Jun 23, 2016 09:36 AM EDT

5 Tough Interview Questions In Tech, Job Questions From Apple

By Jane Reed

Answering questions at a job interview may be tough especially for first timers. But experience and research is always the key. However, applying at a tech company may be challenging as the questions posed during the interview can leave candidates a bit frazzled.

Thankfully, Dino Grigorakakis, the VP of recruiting at Randstad Technologies, along with the help of John Reed, senior director for Robert Half Technologies, has come up with some challenging interview questions that can prepare you in the professional world of tech.

Here are their insights to the toughest questions that can be intimidating for anyone:

1. You do not have the tie and the resources but you are asked by your CEO to add 20 extra features, what do you do?

This question is supposed to focus on doing less with more. Considering the budget, this will gauge the candidate's ability to manage expectations effectively and communicate what is possible.

2. If you have 2 eggs, find out the highest floor from which you can drop the egg without it breaking. How can you do that?

The question is to determine if the candidate has a sense of humor. Employers want to see you set up a "trial and error" experiment. Just smile and say you will drop one egg from the second floor and go further if it doesn't break. Depending on when the egg breaks, we can say that from that floor upwards, eggs will break. Do the same for the second egg.

3. Have you ever disagreed with your manager's decision? How did you approach him and explain how you rectified that disagreement.

The question deals with conflict resolution. Do not use any example that will make you emotional. It is not the time for grievances. It will reflect your ability to take orders and manage conflict in a rational way.

4. Explain to an 8 year old what a modem or router is.

The question focuses on effective communication. Communication skills are important at any level. Just say: Routers move data across a network of interconnected computers and devices, such as printers. When data moves through a network, the routers make certain that the information is "routed" to the correct person or device, which each have a unique address on the network called the IP Address.

5. There are 3 boxes, 1 has apples, 1 has oranges, and one with both. They are all incorrectly labeled. Open one box and take one fruit out without looking into the box. By looking at the fruit, how can you immediately label off of the boxes correctly.

This question deals with logical thinking. Employers want to see your thought process. They are not concerned with getting the right answer. They are more interested in knowing how you got there.

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