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Helpful (2)Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week – interviewed at Facebook (Menlo Park, CA) in April 2015.
Spoke with the hiring manager and recruiter on the phone and went to HQ for the in-person interview. Interviewed with five people and received the offer a week later. The process was well-organized. The recruiter also immediately got in touch with the references I provided.
- SQL skills and a/b test. Answer Question
- No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
The process took 2+ months – interviewed at Facebook (Menlo Park, CA) in April 2015.
I had a couple of recruiter phone screens, and then a couple of technical phone screens before going onsite. The interview process was very good until I went there for onsite. The questions asked during phone screens seemed legitimate for the role. Recruiter helped through the process during phone screens. During onsite, almost every interviewer was late. Recruiter seemed not interested during the day. Interview questions weren't deep enough. I answered all the questions to my best. I didn't stumble on any question. I prepared thoroughly on FB products, metrics, probability, and SQL. No questions were asked in these areas during the onsite. It was almost like they decided not to hire before the onsite. The recruiting criteria is not transparent. Recruiter didnt share any feedback after the interview.
- case questions Answer Question
Helpful (1)No OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ weeks – interviewed at Facebook (Menlo Park, CA) in March 2015.
I was referred by an internal employee and contacted by a Facebook recruiter about 2 weeks later. She described the position she was considering me for and asked me whether I am interested. I said yes and emailed her my availability for next week. Soon I was scheduled for a phone interview.
The phone interview was rather simple. However, the questions are not well thought. For example, he asked to write a query that a certain text field has text. It turned out he is testing for ‘ column like ‘%%’. I am sure there is a lot ways of testing whether I know the SQL keyword “like”. Maybe it is a English issue. Since I had some experience with Facebook’s direct competitor, I felt like the interviewer is more interested in details of how things are running at the competitor rather than in my abilities.
I got email from the recruiter the next morning about on-site interview with 5 different people – 1 data scientist, 1 from another group, 1 hiring manager, 2 direct reports of current hiring manager. I can tell that the group is extremely un-diversified in every sense, and all from eBay/PayPal. I spent 10+ years in Silicon Valley already and I know this is not a good sign. My later interviews approved every bit of my suspicions.
The data scientist only asked me SQL questions for table join and case statements. The interviewer from a different group asked me “We are going to release a new product. What’s your test plan?” I asked back about the goal and metrics of the testing, she repeated her question again “how are you going to test?” Obviously the questions are either not well prepared or misleading. The hiring manager thought I was a different person, and never read my resume at all. He asked me to walk through my resume. One of his subordinates does not know what rank() function does and kept asking me about it. The other subordinate kept asking me every single bit of details of Facebook competitor operations.
In general, the interviewers are not well trained.
I followed up with recruiter 2 days later (she said she will have answers in 2 days before) and she said that it is extremely difficult decision. I answered all technical and specific questions very well, but not for open questions. It is very bizarre because I analyzed every “open” question from every angle. Open questions are their weapons to weed out candidates that are not of their types. Obviously open questions are used to cover other excuses or otherwise illegal reasons for rejections.
Overall, there is no common understanding between recruiter and hiring teams. There is no proper communication channel between phone interviewer and hiring manager. Totally waste of time and energy.
- very basic sql Answer Question
Helpful (3)Declined OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Facebook (Menlo Park, CA).
Was contacted by a recruiter after I applied online. Very prompt recruiter with excellent turnaround time. After one telephonic interview with the hiring manager, I was called onsite for a set of 4 interviews with hiring manager, the head of department, one colleague and one more person.
Great set of interviews and very smart conversations. Questions were centered around the industry, how will I add value. Questions probing past experience and how that can be applied to the new role. I would suggest to do some good research about all Facebook products as that really helps.
I was contacted after the onsite to have a final video call with some colleagues but I had two offers in hand, so I said no. My choice was dictated also by my personal situation else I would have definitely considered Facebook as my first choice.
- How would you tackle a client situation with Facebook products Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
Had two other offers in hand
Helpful (5)No OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Facebook (Menlo Park, CA).
