Forget, “where do you see yourself in five years time?”
A job at Facebook is highly sought after in the world, across multiple professions spanning technology, media, business and design. So they need to be vigilant in making sure they’re hiring the best people for the gig.
In a recent interview with Business Insider, Facebook’s global head of recruiting Miranda Kalinowski revealed the company’s most frequently asked interview question.
“On your very best day at work — the day you come home and think you have the best job in the world — what did you do that day?”
They want to know “what the candidate is truly passionate about, and if that innate interest fits into what Facebook is looking for”.
Business Insider states that when a candidate is asked this apparently revealing question, they are hoping to find authentic pride and a sense of purpose. Basically, they want to know what gets you pumped. They’re wondering if what you believe in lines up with Facebook’s mission “to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.”
It’s great to be passionate about work. But sometimes that emotion can get the better of us (post continues after video):
But getting a job at Facebook isn’t as simple as nailing one question, even if it is a potentially tricky one.
Kalinowski told Business Insider that potential employees will have to go through multiple rounds of phone interviews before they sit down face-to-face with someone at Facebook. If they make it through to that round, they are given a tour of headquarters, and the interviewer will try to familiarise them with the type of job they would potentially be doing.
Her advice for those hoping to join their team is to prepare for the interview by reflecting on what you’re doing when you lose track of time at work. The tasks that put you ‘in the zone’ are an indication of what you “inherently enjoy and likely are good at.”