Updated on 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.
"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."
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"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."
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.
"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."
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"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!"
What advice would you give to a colleague who was stressed out?
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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.
"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."
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"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."
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.
"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."
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"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."
The environment is fast-paced and challenging at Facebook. How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
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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.
"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."
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"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."
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. Here is an answer example: "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." Here is an answer example: "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. Here is an answer example: "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." Here is an answer example: "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. Here is an answer example: "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." Here is an answer example: "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. Here is an answer example: "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." Here is an answer example: "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. Here is an answer example: "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." Here is an answer example: "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."11. Creativity and innovation are key competencies at Facebook. What does the word 'innovation' mean to you? The term 'innovation' is often overused in business these days and has now become a buzzword that many people don't fully understand. The interviewer would like to know what you feel innovation indeed is. Include an example of a time when you have witnessed an innovative change in the workplace, or when you have exercised creativity. Here is an answer example: "To me, being innovative means being a creative person in everything that you do. I like to think differently than the norm, then present ideas to my employer that go against the grain, yet have the opportunity to be highly successful. For instance, in my current role, I unrolled some sales copy concepts that incorporated NLP, or neuro-linguistic programming techniques. The scripts were well-received by the leaders in my organization for being creative and innovative." Here is an answer example: "Innovation means introducing a new process, or potential breakthrough in the workplace. A time when I have been innovative was when I built a new tracking system in our company's CRM. I wanted to create a more accurate way to track projects with a simple option for our sales and IT teams to update the project stage. The owner of the company loved my creation, and now it's implemented company-wide."12. Facebook encourages employees to be authentic and unique. What makes you authentically you? The interviewer would like to get to know you better on a personal level. The way that you respond to this question will also show the hiring authority how you are different from other candidates. Share a bit about your unique story, ensuring that your response is memorable. Here is an answer example: "I can make anyone feel at ease in my presence; whether it is one of my direct reports or one of the students that I lead while working as a teachers' assistant for my university's IT department. I like to get to know people for who they are and show them my authentic self in exchange. I believe the best co-worker relationships are built this way as well." Here is an answer example: "What makes me authentically 'me' is the fact that I have always been myself, whether it was cool or not. I mean, I think I was a hipster before that word even existed! I go against the grain when I know it's right and always choose to do the right thing."13. What are your top 3 core values, and how do they influence your work? We know that Facebook's top 5 core values are to Be Bold, Focus on Impact, Move Fast, Be Open, and Build Social Value. Now the hiring authorities at Facebook want to make sure that your core values align well with their own. If you have never considered your core values, this is a great exercise to do. What do you hold dearest to you, what morals do you know are at the core of who you are, and what kind of person do you want to be? Discuss your top 3 core values and how they compliment Facebook's core values. Here is an answer example: "My core values include consistency in work, a belief that healthy relationships are fundamental to happiness, and my commitment to doing good for the world as a whole. I believe that my core values complement the established values of Facebook, entirely I look forward to learning more about how I can add to the mission of Facebook through my core values." Here is an answer example: "I have been reading a lot of books and listening to many podcasts lately, regarding core values and how to form a personal mission statement. After some inner work and research, I can confidently say that my core values include a commitment to kindness every day, incorporating creativity into everything that I do, and maintaining a spirit of adventure no matter what stressors I face."14. How is Facebook using AR and VR to help people to experience the world? Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality are coming onto the scene as options for mobile users and social media enthusiasts. If you aren't entirely sure about AR and VR in your everyday life, try to recall the Pokemon Go frenzy a couple of years back. Did you take part? AR is being accepted by more and more people, in things like Facebook and Instagram stories for instance. We use filters to change our face, or AR to play games on our mobile device. Here is an answer example: "I like that people can take these unique features and share fun moments with family and friends. Facebook and Instagram, introducing face filters or features for stories, are just a couple of examples that I am aware of, where Facebook connects people through AR and VR." Here is an answer example: "I recently watched a 360-degree video on Facebook uploaded by my friend who visited Egypt. I couldn't believe how cool it was to see, in full scope, the beauty of the Great Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, and the Abu Simbel Temples. When Facebook says they want to connect people all over the world, this is exactly what makes the mission so beautiful and eye-opening."15. What are Facebook's five core values, and what do they mean to you? Facebook has five core values, which are broken down in detail on its careers website. They are:
1. Be Bold
2. Focus on Impact
3. Move Fast
4. Be Open
5. Build Social Value
By knowing and understanding these values, you are showing the interviewer that you have done your homework on Facebook before the interview and that you are very keen on this opportunity. Briefly discuss what you know about these five core values, and how they relate to you as a person and employee. Here is an answer example: "I read on your careers website that your five core values are to be bold, focus on impact, move fast, be open, and build social value. What these mean to me is that by working a Facebook, I will have the opportunity to make bold changes for people around the world. Next, you would rather that we move fast and make mistakes versus move slow and miss the boat. Being open means always to be informed. Lastly, it's important that we bring all of this together to better our communities and the lives of people around the world." Here is an answer example: "Facebook's five core values are to be bold, which means to take chances and be willing to learn and fail. The second value is to focus on impact which means focusing on the biggest challenges and problems, rather than being caught up in the tiny or insignificant details. Facebook's third core value is to move fast. To move fast means being willing to make mistakes over losing opportunities. Fourth, is to be open. How I translate this, is that Facebook would like to hire people who want to be informed, and in-the-know. Last is to build social value. Facebook is very focused on building social value and connectivity for people all over the world, no matter their circumstances."16. Tell me about the best team collaboration in your career, so far. Facebook is all about teamwork and collaboration. Take a minute to think about a project that went well, made a significant impact on your employer, or even taught you a valuable new skill.
The interviewer wants to hear that you feel accomplished through teamwork. If you are newer to your career, talk about a time when you worked on a team project in university or even an extracurricular experience such as coaching a little league team. Here is an answer example: "My software development team recently worked on a major release for a well-known brand. It was by far the biggest project in my portfolio. I was a junior engineer on the project and delivered amazing work, not just because I always strive to do my best, but because the more senior members of the team believed in my work. Their encouragement and faith in my work were all I needed to elevate my delivery even further." Here is an answer example: "The position I am currently in has been my first experience with a large marketing team. We have knocked some seriously complex projects out of the park, becoming the pacesetters for many launches. My favorite so far has been Project ABC where we saw higher customer conversions than ever before. It's been exciting to see everyone flourish. I love to see everyone succeed. It's encouraging and exhilarating."17. At Facebook, we give you new problems to solve on a daily basis. What is your problem-solving approach? There are many ways that you can approach problem-solving. These problem-solving styles include rationally, analytically, logically, positively, or creatively! Decide which approach best sounds like your style, and how your problem-solving method will benefit Facebook, should you be hired. Here is an answer example: "I consider myself a creative problem solver. When I have a problem, I will envision different solutions and their outcomes. With creativity, comes the ability to make smart and calculated risks, allowing me to feel less constrained. When I can apply creative problem-solving techniques, I am more focused and likely to uncover an out-of-the-box and innovative solution." Here is an answer example: "I consider myself a rational problem solver. What this means to me is that I can take all available information and create a most-likely-to-happen scenario based on educated assumptions. If the problem needs solving within a group of people, I will switch from rational problem solving to a more team-friendly approach such as creative problem-solving."18. People are at the heart of every connection we build. How will you establish relationships with your new co-workers? Facebook is all about connection, teamwork, and building lasting and cohesive relationships. Talk to the interviewer about the ways that you will create stable relationships with your new co-workers right from the start.
Here are some ways that you can build trust, and secure connections, with your coworkers:
- Show common courtesy. Say hello, hold the elevator door, bring coffee.
- Be respectful in your communication.
- Avoid being a distraction, and respect the use of their time.
- Respect their personal space and the line between work and personal.
