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.
Interviewers often ask the question in behavioral interviews, why are you leaving your current role?
Through this question, the interviewer is trying to understand your intrinsic motivation to check whether you are running away from something or running towards something.
It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate to the interviewer that you are someone who looks forward with a positive attitude in general.
Our advice for answering this question is to pick a couple of positive achievements in your current role and articulate how you can use these experiences to achieve your goals in the new role.
Additionally, you can also emphasize the things you are looking forward to in your new job, such as:
- Working on larger-scale problems,
- Better opportunities for impact, etc.
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.
Always remain calm and professional.
- Refrain from being negative and avoid blaming your employer, coworkers, or manager.
- Companies generally do not like to hire people who complain a lot.
Focus on what you have to look forward to and not what you are leaving behind. Some examples are that you would like to:
- Work on larger-scale problems,
- Have a better opportunity for impact, etc
Relate your response to the specific role and the company you are interviewing for.
- This will also demonstrate to the interviewer that you have done your homework about their company.
Familiarize yourself with the company's vision and its core values.
- This will help you to better align your answer to their interests.
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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