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How to get a job at Apple: Essential tips for getting hired

By Lewis Painter | Oct. 20, 2016
Here are some tips and tricks.

Administrative

Admin might not be the most glamorous of jobs but it keeps Apple's huge workforce focused and organised. Apple describes its administrative career as one that's rewarding and challenging in an extremely fast paced environment, which explains why they want experienced candidates only. If you have experience as a receptionist, an executive or administrative assistant or a recruiting and project coordinator then you're what Apple is looking for.

How to work for Apple | How to get a job at Apple: The application form

It's important to believe in Apple, and in particular Apple's ability to help people.

"The absolute key thing to focus on is how much you believe in Apple's ability to help people," says Dylan. "Your knowledge of products is important, but I've known people get hired who have never even used an Apple product."

However, Apple isn't interested in fakes. "The photos of happy smiling employees on Apple's career website are real," Dylan adds. "They are not actors or models; they are genuine Apple employees. I have actually worked with some of these people on a day-to-day basis."

Assuming you're successful you'll receive a pack, outlining how awesome Apple is.

How to work for Apple | How to get a job at Apple: The interview

You won't be surprised to learn that Apple is incredibly selective in its interviews. Typically you'll have at least two interviews, sometimes Apple interviews people four times.

"My first interview was in the business suite of a swanky London hotel," says Dylan. When arrived you are put into a holding room with about other nervous-looking people. Dylan's first interview was a group experience, where he was interviewed with all the other applications.

Five people conducted the first interview, and they greet applicants with applause. "The atmosphere is infectious," Dylan told us.

You will be asked to introduce yourself, and it's best to have a good story about your life. In particular have interesting things to say about yourself, and what you do. "There are a huge variety of candidates; there are actors, programmers and salesmen," he tells us.

Apple is not interested in typical salespeople. 'I see the interviewers grimace as one guy introduces himself as Peckham's top Carphone Warehouse salesman," says Dylan.

Talk about how you love Apple products and see them as a way to better people's technological lives. "Try to be smiley and enthusiastic," Dylan advises.

The main part of the interview will be roleplay. Each candidate must talk to a customer played by another candidate. "When it's my turn the role-playing customer asks for a top-spec MacBook Pro," says Dylan. "I ask what they're using it for and I'm told it's for word processing and internet browsing. I advise a more basic MacBook instead. That's it. Maybe two minutes and I'm done."

 

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