Meta Behavioral Interview Guide

published on 05 October 2022

Are you looking to ace your Meta behavioral interview? Look no further! This guide provides tips and examples of common interview questions. Prepare for success with this guide!

Meta (previously known as Facebook) is one of the most popular companies in the world, and it is no surprise that working there is a dream for many job seekers. However, landing a job at Meta is no easy task. The competition is stiff, and the interview process is very intense. From resume writing  to interview preparation, every step of the process will require an extra effort to ensure you're well prepared. So if you're hoping to work at Meta someday, start honing your skills and preparing for a challenging interview process. It'll be worth it in the end! This guide will cover everything you need to know about Meta Behavioral Interviews.

About Meta Behavioral Interviews

Meta's behavioral interview is also known as the Jedi interview. Depending on the role you've applied for, this could be a separate round in the hiring process or asked as part of other technical interviews. Regardless of whether there is a particular round for behavioral interviews at Meta or not, you will be asked a few behavioral questions at every stage of the process.

The purpose of behavioral interviews is to examine how you have handled real-life situations in the past. Interviewers use them to understand how you'd handle a similar situation if it arose in your new role.

Although Meta announced a hiring freeze for certain roles in 2022, there are several open positions in the company, varying from one team to another.
Although Meta announced a hiring freeze for certain roles in 2022, there are several open positions in the company, varying from one team to another.

Meta's Core Values

The way Amazon uses its leadership principles to assess candidates in behavioral interviews, Meta uses its core values to assess the behavioral fit of candidates during the interview process.

Meta has six core values:

1) Move Fast

"Move Fast helps us to build and learn faster than anyone else. This means acting with urgency and not waiting until next week to do something you could do today. At our scale, this also means continuously working to increase the velocity of our highest priority initiatives by methodically removing barriers that get in the way. It's about moving fast together – in one direction as a company, not just as individuals."

This core value assesses how quickly you identify problems, your time management, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, and how you prioritize multiple tasks. Your interviewers would want to know your manage priorities, handle deadlines, and identify roadblocks to solve them.

2) Focus on Long-Term Impact

"Focus on Long-Term Impact emphasizes long-term thinking and encourages us to extend the timeline for the impact we have, rather than optimizing for near-term wins. We should take on the challenges that will be the most impactful, even if the full results won't be seen for years."

This core value focuses on looking at the bigger picture. It means they want to know if the candidate understands the long-term implications of certain tasks or products and how they visualize the greater picture to get things done in the present.

3) Build Awesome Things

"Build Awesome Things pushes us to ship things that are not just good, but also awe-inspiring. We've already built products that are useful to billions of people, but in our next chapter we'll focus more on inspiring people as well. This quality bar should apply to everything we do."

Meta owns some of the best social media apps today. The company thrives on building products that are helpful to millions of users. Interviews want to know if you understand a product's or service's potential and how you think you can interact with people through them.

4) Live In The Future

"Live in the Future guides us to build the future of distributed work that we want, where opportunity isn't limited by geography. This means operating as a distributed-first company and being the early adopters of the future products we're building to help people feel present together no matter where they are."

This value focuses on the idea of metaverse that the company is working towards. Through certain questions, interviewers want to find out your understanding of the metaverse and their company's mission.

5) Be Direct And Respect Your Colleagues

"Be Direct and Respect Your Colleagues is about creating a culture where we are straightforward and willing to have hard conversations with each other. At the same time, we are also respectful and when we share feedback we recognize that many of the world's leading experts work here."

Interviewers want to evaluate your ability to communicate with your team members, have open conversations to resolve conflicts, and your relationship-building skills. For questions like these, convey through your answers how you've worked with your team in the past.

6) Meta, Teammates, Me

"Meta, Metamates, Me is about being good stewards of our company and mission. It's about the sense of responsibility we have for our collective success and to each other as teammates. It's about taking care of our company and each other."

This core value expects employees to understand the company's mission statement and contribute towards achieving the goal while delivering impact. 

It is important to be well-versed with these core values to figure out what attributes you should highlight in your behavioral interview to prove that you understand the company's culture and would fit in well.

How To Answer Behavioral Interview Questions?

The STAR method is a great way to help you prepare for an interview. It will help you answer questions about your past experience and skills and how you would handle situations that may arise during the interview.You can use the STAR method in any interview situation, but it is especially useful when preparing for behavioral interviews because they tend to focus on your experiences and competencies.

The STAR method is a very popular method of answering behavioral interview questions.
The STAR method is a very popular method of answering behavioral interview questions.

The STAR method stands for Situation, Task, Actions, and Result.

  • Situation: What are the circumstances of the behavior? (Where, when, who, what, why)
  • Task: What was the task or action that occurred during this behavior? (What did you do?)
  • Actions: What specific actions did you take in order to complete this task? (How did you do it?)
  • Result: What were your results from completing this task? (What happened as a result of your actions?)

Practice framing answers using the STAR method before the interviews, and focus on highlighting experiences that closely align with the company's values.

Also Read: How To Use The STAR Method To Ace Your FAANG Interview

Example Meta Behavioral Interview Questions

Use the following questions to practice for your Meta Behavioral Interviews.

  1. Tell me about a time you made a mistake. [Answer]
  2.  What product that you led are you most proud of and why? [Answer]
  3.  Tell me about a time you convinced someone to change their mind. [Answer]
  4.  Can you give me an example of how you manage conflict? [Answer]
  5. Give me an example of how you negotiated between two teams.
  6. How do you handle promoting someone as a manager?
  7. How do you communicate technical project needs with non-technical teams? [Answer]
  8. Why are you interested in this role at Meta?
  9. What do you think about Meta values, and how do you put these values into your work life?
  10. Tell me about a time when you had to work on something you were passionate about.

Tips From FAANGPath Mentors

Need some expert advice? We've curated a few tips our FAANGPath mentors give to candidates during their mock interviews. We hope these will help you prep for yours better.

  1. Know your strengths and weaknesses: You first need to find out what makes you great at your job. This will help you answer questions like "Why do you think you're a good fit for this role" and "What do you think you'll need to work upon if you're hired?"
  2. Be honest. Be authentic. Be yourself. Tell the truth about your past, your current situation, and any skills or experiences you may have that you feel will help the company in its hiring process. Don't try to sell yourself; let them know why they should hire you.
  3. Practice with your friends or a professional from the industry. Prepare your answers beforehand for some commonly asked questions, and try to get feedback from others about your answers.

Also Read: The Ultimate Guide For SWE Interviews At Meta


Getting an interview call from a company like Meta is not easy, so if you've made it so far - CONGRATULATIONS! But now that you have the opportunity make sure you're well prepared and translate it into a job offer. 

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