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Facebook Product Manager Interview Questions

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

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Question 1 of 30

Please talk about your most significant accomplishment as a Product Manager and why you feel it is so substantial.

How to Answer

When the interviewer asks about your greatest accomplishment, they want to understand your work ethic and what professional achievements you value. When responding, show that you take pride in your work and display enthusiasm for your proudest accomplishment. Be sure to include details as to why you feel this particular accomplishment was so important to you and/or your employer.

This question is phrased as 'talk about your...' which is another way of saying, 'Tell us about a time when...' This means that the interviewer wants a specific story-based example from your work history. To craft a well-organized and engaging response, try using the STAR answer method. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Result.

- Situation: Set the stage with the background information the interviewer needs to make sense of your story.
- Task: Continuing to set the stage, give the interviewer an idea of your role and responsibilities in this story.
- Action: Next, offer a detailed description of the steps you took to achieve this accomplishment.
- Result: Last, talk about the specific outcomes that resulted from your actions.

At the end of your response, make a connection between your most significant accomplishment and the accomplishments you look forward to achieving as a Facebook Product Manager.

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Facebook Product Manager Interview Questions & Answers

  • Accomplishment

    1. Please talk about your most significant accomplishment as a Product Manager and why you feel it is so substantial.

      How to Answer

      When the interviewer asks about your greatest accomplishment, they want to understand your work ethic and what professional achievements you value. When responding, show that you take pride in your work and display enthusiasm for your proudest accomplishment. Be sure to include details as to why you feel this particular accomplishment was so important to you and/or your employer.

      This question is phrased as 'talk about your...' which is another way of saying, 'Tell us about a time when...' This means that the interviewer wants a specific story-based example from your work history. To craft a well-organized and engaging response, try using the STAR answer method. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Result.

      - Situation: Set the stage with the background information the interviewer needs to make sense of your story.
      - Task: Continuing to set the stage, give the interviewer an idea of your role and responsibilities in this story.
      - Action: Next, offer a detailed description of the steps you took to achieve this accomplishment.
      - Result: Last, talk about the specific outcomes that resulted from your actions.

      At the end of your response, make a connection between your most significant accomplishment and the accomplishments you look forward to achieving as a Facebook Product Manager.

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      1st Answer Example

      "(Situation) While working as a Product Manager for Company XYZ, we promoted two of my team members to Senior Developer titles. (Task) When I initially joined that particular team as their PM, I made it my goal to mentor the team members and helped them to achieve their most important career goals. (Action) I took my work as a mentor seriously and had weekly lunch and learns with the group to teach them about project management, acting as a leader in the workplace, and how to improve their communication. (Result) I'm proud of the impact I could make on my team, helping them better their life and career simply by conversing with them and sharing my knowledge. This mentorship approach is one that I am committed to delivering throughout my career since developing others will benefit Facebook as a whole while helping my team members to grow their career."

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      Community Answer

      "About 20 years ago, I took several courses with Landmark Education including the Forum where I learned who to leverage my strengths which are sharing. I had two reports who wanted guidance on what they needed to work on. We had to present often to our customers and one would talk and not be able to put out key points and the other one was shy and had a hard time speaking in front of groups. So, I would coach them, tell them to put together an objective, key points, and successes and would review it together, then would role play with them. Within a month or so, they were more clear and confident in speaking and it was something that took the pressure off of them as well as me for it helped the company maintain its credibility and sme with its customers but also gave leadership more faith in succession plans and know they had true employee assets working as part of the team."

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      It's great that you were able to help these younger team members by mentoring and training them. Are you also able to think of another example that focuses more on a work accomplishment specific to the product manager role (e.g., something related to identifying and understanding user needs, developing competitor analyses, defining a product's vision, prioritizing product features, etc.)?

  • Adaptability

    2. Facebook is hiring an entrepreneurial Product Manager who moves quickly and can help innovate and drive product initiatives. Give us an example of a time when you acted as a highly entrepreneurial PM.

      How to Answer

      Successful entrepreneurs are self-driven and passionate. They work from a vision, ensuring that goals are met and that resources are allocated effectively. When working for Facebook as a Product Manager, you will be expected to act like an entrepreneur. The interviewer wants to see that you can work quickly and efficiently, helping your team to bring products and initiatives to the finish line as smoothly as possible.

      When asked a 'Give us an example of a time when...' question, it's important to remember that the interviewer is looking for a specific story-based example that highlights your behavior in challenging situations. Using the STAR interview method (Situation, Task, Action, Result), you can form a story-based response that the interviewer can follow with ease.

      - Situation: Set the stage with the background information the interviewer needs to make sense of your story.
      - Task: Continuing to set the stage, give the interviewer an idea of your role and responsibilities in this story.
      - Action: Next, offer a detailed description of the steps you took to express your point of view with your manager.
      - Result: Last, talk about the specific outcomes that resulted from your actions.

