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Hello!
We’re thrilled you're thinking about joining us on our mission to give people the power to
build community and bring the world closer together. At Facebook, you’ll have the
opportunity to do the most meaningful work of your career. And our journey is 1% finished.
This guide will share what you can expect in our three fundamental interview areas:
Each interview takes 45 minutes, and includes some time at the beginning for
introductions, and some time at the end to ask your interviewer anything that's on your
mind. In your interview, we're looking to learn more about how you think rather than
whether you arrive at some ideal destination right away.
1. Product Sense
2. Execution
3. Leadership & Drive
BE OPEN: We believe that a more open world is a better world. The same
goes for our company. We're transparent about our interview process and
what to expect so that you are well-informed, well-prepared and can focus
on having great conversations with your interviewers.
Product Sense Interview
In your Product Sense interview, you can generally expect to be presented with an
ambigious hypothetical problem. You and your interviewer will discuss how to approach
understanding it, prioritize what to solve, and generate thoughtful and intentional solutions.
• How you identify who to build for and what their needs are
• How you focus on creating value and impact
• How you make intentional design choices
• How you handle critique, constraints and new data
In addition to setting the vision for their teams and describing the most important problems
to solve, Facebook Product Managers often will roll up their sleeves and work with their
teams to identify and articulate ways to improve our products for the people who use them.
As you identify ideas and solutions, you may be asked 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 and describe what you’re thinking!
BUILD SOCIAL VALUE: As you think about how to break down and solve a
problem, it's important to keep in mind how you'll build real value for the world.
We design products that create a more human world — one connection at a time.
WHAT TO EXPECT
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
WHY WE ASK
Execution Interview
In your Execution interview, we’ll ask questions about how you identify and prioritize
opportunities and execute against them to build prodcuts. We'll also ask how you adapt
your plans and troubleshoot problems with new information and changing circumstances.
• How you set the right goals for a product & measure against them
• How you identify, frame and evaluate trade-offs
• How you analyze and debug problems
• How you set your team up for success
At Facebook, Product Managers leverage strong critical thinking skills to create logical
structures for their team, geared to help guide decisions. These logical frameworks serve as
the back-bone of the product; keeping technical decisions grounded in the real-world
problem that their product is solving for the community.
Product Managers leverage these frameworks to provide their team a focused plan driven
by impactful goals. Product Managers often have to make difficult prioritization and trade-
off decisions in pursuit of these goals, and adapt their plans as the team executes.
FOCUS ON IMPACT: The goals that you set should solve the most important
problem to advance the vision of your product. As you consider multiple goals for
your project, it's important to hone in on the most important one that delivers the
most value, resulting in the highest opportunity for impact.
WHAT TO EXPECT
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
WHY WE ASK
Leadership & Drive Interview
In your Leadership & Drive interview, we’ll focus on understanding how you motivate a
team, resolve conflicts, drive alignment, build relationships and work with others.
• How you earn trust and take ownership
• How you process and grow from past experiences
• How you support the people around you
• How you overcome difficult situations
Great Product Managers are excellent collaborators. Empathy helps us to identify greatness
in others, and find the best in ourselves. We often need to be flexible with our leadership
style in different situations to collaborate effectively and reconcile differences.
Facebook looks for Product Managers who maintain their conviction to get things done, no
matter the resources constraints or the barriers they face. They are driven by the impact
their work has on the community they serve.
BE BOLD: We encourage everyone to make bold decisions, even if that means being
wrong some of the time. Be transparent about your successes and failures. We're
more interested in how you've grown from your experiences than whether or not you
have a perfect record.
WHAT TO EXPECT
WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR
WHY WE ASK
Sample Questions
Think of a product you would be excited to build at Facebook, but that we don’t currently
offer today. Have fun, think big, and make it something that you’re passionate about!
Think of a hypothetical product...
• Why would people use it?
• Why should Facebook want to build it?
• How would it integrate within Facebook?
• What would you build as MVP?
• How would people use it?
• What is the one sentence mission/goal of a product or feature?
• What metrics would you use to measure progress and success?
• What metrics might you harm? How would you make a trade off?
• How would you decide what to improve/build to achieve this goal?
• How would you prioritize the different things you want to work on?
MOVE FAST: Moving fast enables us to build more things and learn faster. We’re less
afraid of making mistakes than we are of losing opportunities by moving too slowly.
As you think through these questions, challenge yourself to think about how you'd
learn as much as possible as quickly as possible, even if your answer isn’t perfect.
WARM UP
PRODUCT SENSE QUESTIONS
EXECUTION QUESTIONS
These questions are for your reference and inspiration only. You won’t be evaluated on them,
and it’s possible you may get different questions in your actual interview.

