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

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 sribe ( 304414 ) on Saturday December 22, 2012 @11:16PM (#42372991)

    Fuck HR.

    Well, hey, when I was a young lad not long out of college, that's exactly what I did to the VP of HR one night. I still have fond memories...

  • by Jane Q. Public ( 1010737 ) on Saturday December 22, 2012 @11:31PM (#42373039)
    I have had only 2 major experiences with HR departments in my professional life. The first one claimed "they" were eager to help me in a dispute with my managers... then ended up stabbing me in the back.

    The HR department (different company) I dealt with after that, however, I have to say was friendly and helpful.
  • by discord5 ( 798235 ) on Sunday December 23, 2012 @12:09AM (#42373151)

    And this interviewee doesn't seem to understand how Internet routing works.

    But it's a university with two class Bs... Don't you get it? They're fucking PRO there in Israel. (pardon my french). Don't bother with that BGP stuff, he obviously doesn't know what it is, nor why Facebook isn't going to bend over backwards to accomodate him.

    Did the interviewee not have a speakerphone? He mentions being unable to both type and talk... I think they solved that problem in the 1980's.

    The speakerphone would've picked up the "Whaa Whaa Whaa" from the whaaaaambulance on his blog.

    Don't get me wrong, but the following passage was telling:

    My interview was finally scheduled three weekdays in advance, leaving me in fact one day to prepare, because I've already had plans for the other weekday and the weekend.

    Why didn't he prepare in advance? If he knew it was coming any time soon, why not brush up on it in advance? Why wait until the company says "Well, next week" and bitch about having to cancel his plans, which he eventually doesn't do.

    So allow me to simply summarize the entire blog in an all too familiar onomatope: Waaaaaaah

  • by russotto ( 537200 ) on Sunday December 23, 2012 @01:12AM (#42373355) Journal

    It started out like this

    Recruiter sitting at his desk with his head in his hands and a half-empty bottle of cheap Scotch nearby, just waiting for the axe to come down. The phone rings. He picks it up to stop the noise and
        "Hello, Facebook recruiting. I think you have the wrong number."

        "No, I'm looking for a job at Facebook."

        "Hey, that's great, my first one since...uhh you do know Facebook already had the IPO, right? I tried not telling people that but the boss got mad."

    And it was all downhill from there.

  • by miniMUNCH ( 662195 ) on Sunday December 23, 2012 @01:47AM (#42373485)
    Someone had to spend time emailing, calling, and skyping to interview for job? I think I might cry...
  • by davester666 ( 731373 ) on Sunday December 23, 2012 @04:50AM (#42373957) Journal

    Well then you'll have to log into Facebook while you surf for midget porn. Then you'll get the ads you desire.

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