Ever since its bungled IPO, Facebook has grown increasingly serious about snatching top engineering talent for its sprawling compound. The company has even begun plucking Wall Street engineers from their siloed banking institutions and putting them to work cranking out PHP. In fact, it appears the company is growing so desperate for engineers that they’ve compiled a little cheat sheet that can enlighten any potential applicants on how to nab a Facebook job.
Today, engineer Carlos Bueno published a note to the Facebook Engineering page entitled, “Get that job at Facebook.” Subtle!
“Interviewing for a technical job is hard, and so is being the interviewer,” he wrote. “You want to get that engineering job at Facebook, and we want to hire the best people (you!). Knowing what to expect on both sides can go a long way toward making the process work better.”
What follows is a handy guide to nailing an engineering job at Facebook, complete with detailed accounts of the process (phoner, slew of in-person interviews, offer), recommendations on what the company looks for in a candidate (culture fit, people with all kinds of coding chops, good problem visualization), and tips for preparing for a Facebook interview.
It’s all very Sparknotes of them. We get the feeling your engineering professor probably wouldn’t approve.