Received Invitation to Apple Hiring Event

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by MrCheeto, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. MrCheeto macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    I received an invite to an Apple Hiring Event this morning, and have RSVP'd for August 31st.

    Anybody mind throwing some experiences out there so I have some idea what to expect?
  2. Grey Beard macrumors 65816

    Grey Beard

    Sep 10, 2005
    The Antipodes.
    But, but.... They already have Steve's replacement. Didn't you know that Tim Cook got the nod.
  3. MrCheeto thread starter macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    I heard...but they forgot to ask if I care
  4. Queen of Spades macrumors 68030

    Queen of Spades

    May 9, 2008
    The Iron Throne
    Be yourself, don't kiss butt, and don't try and out-nerd everyone there by espousing about your mythical iPod collection. I worked for Apple for a bit, and the people at my hiring event that acted like they knew everything about Apple - from repairs to history - did not get selected.

    They're looking for open, engaging, approachable people. All the tech stuff is taught in training, it matters a lot less than people seem to think. They care about your personality more than anything else - I cannot stress this enough. If they had to choose between someone slightly awkward, with so-so social skills who knew the history of Apple and could fix a MacBook Air with their eyes closed versus someone outgoing and sincere who couldn't tell you the 3 MacBook Pro screen sizes - they would pick the outgoing candidate every single time.

    I was sure I wouldn't be called back because I didn't spend the entire time kissing Apple's butt, talking about how I've been repairing Macs since kindergarten, or talking about how Steve Jobs is my idol. Instead I answered their questions honestly, and that seemed to be valued quite a bit, as I made it all the way to Apple employee.

    My event was broken into brief introductions around the room, a video on Apple culture/history, questions, and then a roleplaying exercise followed by a final round of questions. Working well with your group is a great way to stand out - i.e., coming up with a good, engaging skit. Most of the skits reeked.

    Either way, relax, be yourself, and good luck.
  5. MrCheeto thread starter macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    I'm not going back to jail...
  6. vitzr macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    Relax, be yourself, and remember it's just another employer. I have several close friends at all levels within Apple. All have been there over ten years. Despite the constant stream of gushing praise amongst those on the outside, at the end of the day it's just a job. Better than some, but certainly not all.

    Good Luck, you'll do fine.
  7. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    Haha. First of all, congratulations. I'd be ecstatic if I got invited.

    Secondly, just be yourself. Don't try to be that guy who is going to imitate Steve Jobs. Don't be the guy who is a know-it-all about computers. Apple looks for friendly people. They don't give a rat's *** if you know your way around a computer or not, as long as you're friendly to the customers, and can make a sale. You can't be nervous. If you ever feel nervous, just...stop being nervous, and do whatever it is that you're nervous about. Such as going across the room to talk to the pretty lady. Apple's recruitment team will be watching you, and somebody who has the balls to do that, will definitely have the balls to go approach a customer in order to promote a Mac/iPhone/iPod/whatever.
  8. bandw macrumors member


    Jan 31, 2011
  9. MrCheeto thread starter macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    It seems like this is going to be just something that won't need any thought.

    Anybody have anything interesting to tell about their experiences?
  10. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  11. blairh macrumors 68040


    Dec 11, 2007
    I went to one of these a few years back. It's pretty painless to be honest. The only part that felt awkward was the skit. Even that was pretty easy. You had to pretend you were a customer, asking questions, etc. And the other one you were the employee answering questions. To do it in front of everyone is just kinda funny. I made it to the next round (in person interview). I told them I really wanted to be a 'business manager' (one of the open positions they detail) and was okay with being a sales rep. It all went very well, but I didn't make it to the next round. I was shocked to be honest, but at the same time I really didn't want to do anything aside from the business manager role (and maybe they sensed that). I might look into their corporate positions but I fear they'll realize I already didn't make it once and that will end any chance I have working for Apple.
  12. frankjl macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2010
    Hey i got an invitation for hiring event but
    when I click on the RSVP it takes me to a page that says "by invitation only"

    Did you experience this at all from your email?
  13. devinclary macrumors newbie

    Oct 21, 2011

    I am experiencing the exact same problem as of tonight.

    Have you figured out what to do?

    I am going to call them in the morning to see what the deal is.

    Any help would be appreciated!

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