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Updated Jul 21, 2014
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No Offer

Positive Experience

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Menlo Park, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Facebook in February 2013.

Interview Details – My application was submitted through an internal referral, and I was contacted by the recruiter within a week. The recruiter was very helpful in providing tips on preparing the interview and the format of the interview.

Even though I didn't get an offer, the overall interview process was very pleasant. Each interviewer is assigned to test on one or two specific skill set of yours. All the coding and design questions are fair interview questions, and the interviewers were all pretty friendly.

I had an additional "practice" interview to prepare an interviewer to learn how to interview. Also, most of the interviews had a shadow interviewer, but this seems to be the norm for all the companies I interviewed.

Interview Question – My interview with a manager, he asked me a real internal problem they have and asked me to propose a solution. The question is really interesting, but I feel it's a bit hard for an outsider to give an answer that's effective and not overly complicated   Answer Question


No Offer

Neutral Experience

Data Engineer Interview

Data Engineer
Menlo Park, CA

I applied through a recruiter and interviewed at Facebook.

Interview Details – HR Screening, then technical Phone interview, based on questions related to Python and SQL

Interview Question – The questions were pretty straight forward.   Answer Question


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Quantitative User Experience Researcher Interview

Quantitative User Experience Researcher
Menlo Park, CA

I applied online and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Facebook in October 2013.

Interview Details – Submitted resume online and I was contacted by a recruiter shortly after. Interview process consisted of an initial phone screening with the recruiter, followed by a written (2 page) research proposal that I was given 48 hours to complete. Next up was two separate 1-on-1 phone interviews (~45 minutes each) with members of the research team. The onsite interview consisted of a research proposal/presentation first thing in the morning (~ 1 hour), followed by lunch with my recruiter and four separate 1-on-1 interviews (~45 minutes each) in the afternoon.

My recruiter was incredibly helpful throughout the interview process, and everyone I interviewed with on the phone or met onsite was very friendly and knowledgeable. All of the questions were completely fair game (no trick questions), and the interviews felt more like conversations with peers (e.g., at one point we were brainstorming research ideas and drawing study designs on the whiteboard together).

Overall a very positive experience!

Interview Question – Be prepared for a broad range of research questions; details about exactly how you would go about tackling a given project (methods, design, statistical analyses, etc.) and the impact it would have on product.   Answer Question


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Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Data Scientist Interview

Data Scientist
Menlo Park, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Facebook in September 2013.

Interview Details – This was a very long process. However the recruitment team was extremely helpful in keeping me completely informed at every step of the way (a huge plus).

As a disclaimer, coming from years of working in academic settings I have no point of comparison. These are just my personal impressions.

I was introduced to a recruiter after one of our students started working at Facebook. He was very prompt in getting back to me and setting up a phone call. He then passed my resume to another recruiter (closer to my area of expertise).

Over the next few weeks, I had a number of phone conversations with different people (mostly analytic, coding and statistics type questions.) The recruiter working with me was very prompt in touching base with me after each interview, telling me how they felt about the interview and getting my feedback on how I felt about it. After a few weeks they flew me to Menlo Park for an on site interview.

The on site interview consisted of a series of five 30-minute interviews with project managers, data scientists and software engineers, all of whom were very engaging and interesting people. Talks were 1/4 about my current work, a bit less than 3/4 technical questions they expected me to work through, and a few minutes of time for my questions about the company, its people and processes.

The recruiter reached out to me after the on site interview and scheduled two more phone interview, and an offer was made shortly after the last phone interview.

Interview Question – Nothing unexpected, mostly because they will tell you in detail what to expect in each interview. Coding on a collaborative text editor while doing a phone interview was new to me. I had a lot of typos, and syntax errors the first time I tried it. I'd recommend doing a practice run with a friend just so one gets used to the set up.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No real negotiations. The offer was very good, and they had wooed me completely with the conduct of their employees.


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No Offer

Neutral Experience

User Experience Researcher Intern Interview

User Experience Researcher Intern
Menlo Park, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4 months - interviewed at Facebook in February 2014.