- Always ask if they have time before diving into a conversation.
- Try to find the answer to your questions before asking.
- Treat everyone the same, regardless of their job title.
- Do not complain about your job to your coworkers.
- Own up to your mistakes and fix them. Here is an answer example: "Trusting co-worker relationships are something you earn over time. I will lead by example and be transparent in my communications. I will always deliver above what I say I'll do, and faster than expected. I take the approach of under promising and over delivering to accelerate the trust process. With strong trust, teams can accomplish great things together." Here is an answer example: "Communicating clearly, working fast, supporting their efforts, and being willing to try new things. These are just some of the approaches I take when establishing relationships with co-workers"19. At Facebook, how will you stand out in a sea of exceptional talent? Facebook receives around 250,000 job applications every year. Imagine how selective the hiring process needs to be, with a quarter million applicants every single year! For this reason, you need to stand out far above the rest - both in your experience, your application strategy, and your interview performance. Think of what makes you stand out from the others. Perhaps you have taken on a mentor recently, learned a new technical skill, or graduated with an incredible GPA. Here is an answer example: "I know that I am newer to my career; however, one of the ways that I best stand out is through my nearly perfect GPA and the fact that I volunteered and worked part-time while attending schools. My resistance to stress is exceptionally high, and I can perform faster and better than most of my peers. I believe that this quality makes me a stand-out candidate, especially when this specifically meets one of the five Facebook core values, to 'move fast.'" Here is an answer example: "I am self-taught in much of what I know, and still outperform most of the developers in my current organization. My learning curve is steep, as is my desire for growth and knowledge. I embody Facebook's five core values of being bold, focusing on impact, moving fast, and being open."20. Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 Billion. What do you believe is Instagram's best feature? Facebook made a significant investment in 2012 when they purchased Instagram, a potentially strong competitor, for a cool billion dollars. Since its acquisition, many younger users have opted out of Facebook, focusing solely on Instagram profiles to tell their story online. Discuss what you believe Instagram's most excellent feature is, and why. Here is an answer example: "I enjoy using Instagram for quick posts, stories, and searching for fun new decor and baking ideas. I believe that Instagram's best feature; however, is IGTV. Now, I can watch my favorite celebs and influencers on their channel versus having to go to a different platform such as YouTube. This option has significantly streamlined the user experience which I am all about." Here is an answer example: "When Instagram stories unveiled, I feel it was a complete gamechanger for businesses and personal accounts alike. To add something fun to your profile without commitment is a great feature. I have seen companies run some cool contests through Insta stories. It's amazing to see what people can do with those 15-second snaps of entertainment!"21. Name for me the best business feature you have seen Facebook roll out this year. Facebook is often making tweaks to their news feed, algorithms, video capabilities, ads, and more. The interviewer would like to see evidence that you have a keen interest in what is happening within the Facebook organization. Discuss your favorite 'Facebook for Business' feature, and why you think it is so great. Try to be specific on how you think this feature would benefit business, big or small. Here is an answer example: "I have seen some teasers for Augmented Reality Ads, allowing brands to build a hands-on and interactive connection with their target audience. I saw Sephora advertising, with a 'click here to try on this shade' call to action, which was quite refreshing to see. I look forward to seeing more interactive experiences within the Facebook ads platform." Here is an answer example: "I quite like that Facebook page reviews have changed to page recommendations. I believe this feature will give users a more targeted experience based on their search patterns, and interests based on business pages they currently like and follow. The 'recommended' feature also adds a component of social proof, showing users that their friends recommend a business or a page, resulting in more immediate brand trust and a higher likelihood of conversions."22. How do you plan to contribute to Facebook's mission and values? Before you can adequately answer this question, it's essential that you understand what Facebook's missions and values are. Facebook expanded its mission in 2017, which is to 'Bring the world closer together.'
Facebook's full mission statement is, 'to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. That reflects that we can't do this ourselves, but only by empowering people to build communities and bring people together.'
