Which tech giant offers the best interview experience?

Candidates at Apple should “expect to be turned away a few times” and know that it might take “a few years” to land a job.

That’s according to new research conducted by career data site, Comparably, who surveyed more than 6,000 current employees at Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft to gain insights into their interview experiences.

Whilst Apple’s process appeared gruelling, Facebook’s hiring tactics seemed more relaxed, with engineers showing up for an interview able to wear “whatever is most comfortable.”

Although the interview process varied from company to company, employees rated Apple and Microsoft as having the best overall interview procedures, while employees at Google remarked finding the interview process “difficult” – Inc.com reports.

Furthermore, Microsoft was noted for having the quickest average response time after an interview.

The study concluded that the majority of employees at all five brands secured jobs after initially applying online.

 

How did employees rate the overall interview process?

Company

Rating (out of 100)

Apple

90

Microsoft

90

Google

88

Amazon

87

Facebook

83

 

Did the employees rate the interview process as easy or difficult?

 

Very Difficult

Difficult

Average

Easy

Very Easy

Amazon

17%

24%

29%

17%

13%

Apple

12%

36%

32%

12%

8%

Facebook

16%

26%

37%

5%

16%

Google

19%

30%

25%

18%

8%

Microsoft

11%

36%

48%

5%

0%

 

How were employees applying for these jobs?

 

Applied Online

Referral

Recruiter

Other

Networking

Amazon

39%

14%

32%

12%

3%

Apple

34%

29%

10%

17%

10%

Facebook

29%

24%

19%

9%

19%

Google

17%

26%

39%

11%

9%

Microsoft

17%

26%

30%

13%

14%

 

Which company had the quickest average response time after an interview?

 

Same day

Within a week

One or two weeks

Two to four weeks

Four or more weeks

Amazon

12%

47%

22%

10%

9%

Apple

11%

42%

31%

4%

12%

Facebook

15%

42%

16%

11%

16%

Google

11%

5%

35%

30%

19%

Microsoft

23%

55%

10%

10%

2%

 

How many interviews did employees go through before getting the job?

 

One or two interviews

Three or four interviews

Five or more interviews

Amazon

61%

11%

28%

Apple

53%

30%

17%

Facebook

40%

36%

17%

Google

34%

27%

39%

Microsoft

49%

19%

32%


Did their interview give them a good idea of company culture?

 

Yes

No

Amazon

67%

33%

Apple

46%

54%

Facebook

85%

15%

Google

79%

21%

Microsoft

70%

30%