Interview Details – The process was:
- A recruiter contacted me by e-mail. Did the first interview with the recruiter by phone.
- Then two 1 to 1 interviews during a conference (one with a UX researcher and other with a project manager).
- 1 research exercise (they sent it to me by e-mail and I had 2 days to solve it)
- Onsite research presentation on Menlo Park (around 6 people watching it and asking questions in the end)

Interview Question – What would be your research strategy to solve a problem that is important to Facebook.   Answer Question


1 person found this helpful

No Offer

Positive Experience

Very Easy Interview

Software Engineer Intern Interview

Software Engineer Intern
Menlo Park, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Facebook in September 2013.

Interview Details – Campus Interview

Interview Question – Convert a binary tree into a circular doubly linked list. The order of the elements in the linked list have to be the order of elements you get when you do an in order traversal of the binary tree.   View Answers (3)


No Offer

Negative Experience

Very Easy Interview

University Recruiter Interview

University Recruiter
Menlo Park, CA

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Facebook in September 2013.

Interview Details – I have a few friends that work for Facebook and they had been pushing for me to be a part of the company that they enjoy so much. They said I would be the perfect fit. After a few months of back and forth, I got a phone interview but all parties (including my friends) warned me that there wasn't going to be a position available for a few months as they had just hired somebody on their team. Fine...I was comfortable where I was.

The interview was pretty simple as it was just a phone screen. We spoke for about an hour. The conversation was great; Jennifer Armor was lovely and when we hung up, she said, "I am looking forward to welcoming you to Facebook. Lets keep in touch over the next 2 months. Your resume will be at the top of every pile." She also asked me if I would be interested in a Marketing role and that there was an opportunity in product marketing and she would send my resume off if I wanted. She told me to think it over and get back to her. All in all, I thought the interview went GREAT! On top of that, my girlfriend who works for Facebook immediately called me after my interview and said that Jennifer said that it was the "best phone interview she had ever had." Of course I was stoked! I went on to ask my friend her opinion about the marketing role and from her opinion and her advice, we decide that wasn't a good for and I would wait out the role in the recruiting department.

That was about 5 months ago and I have emailed Jennifer to touch base about 4 times with zero response. I am disappointed in the follow through but from what I understand from my friends within the organization, this is common practice. I understand that people are very busy and it's difficult to get back to people but the culture of a company doesn't start when you get hired...I have always been taught in my career that it starts as soon as the interview process has started. If she decided to go in another direction, I completely understand but I don't understand not even responding to an email...especially because I have personal relationships within the company.

Anyway, I still admire fb as a company. I have since found a job that I am happy in the medical device space.

Interview Question – No hard questions and it was just a phone screen   Answer Question


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Software Engineer Interview

Software Engineer
Menlo Park, CA

I applied through college or university and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Facebook in November 2013.

Interview Details – I sent my resume in the September job fair and got an on campus interview on October. Less than one week later, I got the onsite interview invitation. I got the offer 3 days after the onsite.

On campus is a 45-minute section. 2 programing questions. Not too hard.
On site is also a 45-min section.

Interview Question – Not too much   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I didn't negotiate.


Accepted Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Technical Sourcer Interview

Technical Sourcer
Menlo Park, CA

I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Facebook in January 2013.

Interview Details – One phone call and a 5 hour onsite

Interview Question – What is your idea of success?
Can you define LAMP?
What is SQL?
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Negotiation Details – I could negotiate my salary


1 person found this helpful

No Offer

Positive Experience

Easy Interview

Product Software Engineer Interview

Product Software Engineer
Menlo Park, CA

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Facebook in February 2013.

Interview Details – I was contacted by linkedin and thought it was a joke. I reply the message and started the process very fast and kindly. Every recruiter and interviewer was very kind and treat me with respect. I live in Argentina and made one online interview. After it the send me a ticket to Menlo Park and there i had another 4 interviews.

Interview Question – How do you build FB Check Ins service   Answer Question

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