What Steve Jobs asked a former senior Apple executive in his job interview
NEW DELHI: Stories about the co-founder of Steve Jobs keep popping up every now and then. Jobs, who passed away in 2011 after a battle with cancer, has been a source of curiosity for many over the years. A new report now reveals what Jobs asked a senior Apple executive — who worked with Apple…
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NEW DELHI: Stories about the co-founder of Steve Jobs keep popping up every now and then. Jobs, who passed away in 2011 after a battle with cancer, has been a source of curiosity for many over the years. A new report now reveals what Jobs asked a senior Apple executive — who worked with Apple for close to 20 years — in his interview.
According to Macrumors, Scott Forstall, who was the head of iOS, revealed how his interview with Jobs was like. Speaking at an online event, Forstall said that his interview was “intense” as he was asked questions by as many as 17 people. This was back in 1993 when Jobs was still heading a company called NexT.
The most intriguing, however, was his interaction with Jobs. Forstall said that he was being interviewed when 10 minutes later Jobs walked into the room and took the interviewer out. Both Jobs and the interviewer had a discussion and Jobs came back alone. Forstall recalled that “He [Jobs] just started peppering me with question after question, and after about 15 minutes we really clicked – on design, philosophy, and a bunch of other things.”
Jobs, as per Forstall, eventually stopped and told him, “I know you have to interview for the rest of the day. I don’t care what anyone says, at the end of the day, I’m giving you an offer.” Interestingly, Jobs told him to “pretend” to be interested in everyone else’s questions for the rest of the day. Before exiting the room, Jobs looked at Forstall and said, “I’m sure you’re going to accept this offer.”
Incidentally, Forstall had an offer from Microsoft as well, which he rejected the next day after his interview with Jobs. Forstall joined NexT and then moved to Apple with Jobs where he worked for 20 years before leaving the company in 2013.