      When providing your story-based example, be sure to highlight the traits and characteristics you possess that Facebook leaders will appreciate seeing in a Product Manager.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I agree that all excellent Product Managers should be entrepreneurial by nature. This means bringing an exceptional level of passion and focus to the company and each project I lead. (Situation) As the PM for Company XYZ, I was recently faced with a major budget cut to a product that was about to enter the development stage. (Task) I have a lot of autonomy and am expected to make many executive decisions in the organization's best interest while also maintaining product credibility. (Action) Knowing that I needed to make budget cuts without impacting quality, I focused on which product features were critical. Using the 'MoSCoW' model, I first went through the product feature list and asked if the product feature was a 'must-have.' Then, I asked which features were a 'should-have,' ensuring those features remained a priority. Moving down the list, I then ask if any product features were a 'could-have,' making them optional additions if the budget allowed. Then, I determined which features were a 'won't-have,' meaning it was time to scratch the idea altogether for this launch. (Result) By prioritizing the must-have and should-have features, we developed a superb product on time and budget. The stakeholders were pleased with our team's ability to change the scope and save the budget without sacrificing product quality. I have been trained in Agile methodology and rely on this training as an entrepreneurial-minded Product Manager because it allows me to act quickly on ideas that are still well-thought-out while presenting win-win scenarios for the company, our customers, and other stakeholders. I believe this approach will work very well with Facebook as it fits nicely with its core value, 'Focus on Impact.' I agree that to make the most impact, we need to solve the most important problems first and focus on considerable challenges rather than becoming swept away in the minor details or inconveniences."

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      Community Answer

      "I have always had entrepreneurship at heart, which is why I am self-driven and passionate about building programs and new initiatives. I am efficient but also able to act quickly and decisively when pursuing a vision or strategy, which demonstrates true entrepreneurialship. In early 2019, strict regulatory deadlines quickly ramped up at the bank. One of the critical priorities was moving an immature independent Point of View program from concept to BAU. I immediately saw an opportunity to take an existing regulatory finding and build out a formalized approach using the Centralized IS Governance issue and develop it into a formal POV. The effort required me to reach out to multiple teams, from IS Chief of Staff to reporting teams to Legal, and formally documenting 28 current activities the Information and Cyber Security Front line was performing and obtaining sustainable evidence to support. I utilized the RMF to establish the risk ratings and was able to provide a final product with 25 effective areas and three areas in need of improvement. This report was eventually shared with the regulators and the BoD and became the POV standardized approach for the firm."

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      Marcie Wilmot Reviewed the Above Answer

      Nice! It's great that you are a self-driven and passionate entrepreneur at heart. The example you provide shows how you took the initiative to drive product changes. Try not to bog down your answers with too many acronyms (BAU, POV, RMF, BoD), though, as that might confuse the interviewer. Be sure to talk in a conversational and easy-to-understand manner.

  • Behavioral

    3. Would you ever make a critical decision without approval from your boss?

      How to Answer

      As a Product Manager, you may encounter situations where you need to make an executive decision. As your career progresses, the executive decisions you make will have a greater impact on your career, team, and company. The interviewer wants to know that you are comfortable making critical yet strategic and thoughtful decisions independently. Show that you can take independent action. Facebook's culture is 'Move Fast. Be Bold. Be Yourself,' after all!

      If you have ever made a critical decision without your boss's approval, consider telling a brief story of the situation, the action you took, and why you did so. Also, be sure to include the results you were able to generate.
      When making critical decisions without approval from your boss, express that you would take action if you felt the decision would impact the business positively. Otherwise, you can treat this question as a hypothetical query by expressing your stance and supporting it with why you would or would not choose to make a critical decision without approval from your boss.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I understand that Facebook values speed and sound decision making. Since Facebook places a lot of value on moving fast and being bold, I say yes - I would make a critical decision without approval from my boss. This decision would come with some stipulations, however. I do believe it's essential to involve all of the relevant people when facing a critical decision. I also know that I have strong decision-making and leadership capabilities. If the decision needed to be made quickly and waiting caused a negative business impact, I would take the lead and move forward based on my strong judgment and good instinct. Facebook desires its leaders to act on behalf of the company. I would take a calculated look at the worst-case and best-case scenarios to the most likely outcomes. I would also consider breaking the decision down into smaller challenges to see if I could make an executive decision based on one step rather than all. This approach could minimize the impact of a completely solo decision. If there were any other leaders available at the time who were lateral in seniority to my boss, I would consider consulting them if it were appropriate."

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  • Behavioral

    4. Talk about a time when you failed to reach a work-related goal. How did you react?

      How to Answer

      Workplace goals, targets, and deadlines are not always met due to a variety of circumstances. The interviewer wants to know about such a time and, most importantly, how you reacted when the situation does not entirely go your way.

      When answering this behavioral interview question, be ready to incorporate a specific story example rather than giving a general response to how you react to failure. This story-based approach can be achieved using the STAR answer method. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Result.

