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Facebook Interview Questions

To help you prepare for a Facebook job interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?

How to Answer

Facebook's approach to a happy team begins with getting to know each person's greatest motivators. On the Facebook careers site, the company states, 'You can bring your values to do work that matters--not just to you, but to the world.'

The interviewers want to know what motivates you to be an active achiever. We all want recognition for our accomplishments in some way. Perhaps you enjoy surprise gifts, financial perks, kind words, added responsibilities, or title promotions. Share with the interviewers how you prefer to receive recognition for your hard work.

Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

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30 Facebook Interview Questions & Answers

  • Accomplishment

    1. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?

      How to Answer

      Facebook's approach to a happy team begins with getting to know each person's greatest motivators. On the Facebook careers site, the company states, 'You can bring your values to do work that matters--not just to you, but to the world.'

      The interviewers want to know what motivates you to be an active achiever. We all want recognition for our accomplishments in some way. Perhaps you enjoy surprise gifts, financial perks, kind words, added responsibilities, or title promotions. Share with the interviewers how you prefer to receive recognition for your hard work.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "In my current role, the Marketing Director will often share the results of customer satisfaction surveys in our team meetings. If a customer mentions my name in one of the reviews, I cannot help but grin from ear to ear. I appreciate the acknowledgment and knowing that my work has made a positive impact on someone else. Facebook's mission to connect the world and make a difference in people's lives resonates with me very much, and I look forward to earning even more accomplishments in this role."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      Experienced

      "The success of my team is a direct reflection of my success. Recently, the group that I lead exceeded Q3 targets. We were collectively rewarded with a bonus. In addition to the bonus, I acknowledged each team member's individual contribution, thanking them for their hard work. I prefer that my teammates receive public accolades for a job well done. If hired for this leadership role with Facebook, I will eagerly encourage my team to remain incredibly passionate about what they are building. Seeing my team succeed is all the recognition I need."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I like to create a culture where team members acknowledge the support from one another, giving credit to others' contributions as necessary. I'd also feel happy if the accomplishments are acknowledged in performance reviews and a reward system that the company has put in place."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      You're able to clearly articulate how to contribute to a team where everyone is supported and recognized, which is fantastic. To strengthen your response, I suggest adding in brief additional details about the "reward system." Do you want a bonus? Flexible working hours? Free office lunch? This question is usually asked so that interviewers can gauge whether your preferences align with the company culture and needs, so do your research.

  • Adaptability

    2. Change is par for the course with Facebook. When have you had to adapt to change?

      How to Answer

      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.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      1st 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."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      2nd Answer Example

      "In my current role, there is a lot of turnover 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."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I've had to adapt to the needs of new clients that were more digitally oriented. Our first clients required more traditional advertising, whereas our newer clients were more focused on digital advertising. I worked on digital campaigns and learned new things along the way. This sparked my interest in social advertising at Facebook."

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      Kevin Downey

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      Kevin Downey Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great response; you provide a specific example of how you've adapted to change. You may wish to focus on the adaptability/flexibility aspect a bit more to strengthen your response. If you are naturally a highly adaptable person, this would be an excellent time to say so!

      "Long ago I made a habit of challenging myself by expanding the sphere of my comfort zone. Eventually, I realized my comfort zone had evolved to where I was uncomfortable unless I was constantly stepping outside of my comfort zone. For example, I initially addressed our clients’ needs through traditional forms of advertising. Later, while bringing on new clients, I adapted to their needs for more digitally focussed advertising. So I learned everything I could about developing their campaigns. This has further sparked my interest in social advertising on Facebook, which is why I am here."

  • Career Goals

    3. Facebook is committed to supporting your career growth. How could we further develop you in the next 6 months?

      How to Answer

      The interviewers 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 capturing your interest. Discuss a career-related topic that aligns with your short-term career goals at Facebook.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      Entry Level

      "Right now, if given the opportunity to develop any skill, I would choose to strengthen my knowledge of 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."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I have been following site reliability, IaC, and DevOps practices for managing our Infrastructure and have 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."

