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.
"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."
"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."
"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."
Excellent answer! It sounds like you made a well thought, calculated risk and ended up winning. Nice work.
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"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."
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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