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The daunting interview question standing between you and a job at Facebook

Source | The Washington Post : By Peter Holly

Facebook is frequently touted as one of the best companies to work for on the planet.

The Frank Gehry-designed headquarters is a light-filled homage to innovation, collaboration and speed, one that sits on a campus offering employees gourmet food, rock climbing walls, artists studios, music rooms and a barbershop — all of it available for free, according to this video tour courtesy of Glassdoor.

Its 12,691 employees earn a median salary of $135,000 after five years. Not surprisingly, 93 percent of the company’s employees report a high job satisfaction rate, according to Business Insider.

Landing a highly-coveted job at Facebook is no easy task, requiring candidates to solve coding and algorithm problems on the fly.

But Miranda Kalinowski, Facebook’s global head of recruiting, told Business Insider that her favorite interview question — presented to some, but not all candidates — has nothing to do with solving computing problems.

Instead, she said, it’s this soul-baring inquiry:

“On your very best day at work — the day you come home and think you have the best job in the world — what did you do that day?”

On its face, it is, seemingly, a simple question. There is, of course, no right answer, only revealing ones, making it a potential landmine for a nervous applicant adjusting their answers on the spot, trying to put the best foot forward.

The question was conceived to help hiring managers assess someone’s innate passion, which offers a valuable way to evaluate how that person might fit within the company’s culture. But authentic passion, perhaps more than other qualification, is hard to fake.

“A consuming passion is the last thing you think about before you go to bed at night and the first thing you think about when you wake up,” Brian Schwartz, the author 50 Interviews, a book that explores how entrepreneurs thrive, told Psychology Today in 2013.It feels like an addiction, and if someone told you to stop, it would be impossible for you to give it up.”

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