Apple Store Interview: 2.5 Hours?!

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  1. iheijoushin macrumors newbie

    iheijoushin

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    Like many of you, I found myself out of a job recently. One of the places I applied to was the Apple Store. After not hearing anything for the first month, I got an email callback inviting me in for an interview from 7pm until 10:30pm in a office building near the Apple Store.

    I accepted (of course), but am terrified of the thought of an interview that long and can only assume they are interviewing a bunch of people. The last thread about Apple Store interviews was a few years old, and I was hoping someone could give me an idea of what to expect. I have never worked retail before (I'm from the non-profit world), so have no idea what to expect.

    Thanks for any thoughts you might have.

    EDIT: I win at math today. Forgive me.
     
  2. imaketouchtheme macrumors 65816

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    Sorry to degrade your mathematical skills, but a meeting lasting from 7PM to 10:30PM would be three and a half hours. :)

    EDIT: Just read your edit. :p:p:p
     
  3. iGary Guest

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    It's a hiring event where they get a bunch of people together with the management team. You'll have fun.

    'Bout as much as I should say. :)
     
  4. nomar383 macrumors 65816

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    Never heard of a retail interview lasting that long in my life. You might be right about them interviewing everyone in that block of time and they just want people there at the same time?
     
  5. iheijoushin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No harm done. It's been a long day of bats in inapropriate places.
    :D
     
  6. iheijoushin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    That's exactly what I needed to hear. While I could talk for 3.5 hours easily, I don't think it would be interesting. :p
     
  7. nomar383 macrumors 65816

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    Wtf does that mean?? lol
     
  8. iheijoushin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I took on a job helping humanely get bats out of an old house. Nothing scandalous. Though I can tell you moving a piano is more fun.

    I'd mention Craigslist, but that'd make it sound worse.
     
  9. kellen macrumors 68020

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    Thank god you meant the animal, I thought you meant the baseball tool.

    Thank you for clearing that up.
     
  10. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    i had a 8 hr interview with BMW back in the day. lots of tests/scenarios and crap


    who the hell schedules interviews from 7pm to 1030pm???? thats way late imo
     
  11. MegaMillions macrumors regular

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    I'd love to go to a three and a half hour interview about working at an Apple Store! I think i'd get the job.
     
  12. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    Sounds like the typical Apple retail interview BS. They invite a huge group of applicants and sit you round a table and then "interview" you all en-masse with group exercises and questions.

    Basically, the worst way of interviewing people. Yes, you may be able to spot some people who interact in groups well, but it doesn't check technical knowledge one jot (which is why I always seem to find morons working in Apple Stores with very little detailed product knowledge) and also misses out those individuals who get put in a 'bad' group that doesn't allow them to shine.

    I know several people who would be fantastic as Apple retail employees, with spot-on product knowledge, enthusiasm for the products, great at talking to people and explaining what things do in simple layman's terms, fantastic write-ups from previous retail jobs, who all went to these interviews and ended up in a group that simply hid them and their skills during the group exercises. End result? Apple hired a bunch of loud-talking buffoons who didn't know the difference between an iMac and a Mac Pro. So yeah, don't expect to walk in there and get the job, even if you fit the role perfectly.
     
  13. nickspohn macrumors 68040

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    I remember doing one of these seminars. Seems like they were interested in the people that just wanted a job rather than the ones who actually wanted to work for Apple.
     
  14. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020

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    Good luck with the interview and I hope you get the job, but is the AS really the best place for a Mac junkie to work?!

    It would be the same as a drug addict working inside a Pharmacy or something :eek:
     
  15. Detlev macrumors 6502a

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    This will be a group interview/orientation. You will meet the store manager and possibly their supervisor or an HR specialist as a group. They will play movies about Apple retail and how great the culture is. You will be given an opportunity to ask specific questions. You will be given an opportunity to do an elevator speech about yourself (less than three minutes to tell them how great you are). You will be given an opportunity to team up with a peer or two and sell a product in the store to them (the managers want to see how you interact with customers, not so much what you know about the product—they'll teach you that).

    Be excited. Have fun. Don't sweat it. You'll do fine.

    FYI: DON'T BRING UP ANY RUMORS ABOUT APPLE OR YET TO BE RELEASED PRODUCTS!
     

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