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.
A common question asked by the interviewers at the start of the behavioral interviews is, Tell me about yourself?
This introductory question helps the interviewers in one of their primary goals, which is to get to know you.
Interviewers try to learn various aspects about you from:
- Your current and past experiences,
- Your core strengths,
- Your personality, and
- Your ability to respond to an unstructured question.
They also notice how well you can connect with your colleagues and communicate your ideas clearly and effectively.
A simpler way to structure the response to this question is to pick compelling stories that can elaborate on your present and past experiences.
You can begin this answer by discussing the significant accomplishments that you have contributed to in your current role.
Share the positive impact of your contributions on your colleagues and the company. This will help you to project confidence during the interview.
Also, touch a little bit on your past experiences and how they helped you to reach where you are.
It would be best to tie your story to the specific role and the company you are applying for. This will help the interviewer align your interests to the job requirements and make an informed decision.
Here are some tips and tricks to effectively prepare for this question.
Have compelling stories about your current and past experiences. This story should show that you are passionate about your current work.
Pull your most proficient skills from the job description. This will help you to project confidence to the interviewer.
Be concise, honest, and engaging. Do not recite your entire resume in the interview.
Tailor your answer to the role and company you are interviewing for.
This is your first impression, and thus keep it on a positive note.
Prepare and practice the response for this question beforehand, as it will be tough to structure your answer on the spot during the interview.
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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