      - Situation: Set the stage with the background information your interviewer needs to make sense of your story.
      - Task: Continuing to set the stage, give the interviewer an idea of your role and responsibilities in this story.
      - Action: Next, offer a detailed description of the steps you took after you failed to reach your goal.
      - Result: Last, talk about what you learned and how you transformed the situation into something positive.

      You want to be honest about when you failed, but you also don't want to give such an extreme example that the interviewer determines you are not well-suited for a job at Facebook. To find a good balance, talk about a time when you failed to reach a goal but transformed the circumstance into a positive situation.

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  • Behavioral

    5. Tell us about a time when you disagreed with your manager. Why did you disagree, how did you state your case, and what was the resolution?

      How to Answer

      Facebook's Product Managers are accountable to a variety of individuals. Although you may not always be on the same page with your leaders 100% of the time, the interviewer wants to know that you handle any disagreements with the utmost respect and professionalism. Getting along well with others puts you in a favorable position because it shows your desire to collaborate and highlights your ability to problem solve and produce excellent results, despite a challenging situation.

      In your current position, you may have a great relationship with the people you report to. However, there will be times where you don't see eye to eye. Think of a conflict or disagreement you had with your manager, and you responded well, stated your stance very clearly, and perhaps even persuaded the manager to approach the situation from your perspective.

      When asked a 'Tell us about a time when...' question, it's important to remember that the interviewer is looking for a specific story-based example that highlights your behavior in challenging situations. Using the STAR interview method (Situation, Task, Action, Result), you can form a story-based response that the interviewer can follow with ease.

      - Situation: Set the stage with the background information the interviewer needs to make sense of your story.
      - Task: Continuing to set the stage, give the interviewer an idea of your role and responsibilities in this story.
      - Action: Next, offer a detailed description of the steps you took to express your point of view with your manager.
      - Result: Last, talk about the specific outcomes that resulted from your actions.

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  • Career Goals

    6. Why do you want to be a Product Manager with Facebook?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know why you are seeking a Product Manager position, specifically with Facebook. This question is not the opportunity to discuss why you are looking for a new job. Instead, the interviewer wants to see that you have enthusiasm and interest in the role and Facebook as a company. They want to hear that you believe in the company's mission and values and that you are ready to make a specific contribution to Facebook. The interviewer also wants to see evidence that there is a strong match between the job and your career goals.

      While your passion and excitement for the job are essential, it's always good to have some hard facts prepared as to why you want this Product Manager position with Facebook. Be ready to mention specific details of how you will contribute once hired. Take some time to think about your work-related passions and desires. Consider the ways that this job aligns with your career goals. Here are some questions to ask yourself:

      - How will I contribute to this company
      - What results have I created in the past, and could I repeat them here
      - How has my education prepared me to succeed here
      - How do my professional values match those of this company
      - How will my personality complement the company culture

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  • Communication

    7. Facebook Product Managers work to maximize efficiency in a constantly evolving environment where the process is fluid and creative solutions are the norm. Please share your favorite approach to maximizing team efficiency.

      How to Answer

      As a Product Manager, you must be a well-equipped leader, ready to ensure your team is working at ultimate efficiency, ensuring product deadlines are met on time and budget. The interviewer would like to see that you can adapt to Facebook's unique environment where efficiency, creativity, and ambiguity are the norm. Share with the interviewer your favorite approach for maximizing team efficiency. Describe the approach, where you learned the method, and talk about a time when this approach generated a successful result.

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  • Compatibility

    8. If hired as a Facebook Product Manager, how do you plan to promote operational excellence?

      How to Answer

      Operational excellence is a must for Facebook's Product Managers to strive for and achieve. Operational excellence means that you are always striving toward continuous improvements. The interviewer wants to know specifically how you plan to promote operational excellence within Facebook. Outline for the interviewer what this means to you and give tangible examples of how you will work toward operational excellence if offered this job opportunity.

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  • Compatibility

    9. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. How are you a builder at heart?

      How to Answer

      Facebook describes its culture through the statement: 'Move Fast. Be Bold. Be Yourself.' On its careers website, the company goes on to describe that 'you'll have the opportunity to work with great people, tackle big challenges and make a real impact, wherever you work--while being your unique, authentic self.'

      Facebook also has 5 core values which include:

      1) Be Bold. Building great things means taking risks. We have a saying: 'The riskiest thing is to take no risks.' In a world that's changing quickly, you're guaranteed to fail if you don't take any risks.

      2) Focus on Impact. To make the most impact, we need to solve the most important problems. We expect Facebook employees to avoid wasting time on minor issues and focus on truly big challenges.

      3) Move Fast. We believe that it's better to move fast and make mistakes than to move slowly and miss opportunities. Doing so enables us to build more things and learn faster.

      4) Be Open. Informed people make better decisions and make a greater impact -- so we work hard to ensure that everyone at Facebook can access as much information about the company as possible.

