Applying for Specialist position- does an employee referral guarantee interview?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by Allard, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. Allard macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2009
    I was applying to an Apple Store in a suburban area and I decided to visit the store to research how an employee should behave. I asked one of the employees how much a referral means when it comes to considering potential interviewees and he said a lot, enough to guarantee anyone that's referred a chance to interview. Is this true?

    I've since gotten a referral but no email that points to an interview. I applied a few weeks ago.
  2. famous600 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 8, 2010
  3. pdjudd macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2007
    Plymouth, MN
    Unless he said "I guarantee you that you will get an interview" and he is in a position to back that statement up, no there is no such thing as a guarantee. It is entirely based on the decisions of the human resources or department in charge of hiring employees and even a manger hiring for the department.

    If they don't like your resume, you just might never get an interview no matter what an employee says.
  4. farmkittie macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2013
    Maybe they're not hiring at the moment at that store?

    Maybe they aren't hiring right now but still could contact you later?
  5. SpyderBite macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2011
    You'll be invited to a hiring event if you're resume is considered.

    If you make an impression at the event, you will get an interview. If that interview goes well, you will go through 1-4 more interviews depending on the store, district and region.
  6. IndoX macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2011
    There is no HR department in retail stores and HR recruiters seem out managers not regular specialists. Depending on the store a referral guarantees a follow up phone call but not an interview.

    Some stores are:
    Follow up call > hiring event > interview process

    Others skip hiring events (high volume stores) and go into the interview process.

    Good luck.
  7. Allard thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2009
    Thanks all; turns out they haven't really hired anyone in a short while. Store has very low turnover- I guess I'll see if demand for workers increases in the week ahead of launch.
  8. Tfb macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2012
    I think it would be pretty hard for an employee to really know this. Possibly everyone whom he and his friends have referred have gotten interviews - but possibly they're pretty selective about referrals, you know?

    Anyway, good luck!! And update please.

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