An Interview experience at Apple

The interviews (at Apple) seemed based on indirect questioning, this leaves too much room for bad judgements and assumptions in my opinion.
— Luis Abreu

A nice article on an unusual topic, this one. With thousands of Apple employees and even more job openings, we hardly get to hear the experience of going through an Apple interview. I personally haven't tried getting a job at Apple and haven't been contacted by them for one. But I have heard a lot of stories through friends of mine about the recruiting process at not just Apple, but also at other Bay Area companies like Facebook and Google. One thing that stood out to me about the Apple recruiting process was that its interviews were not traditional, in the sense, there generally is not too many direct questions like, "do you know the answer to a particular issue?", "how do you solve a particular problem?", etc., but more indirect like this article mentions. I agree with the author on how this sort of questioning might leave too much room for bad judgements, but I think this is what makes Apple different. The other companies, I have heard are more traditional in their questions, as to look at academic achievements, knowledge about particular niche topics, ability to solve certain mathematical problems, etc., but not Apple (though things are starting to change elsewhere as well in this regard). Interviews at Apple (again as an outsider on this topic) seem to be aimed at analyzing the candidate's ability to think and act differently. Very apt I would say! 

The interesting thing about the behavioral interview is that when you ask somebody to speak to their own experience, and you drill into that, you get two kinds of information. One is you get to see how they actually interacted in a real-world situation, and the valuable ‘meta’ information you get about the candidate is a sense of what they consider to be difficult.
— Laszlo Bock, Sr. VP at Google via CNET