      5) Build Social Value. At Facebook, we're trying to bring the world closer together -- not just grow our business. Our people focus on creating real value for the world -- every day and in everything they do.

      These details can help you to carve out how you can make an impact, as a builder, at Facebook. When approaching this question, remember that the interviewer wants to discover how you will fit into the workplace culture of Facebook. If you can incorporate the company's culture, values, and mission into your response, your answer will resonate further with the interviewer.

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  • Competency

    10. In your opinion, what are the most critical steps a Product Manager should take during a product launch?

      How to Answer

      As an experienced Product Manager, you likely have a product launch checklist (or a similar tool) to help ensure that steps are never skipped over pre and post-launch. The interviewer wants to know that you are diligent, organized, and can clearly define your accountabilities as a Product Manager. Discuss what you believe to be the most critical steps during pre and post-launch, and be prepared to explain why you believe these steps are so critical. Your response should give the interviewer confidence that you are a well-organized and diligent PM.

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  • Competency

    11. You are planning to add a new product to Facebook's portfolio. How do you approach conducting sophisticated quantitative and qualitative analysis?

      How to Answer

      Facebook seeks a Product Manager who can incorporate data, research, and market analysis to inform product strategies and roadmaps. As a Product Manager for Facebook, you will spend time performing critical analysis to build strategies that guide your team and projects.

      In simple terms, quantitative data is considered information that can be measured with numbers. For instance, the number of times a certain feature was used. However, qualitative data is more subjective and casual. For instance, it's data you gather from customer service tickets or during conversations.

      The interviewer wants to know more about your approach to gathering quantitative and qualitative data and how you use this data to help you in your strategic analysis and planning. Walk the interviewer through your approach with as much helpful detail as possible, allowing the interviewer to visualize your methodology.

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  • Creative Thinking

    12. As a Product Manager, you are the primary driver for identifying significant opportunities and driving product vision, strategies, and roadmaps. Talk about your proudest time developing, implementing, or managing a new service or strategic program.

      How to Answer

      As a leader for Facebook, you are expected to drive exceptional product results. The interviewer wants to know that you are a creative thinker and have work-based accomplishments that make you proud. They also want to see that you view innovation as a group effort rather than a solo accomplishment.

      Talk to the interviewer about the product you are most proud of from your PM career so far. Be sure to outline your role in the project and highlight your stand-out contributions. If you learned any important lessons during the process, consider discussing your biggest takeaways from the project.

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  • Diligence

    13. When developing a new product or feature, how do you approach gathering and integrating customer feedback?

      How to Answer

      As a Product Manager, you may sometimes be referred to as the 'CEO of the product.' This adage hints that, as a PM, you have primary accountabilities to a product and its performance. The interviewer wants to hear evidence that you place importance on customer feedback and the needs of your internal or external customers. Speak in detail about your approach to customer feedback and implementation. Be as detailed as possible, ensuring that the interviewer sees you as an actionable Product Manager who has enthusiasm for delivering world-class products.

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  • Diligence

    14. As a Product Manager, how do you approach prioritizing tasks and product features?

      How to Answer

      Prioritization can be one of the most challenging aspects of your position as a Product Manager. When you and your team are faced with endless tasks and numerous product feature options, it's up to you to decide what gets tackled first. The interviewer wants to know the process you take when coming to decisions and conclusions.

      Provide evidence that you are calm under pressure and that you have a reliable framework for triaging tasks and features when they may all seem urgent at first. Walk the interviewer through your prioritization process, showing that your approach is a good fit for Facebook.

      Some of the most common frameworks for task prioritization include:

      - The MoSCoW method, which is an acronym for Must have (vital), Should have (priority), Could have (optional), and Won't have (scratch it!).

      - The RICE scoring model, which is an acronym for Reach, Impact, Confidence, Effort.

      - The Kano model, which focuses on product features and how important they may or may not be (Delighters,
      Performance Features, and Basic Features).

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  • Diligence

    15. Tell us about the last skill you taught yourself. Why did you choose to learn this skill, and how will it benefit you as a Product Manager with Facebook?

      How to Answer

      Continued education and learning is a critical skill for any professional. As a leader with Facebook, you must work to continue building your Product Management expertise. Consider the latest skill you taught yourself. Be prepared to discuss why you chose to build that skill and how it will benefit you in your new Product Manager role with Facebook.

      As a Product Manager, some of the skills you may want to consider include:

      - Interpersonal communication
      - Research skills
      - Timeline management
      - Task delegation
      - Strategic thinking

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  • Direct

    16. How would you describe the Facebook business model?

      How to Answer

      The Facebook company includes Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Facebook also sells hardware devices such as Oculus VR and Portal. The interviewer wants to know that you understand the business model behind the company. This knowledge will show the interviewer that you have performed ample research before your interview and that you are ready to bring a strong foundation of knowledge to this Product Manager role when you are hired.

