30 Toughest Questions Asked In Apple Interviews

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If you walk inside an Apple office for an interview and you are asked some of the trickiest questions you’ve ever faced, don’t be surprised. Apple, as an exciting and challenging place to work, grills the job candidates in the best way possible.

Earlier, we’ve shared the 29 toughest questions asked in Facebook interviews. Along the similar lines, Apple asks technical questions as well as some brain-scratching puzzles.

We are sharing the 30 toughest Apple interview questions that have been collected from the recent posts on Glassdoor.

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Question #1

“If you have 2 eggs, and you want to figure out what’s the highest floor from which you can drop the egg without breaking it, how would you do it? What’s the optimal solution?”

— Software Engineer candidate

Question #2

“Explain to an 8-year-old what a modem/router is and its functions.” 

— At-Home Advisor candidate

Question #3

“Describe an interesting problem and how you solved it.”

— Software Engineer candidate

Question #4

“How would you break down the cost of this pen?”

— Global Supply Manager candidate

Question #5

“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.” 

— Software Engineer candidate

Question #6

“Who is your best friend?” 

— Family Room Specialist candidate

Question #7

“How many children are born every day?” 

— Global Supply Manager candidate

Question #8

“Describe yourself, what excites you?”

— Software Engineer candidate

Question #9

“Scenario: You’re dealing with an angry customer who was waiting for help for the past 20 minutes and is causing a commotion. She claims that she’ll just walk over to Best Buy or the Microsoft Store to get the computer she wants. Resolve this issue.” 

— Specialist candidate

Question #10

“Are you smart?” 

— Build Engineer candidate

Question #11

“You seem pretty positive, what types of things bring you down?”

— Family Room Specialist candidate

Question #12

“There are three boxes, one contains only apples, one contains only oranges, and one contains both apples and oranges. The boxes have been incorrectly labeled such that no label identifies the actual contents of the box it labels. Opening just one box, and without looking in the box, you take out one piece of fruit. By looking at the fruit, how can you immediately label all of the boxes correctly?” 

— Software QA Engineer candidate

Question #13

“If we hired you, what do you want to work on?” 

— Senior Software Engineer candidate

Question #14

A man calls in and has an older computer that is essentially a brick. What do you do?”

— Apple Care At-Home Consultant candidate

Question #15

“Tell me something that you have done in your life which you are particularly proud of.” 

— Software Engineering Manager candidate

Question #16

“Are you creative? What’s something creative that you can think of?” 

— Software Engineer candidate

Question #17

“What are your failures, and how have you learned from them?” 

— Software Manager candidate

Question #18

Show me (role play) how you would show a customer you’re willing to help them by only using your voice.” 

— College At-Home Advisor candidate

Question #19

“How would you test your favorite app?” 

— Software QA Engineer candidate

Question #20

“You put a glass of water on a record turntable and begin slowly increasing the speed. What happens first — does the glass slide off, tip over, or does the water splash out?” 

— Mechanical Engineer candidate

Question #21

“Have you ever disagreed with a manager’s decision, and how did you approach the disagreement? Give a specific example and explain how you rectified this disagreement, what the final outcome was, and how that individual would describe you today.” 

— Software Engineer candidate

Question #22

“Describe a humbling experience.” 

— Apple Retail Specialist candidate

Question #23

“When you walk in the Apple Store as a customer, what do you notice about the store/how do you feel when you first walk in?” 

— Specialist candidate

Question #24

“Why did Apple change its name from Apple Computers Incorporated to Apple Inc.?”

Question #25

“What’s more important, fixing the customer’s problem or creating a good customer experience?”

— Apple At Home Advisor candidate

Question #26

“If you’re given a jar with a mix of fair and unfair coins, and you pull one out and flip it 3 times, and get the specific sequence heads tails, what are the chances that you pulled out a fair or an unfair coin?”

— Lead Analyst candidate

Question #27

“Given an iTunes type of app that pulls down lots of images that get stale over time, what strategy would you use to flush disused images over time?”

— Software Engineer candidate

Question #28

“What was your best day in the last 4 years? What was your worst?”

— Engineering Project Manager candidate

Question #29

“Why do you want to join Apple and what will you miss at your current work if Apple hired you?”

— Software Engineer candidate

Question #30

“How would you test a toaster?”

— Software QA Engineer candidate

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