18 Really Tricky Questions That Have Been Asked At Apple Interviews

Google, Apple and perhaps NASA are probably the only places in the world where every working professional would love to offer his or her services. Google and Apple don’t stand a chance in front of NASA, though. Being in NASA is like being the Batman of all employees in this world. But enough about that. Think about it – who would not want to join one of these companies at a moment’s notice, if given a choice?

A few moons after we got you the toughest questions asked at Google interviews, we got our hands on the tricky questions  the Apple bosses like to ask their candidates. Try sending in your resume if you manage to crack them.

1. Asked to a Software Engineer candidate.

“If you have 2 eggs and you want to figure out what’s the highest floor from which you can drop the egg without breaking it, how would you do it? What’s the optimal solution?”


Umm, how about about boiling the egg before dropping it?

2. Asked to an at-home advisor candidate.

“Explain to an 8-year-old what a modem/router is and its functions.”


One of my favourite questions actually. Knowing how technologically handicapped one can get, at-home advisors need to have patience, and need to know how to explain things as simply as possible.

3. Asked to a Global Supply Manager candidate.

“How many children are born every day?”


Approximately 3,70,000. Thanks, Google!

4. Asked to a Software Engineer candidate

“You have a 100 coins laying flat on a table, each with a head side and a tail side. 10 of them are heads up, 90 are tails up. You can’t feel, see or in any other way find out which side is up. Split the coins into two piles such that there are the same number of heads in each pile.”


After spending over ten minutes on this one, I eventually gave up. Maths has always been a strong point that way. Eventually, Quora had a few answers, the accuracy of which aren’t accounted for. Move 10 random coins from the first pile to a second pile and turn those 10 to the other side (switch from heads to tails , tails to heads).

Scenario 1 : I moved all tails – leaving the 10 heads on the original side == after turning those 10 – I have now 10 heads in each side. Win !

Scenario 2 : I moved 5 heads & 5 tails – leaving 5 heads on the original side == after turning those 10 – I have now 5 heads in each side. Win !

Scenario 3 : I moved all 10 heads – leaving no heads in original side – after turning those 10 – I will again have ZERO heads in both side. Win !

Scenario 4 : I move 3 heads from first side – 7 tails , leaving 7 heads – after turning those 10 , I now have 3 tails and 7 heads – once again ,leaving me with 7 heads in each side!

5. Asked to a Software QA engineer candidate.

“There are three boxes, one contains only apples, one contains only oranges, and one contains both apples and oranges. The boxes have been incorrectly labelled such that no label identifies the actual contents of the box it labels. Opening just one box and without looking in the box, you take out one piece of fruit. By looking at the fruit, how can you immediately label all of the boxes correctly?”


Absolutely no freaking clue.

6. Asked to Apple Care at-home consultant candidate.

“A man calls in and has an older computer that is essentially a brick. What do you do?”


Maybe advise the gentleman to get his brick over to the service centre for a quick check-up maybe?

7. Asked to a Build Engineer candidate.

“Are you smart?”


Is that a trick question, mister?

8. Asked to a Software Engineer candidate.

“Have you ever disagreed with a manager’s decision, and how did you approach the disagreement? Give a specific example and explain how you rectified this disagreement, what the final outcome was, and how that individual would describe you today.”


Don’t know how he approached it, but it mustn’t have gone down too well.

9. Asked to Mechanical Engineer candidate.

“You put a glass of water on a record turntable and begin slowly increasing the speed. What happens first — does the glass slide off, tip over, or does the water splash out?”


Sir, the bass will drop first. *gets kicked out*

10. Asked to a Software Engineer candidate.

“Are you creative? What’s something creative that you can think of?”


Yes I am! I could walk into the Apple office on my first day wearing a onesie. Is that creative enough for you?

11. Asked to an Apple retail specialist candidate.

“Describe a humbling experience.”


Watching a successful person listening to some poor bloke’s idea of a humbling experience is quite humbling in itself. (Kiss ass – check)

12. Asked to an Apple at-home advisor candidate.

“What’s more important, fixing the customer’s problem or creating a good customer experience?”


For me, I’d always look for a better experience actually. Even if my problem isn’t fixed by the end of the idea, I should have a smile on my face.

13. Asked to a Specialist candidate.

“Why did Apple change its name from Apple Computers Incorporated to Apple Inc?”


Maybe because they do more than making just computers. Now they also make their phones bigger every year.

14. Asked to a Software Engineer candidate.

“Given an iTunes type of app that pulls down lots of images that get stale over time, what strategy would you use to flush disused images over time?”


That just went all over my head. Didn’t get a single thing. Nada.

15. Asked to a Lead Analyst candidate.

“If you’re given a jar with a mix of fair and unfair coins, and you pull one out and flip it 3 times, and get the specific sequence heads heads tails, what are the chances that you pulled out a fair or an unfair coin?”


One. You have a fair coin, what is the probability of getting a tails or heads after 1 flip? Probability of getting tails “+” Probability of getting heads = 1/2 + 1/2 = 1. No matter how many fair or unfair coins there are in the jar, the probability that you pulled out a fair or an unfair coin will always be one because those are the only contents in the jar.

16. Asked to a Software Engineer candidate.

“Why do you want to join Apple and what will you miss at your current work if Apple hired you?”


To answer your first question sir, because it’s APPLE! Secondly, I will most definitely miss running errands for my mother because home was where it was at before this.

17. Asked to a Software QA Engineer candidate.

“How would you test your favourite app?”


By giving it for testing to a bunch of really smart software engineers and taking feedback from them on the basis of a few basic, but very necessary questions?

18. Asked to a Software QA Engineer candidate.

“How would you test a toaster?”


By putting in a slice of bread to see if it’s working?

Best of luck!