      Facebook expresses in its Product Manager job posting that its mission is to 'give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together.' Be prepared to tie the company's mission statement into its business model to show that you bring a full understanding of its importance in Facebook's overall success.

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  • Direct

    17. As a Facebook Product Manager, you will deliver products aligned with our mission and goals. What do you know about Facebook's mission and strategic competitive position?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to make sure you are in alignment with Facebook's mission 'to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.' Facebook expresses that its global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people worldwide to build community and connect in a meaningful way. First, showcase what you know about Facebook's mission and how it is woven into the company's competitive positioning. Then, discuss how you plan to support this mission and strategy as a Product Manager for Facebook.

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  • Diversity & Inclusion

    18. Facebook is proud of its inclusive environment that's welcoming for everyone. Have you ever experienced or witnessed a lack of inclusion in the workplace? If so, how did you address the situation?

      How to Answer

      On Facebook's career website, the company states, 'From our holistic benefits to our commitment to diversity to our personalized approach to flexibility, we focus on building an inclusive environment that's welcoming for everyone who works at Facebook.'

      Inclusion is different from diversity, and it's essential to be prepared to make the distinction. Diversity refers to 'what' the company is doing to create a diverse workplace, and inclusion is 'how' the company is developing a safe culture. The interviewer wants you to recount a time when you experienced firsthand or witnessed a lack of inclusion in the workplace. This question is not the opportunity to speak poorly of an employer or co-worker but instead spotlight how you address a workplace imbalance.

      When responding to a question like this, it's best to give a specific story-based example rather than responding with a generalization. You can form your response using the STAR framework, an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Result. This framework will allow you to keep your reply well-organized so that the interviewer can follow along with your story.

      If you have not experienced this situation in the past, you can speak hypothetically, being sure to address how you would handle the issue and how you plan to support your co-workers in achieving equality in the workplace.

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  • Education

    19. Facebook Product Managers should have a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in a relevant field. Please walk us through your education.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is asking for an overview of your education, which may seem redundant considering your degree is likely outlined on your resume. However, the interviewer also wants to know why you believe your education and training are relevant to this role.

      Facebook expresses in its Product Manager job description that the company will accept a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in a relevant field. These relevant fields might include Business Management, Finance, Economics, Marketing, Management Information Systems, Engineering, or other related disciplines.

      Take a minute or two to walk the interviewer through your post-secondary education. Discuss your favorite or best coursework and where your skills shone through during this time in your life. Then, be sure to connect how your knowledge and experiences will add value to the Facebook team when they hire you for this Product Manager role.

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  • Experience

    20. Facebook's Product Managers work to identify, develop and implement revenue-generating and cost-saving projects and programs. How will your Product Management expertise impact our business and overall customer experience?

      How to Answer

      A talented Product Manager can play a significant role in the success and productivity of a product roll-out, ensuring that each project generates optimal revenue and is delivered on time and budget. As a Product Manager for Facebook, you will be highly involved in processes that bring new products to market or improve existing products. Talk to the interviewer about the specific impact you plan to make for Facebook when hired for this Product Manager role.

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  • Experience

    21. We seek candidates with at least five years of product management or related industry experience. Please take a few minutes to walk us through your resume and related experience.

      How to Answer

      In most of its Product Manager job postings, Facebook asks for 5 years of product management experience or experience in a related field. These related tasks could include roles with accountabilities in strategic quantitative and qualitative analysis within e-commerce, consulting, or the tech industry, for instance. The Facebook interviewer wants to hear that you have experience and results supporting and improving business operations related to program, process, product, and/or project management.

      Take some time to walk the interviewer through your related work experience, bringing your most notable achievements and successes to life. Highlight the experiences that you believe will be most interesting to the interviewer and most relative to the department you are interviewing with. If you have a lot of work experience, briefly describe your work history, starting at the least recent position, and outline a couple of stand-out and relevant achievements from each role.

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  • Experience

    22. How well versed are you with financial analysis and P&L management?

      How to Answer

      As a Product Manager, you will be accountable for participating in strategic financial decisions. Many of those decisions will be related to a project's budget. This is one reason why a strong foundation of financial analysis and profit and loss (P&L) management will be a beneficial addition to your resume.

      If you have a firm understanding of financial analysis and P&L management, discuss your level of understanding (perhaps you hold an intermediate, advanced, or expert understanding). Provide the interviewer with details of the related accountabilities you have held in the past. It's also wise to include an example of a time when your keen financial analysis skills and attentive approach to P&L management made a positive difference on a project.

      If you are not as well-versed in financial analysis and P&L management, you can express that you are actively working to strengthen your knowledge in these areas. Give a tangible example of the action you are taking to support your response further.

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  • Experience

    23. Walk us through your experience going through an entire product lifecycle.

      How to Answer

      A significant part of Facebook's business model includes digital services, advertising, and selling virtual reality and other hardware products such as the Portal product line. The interviewer wants to know how well-versed you are with the product lifecycle from a Product Manager's perspective. Be sure to tailor your answer to showcase your depth of knowledge in the business area where you will be focusing as a Product Manager. For instance, if your interview is for a PM role where you are rolling out products for advertising clients, consider focusing the bulk of your response on your related product lifecycle knowledge and experience.

