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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated February 7th, 2019 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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Facebook is committed to supporting your career growth. How could we further develop you in the next 6 months?
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The interviewer would like to know if given a choice, what type of professional development you would choose to complete. This question is one way of asking about your areas of improvement, while also discovering what avenue of work is genuinely catching your eye. Discuss a topic that is related to your career, while falling in line nicely with the position offered at Facebook.
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1.
Facebook is committed to supporting your career growth. How could we further develop you in the next 6 months?
The interviewer would like to know if given a choice, what type of professional development you would choose to complete. This question is one way of asking about your areas of improvement, while also discovering what avenue of work is genuinely catching your eye. Discuss a topic that is related to your career, while falling in line nicely with the position offered at Facebook.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I recently read about Facebook's Leadership in Practice program and am very interested in learning what it takes to enter the program. I would love the opportunity to learn more about leadership best practices, team-building, and coaching rising leaders."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Right now, if given the opportunity to develop any skill, I would choose Python. Since it's quickly becoming the default language for data science and machine learning, I feel it's crucial that I, as a programmer, am well-trained in this area."
Anonymous Answer
"I have been following site reliability, IaC, and DevOps practices for managing our Infrastructure and been a big promoter of it within BioRad, which gives higher availability and reliability. Provide 24/7 global support for internal and external customers. I would love to learn more about how this is done on Facebook and at that scale compared. Especially the processes, tooling, etc."
Kristine's Answer
Nice work! You mention your specific experience and how you would like to expand upon that experience and knowledge with the company. I reworded slightly to ensure clarity.
"I have been using IaC and DevOps software development practices for managing my company's infrastructure, which gives higher availability and reliability. I have long been a big promoter of it within my company as it allows us to provide 24/7 global support for our internal and external customers. I would love to learn more about how this is done on Facebook and on a large scale. I'm especially interested in developing my skills with regard to the processes and tools used."
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Anonymous Answer
"I believe working at Facebook would give me a great base for implementing my academic knowledge at an industrial level. In the next six months, I'd love to leverage my skills and knowledge on working towards real product development at an industrial level, which I am certain Facebook would help me achieve."
Rachelle's Answer
Great answer! You are quite specific in your desires over the next six months. You mention 'industrial level' a couple of times. What does this mean to you? The interviewer will likely want you to break that phrase down a bit further.
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2.
Would you consider yourself a creative person?
Facebook puts great emphasis on creativity, no matter the role to which you are applying. Talk to the interviewer about any interest that you have in creative activities and how you have implemented your creative desires in the workplace. Even if you do not consider yourself to be a 'creative person,' there is a significant change that you have made creative minded decisions in your career.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I am someone who alternates back and forth with the right/left brain, but I will always consider myself a very creative person. I admire the creativity and unconventional thinking in IT, business, and digital social movements."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am creative in the sense that I am great at seeing all sides of a technical platform. I can use creativity to write code but give me a paintbrush, and I will have no idea what to do. I suppose creativity comes in all forms!"
Anonymous Answer
"I strongly believe that necessity is the mother of innovation, and with that, it brings in creativity. I come from a background where we are very cost-conscious with that; I always try to find innovative ways of resolving an issue, building new projects, and also managing teams require creativity."
Kristine's Answer
Great answer! You share your belief as to where creativity stems from and show how creativity has been a regular part of your job. I reworded slightly for clarity.
"I strongly believe that necessity is the mother of innovation--that necessity results in creativity. In my workplace, we have to be very cost-conscious in all that we do. That constraint pushes me to find creative and innovative ways of resolving issues, building new projects, and also managing teams."
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3.
What advice would you give to a colleague who was stressed out?
Being able to handle stress is one skill but being able to talk your colleagues off the ledge, during their peak times of stress, is an entirely different skill. Discuss with the interviewer what you would say or do to help a coworker cope with stress.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"If I had a colleague who was stressed out I would recommend that they look at the factors that regularly stress them out, and create some boundaries surrounding those stressors. Perhaps a colleague keeps interrupting them, resulting in missed deadlines. These distractions need boundaries so I would start there."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would share the best advice that I have ever received, about stress management. I would advise my colleague to create a list of healthy responses that could be carried out at work. For instance, going for a quick breath of fresh air, running the stairs for 5 minutes, or taking a coffee break. Sometimes just stepping away or giving yourself a distraction is very helpful."
Anonymous Answer
"I would have a conversation with him or her first and understand what they are stressed out about. I believe when you share your stress with someone that is half the battle and then come up with ideas to help them out. Or if they are not willing to share - would suggest taking a break or suggest talking to someone they are more comfortable with. For instance: I have a guy on my team. His name is Andy. He is genuinely a great guy and has solid technical skills. He takes on more than he should be, and he starts to stress out when things either are failing or not getting done. So I sat down with him to help him understand what's on his plate, and we made a list together of things he needs to focus on, and any new tasks or projects had to be funneled through me."
Kristine's Answer
Great answer! You share what you would do if that situation were to arise and then you share a specific example of how you used your approach with a colleague. To really "wow" the interviewer, you could mention the result of your actions with your colleague, e.g. if your plan resulted in less stress for him. I've provided an example of how your could express the result of your actions.