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      Kristine Knutter

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      Kristine Knutter Reviewed the Above 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 it 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."

  • Career Goals

    4. Why do you want to be part of the Facebook team?

      How to Answer

      When the interviewers ask you why you want to work for Facebook, they are seeking evidence of a few factors:

      - You have enthusiasm and interest in the role and Facebook as a company
      - You believe in Facebook's mission and values
      - You are ready to make a specific contribution to Facebook and your new team
      - You see a strong match between this job opportunity and your career goals

      There should be many compelling reasons why you want to work for Facebook. To narrow your answer and give a targeted and customized response, start by researching Facebook and the open position. Highlight one or two unique points and show enthusiasm for Facebook's impact as a company. When discussing these exciting points, make a connection between them and your career goals. Be sure to include specific details of how you will contribute once hired.

      You are competing with hundreds of candidates for this role, so it's a good idea to be very well prepared for this question with a compelling response that goes far beyond the surface. Be sure to smile, show your enthusiasm, and don't be afraid to ask for the opportunity. It's one of Facebook's core values to 'Be Bold' after all!

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      Entry Level

      "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, I was compelled to apply. Facebook completely understands 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."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I am mesmerized by the scale of Facebook's user population and want to be part of the teams that build and handle the requests for such a huge number of users. I have experience working with different products but not to this scale. I also read about the support and mentorship the company offers to employees, so they grow with the company, and this is exciting. I want to be part of an organization where I can give my best."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Rachelle Enns

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      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      It seems you have some incredible reasons driving your desire to join the Facebook team! When you mention your experience working with 'the different products but not of this scale,' can you provide more detail regarding the scope of these products?

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  • Compatibility

    5. Facebook emphasizes hiring people who fit into our workplace culture. How would you describe your personality?

      How to Answer

      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. Facebook employees report being happy as well! Facebook has been granted numerous 'Best Place to Work' awards and nominations. Facebook leaders know that there is a high demand for its team members, but the rewards are also high. Show the interviewers that you can fit in well with Facebook's workplace culture by describing your personality and work style.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I'm an inquisitive person who always seeks to learn new things. In my current job, I ask to participate in meetings that are out of my scope to learn more about the business. I'm also very supportive and always have my colleagues' back. I volunteer to help whenever I can. My colleagues would also say I was a funny person. I'm always trying to spread positive vibes and put a smile on people's faces."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Excellent response; this gives the interviewer's clear insight into your positive personality traits.

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  • Compatibility

    6. What are Facebook's five core values, and what do they mean to you?

      How to Answer

      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.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Facebook's five core values are Focus on impact, Move fast, Be bold, Be open, Build social value. Some of these have been my working principles in the last years of working in Internet companies so they are very much ingrained in me - i.e. moving fast and swiftly in line with the fast-evolving industry, being open to diverse opinions and out of the box thinking, being bold to test and quickly assess feasibility of new ideas. Focusing on impact and building social value is what excites especially about Facebook as it operates at a massive scale to generate scaled impact towards the mission of bringing social communities together."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      This response shows that you've done your research and you have a clear understanding of how these values apply to your work. Good job!

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  • Competency

    7. At Facebook, how will you stand out in a sea of exceptional talent?

      How to Answer

      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.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      Entry Level

      "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."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "My communications skills have helped me build strong relationships with both clients and colleagues. I have a trusting personality and the ability to learn very fast and adapt to any situation quite easily."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      You do a great job of highlighting some of your professional strengths, such as communication skills, the ability to learn quickly, and adaptability. I would caution against using the phrase "trusting personality" as that can have mixed connotations; you could change this to "trustworthy personality." Additionally, if there is another positive personality trait that you wish to highlight, you can do so here instead.

