- How to research Facebook to prepare for your interviews
- Understand the Facebook interview process
- How to prepare for these Facebook interviews
- Facebook offer process
After you receive the email to schedule your first call with a recruiter at Facebook, you will probably experience a mix of anxiety and excitement. In order to quell your anxiety, you should research the company and practice the types of questions you will see in your interviews.
Even if you are interviewing at Facebook, or another big tech company where you use the product, it is extremely important to take your time to understand their mission, values, and products.
How to research Facebook to prepare for your interviews
Start by looking at their Company Info page first to see their mission. Continue reading the page to understand more about their history, which shows how they have been working towards this goal, their stats, culture, and leadership. Then, when you prepare your elevator pitch and your responses to behavioral interview questions, explain how your interests and background match their mission.
Next, take a look at their Careers page, where you can learn about the different teams that are hiring, what it is like to work at Facebook, and their values and commitments. On the Facebook Life page, you can learn about their five core values, culture, and diversity. Facebook is known to ask questions specifically related to their values, so it is extremely important that you have a good sense of how you fit in.
Understand the Facebook interview process
Facebook has established interview processes, which is great, because it means you can prepare for each step. While they mostly follow the same structures, it’s important to accurately understand what you will see.
The Facebook interview process typically takes 2-4 weeks on average and follows this order.
Stage 1: Phone screen with HR.
Stage 2: 1-2 technical phone interviews with team members.
Stage 3: Onsite interview with 5-6 different people. These onsite interviews consist of technical and behavioral interviews, lunch, and some cross-functional interviews.
How to prepare for these interviews
The phone screen is typically fairly casual. This is their first chance to get to know you as a candidate, so they likely will be asking you questions about why you are interested in the position, how your background relates to the role, and why you would be a good fit for the company.
For your technical challenges and onsite technical interviews, you should make sure you are well-prepared by practicing these kinds of problems and timing yourself. For engineers, working with a partner in pair programming practice sessions can be especially helpful. We have a list of Facebook interview questions that you can use to practice for software engineering, data science, product design, and product management interviews.
Once you go onsite, you will also have behavioral interviews, where you can put your research on company values and mission to work again. Prepare your responses by writing them down and practicing them in front of a mirror or with a partner. We have also compiled a list of behavioral interview questions from top tech companies that you can use to prepare.
Facebook offer process
When you get to the offer stage with big tech companies, negotiation is important. The compensation for roles at Facebook is at the very high end of the spectrum compared to similar companies like Twitter. They might not move the needle much on actual salary when you are negotiating, since they are usually giving good offers, but that does not mean you shouldn’t try. These companies do often have leeway on their equity, signing bonuses, and other benefits.
From the beginning interview process, you should never mention a number, or even range, if you can help it. Check out our negotiation guide for more information on negotiation, including an annotated email template for negotiation.
For more specific information on how to get a job at individual companies, check out our guides with interview processes, questions, values, and everything else you need.
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