Facebook gave me a verbal offer and then took it back.
1. I was initially contacted by an FB recruiter to have a phone interview where we discussed typical experience questions.
2. I was then brought in-house to interview with the GSM finance team (the hiring manager and direct reports). I enjoyed meeting the team as everyone was friendly and seemed like people I wanted to work with. The questions covered FP&A, experience, and situations.
3. I then made it to the next and final round which was with two finance directors. The questions were mainly high level (e.g. where do you want to be in five years, what project are you most proud of, etc.).
4. Several days later, the recruiter called me and told me I got the job! During the call she asked me if I would take the job as we had just gone through weeks of interviews and FB needed someone to take the job. Obviously, I said yes, basically committing myself to FB (I had told the recruiter I had interviews scheduled with other companies, but said I was going to cancel them because I wanted FB). She then proceeded to talk to me about my compensation requirements and asked for two references. Over the next several days she spoke to my references, which the recruiter later told me went well.
5. I wait several days thinking they are putting the offer together. After not hearing anything I contact the recruiter. She tells me that the hiring manager quit out of the blue and that they won't be able to make me a formal offer because the hiring manager's boss doesn't want me to start without a manager in place. This didn't make sense to me. Why not just have me start and learn from the team until a new manager is in place? Or why not tell me I can start once they hire a new manager? Also, when hiring someone you aren't hiring the person solely for the role but because he/she is good for the company and will add value in the long-term, so why take back a verbal offer and why not just let me start? This was an extremely frustrating experience because I had essentially committed to FB once they made me the verbal offer, but apparently FB didn't commit to me. After getting the verbal offer, I also canceled interviews with other companies, told numerous people (family, friends, coworkers) that I got a new job, and even had a celebratory dinner with my friends.
6. FB then wasted my time again by letting me interview for another finance role several weeks later, which I knew wasn't a fit with my experience and knew I wasn't going to get. I ultimately never made it past the first round.
This is feedback on Facebook's recruiting and hiring process. If you make a verbal offer, stick to it. FB may think that a verbal offer is not the same as a formal offer obviously, but in my years of experience as long as the candidate has a good reference check, which I did, the high high majority of the time, a verbal offer turns into a formal offer. And at least personally apologize for putting a candidate through this process instead of sending a generic rejection email.
7. To top it off, I recently learned that the FB recruiter that I had been working with used my name to connect with my friend that works at another company to try to get a strong candidate (that had interviewed at FB but ultimately didn't get the role) who was interested in a finance role at my friend's company, a referral for the role. I guess the FB recruiter wanted to help this person out because FB felt bad that they couldn't give this person an offer at FB.
To all reading I just want to let you know that this is what went down for me while recruiting with Facebook.
- Why Facebook? Answer Question
- No OfferAverage Interview
I applied online. The process took 1 day – interviewed at Facebook (San Francisco, CA) in May 2014.
Phone interview: Was called one day after submitting my resume. Very nice, recruiter but new very little about the actual position which made it difficult for me to show my value. She appeared to be very excited about my interest through multiple emails but did not hear back.
- There really wasn't any. Job is still posted Answer Question
Helpful (4)No OfferNeutral ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied online. The process took 5 days – interviewed at Facebook in February 2014.
1 interview with recruiter, 1 interview with hiring manager
- Tell me one thing you'd want to improve about Facebook's online marketing capabilities Answer Question
- No OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ months – interviewed at Facebook in February 2014.
HR screening, hiring manager interview, multiple interviews (about 6 or 7) with other stake holders, a presentation in front of 8 or so folks. Everyone I met was great and very engaged. But the decision making took months as there felt like a lot of machination going on.
- Declined Offer
Lots of interviews with different stakeholders
- All questions were challenging! Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
Didn't like the culture
Helpful (2)No Offer
I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at Facebook.
Two phone interviews and then an onsite 3 hour interview with three different people from the sales and marketing division in NYC. Very fit oriented. Asked about why I wanted to work at FB, what previous sales and marketing experience I had, where I thought FB was going in 10 years.
- "How do you deal with stupid people?" Answer Question
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