Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Facebook (Menlo Park, CA) in October 2015.
Was introduced to Facebook by one of the recruiters approaching on LinkedIn. 45 to 60 minutes on site screening interview with one person after one on phone screening and before full panel of one day of interviews. The room allocated for interview was so small that if both people stand up and talk, they are literally in each other's face.
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Facebook (Menlo Park, CA).
- Employee referral to Phone Screen - Phone Interview with web coding (algorithm + SQL) via coderpad.io - In-person Interview with data structure/algorithm coding, sql coding, a "lunch" that was essentially a compatibility interview, and then a full stack interview that was basically a combination of all three.
- in the phone interview: - pretty basic python algorithm question. Having read the others here, I assumed I'd get pitched a softball and then a harder question. I was able to solve it within the first several minutes, but spent the rest of the session trying to optimize the solution. - some basic SQL questions on joins and such. I answered probably 5 or 6 questions. Both of these interviews seemed like minimum bar screens. For the in-person interview: - more difficult python question and had to code on a white board. It was a pretty simple sorting question that was easy to solve but less trivial to optimize. - more difficult SQL questions. I struggled here but I was a bit weaker in SQL so I figured as much. This progressed into dashboard design. - Lunch was at a cafe on campus and delicious. Interviewer was just asking me about work experience and culture and it seemed just like a general personality compatibility test. - Full Stack interview was my favorite part and a lot of fun. Without giving too much away, I was given a realistic problem and tasked with conceptualizing the solution in real time, from start to finish, on a white board. It was a mix of coding and conceptual and seemed to be meant to test product sense. Answer Question
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6+ weeks. I interviewed at Facebook (Menlo Park, CA).
Applied through an employee referral. Recruiter circulated my resume for various roles and several hiring managers expressed interest. Interviewed for 1 role with hiring manager by phone, brought in for onsite with 5 folks. Recruiter thoroughly prepped me on the role & structure of questioning.
- Each interviewer focused on a different theme: (1) Inbound - assess & communicate on tough problems (2) relational - assess ambiguous opportunities & drive decisions by convincing others (3) cross functional - interact across teams, to influence stake holders / executives who have different POVs & agendas to arrive at the right decision (4) outbound - enable sales and revenue, how do i position & market a product. what's the bigger picture. This particular group cared less about my specific knowledge of FB's strategy and vision, and more how i thought about the industry and how the competition works. Questions were heavily focused on my own experience and how they relate to the above 4 themes. Answer Question
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I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Facebook (San Francisco, CA) in September 2015.
I submitted an application online for two roles. I was contacted by a recruiter for one of the roles and she scheduled a phone interview. The phone interview lasted 30 minutes during which the recruiter described Facebook culture and benefits and asked me some standard interview questions. I did not get much of an opportunity to ask my own questions due to the time allocated. I wish I had been more assertive within the context of each interview question.
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I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Facebook (Menlo Park, CA) in September 2015.
Apply online, get contacted, complete a phone screen, a phone interview, and an on-site whiteboard interview. You must pass each round separately, but the final round I was flown out and got to experience interviewing on their campus and learn what their engineering life was like.
- NDA, but basic CS1 style questions, similar to other companies. Know your structures, specifically trees, and be able to apply them to a problem in working code on the fly. Answer Question
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Facebook (San Francisco, CA) in September 2015.
The hiring process was great. I worked with a recruiter who was very responsive over email and even brought me in prior to the interview to meet some of the team. Very professional team and inviting atmosphere. The interview was about 2 hours with one-on-ones with two separate people.
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Facebook (Menlo Park, CA).
Good group of interviewers- easy to speak with and informative. Quick response times which made for a painless experience :) Enjoyed meeting the team and being shown around their space. Hope to touch-base again in future.
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I applied through an employee referral. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Facebook (Menlo Park, CA) in August 2015.
Others here have had much shorter processes, but mine went like this: 1. Employee referral. Recruiter got back to me within a day or two to set up an initial call, which was a few days later. 2. Initial phone screen. This was very basic. Simple questions you'd expect at basically any interview, with no skills assessment at all - just behavioral questions. At the end of the interview I'd clearly passed because we went ahead and scheduled the second round (I think this is the general "perk" that an internal referral gets you), which was a week and a half later. 3. Video conference with a PM and another Product Specialist. Started with a lot of behavioral and why Facebook questions, and then a very short case study exercise. If you brush up on product development, the case study will be a breeze. Obviously I'm under NDA, but at least for my video conference, there were no curveballs. Be prepared to discuss your interaction with other technologies and apps in Facebook-adjacent spaces. Within a few hours of the video conference, the recruiter got back to me and we scheduled the onsite for a week and a half after that. 4. Onsite with two Product Specialists and a higher level Manager (above PMs I believe). I had a quick call with the recruiter two days before to talk about logistics and format. Though your recruiter obviously can't tell you much, you should ask as many questions here as possible! The interview was in three distinct parts: the first was about general product and market knowledge, the second was about workflow and problem solving, and the third was behavioral. My best advice is to study the job description line by line. I had no product development experience, but I studied hard for the interview and did well. The interview was tough, though - especially if you don't get a good interviewer, so you're more "on the spot." Have a lot of stories prepared for the behavioral interview, and definitely be sure to ask and think up insightful questions. 4.5. Hiring manager phone screen. One of the folks I was supposed to meet with at my onsite wasn't there, so we had a video conference a few days after the onsite. Again, the interview was pretty standard, definitely be prepared to talk about how you fit in with Facebook's mission. The toughie is really the onsite, not this one. 5. Reference check. A few days later, the recruiter told me that they would be checking my references and that they planned to make an offer presuming I "passed" the reference check. 6. Offer. In my case this was about a week and a half after initial contact about references.
- NDA. Definitely be prepared to talk about how you interact with Facebook, Facebook's mission, product development, your work style, and projects you've worked on in the past. Answer Question
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I applied through other source. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Facebook (Menlo Park, CA).
I met some researchers at a conference. From there I had a phone interview with a recruiter and then a screening with a market researcher. They flew me in to the campus for a day of four interviews and a presentation. The presentation topic was fairly open so that I could put my own spin on it. The interviews were very case-based and hypothetical. The recruiter was very prompt throughout the two-month process in getting back to me after each step was completed.
- Name one feature/component of the Facebook interface that a competitor does better. Why? Answer Question
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Facebook (Menlo Park, CA) in August 2015.
A recruiter messaged me on LinkedIn, there was a quick pre-screen followed by a call with the hiring manager, then a nearly day long interview on campus with key team members that will interact with this role. Everyone I met was friendly and professional, and the interview process felt more like a series of good conversations about stuff I enjoy talking about anyway. After the in person, I was contacted by a recruiter to see if there were any competing offers and to let me know the timeline for moving forward.
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