Work at Facebook is a dream of billions of people. But it’s not an easy to get hired easily and succeed at Facebook. With two billion users globally, Facebook is more popular than any other tech company. Combine the household name with the legendary ‘Silicon Valley’ perks and it is not surprise competition for Facebook gigs are fierce.
Facebook, recently voted the most illustrious tech company on Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work list, Facebook’s culture stands head and shoulders above the rest. In an exclusive interview at Glassdoor Amy Elisa Jackson asked Lori Goler, Facebook’s Vice President of People, for the scoop on interviewing at the behemoth social network. Here are Goler’s tips for scoring the job and succeeding once you’re in at Facebook.
Want to Work at Facebook? Do a LOT of research
Facebook’s culture is fascination for the tech press and world’s largest news source in every medium. Facebook status as public company but also means the company conducts earnings call every quarter. During each call stock analysts, CEO Mark Zukerberg and Co. making plans and strategy , so scour call transcripts and earning articles to learn directly from the source what is currently most important at Facebook.
“Most of the people have done a lot of research before they come in for the Interview” Goler says, so don’t let yourself fall back to the competition before you even land in the interview chair.
Position your attitude – and your resume – as that of “a builder and learner”
Those two are the Facebook’s culture, Goler says. “What that means is that we have never done. We’re always looking at something and thinking about that. ‘That works pretty amazing but it can be even better.’ That’s true of every person on every job in every location across the world for us.”
Being a builder and a learner is “specific and broad at the same time,” Goler explains, and Facebook doesn’t think of those qualities as referring to a specific type of function. It’s more about your mindset versus your knowledge, though some of your knowledge can, of course, reflect your mindset, she says.
So make it clear in your résumé to highlight points in your career in which you built something new and mastered skills. Once you’re in the hot seat at the interview, state through both explicit statements and your overall attitude that building and learning are the goals as core to you as they are to Facebook.
“I think there are a lot of people who would like the opportunity” to contribute to doing better, Goler says. “There is a subset that is ready to sign up for the responsibility to do that.” Make sure it’s clear that you fall into the category.
Expect to work with autonomy and to build your own place at Facebook.
Got a job? Congratulations! Get ready to build your own place of the world at Facebook. While the company conducts thorough orientations and employs “lots of rituals to help new people on board and understand the culture,” Goler says the company trusts the right people have “self-selected into this environment” during the enrollment process. So rather than support by dictating daily tasks, Facebook tends to “provide context [about the mission and goals] so that people can work with autonomy and know where everything is headed. They can go off and do their own thing.”
That mode is a “really important part of feeling like you’re contributing at Facebook,” Goler explains. If that prospect sounds horrifying, Facebook might not be the place for you. But if you’re interested in that kind of environment and just a bit nervous about a various way of working, don’t worry: “The water is warm,” Goler says. “It’s just practice. It’s like everything else: The more often you practice the easier it gets.”
Be prepared to have tough conversations.
Facebook has “always been a culture that is fully focused on honesty and transparency,” Goler says. “We talk about the great things and we talk about the challenges. It’s just part of the way we work.” Facebook offers support in this realm, she says, like a class on “Crucial Conversations” for managers who help to train individual contributors.
The “social norm” at Facebook is to be pulled into hard conversations with no preparation necessary, which can be difficult for newbies at first. “What we say is that the more frequently you hope on them, the less hard they are,” Goler says.
Ultimately Facebookers understand these conversations, though they are uncomfortable at first, are all in service of the big mission. “It just becomes part of the way that you work is that you are talking about the substance of what you’re working on,” Goler explains. “It’s never personal. It’s always related to the work.”