Facebook’s 12,691 employees earn a median salary of $135,000 after five years. Not surprisingly, 93 percent of the company's employees report a high job satisfaction rate, according to Business Insider.
But jobs there are highly competitive and the interviews can be tough. Miranda Kalinowski, Facebook's global head of recruiting, told Business Insider that her favourite interview question — presented to some, but not all candidates, has nothing to do with solving computing problems. Instead, she said, it's this soul-baring inquiry:
"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?"
The question was conceived to help hiring managers assess someone's innate passion, which offers a valuable way to evaluate how that person might fit within the company's culture. But authentic passion, perhaps more than other qualification, is hard to fake.
The answer Miranda would like to hear is hopefully, "browse Facebook."
Even if you aren’t being interviewed for a job at Facebook, a job interview is like a sales meeting – with a seller (you) and a buyer (interviewer).
People buy people – and YOU are the product you’re trying to sell.
Here are 5 questions that will impress your interviewer and help persuade them that you’re the person worth buying:-
Can you tell me more about how I would fit in with…(insert specific fact that shows you have researched the organisation)?
Interviewers want to know how much you really want this job.
Are you willing to put in the time studying the organisation and position?
If you want to stand out, you’d better be!
You’ve done some homework so let them know it!
Prepare specific questions to ask about areas that show you’ve done some research.
What does success look like for you in this role?
It’s helpful to understand their expectations upfront.
Asking them to define how success looks to them shows your willingness to be aligned to the vision.
Disappointments are often caused by unmet expectations. Asking for their thoughts will help them see you as someone who creates clear objectives to meet their goals.
Based on my research, I noticed you are different from your competitors because…(insert another fact that shows you’ve done your homework).
Can you tell me what else sets you apart?
Again, take a moment to remind them that you prepared for your interview by learning as much as publicly possible about their organisation.
Now ask them to go deeper into what sets them apart.
People love to talk about why they stand out ahead of the competition. Let them brag a little!
Can you tell me about your organisation’s culture?
Every organisation has a culture – its ways of working, what’s valued and what’s not etc.
Let them know you’re interested in understanding what makes them tick.
How are they unique in the way they relate to each other?
Do you have any concerns about my skills/qualifications that would prevent you from selecting me for this position?
Just as in sales, it’s best to get any objections on the table so you can deal with them.
Some interviewers don’t want to get into these discussions because they can be uncomfortable, but wouldn’t you rather know what’s holding them back from hiring you?
If you know before the interview ends, then at least you will have a chance to change their mind.
Maybe they misunderstood you, or you possibly failed to address something specific they were seeking. Either way, your best bet is to deal with any obstacles head-on!
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