Show the interviewer that you understand Facebook's critical mission, and touch on what you will do to be an active contributor towards that goal if hired for the job. Here is an answer example: "I have read through the Facebook mission, released in 2017, and appreciate that the primary goal is to bring the world closer, build communities, and give power to all people when it comes to connectedness. I have done some research on the Facebook Connectivity initiative and am excited to fully support your mission to bring internet access to everyone on the planet." Here is an answer example: "Facebook's mission to connect communities and people all over the globe is a mission that I desire to join. For Facebook to focus on projects that give more people a voice, strengthen community bonds and create economic opportunities is admirable. Your mission and vision is the 'something more' that I have been seeking out in my career."23. Tell me about an instance where you lost track of time in the best possible way. When was the last time you were carried away, forgetting about time, because the task you were doing was so much fun? The interviewer would like to know your thoughts on what makes you lose track of time in the best possible way. Perhaps it's brainstorming meetings, onboarding a new client, creating new code, building a new sales deck, or training a junior employee on a new skill. Here is an answer example: "Last month I spent an entire week training a new employee on Python and the time flew by. I knew I was a good teacher and mentor; however, I didn't realize until then just how much I enjoyed it. My boss appreciated my passion for training this employee and is seeking out other opportunities for me to do more training. So, I would say that training and teaching others makes me lose track of time in the best possible way." Here is an answer example: "Last Saturday I started an online course on video and optimization. The day flew by so fast, and I loved every second of it. For me, the best way to lose track of time is when I am studying and gaining a new skill."24. What do you do on your best day at work? The interviewer would like you to take a minute and bring your resume to life for them. Your response will tell the interviewer what you enjoy doing, what your day-to-day responsibilities look like, and how you best spend your time at work. Take the interviewer through your ideal day, in your current role. Remember to be positive, upbeat, and give some great details on teamwork and motivation. Here is an answer example: "On my best day at work, I arrive a little bit early, have a hot cup of coffee, greet my coworkers, and then get to work. My best days happen when I start very organized, fully understanding what I have to deliver for the day. My best day will include some social time, like lunch out with a client or a quick meet with a co-worker. Ideally, I have time to deliver my projects and deadlines, map out my following day, and even get a headstart on one or two projects." Here is an answer example: "For me, the best days are the days when I learn something new, have a few good laughs with coworkers, and deliver over expectations. A great day will include some batch work and planning for the week so that I know what's to come down the project pipeline. If we gain an exciting new client with a big challenge, that's even better. I love to be stretched and challenged."25. Why do you want to be part of the Facebook team? There are many reasons why a job seeker would want to work for Facebook. You are competing with hundreds of candidates for this role, so it's a good idea to come prepared for your interview with a compelling response that goes far beyond a surface answer. Be sure to smile, show your enthusiasm, and don't be afraid to ask for the job. Here is an answer example: "I want to work for Facebook not only for the exceptional reputation your company has but because you are one of the few corporate giants who believe that skill can trump experience. I am newer to my career, but I know a lot. I educate myself daily, and I actively seek out learning opportunities. I would be thrilled to make it to your next round of interviews, to further show you how eager I am for this opportunity." Here is an answer example: "I recently read an interview with your COO where she said, 'I would rather take a total superstar in another area and move them into a new job than take someone who hasn't performed as well but has the right experience.' After reading this interview, I was compelled to apply. Facebook completely gets what it takes to build a solid team, and I could learn, grow, and lead by example, all day long if I worked here. I sincerely hope you will consider me for the next round of interviews."26. Name for me one skill mentioned in our job posting, that you do not possess. How will you gain that skill? The interviewer is asking for you to highlight your weaknesses. There are many ways to ask 'what is your greatest weakness'; however, the interviewers at Facebook will always have a more thought-provoking way of asking this question. Before your interview, comb through the job posting and pick out a skill where you have room for improvement. Then, discuss what you could do to strengthen that particular skill. Here is an answer example: "I have an intermediate level of experience with Linux, but would love to say that I am an expert level. When I saw this requirement on your job posting, I knew