Apple Inc. recruitment probably does not work like you think it does. Working for the Cupertino-based firm is a dream for many, who apply for the job in the normal way – a recruiter calls them or they find a job listing, they send a resume, which ultimately lands a series of interviews. But, the process is very different when Apple decides that they want to hire you.
Secrecy over job maintained till the end
On a podcast with The Mac Observer, Michael Gartenberg, who currently works for iMore, told how he ended up working for Apple for three years as a senior director for product marketing. Gartenberg – a tech analyst – used to participate in a regular conference call with the iPhone maker to discuss trends, sales, and other things of interest to analysts.
And, at the end of one of the calls, Apple vice president – Greg Jozwiak – asked Gartenberg for 5-10 minutes of his time. “Apple VPs don’t call analysts just to schmooze,” Gartenberg said. “I’m going, ‘what on earth did I do that I have totally annoyed Joz.'”
At first, Gartenberg’s only thought was he pissed off the iPhone maker, but later he found that Jozwiak wanted to talk to him about a job. The analyst said, the phone rang and the number was 408, coming from Apple. He picked up the phone, and there was a voice that said ‘Hey Michael, its Joz.’ “’Look, I don’t have a lot of time to talk right now, so I’m going to cut right to the chase. Would you like to come out here and work with us?'” the VP said.
He did not even know what the job was, said Gartenberg. After he recovered from the shock, the VP told him that he would have to move out to Cupertino, California, where Apple Inc. is headquartered. Eventually, Jozwiak disclosed that the job would involve reporting to Phil Schiller – Apple’s senior vice president in charge of marketing – and that Schiller wanted to give him the details himself.
Met all Apple executives involved
Gartenberg did not hear from the tech giant for a few days. Then he got a call from an Apple recruiter, who once again did not tell him about the job. She just said that Phil wants to talk to him directly about the job. Further, she proposed flying out to California in two days.
The moment he got off the plane, he was asked to meet with Hiroki Asai, an important Apple Inc. marketing employee. Gartenberg said the next day, it was a round of meetings, starting with Phil, and the rest of his staff. Later, finally, he found out that he was going to be the Senior Director, Worldwide Marketing. He got an informal offer from the recruiter the next day.
“One of things that was said to me is that ‘you’re used to being the guy in the room talking to the press,'” Gartenberg said. “‘You have to understand, Apple speaks with one voice, and you’re not the voice.'”