Monique Aguirre is a recruiter for the Meta global operations team.
I started working for the company in April 2020, right after the pandemic hit. The company closed its offices on March 20, and I started on April 6. I’ve always been a full-time remote employee, which is a great option for me. It is great for diversity strategy because we want to represent all areas of the US.
I first started as a recruiter for finance, culinary and security. I recruited for non-technical roles that support onsite capabilities. It was a great experience, but I’m also very much enjoying my current role. As a recruiter for the global operations recruiting team, my current role involves a wide variety of responsibilities. I primarily work to help fill project manager and program manager roles. The people in these roles facilitate product launches and new features. They also work on integrity risk and make sure the products and features that Meta is putting out are not repurposed for our audience or used for misinformation.
A key part of my role involves preparing candidates for their final rounds of interviews. I walk them through the offer extension as well as negotiation phases and get new hires ready for onboarding. Meta certainly has a unique process from a candidate’s perspective, and I’m delighted to be part of this important step in the candidate journey.
I also love my job for very personal reasons. On my dad’s side, I’m a second-generation American citizen. My dad’s side of the family hailed from Puerto Rico and first immigrated to Hawaii to work on a sugarcane plantation. My mom is from the Philippines. The aspect of coming to the United States and being able to achieve your goals is very personal and important to me, which is why I take every opportunity I can to help others achieve their professional goals.
With that, here are several tips to ace your Meta interview.
Be Prepared for a Thorough Process
Meta has a traditional, but thorough interview process. Generally, the interview process starts with a pre-screen phone call, either with a sourcer or a full-cycle recruiter. This is to determine the minimum qualifications and skill sets plus to ensure that interviewees are aligned on what the role does to make sure it is the right fit for what they envision for their careers.
If the call goes well and the candidate possesses those initial skills, they move on to the screening interview. This is typically done with the hiring manager or with a member of the team they’d be supporting. Together, they dive deeper into the level of experience and ask candidates to provide examples of those skill sets. The goal is to fully understand the scope of the candidates’ current experiences and how they translate into the role in addition to Meta as an organization overall.
The last piece is our full loop interview, and that’s where I come in. That final stage of the interview process consists of three- to five-person panel interviews. This is when we get into the weeds and focus on a mix of interpersonal and execution-based skills. Each panel is thirty to forty minutes long and requires a lot of preparation, which is why the Meta recruiting team steps in to provide candidates with materials and prep calls. It’s crucial that candidates can hone in on the specific areas in which they are experts, which is why we’re so eager to help them get it right.
Bottom line: the interview process is thorough, so patience and mindset strength are key when interviewing at Meta.
Take Advantage of the Resources Our Company Provides
One thing that sets us apart from other employers is the support that we provide candidates throughout the recruitment cycle. We don’t try to make this a guessing game. We have a great coordinating team that sets up interviews, which are currently being conducted virtually through our video conferencing application. They help make sure that candidates do not need to worry about the technical aspects of interviews.
We also provide resources such as prep materials and calls in addition to access to a sourcer or recruiter who is always ready to answer candidate questions.
The job interview process can be tough to navigate in any industry, especially the tech industry, and I do think we excel in this arena. We encourage candidates to invest time in their preparation. We will do everything we can to set them up for success, so they should take ownership as well as make sure that they are putting their best foot forward.
Confidently Fend Off Imposter Syndrome
Imposter syndrome is real—I have encountered it in my own career—but the great news is that there are ways to avoid it. For one, lean on your support system, whether that’s family, friends, or colleagues. They’ve been there through your successes and challenges. Know that you have that structure in place and be confident in what they’re reminding you of. They will help empower you and make you feel confident, whether it’s at Meta or anywhere you choose as the best opportunity for your career growth.
Also, look at it from our perspective: it’s a candidate’s market. You have an amazing opportunity right now to make the best decision possible for your career and for your goals. We feel honored you chose to interview with us, so take that knowledge with you to the interview and be sure to communicate the passion you feel for your work. Trust your experiences and the capabilities that you bring to the table. Where we see the most success in our candidates is when we can feel their drive and passion and understand their origin story. At Meta, we try to make our organization a reflection of the users who we support, so don’t hesitate to be your authentic self.
And Yes, Please Dress Up
Meta is a great company and a fun place to work but please save the hoodies for later. Throughout the interview process, you want your physical appearance to be a representation of how you would conduct yourself in the role. I know we’re in a virtual setting, but please make sure you are always reflecting what you want to project to interviewers. Keep it professional and avoid wearing anything that will distract interviewers from your amazing skill set.
If You Want to Learn More
Interested in learning more about Meta and whether we might be the right fit for you? Meta offers a variety of events and information sessions for prospective applicants who want to learn more about our work and company culture. Make sure to check out our newly launched Meta Careers Page, as well as our LinkedIn page, where we highlight our events, including career-based conferences and sessions.
The Meta interview process is a thorough and rewarding one. By taking advantage of the many resources we provide, being authentic, and trying your best, you’ll be more than prepared to show the unique value and perspective that you can bring to the table.