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.
Facebook Interview Questions
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.'
"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."
"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."
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.
"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."
"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."
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.
"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."
"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."
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.
"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."
"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."
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.
"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."
"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."
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.
"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."
"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."
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.
"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."
"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."
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.
"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."
"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!"
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.
"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."
"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."
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!
"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."
"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."
Facebook is committed to supporting your career growth. How could we further develop you in the next 6 months?
The interviewer would like to know if given a choice, what type of professional development you would choose to complete. This question is one way of asking about your areas of improvement, while also discovering what avenue of work is genuinely catching your eye. Discuss a topic that is related to your career, while falling in line nicely with the position offered at Facebook.
"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."
"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."
"I have been following site reliability, IaC, and DevOps practices for managing our Infrastructure and been a big promoter of it within BioRad, which gives higher availability and reliability. Provide 24/7 global support for internal and external customers. I would love to learn more about how this is done on Facebook and at that scale compared. Especially the processes, tooling, etc."Kristine's Answer
Nice work! You mention your specific experience and how you would like to expand upon that experience and knowledge with the company. I reworded slightly to ensure clarity.
"I have been using IaC and DevOps software development practices for managing my company's infrastructure, which gives higher availability and reliability. I have long been a big promoter of it within my company as it allows us to provide 24/7 global support for our internal and external customers. I would love to learn more about how this is done on Facebook and on a large scale. I'm especially interested in developing my skills with regard to the processes and tools used."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
"I believe working at Facebook would give me a great base for implementing my academic knowledge at an industrial level. In the next six months, I'd love to leverage my skills and knowledge on working towards real product development at an industrial level, which I am certain Facebook would help me achieve."Rachelle's Answer
Great answer! You are quite specific in your desires over the next six months. You mention 'industrial level' a couple of times. What does this mean to you? The interviewer will likely want you to break that phrase down a bit further.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
Would you consider yourself a creative person?
Facebook puts great emphasis on creativity, no matter the role to which you are applying. Talk to the interviewer about any interest that you have in creative activities and how you have implemented your creative desires in the workplace. Even if you do not consider yourself to be a 'creative person,' there is a significant change that you have made creative minded decisions in your career.
"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."
"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!"
"I strongly believe that necessity is the mother of innovation, and with that, it brings in creativity. I come from a background where we are very cost-conscious with that; I always try to find innovative ways of resolving an issue, building new projects, and also managing teams require creativity."Kristine's Answer
Great answer! You share your belief as to where creativity stems from and show how creativity has been a regular part of your job. I reworded slightly for clarity.
"I strongly believe that necessity is the mother of innovation--that necessity results in creativity. In my workplace, we have to be very cost-conscious in all that we do. That constraint pushes me to find creative and innovative ways of resolving issues, building new projects, and also managing teams."Was this answer helpful? Yes (1) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
What advice would you give to a colleague who was stressed out?
Being able to handle stress is one skill but being able to talk your colleagues off the ledge, during their peak times of stress, is an entirely different skill. Discuss with the interviewer what you would say or do to help a coworker cope with stress.
"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."
"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."
"I would have a conversation with him or her first and understand what they are stressed out about. I believe when you share your stress with someone that is half the battle and then come up with ideas to help them out. Or if they are not willing to share - would suggest taking a break or suggest talking to someone they are more comfortable with. For instance: I have a guy on my team. His name is Andy. He is genuinely a great guy and has solid technical skills. He takes on more than he should be, and he starts to stress out when things either are failing or not getting done. So I sat down with him to help him understand what's on his plate, and we made a list together of things he needs to focus on, and any new tasks or projects had to be funneled through me."Kristine's Answer
Great answer! You share what you would do if that situation were to arise and then you share a specific example of how you used your approach with a colleague. To really "wow" the interviewer, you could mention the result of your actions with your colleague, e.g. if your plan resulted in less stress for him. I've provided an example of how your could express the result of your actions.
"I would have a conversation with him or her first and understand why they are stressed out. I believe when you share your stress with someone, that is half the battle. Then, you come up with ideas to help them out. Or, if they are not willing to share, I would suggest taking a break or talking to someone they feel more comfortable with. For instance: I have a guy on my team who is genuinely a great guy and who has solid technical skills. He takes on more than he should and starts to stress out when he either is failing or not getting everything done. So I sat down with him to understand what's on his plate, and we made a list together of things he needs to focus on. Then he agreed to the idea that any new tasks or projects would be funneled through me. Since then, my colleague has not been stressed out nearly as frequently as in the past."Was this answer helpful? Yes (1) or No (0)Thank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
What role do you usually take in team projects?
At Facebook, teamwork makes the dream work! The interviewer truly wants to understand the role that you naturally take on, when put into a team-based environment. If you tend to take the lead, you can let the interviewer know, but avoid sounding overbearing. If you usually like to generate new ideas and allow someone else to execute them, share your creative side but express that you prefer for others to take the lead.
"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."
"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."
"In team projects, I tend to take the lead. Not in an overbearing way, but in a mentoring type of way. In my current role, I manage teams, which means that this title puts me into a natural leadership role, anyways. I also take a back seat and let my teams lead as I am more in an advisory role and making sure we are sticking to our guardrails."Kristine's Answer
Great response! You share a robust answer to the question by sharing your role and approach while working on a team project.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
The environment is fast-paced and challenging at Facebook. How do you determine priorities when you have multiple projects due?
Facebook has over 2.32 billion users every month, all who have unique needs, interests, and goals. The interviewer would like to be sure that you can handle the pressure of being needed in more than one place at once, while focused on meeting those users' needs. When you feel torn between multiple projects or tasks, how do you decide which one needs your attention the most? Assure the interviewer that you can be diligent when it comes to assessing your priorities.
"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."
"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."
"First and foremost, I will prioritize projects that most closely align with the company's strategic goals and have the highest potential to affect the company's bottom line. Also, I often determine which projects require my attention by the number of hours we are behind and then the project size. I am comfortable delegating tasks when needed, but I am also aware that these times will require an additional commitment of hours from me. Never have I under-delivered on a deadline."Kristine's Answer
Great answer! You explain that you use the company's strategic goals to guide your decision-making when setting priorities as well as other methods. You also work in that you are willing to go above and beyond and you have a positive track record of producing deliverables on time. These are all desirable attributes to highlight! Be careful when mentioning your team being behind on hours, as you don't want it to seem this is normal or typical. I reworded your response slightly to reflect my suggestion.
"First and foremost, I prioritize projects that most closely align with the company's strategic goals and have the highest potential to affect the company's bottom line. Also, I may determine which projects require my attention by the number of hours we are behind and then by the project size. I am comfortable delegating tasks when needed, but I am also aware that crunch times will require an additional commitment of hours from me. Never have I under-delivered on a deadline."Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
Facebook emphasizes hiring people who fit into our workplace culture. How would you describe your personality?
Change is par for the course with Facebook. When have you had to adapt to change?
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
What is the riskiest decision you have ever made in your career?
Facebook encourages employees to be authentic and unique. What makes you authentically you?
What are your top 3 core values, and how do they influence your work?
Tell me about the best team collaboration in your career, so far.
People are at the heart of every connection we build. How will you establish relationships with your new co-workers?
At Facebook, how will you stand out in a sea of exceptional talent?
Name for me the best business feature you have seen Facebook roll out this year.
Tell me about an instance where you lost track of time in the best possible way.
What do you do on your best day at work?
Name for me one skill mentioned in our job posting, that you do not possess. How will you gain that skill?
What do you believe are the biggest challenges Facebook will encounter this year?
What would you have done if we did not show up to this interview, today?