Lately, very similar tales have been springing up. Would-be Facebook aspirants have begun — anonymously, because of non-disclosure agreement niceties — to divulge the courting rituals of Facebook’s top brass for the recruitment of new talent. It all begins with an unexpected, but enormously welcomed, of course, email from the top man himself, CEO Mark Zuckerberg, inviting the recipient out on a stroll through a stretch of Palo Alto’s woods.
Those who take him up on the nature outing are then led all the way to a special high point overlooking the Silicon Valley. It’s here that, to go by the account of one of these prospects, Zuckerberg “point[s] out Apple’s headquarters, then Hewlett-Packard and a number of other big tech companies.” He then directs the invitee’s gaze toward the Facebook structure and declares that his company will “eventually be bigger than all of the companies he had just mentioned, and that if [the invitee] joined the company, [he/she] could be a part of it all.”
It sounds like an awesome way to be interviewed. Still, among those lucky enough to have the experience, there were reports of instances of “almost choking” on morning coffee at first blush of the surprise invitation and of general feelings of it all being “pretty disorienting.”
It seems some still prefer the old standard of sending out super-polished applications, going through multiple interview sessions, and waiting to hear back on whether they did, or did not, just land their dream job.