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Facebook's Official Guide to Product Management Candidates

  • 1. Hello! We’re thrilled you're thinking about joining us on our mission to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. At Facebook, you’ll have the opportunity to do the most meaningful work of your career. And our journey is 1% finished. This guide will share what you can expect in our three fundamental interview areas: Each interview takes 45 minutes, and includes some time at the beginning for introductions, and some time at the end to ask your interviewer anything that's on your mind. In your interview, we're looking to learn more about how you think rather than whether you arrive at some ideal destination right away. 1. Product Sense 2. Execution 3. Leadership & Drive BE OPEN: We believe that a more open world is a better world. The same goes for our company. We're transparent about our interview process and what to expect so that you are well-informed, well-prepared and can focus on having great conversations with your interviewers.
  • 2. Product Sense Interview In your Product Sense interview, you can generally expect to be presented with an ambigious hypothetical problem. You and your interviewer will discuss how to approach understanding it, prioritize what to solve, and generate thoughtful and intentional solutions. • How you identify who to build for and what their needs are • How you focus on creating value and impact • How you make intentional design choices • How you handle critique, constraints and new data In addition to setting the vision for their teams and describing the most important problems to solve, Facebook Product Managers often will roll up their sleeves and work with their teams to identify and articulate ways to improve our products for the people who use them. As you identify ideas and solutions, you may be asked 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 and describe what you’re thinking! BUILD SOCIAL VALUE: As you think about how to break down and solve a problem, it's important to keep in mind how you'll build real value for the world. We design products that create a more human world — one connection at a time. WHAT TO EXPECT WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR WHY WE ASK
  • 3. Execution Interview In your Execution interview, we’ll ask questions about how you identify and prioritize opportunities and execute against them to build prodcuts. We'll also ask how you adapt your plans and troubleshoot problems with new information and changing circumstances. • How you set the right goals for a product & measure against them • How you identify, frame and evaluate trade-offs • How you analyze and debug problems • How you set your team up for success At Facebook, Product Managers leverage strong critical thinking skills to create logical structures for their team, geared to help guide decisions. These logical frameworks serve as the back-bone of the product; keeping technical decisions grounded in the real-world problem that their product is solving for the community. Product Managers leverage these frameworks to provide their team a focused plan driven by impactful goals. Product Managers often have to make difficult prioritization and trade- off decisions in pursuit of these goals, and adapt their plans as the team executes. FOCUS ON IMPACT: The goals that you set should solve the most important problem to advance the vision of your product. As you consider multiple goals for your project, it's important to hone in on the most important one that delivers the most value, resulting in the highest opportunity for impact. WHAT TO EXPECT WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR WHY WE ASK
  • 4. Leadership & Drive Interview In your Leadership & Drive interview, we’ll focus on understanding how you motivate a team, resolve conflicts, drive alignment, build relationships and work with others. • How you earn trust and take ownership • How you process and grow from past experiences • How you support the people around you • How you overcome difficult situations Great Product Managers are excellent collaborators. Empathy helps us to identify greatness in others, and find the best in ourselves. We often need to be flexible with our leadership style in different situations to collaborate effectively and reconcile differences. Facebook looks for Product Managers who maintain their conviction to get things done, no matter the resources constraints or the barriers they face. They are driven by the impact their work has on the community they serve. BE BOLD: We encourage everyone to make bold decisions, even if that means being wrong some of the time. Be transparent about your successes and failures. We're more interested in how you've grown from your experiences than whether or not you have a perfect record. WHAT TO EXPECT WHAT WE’RE LOOKING FOR WHY WE ASK
  • 5. Sample Questions Think of a product you would be excited to build at Facebook, but that we don’t currently offer today. Have fun, think big, and make it something that you’re passionate about! Think of a hypothetical product... • Why would people use it? • Why should Facebook want to build it? • How would it integrate within Facebook? • What would you build as MVP? • How would people use it? • What is the one sentence mission/goal of a product or feature? • What metrics would you use to measure progress and success? • What metrics might you harm? How would you make a trade off? • How would you decide what to improve/build to achieve this goal? • How would you prioritize the different things you want to work on? MOVE FAST: Moving fast enables us to build more things and learn faster. We’re less afraid of making mistakes than we are of losing opportunities by moving too slowly. As you think through these questions, challenge yourself to think about how you'd learn as much as possible as quickly as possible, even if your answer isn’t perfect. WARM UP PRODUCT SENSE QUESTIONS EXECUTION QUESTIONS These questions are for your reference and inspiration only. You won’t be evaluated on them, and it’s possible you may get different questions in your actual interview.