that I met that basic requirement, but I want to do better than basic. For that reason, I have enrolled in an online course called 'Linux Essentials.' I am excited to strengthen my skills in this area." Here is an answer example: "I am currently in a course to further learn the configuration and maintenance of Apache. I see that Facebook values this experience for the intern role and I am happy to say that this will not take me long to learn. I look forward to the ways that this internship at Facebook will help me grow into a bright career in production engineer."27. What do you believe are the biggest challenges Facebook will encounter this year? The interviewers at Facebook want to see that you have an interest in what's happening in their world. Draw your response from what you hear in the news, read in online articles, or take in from the Facebook newsroom section on their corporate website. Give a well thought out reply about the challenges you believe Facebook will face but be sure to end your answer on a positive note. Here is an answer example: "Although this is not a new challenge, I believe the topic of privacy, data security, and declining trust in tech will remain a challenge for Facebook, and anyone in the social media realm. Online privacy laws have become stringent, and hackers are becoming smarter every day. From what I have seen, Facebook has handled these challenges extraordinarily well considering all the pressures." Here is an answer example: "From what I have read, the pressure that Facebook is under to monetize more of its products is a significant conversation this year. I believe some ways to do that could include more sponsored ads, options for long-form videos with ads, and other diverse advertising tools. I have already seen a huge spike in options when it comes to Facebook video and ads, and I look forward to being a part of what your organization brings to the public shortly."28. What is the kindest thing your current boss has ever said about you? The interviewer would like to know which skills, characteristics, or other qualities are notable stand-outs to your current employer. Think back to an unexpected compliment, or something that was said to you in a past performance review. It may feel a bit like bragging, but the interviewer wants to gain perspective on the most valuable parts about you! Here is an answer example: "I'll never forget my boss telling me that I have the sharpest learning curve he has seen in the business. I know I am quick to pick up new tasks and learn new programs; however, his comment made me feel smarter than average, and it felt great to hear it." Here is an answer example: "Recently, my boss told me that my compassion for my teammates and my willingness to help others was a quality he wished everyone had. I believe that kindness and empathy are the greatest qualities to have, so I was happy to hear that my efforts are making a difference when it comes to team morale."29. What would you have done if we did not show up to this interview, today? This behavioral based question is testing a couple of things. One, your level of confidence. Two, just how bad you want this position. Although it may seem odd and out of place, this is a question that Facebook interviewers are known to ask. Think about what you would do to chase down this gig, ensuring you gained the attention of the Facebook recruiters. Here is an answer example: "If you did not show up to this interview today, I would show up every day until I could get your attention! I know that sounds a touch dramatic, but it's vital that I gain a shot at working for Facebook so I would do what it took to grab your attention." Here is an answer example: "If you did not come to the interview today, I would ask your admin team to rebook me for a time when you were around. I would take it graciously; however, I would not give up. After rescheduling, I would send an email or make a call, expressing my keen interest in the role. I have no problem chasing down a great opportunity."30. How do you prevent burnout and remain highly motivated? Working in the tech industry means a lot of hours, and rarely turning your brain off due to a fast-pace and high expectations. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to remain motivated, even if you are asked to work a lot. Discuss how you make sure that you are not burning out on the job. Here is an answer example: "I was taught early on in my career that strategically planning a project, from start to finish, is a great way to prevent burnout and keep motivation high. When effort expectations are set forth right away, this minimizes my stress and keeps me moving at a manageable pace." Here is an answer example: "I have found that one of the best ways to stay motivated and avoid burnout, is to celebrate the small wins and milestones along the way. For instance, my current team will take the time to celebrate after a product launch, or even a cool new feature or functionality. Taking the time to praise the success of my co-workers is a great way to keep us all motivated."
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Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace.
Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career.
Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise.
Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
First written on: 04/23/2011 Last modified on: 02/07/2019
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