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  • Creative Thinking

    8. Do you consider yourself a creative person?

      How to Answer

      Facebook puts great emphasis on creativity, no matter the role to which you are applying. Talk to the interviewer about any interest 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 chance that you have made creative decisions in your career.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted 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; I always try to find innovative ways of resolving an issue, building new projects, and managing teams that require creativity."

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      Kristine Knutter

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      Kristine Knutter Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great answer! You share your belief about where creativity stems from and show how creativity has been a regular part of your job. I reworded it 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 managing teams."

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  • Diligence

    9. How do you plan to contribute to Facebook's mission and values?

      How to Answer

      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 interviewers 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.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Facebook's mission is to bring the world closer together, and I plan on helping businesses get closer to their customers by helping them optimize their campaigns and identifying new opportunities."

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      Kevin Downey

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      Kevin Downey Reviewed the Above Answer

      This is a great start, but I would suggest closing out your response by sharing a few more details about why Facebook's mission and values align with your interests and skillsets. You can close out your response with a quick sentence about why contributing to Facebook's mission is meaningful to you.

      "I went to one of the most diverse universities in the country. There were several clubs for each demographic. But I noticed there were no clubs that bridged them. So I started a diversity inclusion club and the mission statement was fostering social innovation through bridging diversity. Therefore, I truly identify with Facebook’s mission, to bring the world closer together. I have a unique lens in this regard, and I hope to lend my experience to drive our mutual mission goals forward, planning to help businesses get closer to their wide range of customers by helping them optimize their campaigns and identifying new opportunities."

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  • Diligence

    10. What do you do on your best day at work?

      How to Answer

      The interviewers would like you to take a minute and bring your work to life for them. Your response will tell them what you enjoy doing, what your day-to-day responsibilities look like, and how you best spend your time at work. Take the interviewers through your ideal day in your current role. Remember to be positive, upbeat, and give some great details on teamwork and motivation.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "My best day at work involves presenting a successful campaign to the client and exceeding their expectations. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a happy client and knowing all the hard work we've done as a team paid off."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great response; the fact that you're committed to not just meeting clients' expectations, but exceeding them, is evident here.

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  • Diligence

    11. Name one skill mentioned in our job posting, that you do not possess. How will you gain that skill?

      How to Answer

      The interviewers are asking for you to highlight one of your weaknesses related to the job requirements. There are many ways to ask about your greatest weakness; however, the interviewers at Facebook will likely have a unique 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.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      Entry Level

      "I am currently in a course to further learn the configuration and maintenance of Apache. I see that Facebook values knowledge of Apache from its interns, and I am happy to say that it will not take me long to learn. I look forward to learning more ways that this internship at Facebook will help me grow into a bright career within Production Engineering."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I do not have in-depth knowledge of Facebook solutions (ads manager, for example); however, I have continued to learn through the Facebook blueprint and YouTube videos. If Facebook hires me, I will continue to learn more during the onboarding sessions and from my colleagues."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      This response shows that you are aware of your growth areas and are open to learning new skills. Avoid starting a response with 'I do not...' and frame this skill gap more positively.

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  • Direct

    12. Name for us the best business feature you have seen Facebook roll out this year.

      How to Answer

      Facebook is often making tweaks to its news feed, algorithms, video capabilities, ads, and more. The interviewers would like to see evidence that you have a keen interest in what is happening within the Facebook organization. For instance, you could discuss your favorite 'Facebook for Business' feature and why you think it is so great. Try to be specific on how you think the feature will benefit Facebook users.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      Entry Level

      "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."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "The best business feature I've seen is the augmented reality ads. I think they can really help businesses stand out and increase interaction with their potential customers. I've seen examples of AR ads for sunglasses brands and Makeup brands. These are really effective and can easily convince a shopper to complete their purchase."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great response; this shows that you are familiar with Facebook's most recent features. To strengthen your response, consider leaving out the statement "I think" (which sometimes can indicate a lack of confidence in the statement you're making.)

