How to Get a Job at Facebook

Seema Banerjee Seema Banerjee
Jan 18, 2021 7 min read
How to Get a Job at Facebook

I am sure the majority of the urban population knows Facebook as our virtual reality companion. Many even spend hours on it.

Have you ever wondered about the team behind all this technology?

Professionals in technical and even non-technical roles dream of working with this company created by Mark Zuckerberg. It has a reputation year on year as one of the best companies to work for.

Today we look at “how to get a job at Facebook.” What does one do to get an opportunity like that?

The approach is a two-fold process, the things that you keep in mind while applying, and the process you follow.

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We start with the points to remember and then discuss the process.

Skillset takes priority over experience
Facebook wants Problem Solvers
Present the original you to Facebook
Know who you are for Facebook
Product Knowledge of Facebook
Spot the opportunity at Facebook
Making the Application to Facebook
Attending Interview at Facebook
Facebook Offer and your acceptance
The Last Words

Skillset takes priority over experience

Facebook consider skillset
Facebook consider skillset

Facebook as an organization values the skill over the experience of the candidate. So, you stand a chance of securing the role if you have the relevant skills but no matching experience yet. Janelle Gale VP Human Resources commented in this context to CNBC “Apply if you have the relevant skills even if you don’t have the right experience because we’re looking underneath the surface for what’s really going to matter here and that’s what skills you can bring to the table.”

So, if you think you have the knowledge, but lack experience still gives it a try.

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Facebook wants Problem Solvers

Gale also said that during the interview you should be able to demonstrate you are capable of solving problems. The idea is always is to go above and beyond your role and think out of the box to find solutions.

A good way to often to illustrate this is to discuss your previous projects and work, the finding areas of improvement. This indicates that you are open to feedback, have the mindset to learn and progress. Would you hire someone who wants to be stagnant?

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Present the original you to Facebook

It is important to be yourself. Presenting a façade will not work, remember the hiring team is experienced at finding the true personality. And a façade can’t be continued for a long time and there are several rounds of interviews.

You can easily connect with your interviewer, anybody for that matter when you present a true picture. Especially Facebook’s product allows people to be who they are, then how will you able to work if you hide. Thus, remember to stick to your personality.

Know who you are for Facebook

There are several rounds in the hiring process, at each step you should have a crystal-clear idea about your own competence. You should take time to self-reflect, peek within yourself to learn about your strength and weaknesses; Likes and dislikes, passions, and apathy.

This will provide you with a good understanding of the skills and capabilities you can bring with you. You will be able to make the correct choice to enjoy your work, thereby delivering your best performance and exceeding expectations. Can you see the domino effect? In fact, you probably will be asked about what do you do on your best day at work, to understand what you actually like to do.

Keep these things in mind when you become a contender and further then are called for an interview.

Product Knowledge of Facebook

What does Facebook do? Well, it does several things related to social media. Research and learn about the business and the company. Develop knowledge not only about the actual business i.e. social media platforms but also departments working behind the scenes.

This will be a great asset when making your application, you will be able to show how you can be useful. Also, it is a clear indicator that you are really interested in the organization and have done your research to gain and learn about it. This works in your favour during the interview and is a positive indicator for the recruiter.

Spot the opportunity at Facebook

Once you have decided your goal, then be on the lookout for the correct vacancy that matches your skill, experience, and aim. You will find all the roles listed usually on the careers page of Facebook, so be a regular visitor. When you spot something, think if this is this is correct career direction for you.  

Remember, Facebook is a technology focussed company, so most jobs may require some technical knowledge even though from different spheres like public policy marketing, etc. Thus, till the right opening comes up, you can utilize the time to upskill. Facebook values skill more than experience, so there will always be a possibility for you.

Another important aspect is location, if you want to become part of the company then be open to relocation where the job opening comes up. Facebook has a presence in North America, Asia, Europe, Africa, The Middle East, and South America.

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Making the Application to Facebook

Facebook Job Application Process
Facebook Job Application Process

This is a crucial step in the process. And will involve quite a few intricate processes:

  • Create a Resume: Don’t just tweak the existing resume, create a fresh one catering to the job you are applying for. If you are applying for multiple vacancies, then create multiple resumes based on different job roles.
  • Match your goals with the company: Read the mission and vision statements of Facebook. Analyze and emphasize how you fit in the grand scheme of things. Discuss future prospects.
  • Highlight Skills and experience: Skills are deemed essential, so highlight yours even if you don’t have a ton of experience around it. But on the other hand, if you have some experience, don’t forget to include it. Give details of both skills and experience, even if they are college projects. Expressly avoid implying being an "expert” as there always room for improvement and upskilling.
  • Submit application: So, you are ready to take the final step. However, review thoroughly before submission to make sure all fields have been completed correctly with relevant information. Finally, submit within the deadline.
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Attending Interview at Facebook

You are almost there, but this is the major hurdle that you will have to cross and there will be several rounds. The initial connection is usually over the phone. The discussion will be around your resume and skills. This is the chance to introduce the recruiter to you as a person and emphasize how your skill will help in Facebook’s business plans.

The next step would be to meet everyone face to face, here the key is confidence and being yourself. Dress formally and be well-groomed. Use the resources available in the room for demonstration, answer to the best of your ability, don’t hesitate to admit when you don’t know something. Finally, explain your conclusions with reasoning. Don’t forget to discuss how your competence will be helpful for the role and your capacity to multitask.

Your body language will play a critical role. Always keep it open and friendly, maintain good posture. Be receptive to any feedback and accept it constructively. This will indicate you are willing to do the things you are asked.

Facebook Offer and your acceptance

After the interview stage, you will wait to hear back. If your competency matches the job role and the interview was good, you will have an offer from Facebook to join their team. If you are offered a different role, then understand the intricacies first. Keep in mind, your hiring member has faith in you are the correct choice. Congratulations on landing a job in your dream company!

The Last Words

It may be the case that unfortunately, you don’t get selected. Don’t be disheartened, there will be other vacancies, just be observant. But make sure you ask for feedback. This will allow you to address any shortcomings. You have been given a chance to correct them and try again.

All the best!

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