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Facebook Operations Interview Questions

Updated Nov 21, 2014
Updated Nov 21, 2014
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    User Operations Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Facebook in May 2011.

    Interview Details

    In the phone interview, they look for people exactly matching this position and have a lot of passion for this position.

    Interview Questions
    • Writing test:
      1 Describe a feature of facebook that you like most.
        View Answer
    • In the phone interview:

      Question: why do you like this position?
        Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    User Operations Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at Facebook in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    I met first with Facebook's recruiter at The University of Texas and was then taken to speak with a current employee of Facebook. He asked detailed questions about my resume and leadership experience and typed into his laptop. There were behavioral questions and open ended questions without definitive answers. The open ended questions can overwhelm if you are not prepared to come up with strategy. While both recruiters were kind the interview felt very exclusive. Tip: Wear Business Professional even though they interview in jeans and T-shirts.

    Interview Questions
    • Do you think that Facebook should be available to China?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    User Operations Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ weeksinterviewed at Facebook in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    There were many steps to their interview process: interview at the university career services, an easy written test, and two on-site interviews. Be prepared for all types of behavioral questions and random ones that just test how you think (ie. if you could be any animal what would you be). In the end, it just wasn't a good fit. I liked half of the people I met, and disliked the other half.

    Interview Questions
    • What previous experience has led you to apply for this specific position?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Analyst, Online Sales Operations Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Facebook in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    I was first asked to take a time writing test, which lasted an hour. I was asked a few questions like "Why Facebook" and "Would you permit tobacco advertising on a localized basis, or globally?"

    Interview Questions
    • How would you improve Facebook's Advertising platform.   Answer Question
    • With many advertisers and a small team to oversee them, how would you scale this process?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    User Operations Spanish Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Facebook in April 2011.

    Interview Details

    What would do with a Facebook user who was having trouble with their account?

    Interview Questions
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    User Operations Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at Facebook in March 2011.

    Interview Details

    I applied online through Facebook's website. I was contacted several weeks later by a recruiter. After an initial conversation with the recruiter, I was required to complete a writing sample online. A few more weeks went by while the sample was being "reviewed." Finally, a phone interview was set up. The questions consisted largely of my experiences working on a team, what I thought I brought to teams, what to do if a team member is not participating, etc.

    All in all, it was an "ok" experience.

    Interview Questions
    • what are your feelings about working on a team?   Answer Question
    • what would you do if a team member was not completing his or her share of the work?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  8.  

    Online Operations Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Facebook in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    It was a pretty standard interview and was conducted via Skype because of weather conditions. Consisted of 2 1:1, 30 min interviews that were all personality-style questions. Be prepared to discuss in detail some of the things on your resume.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    User Operations Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeksinterviewed at Facebook in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    I submitted my resume online on the first week of Dec 2010. A few hours later, a recruiter sent me an email response with a link to a writing test. I passed the test because the same recruiter emailed back and requested a phone interview. The recruiter was very nice and asked general questions about my background and why I wanted to work at FB. They scheduled me for an on-site interview a few days later but it was moved to the first week of Jan 2011 because some of the staff members were on vacation.

    On the day of the interview, the recruiter said that I was going to be interviewed by 5 people instead of 4! It wasn't any big deal for me because I had already prepared myself. The first interview was with 2 members who were young and started as analysts. The other 3 interviewers were mid and senior-level members. I didn't do well in one of them because the person asked really difficult questions and I had to pause and think for a minute. That person grilled me and I left the place feeling confused. The members were nice and each one told me in great detail about their job responsibilities. It was interesting hearing from each one of them on how much they enjoyed working there.

    I got a general rejection email from the FB team a few days later. I felt a bit upset because for 2 weeks, I was researching about the company, website and came up with ideas on how to improve the user interaction. I even prepared my Q&As in two languages (in case they were going to test my language skills). However, I'm glad to have practiced my job interview skills with 5 people.

    The position is still open. For those who want to apply, I recommend that you study all the basic FB features, the Help Center, Terms of Use, and read a lot of FB news. This entry-level position requires candidates to be above and beyond. Good luck!

    Interview Questions
    • Why do you want to work for Facebook?   Answer Question
    • A "what would you do in this situation" question. (I can't give any more details since I signed their NDA)   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    MySQL Operations Database Administrator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Facebook in January 2011.

    Interview Details

    Erik, a recruiter from Facebook reached out to me on LinkedIn. I
    started out with two phone interviews. The first of which focused
    specficially on MySQL, the second involved scripting. Both lasted a
    little less than an hour. In the second phone interview I used a
    web-based shared text editor to show how I'd script up a common MySQL
    monitoring tool in my favorite programming language.

    A week later I flew down for 5 face to face interviews. The first was
    with Erik, the recruiter, who was friendly and took me to lunch at the
    Facebook cafeteria. Then I met with the team leader, who asked me
    some technical MySQL questions, but was more focused on how I might
    fit in with the team, and general working philosophy type questions.

    I then met with four other MySQL operations team members. Their
    questions focused on MySQL InnoDB scalability + performance issues.
    If you understand what most everything SHOW INNODB STATUS shows you'll
    be in good shape. History length, purge thread, locks, deadlocks,
    insert buffer, durability options, etc. Understand storage hardware,
    iostat -x, RAID levels, write caching, etc.

    What I loved most about the interview process is that their questions
    were focused on real MySQL problems that they deal with every day.
    There were no BS questions that are designed to "see how you think" or
    other such nonsense. I did not have to estimate how many golf balls
    you could fit inside a school bus, or speculate on why manhole covers
    are round.

    I did my homework for these interviews, and I thought I was well
    served by watching Domas and Mark Calahan's youtube videos about the
    MySQL challenges they face at Facebook.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked to diagnose an actual problem they were having with a database. I was given access to their performance visualization tools so I could see the DB's vital signs. I was asked to explain why a spike in DB response time occurred at a specific time (as shown on a graph). I was able to log into the database and examine statistics and performance counters, but the best tools were their extensive graphs.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Ultimately I was a bit overqualified for the job. We could not come to terms on salary.

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    User Operations Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Austin, TX
    Application Details

    The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Facebook in December 2010.

    Interview Details

    Interviewing with Facebook went very smoothly.

    Three current employees and one manager asked a series of questions focusing on working as a team, challenges that you have overcome in the past, and what kinds of activities put you in the "zone."

    Facebook interviewers are very open to letting you highlight your strengths, and how that would fit in well with the company's goals.

    Interview Questions
    • Describe a moment where you showed leadership on a team.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    Yes, you are able to negotiate salary, starting times, and any personal circumstances, such as taking a vacation soon after starting.

    My advice is to be friendly and flexible, but do not be afraid to make a compelling case for your own interests in the negotiation process.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

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