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Facebook asks job applicants this million-dollar question

See the question Facebook asks potential employees to assess their passion for their work. What would your answer be?
/ Source: TODAY

If you want to work for Facebook, there's a good chance you will have to answer the company's favorite interview question:

"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?"

Miranda Kalinowski, Facebook's global head of recruiting, spoke about asking prospective employees that million-dollar question in an interview with Business Insider.

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At a company with 13,000 employees worldwide that is considered one of the top five places to work in the United States, Facebook wants to find out what applicants are passionate about. Their feeling is that whatever makes people lose themselves in their work provides insight into what they do best.

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The question isn't asked of every applicant, but if you make it past several rounds of phone interviews and an on-campus visit, it certainly could come up.

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"People want to have an impact," Goler told Business Insider. "They want to know that what they're working on matters. And they're going to stay at a place where they feel like they have an impact, [where] they're learning and growing and doing work they love."

Kalinowski also noted three characteristics the company is searching for in potential employees: They want people who like to build things, from diverse backgrounds, with talent and the ability to fit into Facebook's culture.

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