

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      What You Need to Know

      Just because someone has a background in customer service doesn't necessarily mean they'll deliver an excellent customer-centric experience. They may be committed to giving their all but may have an introverted personality, and when they're exhausted from constant social interaction, their performance may suffer. So when answering this question, you'll want to be as engaging as you were when you delivered that great customer experience.

      Customers remember how they left at the end of any customer experience. That exit moment is the make-it-or-break-it moment to brand loyalty. Discuss how well you fit into the culture of their brand and how well you deliver that grand finale. The interviewers hope to learn about your experience.

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  • Experience

    27. Describe something you’ve accomplished that you’re proud of.

      The Goal

      Focus on the positives and how the overall outcome benefitted the team.

      How you answer will speak to whether you consider success crossing daily items off your list and putting in a typical day's work or if you keep your eye on the big picture and scale your sense of accomplishment on the incremental successes toward your ultimate goals. Those goals can range from completing a project to hitting a major milestone in your career plan. Before answering this question, consider what success means to you in terms of your short-term goals, long-term goals, and the big picture and the planning you put into attaining success.

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      What You Need to Know

      This question aims to gain insights into your personality that will help them assess how your motivation influences your work ethic, career goals, and how you'd fit into the culture of their brand. Additionally, the assessment vendor and recruiter will also gauge your level of honesty, looking for any signs of exaggeration in how you present your answers, such as when your words are inconsistent with your answers. Telling them what you think they want to hear will come across as disingenuous and, more often than not, can be spotted from a mile away. So speak from the heart. Make eye contact and smile, posturing yourself in a relaxed and comfortable position, and speak from the heart.

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  • Experience

    28. How do you stay organized throughout your day?

      The Goal

      Being singularly focused and following through on a task is a strength, but only if you can shift gears and exhibit flexibility when the need arises. Multitasking is challenging for most people. When working in a fast-paced environment, how you track your progress and pick up where you left off on a task you had to shelf for more pressing priorities makes the difference between staying productive or backtracking and putting in rework. Talk about your approach and the tools and resources you used to plan your work and stay organized on the job while exhibiting strong time management skills. Your ability to exhibit sound judgment, prioritize, and stay calm under pressure is the heart of this question.

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      What You Need to Know

      Practice your answers in front of the camera, maintain eye contact and confident body language, relax, and speak from the heart. Come across as prepared to answer any question asked. When your words don't match your gestures, your gestures will be seen as the truth.

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  • Problem Solving

    29. If you accept a job at Apple, what will your coworkers at your current job miss most about you?

      The Goal

      This question aims to evaluate your emotional maturity, self-perception, how others in your previous work environment feel about you, and how effectively you can build relationships with your coworkers. How you answer will offer insights on how well you'll work with your teams at Apple and what they have to look forward to working with you.

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      What You Need to Know

      Remember, your verbal and non-verbal cues will inform them of how you truly feel about your previous job, so make sure you answer this question sincerely. Before your interview, make a list of all the things you value most and will miss most about your current or previous employer. Consider how they helped you get to where you are today.

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  • Stress

    30. How do you manage your stress levels during stressful times at work?

      The Goal

      This question gauges how well you cope with stress and whether you can remain calm under pressure. We all deal with stressful situations. It's fine to have stress, as long as the stress doesn't have you. You should convey emotional balance in your answer.

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      What You Need to Know

      The assessment vendor will evaluate how you cope with stress at work by studying your tone, choice of words, and body language to determine your ability to handle highly pressured situations consistently without compromising your performance or integrity. When a person recalls situations from their past, they'll also emotionally revisit that situation. Be especially mindful of the nonverbal cues of nervous or stressful behavior, such as small movements of your hands or feet, swaying, shifting your weight, rocking or tilting back in your chair, leaning to one side or the other, straightening and freezing your posture, cradling your neck with one or both hands, crossing your arms, cracking your knuckles or biting your nails.

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