Jeff Reynar is a director of engineering and New York site lead at Facebook. He interviews between 50 and 100 people annually for various technical roles. Since Facebook regularly lands near the top of lists of the best companies to work for, we asked Jeff the best questions a Facebook candidate should ask during a job interview. Following is a transcript of the video.
JEFF REYNAR: I think the way you should think about the interview process is that it’s Facebook trying to figure out whether you’re a fit for the company and for a particular set of projects, and that for you, you want to figure out whether Facebook is the right place for you.
So, you should ask about the things that are important. And, that could be anything from, are there other people from the university that I attend who work here, could I talk to them, to what does it look like to change jobs in a couple years after I’ve been successful on my first project, to how long do people stay in this office? Do people move from office to office?
It really depends on who you are and what you’re looking to learn and do in your career, and I think if you think about it that way, you’ll figure out the best set of questions to ask.
There are definitely technical questions that people can and should ask. I think one of the best ones is for people to just explore what kind of technology we use and how we solve certain problems.
So, you can sort of turn the interview process on its head a little bit and ask the person who’s interviewing you, maybe, what they have done, what they have worked on and what they have learned in the process. That’s a great way to get a sense for whether you’ll fit in and get the kind of experience and have the sort of job that you’re looking for.