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  • Direct

    13. Facebook purchased Instagram for $1 Billion. What do you believe is Instagram's best feature, today?

      How to Answer

      Facebook made a significant investment in 2012 when they purchased Instagram, a potentially strong competitor, for $1 billion dollars. Since its acquisition, many younger users have opted out of Facebook, focusing solely on Instagram to tell their stories online. Discuss what you believe Instagram's best feature is today and why.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      Entry Level

      "When Instagram stories were 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!"

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "To me, the best Instagram feature is Instagram Stories. It allows both individuals and businesses to get creative and personal at the moment without committing to keeping the content permanently on their page. It is also the most entertaining feature, in my opinion."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great response; this shows that you're acquainted with Instagram's features, and you're able to provide specific examples about why the Story feature is the best.

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  • Direct

    14. How is Facebook using AR and VR to help people to experience the world?

      How to Answer

      Facebook has brought Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) to 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. Maybe you even took part! AR and VR are becoming common offerings for various applications such as Facebook and Instagram story filters, for instance. We use AR and VR in the form of filters to change our faces or to play interactive games on our mobile devices. Show the interviewer your enthusiasm for Facebook's participation in how AR and VR have evolved and become mainstream.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      Entry Level

      "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."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "AR allows people to express themselves within their existing physical environment. VR creates immersive and transformative experiences, allowing people to enter another environment. For example, they can virtually travel to a different location and experience the surroundings as if they were really there."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great response; given the current COVID pandemic, you may want to consider incorporating some element of the current emphasis on virtual experiences into your response. Even though the question didn't explicitly ask this, it's an opportunity you have to connect Facebook's work with AR and VR to current events and needs.

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  • Direct

    15. What do you believe are the biggest challenges Facebook will encounter this year?

      How to Answer

      In the fast-moving tech industry, companies continually face new challenges. The interviewers at Facebook want to see that you are interested in ways the industry continues to shift. They also want to see evidence that you are prepared to contribute to solutions to these challenges.

      Draw your response from what you have heard in the news, read in online articles, or taken from the Facebook newsroom section on the company's corporate website. Give a well-thought-out reply about the challenges you believe Facebook will face this year. Be sure to keep your response in a positive tone that shows you are solution-focused rather than problem-focused.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "One of the biggest challenges would be earning back the trust of users lost due to privacy controversies. Also, Facebook has a challenge with the new iOS14 privacy setting, which will prevent businesses from properly connecting with their potential customers."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      You've clearly done your research and understand the major hurdles that Facebook will face this year. I suggest rounding out your answer with a positive spin, showing you have confidence that Facebook is well equipped to handle these challenges, and you look forward to contributing to the solutions.

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  • Discovery

    16. Facebook encourages employees to be authentic and unique. What makes you authentically you?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to get to know you better on a personal level. How 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.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "People genuinely trust me. My boss always relies on me to get the job done, and my clients always feel comfortable when I handle their projects and campaigns because they know that I will care for them as if they were my own."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great response; you may wish to explicitly use the word "dependable" to emphasize that you possess this positive trait.

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  • Discovery

    17. What are your top 3 core values, and how do they influence your work?

      How to Answer

      We know that Facebook's top 5 core values are to Be Bold, Focus on Impact, Move Fast, Be Open, and Build Social Value. 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. Think about the values you hold dearest, the morals at the core of who you are, and what kind of person do you strive to be. Discuss your top 3 values and how they complement Facebook's core values.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "One of my top values is honesty which I apply when communicating with colleagues and stakeholders. I also value growth which means that I always seek to learn new things in my field. I also care deeply about reliability as I seek to be someone people can come to for help and support."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Great response! You do a job of identifying three top core values while also explaining how each value impacts your work. To strengthen your response, you may wish to include more specific examples (for example, you mention seeking to learn new things in your field of work; what specific things have you pushed yourself to learn due to placing such a value on growth?)

