What to wear for 1 on 1 Apple store interview

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  1. guildenstern macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone, long time reader first time poster- you guys are a fantastic community!!

    I'm from Australia, I was wondering if anyone knows what to wear on the 1 on 1 Apple Store interview? (the one after the career seminar).

    Any help or tips from people that have been through the application process would be fantastic!

    Thanks all! :D
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Based on the people I see at Apple Stores: loosely laced shoes, skinny jeans, thick, dark-rimmed glasses, and various bracelets or jeweled accoutrements.
     
  3. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    Don't forget some tattoos. If you can't afford any or are too frightened by needles, draw all over your arms as best you can. They'll add marks on for effort.
     
  4. niuniu, Feb 24, 2012
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    Business casual, smart pants and a nice shirt tucked in. Blazer optional. Absolutely no tie or suit. Play on the safe side with the shoes.
     
  5. adnbek macrumors 65816

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    Bring all your apple gadgets with you to show how much love you have for Apple. When the interview starts, hold up your iphone and insist they do it through FaceTime because it is the "future".
     
  6. bdodds1985 macrumors 6502a

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    that's stupid. I know doctors that save lives every day and are covered in tattoos.

    just be professional. do you really need advice on what to wear to a job interview? collared shirt at the least.
     
  7. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    What's stupid? I didn't state that having tattoos somehow makes people less capable of work.
     
  8. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Excellent advice and I agree with it.

    The point about interviews - even interviews that stress how 'casual' the whole thing is supposed to be - is that you are being judged as to whether or not the interviewers think you are suitable for the position in question. So, while how much you like, know about, and love Apple is only a part (a large part, granted) of the interview, other factors also, often come into play as well. Such judgements - like it or not - are often subconscious - and based on a myriad of subjective factors, such as appearance, attitude, demeanour and perceived personality.

    So, despite appearances, a job interview is not a cup of coffee with a bunch of friends, - and I've had interviews where good filtered coffee and a really affable, pleasant ambience marked the process.

    That means you must look as though you are taking the whole thing seriously, and with respect, which, in turn, means that you should look as though you take yourself - and what you have to offer - seriously, as well.

    So, as niuniu said, smart pants - that means no jeans unless they are really new, well-cut, spotlessly clean, and fit you well. Chinos/khakis will probably do the trick. Again, a good shirt - that means a shirt with a collar, clean, and pressed (i.e. ironed), and yes, tucked in. Proper shoes, not runners, smart loafers will do if you have them.

    Good luck
     
  9. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

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    There's a guy at the local Apple store here that apparently is allowed to work in cargo shorts and flip flops. Apple must only care insofar as wearing the blue shirt and lanyard.

    Just because you're laid back and casual doesn't mean you have to look like you just rolled yourself off a bench at the bus station.
     
  10. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    That's fine as it is clearly allowed, and he already has the job. (Personally, it wouldn't push my boat.....but it takes all sorts....) However, when seeking the job, it doesn't hurt to show respect for both yourself and the position.

    Anyway, I agree completely with your second sentence.
     
  11. zigzagg321 macrumors 6502

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    Polo shirt or button down, not jeans, NO TIE. You've made it this far, you clearly made some correct wardrobe decisions already.
     
  12. MonkeyBrainz, Feb 24, 2012
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    I hope your interview goes well. You're going to have several interviews asking the same exact questions over and over again. When you get to your final interview, they're going to start talking to you as if they're in a cult. They'll say things like "we want to make sure you fit into our family" and act as though it isn't a job, but something else entirely.

    Make sure you smile excessively and act all chirpy as if you were born by a rainbow farting you out.

    I applied there once upon a time and it was a ridiculous interview process.

    Keep us posted. I genuinely hope you get the job, but don't let any weirdness put you off.
     
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    He's already been through the cult gathering round.
     
  14. MonkeyBrainz macrumors regular

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    Ahh. Good, lol. Missed the part about the career seminar.
     
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    idk why people are saying no tie, or things like that.

    rule #1... you can never over dress for an interview. You think they are going to not hire you because you show up to an interview in a suit and tie? yeah ok.....
     
  16. jackc macrumors 65816

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    If it was a regular office job, that would be true. For that kind of job, suit is overkill and a bit awkward I think.
     
  17. xxBURT0Nxx macrumors 68020

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    yes, i agree it is somewhat over dressing for this particular position (only because of what employees in the apple stores actually wear), but i still would like to see an employer who determines that you cannot be hired because you wore a suit to an interview.
     
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    Dont forget to write SLIDE TO UNLOCK on your forehead :p
     
  19. niuniu macrumors 68020

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    Because Apple specify 'Business Casual'
     
  20. guildenstern thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you so much everyone (especially for all the good luck wishes). I wore business casual to the group seminar but I heard online that you were supposed to show your 'hipster' side on the one on one haha. Definitely going business pants+shirt no tie.

    I would really like the job but honestly, I'm giving myself a 10-25% chance of getting it as a lot of the other candidates at the seminar were much more suited for Apple and I have a feeling they shortlist many people to turn them down on the 3rd and 4th interviews.

    But i'll keep you all posted on how it goes, thanks for the quick responses!
     
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    Doubtful. Interviewing people costs time and money - the employees could be doing something more useful. Interviews usually eliminate people as soon as they're found not suitable.
     
  22. adnbek macrumors 65816

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    Basically, to summarize this thread:

    Dress like the guy on the right, and not on the left. :D
     

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    Was in for a genius meetup to get applecare for my iPhone. My young genius lady had multiple facial piercings, include one through each cheek. Got the job done PDQ, and yeah, she was pretty hot.

    good luck on the interview
     
  25. guildenstern thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks!!
     

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