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  • Performance

    24. Facebook Product Managers are expected to display strong leadership, organizational, and execution skills. How do you maintain the highest standards during project delivery?

      How to Answer

      Facebook places great focus on setting standards of excellence in all areas of its business. The interviewer wants assurance that, when hired, you will put significant effort and enthusiasm into helping the company maintain these standards of excellence. There are many ways that you, as a Facebook Product Manager, can ensure and maintain consistently high standards. These might include clearly defining the product from the start, never sacrificing quality, sticking closely to the product requirements at all times, and carefully following project processes, no matter how tempting it may be to sway for the sake of a deadline.

      Share with the interviewer the steps you take and the consideration you put into maintaining high standards as a Product Manager. Take the interviewer through a detailed journey of your process on the job, highlighting how your high standards have benefitted project delivery in the past. Then, assure the interviewer that you are ready to do the same as a Facebook Product Manager.

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  • Performance

    25. How do you measure customer satisfaction after launching a new product?

      How to Answer

      As a Product Manager, there are many ways to measure customer satisfaction post-launch. The interviewer wants to know which metrics you track. The way you respond to this question should show the interviewer that you are diligent and outcome-focused. It's important that, as a PM, you are place value on gathering important user feedback on your product. This information will help you and your team to solve any problems that arise quickly. Direct customer feedback is also helpful when approaching your team and stakeholders about any suggested product changes or pivots. Perhaps you look at:

      - Customer Conversion Rate
      - Churn Rate
      - Customer Satisfaction Score (CSAT)
      - Daily Active Users (DAU)
      - Monthly Active Users (MAU)
      - Customer Lifetime Value (CLTV)

      Whatever your preferred methods for measuring customer satisfaction, be sure to highlight the importance of understanding and listening to your customers after a product launch. Show the interviewer that you are interested in understanding the customer, what they love, and where they might be dropping off.

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  • Problem Solving

    26. How do you break down a complex problem into manageable pieces?

      How to Answer

      Breaking down problems into smaller parts is an essential skill as a Product Manager. Facebook PMs often come across unexpected issues, and the core of the problem is not always obvious at first glance. The interviewer wants to know that you are a talented problem-solver who can look at a potentially overwhelming issue and address it quickly and efficiently, assuring your team doesn't get stuck on a project. By having a sure method for complex problem-solving, you can prevent 'analysis paralysis,' ensuring that you are ready to solve complex issues. Explain to the interviewer your approach to dealing with (and solving!) complex issues that arise in the workplace.

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  • Scenario Based

    27. Talk about a time you discovered a way to save on development costs.

      How to Answer

      There are numerous ways that Product Managers can save on development costs. As a PM for Facebook, you are expected to be efficient and work cost-effectively. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you used creative thinking to drive down development costs or generate other savings on a project.

      When you answer this 'Talk about a time...' question, it's important to remember that the interviewer is looking for a specific story-based example that highlights your behavior in challenging situations. Using the STAR interview method (Situation, Task, Action, Result), you can form a story-based response that the interviewer can follow with ease.

      - Situation: Set the stage with the background information the interviewer needs to make sense of your story.
      - Task: Continuing to set the stage, give the interviewer an idea of your role and responsibilities in this story.
      - Action: Next, offer a detailed description of the steps you took to express your point of view with your manager.
      - Result: Last, talk about the specific outcomes that resulted from your actions.

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    28. Please walk us through a time when you nearly missed a deadline. How did you pivot your approach to ensure success?

      How to Answer

      Deadlines are often critical in product management; however, so is product quality. The interviewer wants to hear evidence that you can turn a project around when a deadline is looming. They also want to know that you can maintain product credibility during these times. Show the interviewer that you can cope well with the external pressures of a looming deadline.

      When asked a 'Walk us through a time when...' question, it's important to remember that the interviewer is looking for a specific story-based example that highlights your behavior in challenging situations. Using the STAR interview method (Situation, Task, Action, Result), you can form a story-based response that the interviewer can follow with ease.

      - Situation: Set the stage with the background information the interviewer needs to make sense of your story.
      - Task: Continuing to set the stage, give the interviewer an idea of your role and responsibilities in this story.
      - Action: Next, offer a detailed description of the steps you took to express your point of view with your manager.
      - Result: Last, talk about the specific outcomes that resulted from your actions.

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  • Teamwork

    29. Facebook Product Managers work with cross-functional teams of engineers, designers, data scientists, and researchers to build products. Talk about your cross-functional work experience and how it will benefit our world-class team.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you have experience succeeding in a cross-functional environment. For example, Facebook expresses in its Product Manager job postings that the successful candidate will work cross-functionally with teams of engineers, designers, data scientists, and researchers. In addition, if you have experience working for a larger company, you have likely collaborated on projects with teams from varying departments.

