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User Operations Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience)
Interviewed at Facebook
Interview Details – On campus screen and writing sample. General questions, nothing surprising. About two weeks later a recruiter called and offered an onsite. Flew to the interview later that week and had four rounds of interviews with three analysts and a manager.
Interview Question – Had a question about team dynamics at one of my previous jobs. Having only worked part time restaurant jobs through college, this was unexpected. Answer Question
Manager, Risk Operations Interview (Neutral Experience; Average Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Facebook in November 2012.
Interview Details – I applied for this position online and heard back from a recruiter within one week. The phone interview/pre-screen process was typical and fairly common, consisting of basic questions about my background and resume. After the initial phone interview I was scheduled to complete a phone interview with someone else.
One week later the phone interview with the hiring manager took place. The interview was fairly basic and straightforward. It seemed more conversational than a list of pre-determined questions. The interviewer seemed preoccupied and aloof, which immediately turned me off.
One week later I received an email letting me know that they were pursuing other candidates.
Interview Question – What is your greatest weakness? Answer Question
Operations Engineer Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 5 months - interviewed at Facebook in March 2012.
Interview Details – I filed a request in FB carrer page. I had 1 prescreening with someone from HR and 3 technical interviews over the phone.
1st interview was about programming. it took about 45 mins, the questions was fairly simple, they just want to make sure you are programmer.
2nd interview was about system administration, I can say it was really tough, it's started with some travail questions and ended with tough questions. Even though there were some hard questions but they weren't something out of the blue.
3rd interview was mostly about networking again there was nothing unanticipated.
By that time they asked me to flew to fly to Menlo Park for onsite interviews. they paid for all my expenses and SF is a beautiful city!
My interview starts at 12PM, I had 5 interviews onsite.
1st interview was mostly about System and Networking, they asked me to explain as much detail as it possible that what does happend when you run "telnet facebook.com 80" in bash. I broke down all the steps and talked about 45 mins about it.
We went for lunch
2nd interview was about System administration, the guy asked me lots of question that I don't recall, the only unexpected question was what would you do if you had 1000 new servers and want to make them functional, I gave him some ideas though.
3rd interview was about programming, again they just want to make sure you know how to program.
4th interview, there was a guy from another IT group. His main questions were about the way I communicate to with other groups and how I would solve the problems when there are people from other groups involve.
5th interviewer, I suppose he was manager of FB's SRO. He asked me some stuffs that I don't remember exactly but he wanted to know my attitudes and this kind of stuff.
FYI if you are worried about the interviews you can freely ask HR about it and they usually tell you what's the interview about and you could preparer for that.
Interview Question – What would you do if you had 1000 new servers and want to make them functional View Answer
Reason for Declining – Unfortunately in my case they needed to obtain extra government authorization to hire me in the US but they didn't manage to get that
User Operations Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Facebook in October 2012.
Interview Details – I was referred in for a position through a friend and put in touch with a recruiter. I did an initial screen with the recruiter and she had me interview with someone on the team the next day. Both were phone interviews, both lasted about 30 minutes and just covered basic background experience and interest. From there, I was invited into the office for an in-person interview - that consisted of four interviews with team leads. After that, I did one more phone interview with a director. I interviewed with a total of seven individuals individually (including the recruiter).
Everyone I interviewed with was super friendly, incredibly punctual, and the follow up was always timely and informative. The recruiter prepped me well for each round after my initial interview with her and none of the interviewers threw me any super weird curveballs. Overall, one of the more pleasant interviewing experiences I have ever had. The whole process start to finish took a little over 2.5 weeks, but I think I just happened to get in at a time when they had already scheduled and blocked times for interviews so it happened to move really quickly for me.
Interview Question – I don't believe I can disclose this due to NDA. I would recommend prepping examples for the types of interactions the role would encounter, basic examples of workplace situations, etc. Answer Question
Manager, Data Warehouse Operations Interview (Positive Experience; Difficult Interview)
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 5 weeks - interviewed at Facebook in October 2012.
