Apple interview sucked second time

Amazon Applesucks
May 14, 2018 32 Comments

Why is that with Apple, the interviewer wants his/her specific approach?

New solutions are not welcomed. I have experienced this twice. Solutions are best optimized ( i check after wards where I could have done better)( No my attitude is not bad)
After that I just start hoping for next steps and there you go! No feedback provided by recruiter and over the phone they say the solution works good and all is good when asked for feedback and the next thing u see is a reject!

They want specific solutions what they have memorized or what? Or its just my bad luck with getting such interviewers?

Before this they took 7 rounds onsite and after 3 weeks they said, Oh the position is closed!

Decided: Will not interview for Apple again! As much as I have love for Apple, I have lost faith in the process!

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  • Apple [:|||:]
    Usually interviewers are open for alternative solutions as soon as they have same time/space complexity. Also, is it possible that you had bugs in the code which you didn't find? In such cases I would be more inclined to reject candidate, compared to when the solution is sub-optimal but works correctly.
    May 14, 2018 11
    • Cisco binpack
      I wouldn't have a hard rule saying, did they test it?

      If they don't write any test cases of their own, I just tell them, "Can you.run through some test cases?"

      Why fail them just because they didn't initiate a test case?
      May 14, 2018
    • Amazon Applesucks
      OP
      I wrote tests cases and it was all good! No inputs from him. More over we were using coderpad where we can run and test the solution! No room for doubt in my mind or his
      May 14, 2018
    • Amazon Applesucks
      OP
      I just believe that he wanted a different solution he had in mind already and was not open to anything else
      May 14, 2018
    • Apple Okidoki
      I am not doing coding interviews, but even if I see that the candidate is not a fit for the role in the first five minutes, I would continue to ask questions and be nice to not offend the person and also possibly give them a chance to relax and maybe change the first impression. So the candidate wouldn’t necessarily know what went wrong and there are many aspects to the interview aside from being able to provide a solution. Once my co-worker had an interview with someone with pretty poor communication skills and the guy was sure that the interview went well and he answered all questions correctly. When I asked my co-worker he said: “Well, yeah, he answered questions correctly, the problem is he didn’t understand what I was asking and answered his own interpretation of my questions”. This was obviously an extreme scenario, in your case it might have been as simple as “there was another candidate in the queue and s/he has just accepted the offer”.
      May 15, 2018
    • Amazon Applesucks
      OP
      Hmn, the role was definitely as per my profile and generally when this situation arises, the interviewer doesn’t give u feedback over phone but he said yeah solution works good. Anyways, everything happens for a good reason! Something better might be waiting
      May 15, 2018
  • Yahoo QuickSort
    Exact same thing with siri general knowledge team onsite, its ok op after watching the duplex demo they would be scared as hell
    May 14, 2018 0
  • VMware /dude
    Same thing happened to me during Facebook interview. At the end of the interview I realized he wanted me to solve it using backtracking when he mentioned the word. But my solution was better.
    May 14, 2018 4
    • Amazon Applesucks
      OP
      At least facebook gives detailed feedback as far as I have heard!
      May 14, 2018
    • VMware /dude
      No. This is what I figured out. Their feedback was useless. The recruiter said that the team is looking for someone with more depth of knowledge. I told him that I coded the only question I was asked with the most efficient approach and other chit chat were also good. The recruiter kept repeating “depth of knowledge” bullshit .
      May 14, 2018
    • Amazon Applesucks
      OP
      Oh, sorry to hear about that
      May 14, 2018
    • I second that. You get it as detailed as “not today. good luck”
      May 14, 2018
  • PayPal pear2018
    Who cares just move on
    May 15, 2018 0
  • Tesla LEETCODER
    Do we need to specify multiple solutions and ask the interviewer which one to code?
    May 14, 2018 3
    • Amazon Applesucks
      OP
      Interviewer should be open to or know multiple approaches for the questions they ask
      May 14, 2018
    • Tesla LEETCODER
      Do they atleast ask easy/medium or is it one of those stupid hard ones on leetcode?
      May 14, 2018
    • Amazon Applesucks
      OP
      Super easy! Not even medium i suppose
      May 14, 2018
  • New baQn60
    Apple is weird. It is kinda toxic like msft.

    If the team is bad, they can turn down candidates that appear too good (to reduce competition). This has to do with hierarchical org.

    This happens but is rare.

    What is more likely is you said something to make them suspicious of you. This is generally not technical
    May 14, 2018 1
    • Amazon Applesucks
      OP
      Hmn, it went good! At the end it was a working recursive approach and we tested many cases and he said it looks good!
      May 14, 2018
  • Cisco binpack
    This is a problem with a lot of interviews. The goal of interviews should never have been perfection. It should've been one of the solutions with a discussion on tradeoffs.

    Too bad that's just lost on interviewers these days
    May 14, 2018 0
  • Apple nzWU51
    Sorry what team at Apple? You know you can interview with many teams at Apple.
    May 14, 2018 3
    • Amazon Applesucks
      OP
      Its Siri infrastructure, the first phone went good and second went good too, i am unable to find the better approach than that still.
      May 14, 2018
    • Apple / Eng yVcI11
      Its surprising how much interviewing varies even within Siri infra.
      May 14, 2018
    • Apple / Eng yVcI11
      Oh and most interviewers are bad at giving feedback to recruiters, which translates to questionable advice. IMO ignore recruiter advice regardless of company.
      May 14, 2018
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    Every team at Apple interviews differently. There is very little formal interview guidelines/process which is good and bad.
    May 15, 2018 0
  • Amazon Applesucks
    OP
    I am going to aim for a Siri competitor team in Amazon! Lets see
    May 14, 2018 0