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Post by lendmeflight2 on Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:36 pm

I had an interview with Apple retail today. It was really odd. They had group interviews set up for everyone. I was told by someone that they received around 10,000 resumes for 60 positions. They picked 360 of those to come to 12 group interviews.

I went at 1 pm today. It lasted for over two hours. In the introduction they told us how lucky we were to be picked to even get this far. If we don't get hired keep applying. They said it was easier to get into Harvard than to get hired by Apple. They said that Apple accepts a smaller percentage of applicants than Stanford and Harvard both.
First I had to learn about the guy beside me and then we introduced each other to the entire room of 30 people.

After that we watched some videos talking about how great the company is.
The we counted off to 6. I was a 6 so all 6's grouped together. Then all the interviewers traveled around and asked everyone in the group a question. They got all the answers and then everyone met back together again.

They had a question and answer time for the us to ask them questions. A lot of people asked the dumbest questions like "when will this product be released?".
I only had job interview questions. I am not a "cult of Mac" guy and I told them so. I told them I was here because I liked the culture of the company and how their system works. I do believe in the products and use them for some things and I did mention that.

I got out at 3:30 and at 4:15 they called me and asked me to come in on Friday for a second interview. If I pass this I am hired.

This will work out because the job starts on 8/17 and I become a 99er on 8/9.

Here's hoping that it will work out.

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Re: Finally had an interview today.

Post by Guest on Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:08 pm

Lendme, way to go - sure sounds good for you. Here is an article about Apple's profits, you may really be hiring into a goldmine at the companies place in the World. Good luck.

http://money.cnn.com/2011/07/19/technology/apple_q3_earnings/index.htm?iid=HP_LN

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Post by JoanB on Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:20 pm

Good luck, lendme!

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Post by ExhaustedinCA on Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:30 pm

Good luck to you lendme!

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Post by Sad American on Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:19 pm

Good luck, my friend...

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Post by lendmeflight2 on Wed Jul 20, 2011 12:05 am

Thanks for all the kind words friends. I hope I can get this and still stick around and help everyone that I can.

I have actually already talked to the guy that will interview me on Friday so barring some calamity, I should do well.


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Post by jmainframe on Wed Jul 20, 2011 1:23 am

Congrats so far Lendme. Hope everything goes well Friday and you get the job!

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Post by couth11 on Wed Jul 20, 2011 8:22 am

Wow10,000 apps. AND you made it to the 2nd interview. That says something! Good luck with the 2nd round. I hope you get it- it sounds right.

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Post by Jobless_in_Ma on Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:34 am

That is excellent news!! Im praying for ya buddy!


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Post by Guest on Wed Jul 20, 2011 11:18 am

Congrats Lendme!!! Im praying for you. thats amazing that you made it to a second interview with all those applicants! I wish you the best of luck!!


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Post by americatheneedy on Wed Jul 20, 2011 3:12 pm

Good luck!!!

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Re: Finally had an interview today.

Post by lendmeflight2 on Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:04 pm

Well, I went for my final interview with Apple retail today.

I showed up a little early and didn't have to wait long. I interviewed with a guy I had never seen before.

It was kind of tough, I'm not sure what the right answer to some of his questions were.

He asked me to talk about myself and I took care to mention the things that I know apple will be passionate about.

He asked me what I thought my greatest weakness working there was. This was an off way for him to ask this question. I figured he would ask me to name a weakness. I mentioned I had a lot of anxiety about speaking in front of a large group of people but that I overcame that to do well in their group interview and in other areas in my life. I don't know if that really answered his question.

He asked me about how busy their stores get and I talk about multitasking and that had to be what he was looking for.

I talked about using Apple products to work on my music and about being a musician in general because I know that the arts is a big deal and most of the people that go to work for them are artists, writers and musicians.

He asked me when I had to deliver bad news or hard news to a co-worker or a peer. This one was hard. I told him about a time that I had to tell a friend that was working on a project with me that he was taking the project in the wrong direction and that at the end we had a better understanding of each other and the project.

I mentioned at the end that in retail, it's repeat business that builds business and you gain that through relationships with customers. I told them I liked that their company seems to truly believe in that

I don't know how it went. I did the best I could so I have to walk away and be ok with the outcome.

I found out that I had somehow miscalculated my weeks on Unemployment benefits and I will be a 99er after Monday.

Even if I get this job, it won't start until the 17th so I have to go a month with no income.

Just updating everyone.

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Re: Finally had an interview today.

Post by Hunterforjobs on Fri Jul 22, 2011 4:07 pm

Those questions are weed out questions. I've had those in interviews myself. They have nothing whatsoever to do with the job but I think a amateur psychological profile of you. There is no right or wrong answer per se.


But good luck.


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Post by couth11 on Fri Jul 22, 2011 5:52 pm

lendmeflight2 wrote:I had an interview with Apple retail today. It was really odd. They had group interviews set up for everyone. I was told by someone that they received around 10,000 resumes for 60 positions. They picked 360 of those to come to 12 group interviews.