      Succeeding in a highly collaborative work environment takes excellent interpersonal skills, clear communication, superb organization, and strong task prioritization skills. Your ability to work with cross-functional teams will be a significant asset to Facebook, especially in a Product Manager role. In addition, your ability to work well with multiple job functions, departments, and stakeholders is a significant factor in your success. Think of a time when you had to collaborate with the members of other teams and functions. Share any challenges that came up for you, how you handled these, and what you learned from the experience.

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    30. Facebook Product Managers lead and motivate while maintaining team health. If hired, how will you develop rapport and earn the trust of your new team?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to see that you have a plan to earn the trust of your new team members, motivate them properly and ensure a healthy team environment for the long term. Think about the best ways to win over your new co-workers once you are offered this Product Manager position.

      Here are some ways that you can build trust with your new team and develop strong, lasting connections:

      - Avoid being a distraction or holding unnecessary meetings. Respect each team members' time.
      - Treat everyone on your team the same, regardless of their job title.
      - Do not complain about projects with the team members; rather, be an enthusiastic troubleshooter.
      - If you make a mistake, own it and work hard to fix the situation.
      - Be timely with your communication around project expectations and changes.

      Walk the interviewer through your process for developing rapport and trust with others in the workplace. Give examples of your approach so that the interviewer can gauge if you will settle in well with Facebook's workplace culture.

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  • Facebook
    Account Manager Interview Questions

    31. What does it mean to use a consultative approach with clients?

    32. How do you build good client relationships?

    33. How would your coworkers describe you?

    34. Describe a time when you had to deal with a challenging client. How did you handle this?

    35. How knowledgeable are you about Facebook's advertising platform?

    36. Talk about a time when you helped your team execute a marketing strategy.

    37. What does customer service mean to you?

    38. If we hired you, what would you do during your first 30 days?

    39. Can you tell me how do you deal with stress?

    40. What is your ideal work environment?

    Facebook
    Internship Interview Questions

    41. What do you do to stay motivated?

    42. What research methods are you familiar with?

    43. What is your favorite Facebook group or page?

    44. What would you change about Facebook?

    45. How do you build professional relationships?

    46. How do you deal with conflict in the workplace?

    47. Can you walk me through your education and tell me how it's going to help you succeed as an intern here?

    48. Besides Facebook, what is your favorite social media platform?

    49. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    50. How will this internship prepare you for your career goals?

    Facebook
    Java Developer Interview Questions

    51. Since many Facebook applications are developed using Java. can you tell me what the key elements of the Java programming language are ?

    52. Within Java, what are the differences between Path and Classpath variables?

    53. Can you discuss the importance of the main() method in Java?

    54. How is Enum used in Java?

    55. In your opinion, Is Java Pass By Value or Pass By Reference?

    56. Can you define the final keyword in Java?

    57. How is a volatile keyword used in Java?

    58. Can you discuss what a static import is and what the pitfalls of using this are?

    59. Facebook developers usually write their programs using Java. Can you describe how access modifiers are used in Java?

    60. What is Composition, as used in Java?

    Facebook
    Market Specialist Interview Questions

    61. What is your experience working with cross-functional teams?

    62. How do you identify "good" vs. "bad" users?

    63. How do you prioritize tasks?

    64. What if a government official asks you to remove a post ?

    65. How do you identify a FB account created by underage children?

    66. How would you rate your problem-solving abilities?

    67. Are you comfortable working with large data sets?

    68. What types of abuse cases are you familiar with?

    69. Tell me about yourself.

    70. Why are you leaving your current role?

    Facebook
    Marketing Interview Questions

    71. Describe a marketing campaign or initiative you’ve worked on from start to finish. How were you successful? How could you have done better?

    72. How well do you take criticism?

    73. If hired, what will be your contribution to our team culture?

    74. Have you ever been in a challenging team situation? What did you do to move towards a resolution?

    75. Why is Facebook the best social media platform?

    76. Describe your own personal experience on Facebook.

    77. Tell me what you know about Facebook EdgeRank? Why does it matters?

    78. What would you do in the first 30 days of working at Facebook?

    79. Describe the personality of a manager you’d never want to work for.

    80. Describe your typical workday.

    Facebook
    Product Manager Interview Questions

    81. Facebook Product Managers work with cross-functional teams of engineers, designers, data scientists, and researchers to build products. Talk about your cross-functional work experience and how it will benefit our world-class team.

    82. Facebook is hiring an entrepreneurial Product Manager who moves quickly and can help innovate and drive product initiatives. Give us an example of a time when you acted as a highly entrepreneurial PM.

    83. Facebook Product Managers lead and motivate while maintaining team health. If hired, how will you develop rapport and earn the trust of your new team?

    84. We seek candidates with at least five years of product management or related industry experience. Please take a few minutes to walk us through your resume and related experience.

