Follow proven recommendations and tips from Graduates First, a team of organisational psychologists and recruiters, to pass Apple’s interviews and assessment centre. Get your dream job first time.

The Apple recruitment process is made of four different stages; each requiring you to do your best and outperform your competitors if you want to land your dream job. Our step-by-step guide provides you with expert tips for each of the stages of Apple’s recruitment process, which is as follows:

  1. Apple Online application
  2. Apple Telephone Interview
  3. Apple Assessment Centre
  4. Apple Final Interviews


Online Application

This part of the recruitment process is your first chance to set a good impression and stand out from your competition. The online form will ask you to provide details of your education and any academic results, as well as your work experience. Depending on the business area you apply to, you may also be asked some motivational questions.

Tip: Apply as early as possible, as applications are often reviewed on a rolling basis. By doing so, you increase your chances of progreessing through to the next stage of the recruitment process.

It is very likely that you will also be asked some motivational questions as part of this stage. Examples include:

  • What is your motivation for wanting to work at Apple?
  • Why do you want to apply for this particular role?

Tip: In answering motivational questions remember to be as precise as possible; refer to unique facts about Apple that motivate you to work there, such as special awards, CSR projects, etc. When describing why you want to apply for this specific role, mention the core skills required for this position and how these match both your previous experiences and personal interests.


Telephone interview

After you passed the online tests stage, you will be invited to the Apple office for their first round interview. This is a chance for you to demonstrate your passions and skills that would make you suitable for the role.

It will be conducted over the phone and will be competency based (CBI). We recommend that you consider past projects you have worked on, in your professional and educational experiences, and think about what your role was, what you achieved, and how you approached any problems.

Tip: Remember, it is important to talk about a variety of experiences so do not get hung up on one job or educational institution from the past.

Tip: Prepare and write down a couple of projects or initiatives that you did exceptionally well in. The interviewer will be interested in understanding how you approached the problem, what analysis you did, the data you gathered, any insights and actions you took, the results you achieved and what your role was.

You should prepare some ideas of examples that you can later use during your interview, and should base these on the most common types of interview questions.

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Assessment Centre

The Apple Assessment Centre will be a chance for you to network with professionals working at Apple, and learn more about the company. It is the perfect time for you to get a better insight into what it is like to work at Apple.

The exercises you might be expected to take are:

  • Apple Group Exercise

 This exercise will examine your ability to work as part of a team. Throughout this task, a number of Apple employees will observe you on your ability to solve problems as part of a team.

It is important that you are confident to share and argue for your ideas, but also be ready to contribute to somebody else’s input. Most importantly, speak clearly and do not interrupt anyone!

Tip: Try to persuade others towards your ideas and also ask critical thought-provoking questions, but only do so when it feels natural. You need to appreciate that other people on the team are just as important.

Learn more about Group Exercises

  • Apple Written Exercise

This task will ask you to prepare a response to a previously unseen case study problem. It will be provided in the candidate brief given to you.

 Tip: Start by skimming through all the information provided in the candidate brief and then plan your response quickly. You should not be starting to answer before you form a clear idea for your response. Always check your spelling and watch the time – in many cases it might be better to miss one or two arguments in order to finish the task on time.

Learn more about Written Exercises

  • Apple Role Play Exercise

 In this exercise you will be given around 20 minutes to work in a pair and analyse a set of information. You and your partner will then need to prepare your response. In the second portion of the task, your interviewer will play the role of a client and you will be representing Apple. In this task, you will need to demonstrate your negotiation skills, team-working ability and analytical thinking.

Learn more about Role Play Exercises


Final Interviews

If you have been successful in your First-round Interview, you will receive an invitation to attend a compulsory Super Day event in the office of your choosing. This day will give you a chance to network with professionals from Apple and see what work at Apple looks like. However, do bear in mind that it is also another stage of the recruitment process, so continue to demonstrate that you are an ideal candidate across the range of exercises that will be covered on the day. These could include:

 A. Group Exercise

This exercise will examine your ability to work as part of a team. Throughout this task, various employees will observe you and how you solve problems when working with others under time pressure.

It is important that you are confident enough to share and argument your ideas, but also be ready to contribute to somebody else’s input. Most importantly: speak clearly and never interrupt anyone!

Tip: Try to persuade others towards your ideas and also ask critical thought-provoking questions, but only do so when it feels natural. You need to appreciate that other people are just as important on the team.

Learn more about Group Exercises

B. Presentation

In this exercise you will be provided with a candidate brief which will tell you what is required of you, including any relevant extra information you might need to use. You will then be given strict time limit to review the information and prepare a presentation.


  • Watch the time when you present – it is your responsibility not to exceed your allowance. Do not finish too early either – it might mean that you had very little to say.
  • Ensure good body language and maintain relaxed eye contact. Speak clearly and vary your style, speed and tone. Try to stand still and remember that smiling always helps too.
  • Make sure to pick up any key facts from the information provided and be confident to speak about it if you are asked questions.
  • Involve your assessor. At the end of a sub-topic or flipchart you can ask your assessor if they have any questions. You can also start by asking if they would like to see anything specifc in your presentation, other than the outline in your agenda.

Learn more about the Presentation Exercises

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