I went at 1 pm today. It lasted for over two hours. In the introduction they told us how lucky we were to be picked to even get this far. If we don't get hired keep applying. They said it was easier to get into Harvard than to get hired by Apple. They said that Apple accepts a smaller percentage of applicants than Stanford and Harvard both.
First I had to learn about the guy beside me and then we introduced each other to the entire room of 30 people.

After that we watched some videos talking about how great the company is.
The we counted off to 6. I was a 6 so all 6's grouped together. Then all the interviewers traveled around and asked everyone in the group a question. They got all the answers and then everyone met back together again.

They had a question and answer time for the us to ask them questions. A lot of people asked the dumbest questions like "when will this product be released?".
I only had job interview questions. I am not a "cult of Mac" guy and I told them so. I told them I was here because I liked the culture of the company and how their system works. I do believe in the products and use them for some things and I did mention that.

I got out at 3:30 and at 4:15 they called me and asked me to come in on Friday for a second interview. If I pass this I am hired.

This will work out because the job starts on 8/17 and I become a 99er on 8/9.

Here's hoping that it will work out.
Crossing my fingers for you. Sounds like the interview went well!

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Post by lendmeflight2 on Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:12 pm

It didn't go bad in anyway, really, but I have a good read of people and I didn't get the feeling that he "liked" me. Ya know? Like I was definitely on the list? I won't be working for him though. The person who would be my actual boss came by and she seemed to like me OK. I actually have a very close friend who is good friends with her. He is listed as a reference on my resume, I hope she calls him.

I also met the market manager who is like a district manager I guess and that went OK too.

I am not thinking negatively, it's just that they weren't very clear.

I don't know. I know it's my last chance but I think I did as well as I could and I can walk away knowing that.

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Post by jmainframe on Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:21 pm

Lendmeflight,

I'll be praying for you tonight!

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Post by lendmeflight2 on Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:41 pm

Thanks brother.

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Post by JoanB on Fri Jul 22, 2011 10:38 pm

I hate when they ask questions like the delivering bad news one that you got...I've gotten ones that have actually never really happened to me, at least not that I could remember, so then I had to make something up on the spot.

I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for you, lendme!

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Post by lendmeflight2 on Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:08 pm

Well, I got an email back just now telling me that Apple is moving on with other candidates. I didn't get the part time job. I wonder what other qualities the other candidates had that were better than mine. I have over 15 years retail experience and 5 of them were in management.

Well, I have a possibility with costco and after that I am tapped out.

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Post by TOO OLD TO HIRE IN PA on Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:23 pm

lendmeflight2 wrote:Well, I got an email back just now telling me that Apple is moving on with other candidates. I didn't get the part time job. I wonder what other qualities the other candidates had that were better than mine. I have over 15 years retail experience and 5 of them were in management.

Well, I have a possibility with costco and after that I am tapped out.

Oh so very sorry to hear this. You don't list your age on your profile, but could it have been that? Good luck with your other job prospect.

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Post by nfpexec on Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:31 pm

I'll bet you anything that the experience you have, which yes comes with age, was the deal breaker. I lost a job today too and I am NOT going to beat up on myself because I know they went with younger. This youth obsessed job market and short sightedness to kick older workers to the curb is infuriating!!!

Keep trying and someone will have the insight to understand what you have to offer.

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Post by lendmeflight2 on Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:40 pm

I'm 37. I don't think that's what it was. I think that the guy that interviewed me didn't think I fit in with their company culture. I doubt it could have been my appearance. my hair is sort of long, past my ears but not down to my shoulder. I just don't think a company like apple, with no dress code, would be that way. I gave all the right answers so I can't imagine that was it. I don't know.

I wonder if I failed the background check. I have never had a criminal record, does anyone else know what can show up?


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Post by nfpexec on Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:53 pm

How about a credit check? References? But then again you did say that they said it was easier to get into Harvard, which exactly why I didnt apply to Harvard. I like to feel like I have a fighting chance!

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Post by lendmeflight2 on Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:07 pm

They do take less applicants than Harvard. I think the number they mentioned was that apple hires about 6% of all the people that apply and Harvard takes 12%. I'm sure more people apply for Apple than apply to Harvard. They had 10,000 applications and hired 100. They hired 1% of the applicants? I made it pretty far but pretty far don't pay the bills.

They did not call any of my references that I know of. I have bad credit but my friend who used to work for them said that would only be an issue if I was going for management, which I was not.

I honestly don't think it got that far. I think the guy that interviewed just turned me down. I even met the lady that would be my boss at the store I was working at and SHE seemed to like me.

That's just how it is I guess. I can't be too down about it.

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Post by Jobless_in_Ma on Mon Jul 25, 2011 5:24 pm

Sorry to hear that Lendme, keep your chin up.

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