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This is the question Facebook asks in its job interviews

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Facebook - you may have heard of it, it's doing quite well.

And, like all successful companies, it's constantly on the lookout to recruit the brightest and best new talent. But how exactly do you separate the wheat from the chaff? After all, anyone can say the right lines in an interview, but will they actually be a good fit for the team, which currently numbers 13,000 employees across 64 offices?

Business Insider recently spoke to Facebook's global head of recruiting Miranda Kalinowski to discover the secrets of their recruitment policy, and it turns out that one question is a particular favourite:

 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?

The idea of this question is to discover 'a genuine expression of pride and purpose', and to find out what the person does when they lose track of time at work - when it ceases to feel like work at all. Thus, Facebook can discover exactly what each candidate inherently enjoys - and is likely to be good at and work the hardest at.

They can then decide which role would best suit the candidate; part of what management consultant Marcus Buckingham calls a 'strengths-based organisation' where employers don't intend to mould employees into what they want or push them into a direction that the company needs but does not align with their skills, but rather give them opportunities to develop skills in the area that they've already proven their worth.

Obvious, perhaps, but still quite a clever way of getting you to admit what you're actually into, rather than telling them what you think they want to hear.

[via Business Insider]

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