    85. Facebook Product Managers should have a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in a relevant field. Please walk us through your education.

    86. Facebook Product Managers are expected to display strong leadership, organizational, and execution skills. How do you maintain the highest standards during project delivery?

    87. As a Product Manager, you are the primary driver for identifying significant opportunities and driving product vision, strategies, and roadmaps. Talk about your proudest time developing, implementing, or managing a new service or strategic program.

    88. As a Facebook Product Manager, you will deliver products aligned with our mission and goals. What do you know about Facebook's mission and strategic competitive position?

    89. Facebook Product Managers work to maximize efficiency in a constantly evolving environment where the process is fluid and creative solutions are the norm. Please share your favorite approach to maximizing team efficiency.

    90. Walk us through your experience going through an entire product lifecycle.

    Facebook
    Program Manager Interview Questions

    91. What type of pace do you try to set for yourself and the teams you work with?

    92. What does a successful mentoring relationship look like?

    93. What qualities of a company's culture do you appreciate the most?

    94. What qualities of a company's culture would be a red flag for you?

    95. What is your upward communication style?

    96. How can you help to facilitate "executive synthesis" as a program manager at Facebook?

    97. At Facebook, we ask that our program managers develop domain expertise. Please describe your process for obtaining the domain specific knowledge required for the role.

    98. Facebook program managers are "go-to" individuals who bridge groups together. What steps would you take to establish yourself in that role?

    99. Describe a time when the data-driven analysis you performed informed an impactful decision.

    100. Describe your experience leading enterprise operations initiatives.

    Facebook
    Recruiter Interview Questions

    101. As a Facebook Recruiter, you should have a broad understanding of human resources topics and recruitment best practices. Walk us through your related education and training, and describe how it will benefit you in this role.

    102. Facebook is looking for a Recruiter with a proven track record of building strong working relationships with leaders and influencing cross-functional partners. Do you consider yourself a persuasive person?

    103. As a Facebook Recruiter, you will know how to prioritize business needs and push back on stakeholders when appropriate. Tell us about a time when you influenced hiring practices.

    104. Facebook seeks a Recruiter experienced in partnering with hiring managers, interviewers, and team members throughout the hiring process. How do you help your current company to make sound hiring decisions?

    105. Facebook Recruiters are consultative in nature and leverage their interpersonal experience to communicate across all levels of the organization, internally and externally. In which ways do you act as a partner and consultant to your colleagues?

    106. Recruiting in the technology industry requires a broad depth of knowledge. As a Facebook Recruiter, you may be recruiting for a position with which you are unfamiliar. How do you quickly learn industry terminology for roles that are new to you?

    107. Facebook is looking for a Recruiter with experience mapping target companies, leveraging open source communities, and using creative sourcing techniques. Tell me about a time when you utilized your industry network to source exceptional talent.

    108. Facebook seeks a Recruiter with impactful and strategic diversity sourcing and recruiting experience. If hired, how will you help Facebook continue to improve its diversity recruitment plan?

    109. Facebook seeks a Recruiter with a proven interest in learning to identify and engage diverse talent. Name one creative idea you have that could enhance Facebook's diversity recruitment strategy.

    110. Facebook Recruiters must have an in-depth knowledge of full-cycle recruitment. Please walk us through your experience in full-cycle recruitment, including sourcing, screening, engaging, and closing candidates.

    Facebook
    Software Engineer Interview Questions

    111. What are some of the programming languages you are familiar with, and which ones do you prefer?

    112. If hired by Facebook, can you estimate what portion of your day will involve coding and other activities you will perform when not coding?

    113. Facebook is very proud of our products and the people who develop them. In your opinion, what distinguishes a great software engineer from an average one?

    114. What do you look for or check when reviewing another team member's code?

    115. What do you feel are the critical principles of good software engineering?

    116. Walk me through your process for designing scalable applications.

    117. Describe the process you use to create a program, from requirements definition to delivery.

    118. How do you go about addressing errors in your code?

    119. Can you describe Facebook's software development life cycle, as you understand it?

    120. Here at Facebook, we have embraced Agile methodology. How experienced are you with the Agile software development process?

    Facebook
    Technical Program Manager Interview Questions

    121. What excites you about working as a technical program manager at Facebook?

    122. Describe a time when you identified a new product, project, or program.

    123. What are the main components of a program-level technology roadmap?

    124. At Facebook, part of our mission is to uplift the world through safe and inclusive communities. How would you contribute to the development of a safe and inclusive community within the teams you work with?

    125. At Facebook, part of our mission is to help others nurture connections. How would you develop healthy connections with your stakeholders?

    126. What is Facebook Marketplace and how is it used?

    127. Describe your experience managing technology programs and leading cross-functional teams.

    128. Describe your experience with managing system analysis and design initiatives.

    129. What level of engineering experience do you have?

    130. What is the concept of scalability in a technical setting?