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  • Diversity

    18. Facebook celebrates diversity. In which ways do you honor those different from you?

      How to Answer

      Facebook releases an annual diversity report, and it would be an excellent idea for you to read it through before your interview. In one of Facebook's diversity reports, the company acknowledges 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, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, and the 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.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I always respect people's differences and cultures, and I actually love learning new things about different cultures and different ways of thinking."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Your response embodies your appreciation for diversity, but it lacks specifics. How do you honor and celebrate those who are different from you? (Example response below.)

      "Respecting people's differences and cultures is really important to me. I love learning from people with different backgrounds than I do, whether that is due to race, ethnicity, gender expression, age, socioeconomic background, education, religion, etc. There is so much I can learn from different cultures and ways of thinking! For example, this year, I participated in several PRIDE community events as an LGBTQ ally. I really value listening to other people's perspectives and love to celebrate different experiences from my own."

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  • Job Satisfaction

    19. Tell us about an instance where you lost track of time in the best possible way.

      How to Answer

      The interviewers want to know about an instance when you got carried away, forgetting about the time at work, because the task you were doing was so much fun. Enthusiastically discuss what makes you lose track of time in the best possible way. Perhaps it's brainstorming in meetings, onboarding a new client, writing code, creating a new sales deck, or training a junior employee on a new skill.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      Entry Level

      "Last Saturday, I started an online course on video and optimization. The day flew by so fast - 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."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I was working to onboard a newly hired person to my team. I was so involved in getting to know the person and talking about the products and processes we follow in our organization that I forgot to have lunch. I was very excited to talk about our processes, our new features and how that will make our customers happy."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      This is a terrific example of 'getting lost in your work.' I can feel your joy and enthusiasm shine through :)

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  • Job Satisfaction

    20. What is the kindest thing a boss has ever said about you?

      How to Answer

      This question is another way for the interviewers to ask about your greatest strengths. The basis of the inquiry is to find out the best qualities your leaders see in you and how those qualities will be a fit for Facebook. The way you respond to this question will also show the interviewers how well you accept compliments and identify your professional strengths.

      Think back to a memorable compliment or piece of positive feedback said to you in a past performance review or an informal setting. Sharing this positive feedback may feel like bragging, but you must give the interviewers perspective into the most valuable qualities you will bring to Facebook.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "You are a future CEO. You have it all (referring to my skills & abilities)."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Wow! That's a big compliment. To strengthen your response, I'd suggest closing it out with a sentence or two that expresses why this compliment was important to you.

      "I'm fortunate that my current boss has said a lot of kind things to me, but two comments that really stand out are "Future CEO" and "You have it all" (referring to my skills and abilities.) I really appreciated the validation and see value in having a boss who sees so much potential in me."

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  • Problem Solving

    21. At Facebook, we give you new problems to solve on a daily basis. What is your problem-solving approach?

      How to Answer

      There are many ways that you can approach problem-solving. Common problem-solving styles include rationally, analytically, logically, positively, or creatively! Should you be hired, decide which approach best sounds like your style and how your problem-solving method will benefit Facebook.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I consider myself a logical problem solver. I am also used to making decisions even when not all pieces of information are present, as we may experience often in a growing online commerce. I work with the mindset of 'figuring things out no matter what' with all the resources that I can draw within the given time/context, apply logical thinking, and make educated assumptions to arrive at the best problem definition and solution."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Solving problems through the lens of logic is a valuable and employable skill! My only suggestion for strengthening your response is to include a brief specific example that illustrates your approach. When have you used logic to solve a problem in the workplace or in another aspect of your life? What was the outcome?

