The 5 characteristics Facebook looks for in their employees

The amount of time we all spend on Facebook, it’s amazing that we’re not all freelance employees. But it takes more than a prowess in stalking to get a position in Facebook HQ.

In a new piece from Business Insider, Facebook VP of People Lori Goler speaks of the top five values the global company looks for in their workers. There’s a reason they have over 13,000 of the best employees across 65 countries.

1. Dare to be bold

Mark Zuckerberg lives and breathes his mantra: “the riskiest thing is to take no risks”. From Facebook’s initial conception, risk has played a big role in the company’s success. The reason Facebook continues to innovate is because: “We encourage everyone to make bold decisions, even if that means being wrong some of the time”.

2. Self-motivating

Despite the cool offices that we all imagine having a myriad of bean-bags and quirky kitchen spaces, a Facebook employee has to be totally self-motivated. Taco Tuesdays are great and all, but “People who thrive here at Facebook are always creating new things and figuring out ways to improve”. That’s the reason they keep turning up to work.

3. “Move fast and break things”

The best ‘dodge and burn’ phrase about working in an office we’ve ever heard. Goler says: “We’re less afraid of making mistakes than we are of losing opportunities by moving too slowly”. And in the words of the Facebook handbook details: “We are a culture of builders — the power is in your hands.”

4. No tolerance for closed minds

Facebook didn’t get to where it is playing it safe and stubbornly. The amount of sheer imagination backing the company is their most valuable resource so having an open mind becomes of paramount importance.

5. Social value is everything

The company doesn’t use employees to succeed, it builds on the talents of people to connect the world. “Most people who work at Facebook would tell you that what is most important to them is being in a role that has real impact, and being part of something that is bigger in the world”. We can’t imagine job satisfaction being anything but exemplary.

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