Apple Incorporated Recruitment Process Company Profile: Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation that designs and manufactures consumer electronics and computer software products. The widely known hardware products include Macintosh computers, the iPod, and the iPhone. Apple software includes the Mac OS X operating system, the iTunes media browser, the iLife suite of multimedia and creativity software, the iWork suite of productivity software, Final Cut Studio, a suite of professional audio and film-industry software products, and Logic Studio, a suite of audio tools.
The company operates more than 350 retail stores in nine countries, and an online store where hardware and software products are sold (http://www. apple. com) Recruitment Process: Being the head of Apple Corporation Human Resource Department, Andrew Saatchi revealed that Apple Corporation is always searching to recruit world-class individuals for a rapidly growing, world class company such as theirs. But recruitment of people for the company is not his task alone.
According to Young and Simon (2005) he has more than 100 hundred people in the HR department whose task is to recruit people with excellent IT track records and committed to pursue personal growth and development in the field of computing. People are attracted to Apple because the company has a program that recognizes the best of its employees. Apple created the Apple Fellows program and the Apple Fellows are those who have made extraordinary technical or leadership contributions to personal computing while at the company. Simon, 2005) Based on the analysis of Spector (2005) Apple Company is determined to recruit only the best people n the industry. So when a technician told Saatchi that he had just discouraged his neighbor from applying for a job at Apple, Saatchi was pleased. In the judgment of the technician, recruiting his neighbor would hurt the company. (Spector, 2005) According to Harreld (2007) besides from internal referrals or recommendations from employees, Apple attracts two thirds of new recruits through its own Web site.
People are always attracted to visit the Company Web site simply to surf then get their chance by filling up the career application form. People in the recruitment area usually receive more that a hundred application form a day from all over the world. Sorting out and choosing a possible recruit is indeed a very taxing task. But again, the company’s principle always reverberates. Apple only caters best people for the job. Recruitment of Apple people is searching both inside and outside the organization for people to fill vacant positions.
Saatchi believes that effective recruitment not only attracts individuals to the organization but it also increases the chances of retaining them once they are hired. Apple Company has already developed systematic approaches to recruitment. (Harreld, 2007). According to Bagnall (2005) the shortage of IT talents looms large for many employers especially in IT industries which need two things, bright ideas and bright people.
Apple company needs bright ideas for innovation and new products, and bright people are needed to fuel the growth of the booming hi-tech industry. To figure out how to find these people, Saatchi learned how they spent their time. Mostly, these brilliant people don’t spent time looking through job ads. They are usually surfing the internet, or attending local festivals and local home and garden fairs. When an interested prospect has been found, that person is being introduced to current employees of the company.
The employees serve as screeners to assist filter out unsuitable applicants and advocates convincing the best candidate to accept job offers from the company. (Bagnall, 2005) When good people are found, they are automatically given the necessary equipments and work station to harness their competencies to the fullest. At this point Saatchi may involve other people from the company to help. Saatchi believes that the future of their company depends on bringing people with great minds who are always willing to do a lot more for the company and for himself.
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