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  • Problem Solving

    22. What would you have done if we did not show up to this interview, today?

      How to Answer

      Although this question may seem odd and out of place, this is a query that Facebook interviewers are known to ask. This hypothetical, scenario-based question is meant to test your problem-solving abilities. The way you respond will show the interviewers your confidence level, how you strategically think when placed in uncomfortable situations, and how driven you are to reach your goals. Describe what you would do to chase this opportunity with Facebook and ensure that you gained the attention of their hiring managers.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I would not give up because I really want this job. I would follow up with you by email and ask if we could reschedule to another day that is convenient for you."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      This response shows a balanced mindset...a high level of interest in the opportunity, and a gracious understanding.

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  • Scenario Based

    23. What is the riskiest decision you have ever made in your career?

      How to Answer

      One of Facebook's five core values is to 'Be Bold.' Being bold often requires taking calculated risks. The interviewers want to know how you handle making risky or bold decisions. As a successful professional, you know to calculate risk in your industry and career. Tell the interviewers about a work-related risk you have taken and provide details on the outcome.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "One of the riskiest decisions I made was my attempt to transition from the 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."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

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

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  • Stress

    24. How do you prevent burnout and remain highly motivated?

      How to Answer

      Working in the tech industry means investing many hours into your job and keeping up in a fast-paced environment with high expectations. Talk to the interviewers about your ability to remain motivated, even in high-stress, high-demand environments.

      Provide the interviewers with details on how you prevent burnout. Some approaches that might work for you include:

      - Taking your allotted vacation time periodically rather than continually banking vacation days.
      - Learn how to say no to obligations that are not high-value or high-reward.
      - Tap into your professional passions as often as possible.
      - Grow your knowledge base and gain new skills regularly.
      - Schedule time during the day to take short brain breaks.
      - If possible, change your work environment when you begin to feel restless.
      - Use your breaks to exercise, get outside, and nourish yourself properly.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I strategically plan my projects from start to finish. I have a status report for all projects that I updated regularly. I plan big campaigns via a critical path schedule and divide them into steps. That way, I remain highly organized and avoid unnecessary stress."

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      Kevin Downey

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Kevin Downey Reviewed the Above Answer

      Your response shows a clear understanding of prioritization and project management. Since this question explicitly asks how you avoid burnout (which is a critical topic for many major tech companies like Facebook), I suggest including a sentence or two about your self-care strategies (example below.)

      "The first thing I do to prevent task exhaustion, which can lead to burnout, is through finding methods to break up my tasks. This doesn’t mean switching from one project to another, but rather switching up the individual tasks to an individual project. Therefore, I plan my projects from start to finish by utilizing a systems approach. Once I plan out how I’ll manage a project, I’ll break it up into micro and macro-tasks. I then strategize how I’ll approach each task based on my strong time management skills. Doing so effectively eliminates most of the stress associated with meeting project deadlines and allows me the flexibility to switch up any task when one of them feels more exhaustive. I have a status report for all my projects which I keep updated. A critical path schedule is what I used to plan large campaigns. I remain organized and avoid all unnecessary stress. When ever that isn’t enough, I’ll take a micro-break by going for a walk or listening to music that has a high success rate of getting me back on track. It’s rare when I feel like my work/life balance is off kilter. But on that rare occasion I’ll just plan a long weekend when it doesn’t interfere with the priorities of the rest of the team."

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  • Stress

    25. What advice would you give to a colleague who was stressed out?

      How to Answer

      Being able to handle stress is one skill, but talking 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.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I would have a conversation with them first and understand what they are stressed out about. 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 - I would suggest taking a break or 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."

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      Kristine Knutter

      Our Professional Interview Coach
      Kristine Knutter Reviewed the Above 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 you could express the result of your actions.

