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Have you ever wondered which questions usually come up in Behavioral Interviews at Facebook?
Before we discuss the top questions, let us understand what the Behavioral Interview Round is.
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.
Now let us review the top behavioral questions which are usually asked at Facebook.
This is one of the most frequent questions asked in behavioral interviews.
Interviewers also tend to ask this famous question in the following ways:
Having conflicts is a part of everyone’s career journey. By this question, the interviewer is trying to evaluate you on the following:
Candidates often get asked in the behavior interviews to tell about a time when they showed leadership in their workplace.
Using this question, the interviewers are looking to evaluate you on various attributes like:
They want to understand what leadership means to you and see if you have ever taken the initiative to lead something at your current or past workplaces. For example:
They want to know that you can lead with good judgment at times when leadership is required within the team or company.
Tell me about a time you failed or made a mistake is one of the most challenging and tricky questions asked by the interviewers.
Don’t be afraid of this question. Mistakes and failures are inevitable, and everyone makes them at some point during their job.
Through this question, the interviewer is trying to understand your level of maturity and personal accountability.
They want to see how do you handle the situation when you experience a setback.
They are looking for candidates who:
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.
Time management is a crucial part of everyone’s career. Interviewers often ask candidates to tell about a time when they had to manage conflicting or shifting priorities at their workplace.
Everyone deals with conflicting priorities and shifting deadlines in their jobs.
A common question asked by the interviewers at the start of the behavioral interviews is: "Tell me about yourself."
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.
The interviewers often asked a critical question towards the end of the behavioral interviews: “Do you have any questions for me?”
This question helps the interviewer to gauge your passion and interest in the current role you are applying for.
It would be best to frame your questions specific to the role and the company you are interviewing for. This will help demonstrate to the interviewer that you have done your homework about their company and culture.
It also gives you an opportunity to end the interview on a strong note.
Video explanation with Evaluation Criteria, Response Framework, and Tips & Tricks to effectively prepare and answer the above questions in the interview. Certain special cases are also discussed which are usually faced by the candidates during these interviews.
This article is part one of the series on Behavioral Interviews at Facebook. Stay tuned for Part 2. Thanks for reading!
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