Apple Software Engineer Mock Interview

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What are the differences between an array and a stack?

"A stack is a data structure that utilizes the last in, first out principle for presenting data to the application. On the other hand, an array doesn't have a fixed structure for how data is added or retrieved by the application. A stack may be used in an application that requires the most recent data to be presented first. An array can be used to retrieve any of the data, regardless of when it was added to the application."

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Apple Software Engineer Interview Questions & Answers

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  • 1. What are the differences between an array and a stack?

  • 2. How would you go about explaining Apple's cloud computing environment to someone that doesn't have a technical background?

  • 3. Here at Apple, we value work life balance and initiative. What personal software development projects have you worked on outside of work?

  • 4. Can you describe a tough software development problem you encountered in your last job and discuss how you solved it?

  • 5. Which do you prefer - a micro-service approach or a monolithic app?

  • 6. How would you accelerate the response time of a website you created for us here at Apple?

  • 7. Can you define black box testing and white box testing and discuss the differences between them?

  • 8. Walk me through the steps to build a single page application with multiple sections using the programming framework in which you typically work.

  • 9. How do you go about organizing CSS files, and why do you prefer this approach?

  • 10. Apple web developers are incorporating HTML5 in their most recent websites. Can you describe what are the functions of web workers in HTML5?

  • 11. What are the differences between blocking and non-blocking calls in the context of Node.js?

  • 12. Many Apple Software Engineers prefer to program in Java. Can you describe how you would implement linear search in JavaScript?

  • 13. How would you implement Dijkstra's Shortest Path using a programming language with which you are familiar?

  • 14. What are some of the programming languages you are familiar with, and which ones do you prefer?

  • 15. Please describe a stack and the two operations it performs.

  • 16. What process do you use to test and find bugs in an application you've developed?

  • 17. Please describe responsive design and the difference between fixed and fluid layouts.

  • 18. Here at Apple, we have embraced Agile methodology. How experienced are you with the Agile software development process?

  • 19. Can you describe the Apple's software development life cycle as you understand it?

  • 20. How do you go about addressing errors in your code?

  • 21. Describe the process you use to create a program, from requirements definition to delivery.

  • 22. Walk me through your process for designing scalable applications.

  • 23. What do you feel are the critical principles of good software engineering?

  • 24. What do you look for or check when reviewing another team member's code?

  • 25. Apple is very proud of our products and the people who develop them. In your opinion, what distinguishes a great software engineer from an average one?

  • 26. If hired by Apple can you estimate what portion of your day will involve coding, and what are the other activities you will perform when not coding?