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The Trials and Tribulations of a Would-Be Facebook Employee 241

Posted by timothy
from the throw-him-into-the-pond dept.
An anonymous reader writes "It may be hard for Facebook HR infrastructure to keep up with the rapid growth of the company, so scheduling and performing Skype screening interviews with the prospective new developers appears deteriorating into disorderly jumble. In a blog post, a recent candidate for a development job at Facebook has shared his excruciation at coordinating and then having this preliminary interview, pointing out the unhelpfulness of HR staff at Facebook during all stages of the process."
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The Trials and Tribulations of a Would-Be Facebook Employee

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  • by Richy_T (111409) on Saturday December 22, 2012 @10:14PM (#42372983) Homepage

    It was horrendous. Not the best speaker at the best of times, it was a total flop over video. The format made it hard to read body language and get a feel for where the interview was going, the lag made it a PITA with people talking over each other and also made it hard to read how the discussion was going. In the end, though I was well qualified for the position, I realized I had not made a single good case for why they should hire me. Naturally, I didn't get a call back and I couldn't blame them. I would avoid doing it again in future if at all possible.

  • by Su27K (652607) on Saturday December 22, 2012 @10:23PM (#42373015)
    Especially the part about preparation, why should the company give you time to prepare an interview? If I were the company, I want to see the real you, not you with a month of preparation.
  • Why is this news? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ark1 (873448) on Saturday December 22, 2012 @10:27PM (#42373025)
    Many share their good and bad interview experiences with {Google, FB, MS, Apple etc} on a daily base. Why is this one getting any extra attention?
  • by Okian Warrior (537106) on Saturday December 22, 2012 @10:51PM (#42373097) Homepage Journal

    If you have difficulty expressing yourself in front of others for whatever reason (stage fright, for instance) consider joining Toastmasters [toastmasters.org].

    It's a club for people who want to learn to speak in front of an audience. It's got branch clubs all over the world, so there's probably one near you. They meet twice a month (more or less - depending on the club) and have a nominal yearly dues.

    After about two years of going you start to "get the hang of it" and become more relaxed and fluent when talking to groups.

    If you think you might get a Skype interview and if you have trouble with presentations, you should check them out.

  • by Altus (1034) on Sunday December 23, 2012 @12:30AM (#42373435) Homepage

    Given all that potential difficulties why would a company like Facebook, which lives and dies on the Internet and surely understands its complexity, use something as unreliable as Skype for an interview?

    I use phones, in fact I set up a land line just for my last job search so that this would not be an issue. The reliance on Skype for something like this is a poor choice.

  • Re:HR will be HR (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jcr (53032) <jcrNO@SPAMmac.com> on Sunday December 23, 2012 @03:30AM (#42373915) Journal

    HR is always a bunch of ass-sucking sycophants.

    I beg to differ. I've been hired at two different companies in my career where the HR staff did an amazing job of getting an offer to me in a hurry and arranging the meetings I had to have to get those offers. Now, that's two instances over a couple of decades, but it only takes one counter-example to disprove your claim.

    -jcr

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