"I would have a conversation with him or her first and understand why they are stressed out. I believe when you share your stress with someone, that is half the battle. Then, you come up with ideas to help them out. Or, if they are not willing to share, I would suggest taking a break or talking to someone they feel more comfortable with. For instance: I have a guy on my team who is genuinely a great guy and who has solid technical skills. He takes on more than he should and starts to stress out when he either is failing or not getting everything done. So I sat down with him to understand what's on his plate, and we made a list together of things he needs to focus on. Then he agreed to the idea that any new tasks or projects would be funneled through me. Since then, my colleague has not been stressed out nearly as frequently as in the past."
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4.
What role do you usually take in team projects?
At Facebook, teamwork makes the dream work! The interviewer truly wants to understand the role that you naturally take on, when put into a team-based environment. If you tend to take the lead, you can let the interviewer know, but avoid sounding overbearing. If you usually like to generate new ideas and allow someone else to execute them, share your creative side but express that you prefer for others to take the lead.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In team projects, I tend to take the lead. Not in an overbearing way, but in a mentoring type of way. In my current role, I am one of the most experienced software development professionals which means that this title puts me into a natural leadership role, anyways. I choose to embrace that and help my team members learn from my experiences and knowledge."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I am usually the 'ideas person' in team projects. In my current position, I am not the most persuasive, but I am highly creative. This skill means that, in most projects, I am great at creating a plan of action but am most comfortable passing the final task of pitching an idea to a more extroverted teammate."
Anonymous Answer
"In team projects, I tend to take the lead. Not in an overbearing way, but in a mentoring type of way. In my current role, I manage teams, which means that this title puts me into a natural leadership role, anyways. I also take a back seat and let my teams lead as I am more in an advisory role and making sure we are sticking to our guardrails."
Kristine's Answer
Great response! You share a robust answer to the question by sharing your role and approach while working on a team project.
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5.
The environment is fast-paced and challenging at Facebook. How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
Facebook has over 2.32 billion users every month, all who have unique needs, interests, and goals. The interviewer would like to be sure that you can handle the pressure of being needed in more than one place at once, while focused on meeting those users' needs. When you feel torn between multiple projects or tasks, how do you decide which one needs your attention the most? Assure the interviewer that you can be diligent when it comes to assessing your priorities.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"First and foremost, I will prioritize projects that most closely align with the company's strategic goals and have the highest potential to affect the company's bottom line. Also, I often determine which projects require my attention by the number of hours we are behind and then the project size. I am comfortable delegating tasks when needed, but I am also aware that these times will require an additional commitment of hours from me. Never have I under delivered on a deadline."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"Assuming that the projects have different departmental stakeholders, I analyze each to determine the value of increased productivity, morale or revenue, decreased costs, and the overall impact. From there, I make my decision on where to focus first."
Anonymous Answer
"First and foremost, I will prioritize projects that most closely align with the company's strategic goals and have the highest potential to affect the company's bottom line. Also, I often determine which projects require my attention by the number of hours we are behind and then the project size. I am comfortable delegating tasks when needed, but I am also aware that these times will require an additional commitment of hours from me. Never have I under-delivered on a deadline."
Kristine's Answer
Great answer! You explain that you use the company's strategic goals to guide your decision-making when setting priorities as well as other methods. You also work in that you are willing to go above and beyond and you have a positive track record of producing deliverables on time. These are all desirable attributes to highlight! Be careful when mentioning your team being behind on hours, as you don't want it to seem this is normal or typical. I reworded your response slightly to reflect my suggestion.
"First and foremost, I prioritize projects that most closely align with the company's strategic goals and have the highest potential to affect the company's bottom line. Also, I may determine which projects require my attention by the number of hours we are behind and then by the project size. I am comfortable delegating tasks when needed, but I am also aware that crunch times will require an additional commitment of hours from me. Never have I under-delivered on a deadline."
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6.
Facebook celebrates diversity. In which ways do you honor those different from you?
Facebook releases an annual diversity report, and it would be an excellent idea for you to read it through, before your interview.

In Facebook's latest diversity report, they acknowledge that recruitment and retention are critical components to a diverse workforce. They have built strong relationships with organizations that support people of color and women, including Anita Borg/Grace Hopper, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and National Society of Black Engineers. Facebook has substantially increased its female hire percentage as well.

As you can see, diversity and inclusion are celebrated topics within the Facebook organization, and the interviewer would like to know that you share this mindset.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"As a visible minority myself, I make a conscious effort to include others in learning about my unique culture. Also, I am broad-minded with it comes to the needs and differences of others. Diversity to me is not simply a matter of culture but also of gender identity, age, and more. I am conscious of being sensitive to others in every action that I take in the workplace."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I appreciate the open and transparent effort that Facebook makes when it comes to diversity and inclusion in the workplace, especially after reading your most recent diversity report. I embrace those different from me and utilize those differences as learning opportunities. I am sensitive to the needs of others and empathetic to the fact that everyone walks a different path, whether that be related to gender identity, sexual orientation, heritage, and more."
7.
Facebook emphasizes hiring people who fit into our workplace culture. How would you describe your personality?
The workplace culture at Facebook is unique, creative, open-minded, and disruptive. There is no such thing as a 'typical' day at Facebook, and the company encourages high levels of collaboration. You know their employees are happy too! Facebook has been awarded time and time again as a 'best place to work.' Facebook knows that they demand plenty from their employees, but the rewards are also high. Show the interviewer that you can fit in with the Facebook culture by describing your personality and work style.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I have a personality of helpfulness, cheerfulness, and a willingness to try new things. I will jump into a situation and learn on the spot, and also enjoy taking on new challenges that include problem-solving and creative thinking."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"I would describe my personality as approachable, curious, and positive. I like to go the extra mile, and I am a bit of a perfectionist, especially when it comes to delivering far above what my team leads expect. I believe my personality will work very well with the creative and team-based culture at Facebook."
8.
Change is par for the course with Facebook. When have you had to adapt to change?
Facebook products are constantly changing, being added, removed, and tweaked. Being able to adapt to an ever-changing environment and digital product cycle is a crucial skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you have had to adjust to changes on the job. Discuss how you handled the shift in a positive manner.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"In my previous role at a high-growth tech startup, the sales organization was restructured many times, from a new boss to new teams and territories. Some of the accounts I had been nurturing but had not yet converted were handed off to another sales rep who received the fruits of my labor. Of course, this can be very frustrating; however, by sitting down with management to understand the 'why' of the change, I was able to see the more significant objective. Ultimately, I pushed myself harder and increased my sales performance."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"In my current role, there is a lot of turnovers when it comes to our management team. I have had to adapt to 3 new managers in the past four years. It is not the ideal situation, but I can adjust for the good of the team. One of the biggest factors that draw me to Facebook is that your employee tenure stats are strong. This tenure tells me that you can put more focus on changing products and tweaking your offering versus being bogged down by turnover and HR related issues."
9.
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
Facebook's approach to happy employees begins with getting to know each person's greatest motivators. The interviewer would like to know what motivates you to be an over-achiever in the workplace. We all want recognition in some way for our accomplishments in the workplace. Perhaps you enjoy surprise gifts, financial perks, public attention, kind words, added responsibilities, or title promotions. Share with the interviewer how you would like recognition for your hard work.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"I feel best when I know how my hard work has positively impacted another person. Facebook's mission to connect the world, and make a difference in people's lives resonates with me very much. In my current role, our marketing director will often share our customer satisfaction surveys in our office meetings. If a customer mentions my name in one of the reviews, I cannot help but grin from ear to ear."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"The success of my team is a direct reflection of my success. For that reason, I prefer that my teammates receive accolades for a job well done. For instance, our group exceeded our targets for the past business quarter. Thus we were collectively rewarded. This method of recognition is my preference."
10.
What is the riskiest decision you have ever made in your career?
One of Facebook's five core values is to 'be bold.' With being bold can often come calculated risk. The interviewer wants to know how you handle making risky decisions. As a successful professional, you know to calculate risk in your industry, and career. Tell the interviewer about a work-related risk you have taken and what the outcome was.

Rachelle's Answer #1
"The riskiest career choice I have made was asking for a reduction in hours, from full time to part time employment, to pursue my degree in Digital Marketing. My boss could have let me go, but he didn't. Rather, he openly supported my pursuit of higher education."
Rachelle's Answer #2
"One of the riskiest decisions I made was to leave corporate America and join a startup with an innovative idea. The company was seeking to provide a product/service that would pioneer a new industry. We worked harder and smarter to launch and create a new space in the nutraceutical marketplace. We failed a lot along the way, but we learned to fail fast, and it made us all better professionals."
Anonymous Answer
"One of the riskiest decisions I made was my attempt to transition from career from EE side to Computer Software. I have an MS EE background, and I could have stayed in my comfort zone and stuck to working in companies where I could continue to build on my EE background. I chose to leave my comfort zone and take on more challenging roles that needed me to ramp up on the software side. I have done this so many times now, and I have learned and grown from these experiences."
Rachelle's Answer
Excellent answer! It sounds like you made a well thought, calculated risk and ended up winning. Nice work.
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Anonymous Answer
"The riskiest decision that I took was when I was given an opportunity to lead an infrastructure team that was outside of my domain area. I had to spend the extra hours and learn about the technology and nuances of it. However, it paid off and was very successful at it. Since then, I have taken more responsibilities from different infrastructure towers."
Kristine's Answer
Nice response! It's a strong start. To help the interviewer understand the impact of this decision, I recommend elaborating by explaining what new technology or technologies you learned as a result of accepting the project and more about the outcome or achievements of the project. I reworded slightly for clarity.
"The riskiest decision that I took was when I decided to accept an opportunity to lead an infrastructure team that was outside of my domain area. I spent extra hours learning about the technology and its nuances. However, it paid off, and our team was successful. Since then, I have felt confident in taking on more responsibilities from different infrastructure towers."
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