How to get a job as an Apple Genius: Stand Out
"Before the second interview I'm asked to fill in a form explaining a little about myself and my likes and dislikes," says Dylan. "There are eight people and this time we're being interviewed by the two store leaders in a meeting room above the store.
"We're asked competency-based questions. Name something you're proud of achieving. Tell us about a time you dealt with a difficult customer. What would you do if someone had a complaint?
"The last question is something Apple seems to ask all the time. Can you tell us something interesting about yourself? You would be amazed how many people this stumps. I like to have a few interesting facts around that I use in situations where this comes up.
"Finally we're asked if we have any questions," Dylan tells us. "A couple of the other candidates ask boring questions. I'm working on a photo a day project and ask if I can take a photo of the two store leaders. To my amazement they agree and pose a shot.
"This actually seems to be the sort of thing they like, " advised Dylan. "Someone who's talkative and outgoing enough to take a risk, like taking a picture of their potential new Apple bosses for no particular reason.
How to get a job working for Apple: pay and benefits
Thanks to websites like Glassdoor, it's become easier to find out information on what roles and pay are like in Apple.
First of all, Apple gets a solid 4.0 rating on Glassdoor (out of 5). It's a respectable score, but by no means up there with the best. In general it's a great place to get training, and you do recieve a lot of benefits. "There are bonuses of £80-90 every other month," says a Creative. "Also we get given £2,000-3,000 GBP of Apple stock each year."
You have to remember that it's just a job. "They make you think you've got an amazing career when really you're just a shop assistant," says the Specialist. "You get spoon fed a lot of corporate rubbish, and brainwashed."
It's also hard work, with few breaks and many reports complain of the work-life balance. Almost every review on Glassdoor lists "working hours" or "work life balance" as a con for Apple.
Glassdoor lists the following rates of pay reported by Apple staff:
Specialist - £8.73 hourly
Family Room Specialist - £9.03 hourly
Creative - £24,469
Mac Genius - £27,520 per year
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