      "I would have a conversation with them 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 with solid technical skills. He takes on more than he should and starts to stress out when 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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  • Teamwork

    26. People are at the heart of every connection we build. How will you establish relationships with your new co-workers?

      How to Answer

      Facebook is all about connection, teamwork, and building lasting and cohesive relationships. Talk to the interviewers about how 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.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "It will be challenging in a virtual world we are living in currently but I think communication, kindness, and proactiveness apply in the same way as it does in forging relationships in the physical world. Trust is built over time but being committed, delivering promptly, and being supportive towards your team have been the principles of my work and I have no doubt applying these consistently will work to build trust and collegial relationships with colleagues in Facebook."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      This response shows a high level of authenticity and a willingness to connect with others. To strengthen your response, I suggest being more specific about exactly how you'll go about establishing these relationships (what will communication, kindness, and proactiveness look like?) Be as specific as possible!

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  • Teamwork

    27. What role do you usually take in team projects?

      How to Answer

      Facebook highly values teamwork, and the interviewers want 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 others to take the lead.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted 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."

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      Kristine Knutter

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      Kristine Knutter Reviewed the Above Answer

      Good use of the Mock Questions answer example and tweaking it to make it your own.

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  • Teamwork

    28. Tell us about your favourite team collaboration, so far.

      How to Answer

      Facebook is all about teamwork and collaboration. On the company's career website, they describe part of Facebook's mission. 'We empower people here to connect with each other, build community, and do work that is meaningful for them.'

      The interviewers want to hear that you feel accomplished through teamwork. Take a minute to think about a team-based project that went well, made a significant impact on your employer, or taught you a valuable new skill. If you are newer to your career, you can talk about when you worked on a team project in university or even an extracurricular or volunteer experience where you were required to successfully collaborate with others.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      Entry Level

      "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."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "During the peak of the COVID & economic crisis last year, we lost a lot of clients. We urgently needed to win back a big client for the survival of our office. We all worked tirelessly day and night on a new client pitch, and the great ideas from our collaboration won us that new client, putting our company back on track."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      This is a great example of collaboration and was clearly a big win for your office.

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  • Time Management

    29. The environment is fast-paced and challenging at Facebook. How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?

      How to Answer

      Facebook welcomes over 2.32 billion users every month, all of who have unique needs, interests, and goals. The interviewers would like to be sure that you can handle the pressure of being needed in more than one place at once while remaining focused on meeting those users' needs. Think about how you decide what needs your attention the most when you feel torn between multiple projects or tasks. Assure the interviewers that you can be diligent when it comes to assessing your priorities.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      Entry Level

      "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."

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I would consider all jobs important but prioritize the urgent ones that align most with the company's strategic goals, such as projects that would create the biggest impact."

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      Stephanie Cafaro

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Your response acknowledges the need for prioritization, focusing on tasks that could create the biggest impact. To strengthen your response, you may wish to consider a closing statement that emphasizes that you have proven success in completing multiple priorities and meeting all deadlines and that you're confident your previous experience in this area would translate to your work at Facebook.

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  • Tough

    30. Creativity and innovation are key competencies at Facebook. What does the word 'innovation' mean to you?

      How to Answer

      The term 'innovation' is often overused in business and has become a buzzword that many people don't fully understand. The interviewers would like to know what you feel innovation is. Include an example of a time when you have witnessed an innovative change in the workplace or when you have exercised creativity.

      Written by Rachelle Enns on September 1st, 2021

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I have been innovative when I built a new database management system for our IoT system. I wanted to create a DBMS that could answer queries progressively and execute complex functions efficiently. I developed this DBMS and wrote three analysis applications on image data, sensor data, and social media data to show the efficiency of my system. I showed how the system becomes interactive when queries are executed progressively as compared to waiting for a long time to finish a query execution. The DBMS and the applications I developed were shown to multiple clients during our demo and resulted in research funding from the National Science Foundation. To me, innovation means introducing a new process or potential breakthrough in the workplace."

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      Cindy Ramsey

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      Cindy Ramsey Reviewed the Above Answer

      Excellent use of examples in your answer. When a question asks for an abstract explanation, a concrete example is necessary to make it "live." Good job.

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