Interview Details – Recruiter contacted me via LinkedIn. He was super nice when we spoke on the phone during initial technical screening. The questions ranged from MySQL, Hadoop, Operating Systems and networking. After that, he set a coding interview with someone from the team. I was asked to solve a program via scripting. With little struggle (I haven't been a hardcore programmer), I was able to get it done. Next came, a talk with hiring manager. This was another round of hardcore technical screening. We spoke a lot about MySQL and Hadoop infrastructure. I did alright in that, so I was asked for an onsite interview for 4 hours. I met with Director level employee, hiring manager, folks reporting into this position as well as a peer. The questions were related to their operational problems and best way of doing things at facebook scale. Since I have not operated at facebook scale, I just put forward solutions from my viewpoint. That was not good enough for them, so they decided to pass me. Recruiter called me couple of days later with specific feedback which I think is pretty cool. I didn't expect the recruiter to be so thorough in the feedback. In addition, recruiter helped me in every step of the way, so kudos to him. On the other hand, I felt hiring manager didn't know how to interview (he hardly looked at me in 45 minutes I was with him and he apologized for that during the meeting itself).
Interview Question – How do you account for disk failures in ensuring you lose no data from the hadoop cluster. Asked to come up with a hypothetical configuration (2 racks, n number of disks, 1 copy of data on each rack). View Answer
User Operations Contract Interview (Positive Experience; Easy Interview)
I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Facebook.
Interview Details – Submitted my resume, and got a response within a week! The recruiter was very nice and very interested in what I had to say. You can pretty much find the exact questions they asked here or if you google it up. Then we scheduled for an in person interview. The first person explained the position to me, and asked if I had questions. Second person went through my resume and asked me behavior question. Third person was a combination of the previous two people. The in-person interview was pretty intense, in the sense that there was a lot of information given to me. They were all really friendly and cool people. Overall, it was a quick process and nothing was particularly difficult. Just prepare examples, have stories to tell, and ask lots of questions, and you should be fine!
Interview Question – Nothing too difficult, everything you could possibly think of was asked. View Answer
Negotiation Details – It was set already.
User Operations Analyst Interview (Neutral Experience; Difficult Interview)
The process took 4 weeks - interviewed at Facebook in March 2012.
Interview Details – After submitting my resume on the Facebook website a recruiter e-mailed me and asked me to complete a timed online writing sample. The writing sample consisted of two questions. After submitting the writing sample the recruiter got back in touch with me to complete a phone interview. The phone interview lasted about 20 minutes and consisted primarily of discussion regarding my work experience and a brief description of the position. I was asked to come in to the Austin location for an interview. I was given a brief tour of the facility and had four one-to-one interviews. The recruiter called me a week later to tell me that they would not be offering me the position.
Business Operations Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Average Interview)
The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Facebook in April 2012.
Interview Details – I found out about the position through a referral. The recruiting process consisted of several phone and an onsite interview. About half the interviews were with the business operations team, and the other half were with members of the advertising sales teams I would be working with closely. All the interviews were case questions: the interviewer would present a business problem that they were working on, and we talked through how to think about it and go about solving it. The recruiters were very responsive, usually getting back to me within 24 hours of a voicemail or email. Overall, the interview process was a very positive experience for me.
Interview Question – How would you allocate personnel between account management and account acquisition? View Answer
Very Difficult Interview
Site Operations Analyst Interview (Positive Experience; Very Difficult Interview)
I applied online and the process took 4 days - interviewed at Facebook in October 2011.
Interview Details – day 1 - phone screen with recruiter
day 2 - met hiring manager and recruiter for lunch interview
day 3 - met with 5 people individually for 45 min each (15min break before next person)
day 4 - met with 2 directors individually for 45 min
Recruiter did an excellent job prepping me for the interviews and really moved quickly since I had other offers on the table with other startups.
- Various SQL programming questions involving white-boarding and query optimization tests. Answer Question
- Time when you messed up on a project/task etc and how did you handle it? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Easy and fast
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