Data Viz Done Right

November 4, 2013

Data Viz, Facebook, and you. Join our awesome team!

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On our Data Warehousing & Reporting team, we're looking to bring on full-time employees, contract-to-hire, and/or full-time contractors.

An overview of the role can be found on Facebook Careers.

It's been quite challenging to find strong candidates.

Why don’t people meet the bar?

  • Overstating Tableau skills
  • Overstating SQL skills
  • Too much dependency on tools to do the thinking
  • Lack of product sense
  • Too much dependency on data engineers

Having been through them, I can honestly tell you that interviews at Facebook are tough.  We will test your limits.  We don't expect everyone to know everything, but we do expect you to do your best to work through problems and ask questions when you don't know the answers.

It's clear that we want you to know SQL, yet we have candidates come in that haven't done anything to come up to speed on SQL.  All that does is show us that you didn't take the initiative to learn beforehand when you knew it was a weakness.

What makes a good candidate?
  • Strong ability to tell stories with data
  • Strong in data visualization
  • Competent in SQL
  • Be able to demonstrate excellent product sense (i.e., Can you pick up products goals, concepts and requirements quickly?)
  • Tool-agnostic critical thinkers
If you think you'd be a good fit or if you want to chat in more detail, email the Facebook Data Viz team.

2 comments :

  1. How extensive should someone's SQL competency be for this role? Just curious as to improve this skill for myself.

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    1. You definitely don't have to be an expert, but the more you know, the more it will set you apart from others. Basics are a must though.

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