Careers at Apple
As a global business, Apple is the largest IT company by revenue and is best known for the iMac, the iPhone, and the iPad, as well as a range of wearables and products for in-home connectivity.
Apple has offices around the globe, and with more than 150,000 employees worldwide in a range of career positions, it is a destination career for those who want to work for a global tech leader ahead of the curve.
Careers at Apple focus on bringing individual imagination to innovation using collaboration as a tool. Unlike many other large corporations, the structure of Apple remains functional - which means that the leader of any department is someone with skills and knowledge in that area. No ‘pen pushers’ who haven’t been in the trenches, which makes for more collaboration and inclusion.
Finding a career at Apple can happen wherever you are in the world, whether you are looking for retail work in the local Apple store or want to be part of product development in the corporate offices. Alongside many locations in the USA, you can also get involved in Cork, Israel, Japan and Munich among others
Career areas at Apple include:
- Apple retail
- Corporate functions
- Machine learning and AI
- Software and services
- Sales and business development
- Support and service
- Operations and supply chain
There are also varied internship and retail opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Benefits of Working at Apple
Aside from the obvious boon to your CV, working at Apple comes with many benefits. As a company, Apple prides itself on diversity and inclusivity - which means structuring a pay and benefits programme that is as individual as the people they employ.
Alongside a competitive salary, some benefits of working at Apple include:
- Medical plans for both physical and mental wellness
- Support for fitness
- Family support including childcare and elderly care
- No gender wage gap
- Charity giving matching, including donations and time
- Paid time off
- Stock grants and discounts on stock purchases
- Pension and income protection
- Discounts on Apple products as well as third-party services
Apple firmly believes in the benefit of continuous learning and provides ample opportunities for personal and professional growth, with the Apple University providing seminars, video lessons and other resources to support the growth of the individual in whatever way they want to go.
If you want to apply for a career at Apple, bear in mind the values that the recruitment team want to see in candidates:
- Supplier responsibility
Apple Application Process
To begin the hiring process at Apple, you will need to start by looking at the Apple Careers site. All the available opportunities are listed here, and you can search for the right role by keyword. If you want to be more particular, you can filter by location, keyword, teams, products and services, or required language skills.
Once you have found a job that piques your interest, in the job description you will find all the information about the role.
After the summary of the role, there is a list of key qualifications, aptitudes, and skills as well as any additional requirements. If you are ready to apply then you can start the process.
If there isn’t a role that jumps out at you, you can put forward a basic application with a CV and if there is a role that is suitable then the recruitment team will be in touch.
Apple Online Application
Before you start an online application, you will need to create a profile. You can do this using your already existing Apple ID, or create an Apple ID.
In the online application, you will need to include an up-to-date CV, tailored to match the requirements of the role. You will need to provide some contact and basic demographic details in the application form, and for some roles, you will need to answer a selection of motivational questions.
The free-form style of answering motivational questions can be daunting, but you know why you have applied for the role and why you want to work for Apple, so be honest and relate it to your personal values and your future plans.
Apple Aptitude Tests
Apple is one of the few multinational tech firms that does not really rely on online aptitude assessments as part of the recruitment process - but for some roles, you can expect to take them as a form of pre-screening.
The pre-screening assessments are used to help filter applicants when there is an overwhelming number of qualified candidates.
If you are applying for a role that needs a certain level of skill, then you might be asked to complete a technical test.
These are most likely in software or development roles, such as coding or specific knowledge of a programming language, for example. Quite often, these are structured as a realistic work-based scenario or problem that needs solving with the skills that are being tested.
These are usually short assessments that are used to evaluate your proficiency and make sure that you have the required level of knowledge and skill to be successful in the role.