Each Facebook interview takes 45 minutes, with some time at the beginning for introductions, and some time at the end for questions. Facebook suggests focusing on how you think, rather than arriving at a correct answer. The Facebook interviews generally consist of the following steps:
(Optional) Screening Call. At first, you may receive an initial phone screen call with a Facebook recruiter. The purpose of this call is to ensure that you’re a good fit for the role. There’s not much prep work to be done here, as it’s a fairly straightforward call about your background and fit for the role.
Phone Interview. The Facebook PM phone interview will generally consist of the typical types of questions they ask in interviews. The phone interview questions are generally lighter than the in-person interview.
In-person Interview. Next, you will be invited for an on-site interview where you’ll meet face-to-face with Facebook PMs.
(Optional) Final Interview. Sometimes, as a final stage of the interview, there will be one last virtual interview session with a Facebook PM. These last interviews are often scheduled in the case the hiring team is conflicted about the choice of the candidate.
You will encounter 3 types of questions at Facebook: Product Sense, Execution, and Leadership & Drive.
Expect interviews for these higher-level jobs (L5 and above) to ask more domain-specific questions.
This interview focuses on your product knowledge, creativity, instincts, and awareness.
Questions could focus on a product that you feel is a great product, why it’s a great product, and what you’d do if you were a PM or the CEO of that company. Other questions that could come up in this interview are looking at an existing Facebook Product like Groups, Events or Birthdays and figuring out how you’d evolve it. Your interviewer will be able to give you guidance along the way, although they will expect you to lead the conversation. In this interview it’s very important to have a structure in your thought process and to be able to revert back to your original idea / goal.
Commonly, the questions asked in Product Sense will guide you to design a product in an open-ended space without requiring you to talk about Facebook in any way. In this case, you may choose to explain areas where your product ideas could integrate into Facebook or stay more focused on the user experience which could even exist in a separate app. Inside of Facebook new product experiences really are tested in a variety of ways! Most importantly, emphasize what you would focus on and why.
In these interviews, Facebook is looking for:
While we have a full guide to product design questions in our course, one tip for these questions is to always mention tradeoffs.
As you identify ideas and solutions, your Facebook interviewer may ask you to sketch out what your interface could look like and how people would use it. Don’t be afraid to use a whiteboard or piece of paper to think out loud. If your interview will be virtual take some time to find the best solution that works for you to share drawings. A whiteboard behind you works, but many people find they prefer to join the call from a second device with a camera pointed at a piece of paper, or a tablet in a sketch app on screen-sharing mode.
This is a very analytical, metric- and KPI-focused interview. Facebook is a deeply data-driven company with more than 2 billion users. Given the large amount of data Facebook has available, they expect product managers to be able to look at data to make decisions.
In your execution interview, Facebook will ask questions about how you identify and prioritize opportunities, and execute against them to build products. This interview will focus on how you analyze a set of constraints and problems to come up with the right set of metrics to measure success. Facebook will also ask how you adapt your plans and troubleshoot problems with new information and changing circumstances.
Here, Facebook is looking for:
The key to success in these interviews is starting at a high-level with the goals of the product, and then drilling deeper into actions and metrics. We recommend employing the GAME framework for key metrics questions, as demonstrated in this PM lesson.
For role-play execution-style questions, we recommend getting a mock interview partner in our Slack Channel and testing yourself. Generally, the biggest tips here are to structure your thinking aloud, and state all assumptions you make as you go through the problem. Check out a sample role play execution mock interview video to get a sense of how they work.
In your leadership & drive interview, Facebook will focus on understanding how you motivate a team, drive alignment, build relationships, and work with others. While the product sense and execution interviews use hypothetical cases, the leadership & drive interview focuses on behavioral questions about how you’ve worked with others in the past.
Your interviewer will ask four to five behavioral questions to assess your ability to build and support a team, and lead efforts. Focus areas include:
Being relaxed, calm, and confident is the key to success in these interviews. However, there are definitely parts of this interview you can prepare for. For instance, create a story bank of experiences that you can use in the interviews, and practice some of these questions with a practice partner in our Slack Channel to get more confident and comfortable.
As you answer your interviewer’s questions, ask yourself if your responses include examples that show how you: