Before we discuss this question, let us recap what the Behavioral Interview Round at Facebook is.
Behavioral Interview Round is also known as the Jedi Interview round at Facebook.
It is about you and your history, your résumé, and your motivation.
The purpose of this interview is to assess whether the candidate will thrive in Facebook's peer-to-peer, minimal process, and unstructured engineering organization.
For Software Engineers, the behavioral interview is actually part behavioral and part coding. The coding part is a shorter version of the usual coding interviews and is included to supplement the other two coding interviews to get an additional coding signal.
Know yourself! Take the time to review your résumé, as the interviewer will almost certainly ask about key events in your work history.
Have concrete examples or anecdotes to support each of the questions.
Familiarize yourself with Facebook's mission statement and its five core values:
- Be Bold
- Focus on Impact
- Move Fast
- Be Open
- Build Social Value
Be yourself! Be open and honest about your successes and failures.
Be humble and focus on teamwork, leadership, and mentorship qualities.
Now, let us review how to effectively answer this question.
Video Explanation with Evaluation Criteria, Response Framework, and Tips & Tricks.
Another popular behavioral interview question is, Tell me about the project that you are most proud of.
Through this question, the interviewer is trying to assess whether your core skills and work ethics align with the company's culture or not.
They are also trying to get a reading on how you define professional success.
Your answer should focus on the project's impact and outcomes, as this will demonstrate to the interviewer what you consider important and how you get things done.
Your response to this question should answer the following questions.
What was the problem that you were trying to solve in this project?
Why did you consider this problem as important?
- You should explain the scale and complexity of the project and your level of ownership.
How did you identify the problem?
How did you gather the resources required to investigate this problem? This may include things like:
- Reading a market research paper,
- Collaborating with a Product Manager, etc.
What action steps did you take to resolve the problem?
Was this project a success?
- If not, then focus on the major lessons learned while working on the project.
What was the impact of the project on the company?
Here are some tips and tricks to effectively prepare for this question.
Prepare the response for this question beforehand, as it will be tough to structure your answer on the spot during the interview.
Have a compelling story highlighting your key achievements and your end-to-end involvement while working on this project.
Provide a technical overview of the problem and solution, but do not deep dive into a particular technology or tool used for this project.
- For example, you can explain how Apache Kafka helped you make the project a success, but there is no need to go into deep technical details of how Apache Kafka works unless asked as a follow-up question.
Mention about cross-team collaborations that you did while working on the project.
Do not memorize the answer as it should come naturally, and you should sound confident to the interviewer.
Learn more about the Evaluation Criteria, Response Framework, and Tips & Tricks to effectively prepare and answer the top questions asked in the Behavioral Interviews at Facebook. Certain special cases are also discussed which are usually faced by the candidates during these interviews.
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