Facebook Eyeing Up to Hire China’s Top Grads

Regardless of the fact that the Chinese government has blocked Facebook in the country, the social networking giant is still looking forward to have China’s top graduate for its workforce. Facebook reportedly consulting China’s top universities with an aim to develop a more diverse and multi-cultured US-based team.

According to report from Shanghaiist blog that quotes a Sina report [Chinese], the social network is targeting country’s top five universities, including Tsinghua University in Beijing, as a part of its program to enlist 900 employees from all over the world.

The hired graduates need to move to United States, as social network’s aim isn’t to focus on China. Facebook is looking to hire candidates having good C++ and/or Java skills along with experience of Perl, PHP or Python.

Initially, candidates need to pass through two to three telephonic interviews and three face-to-face interviews. They also need to go through two rounds of coding on white boards to show their skills to qualify for a competitive package:

All new employees are expected to work in California and Seattle, with annual salaries of around $200,000 USD. Welfare and benefits will reportedly be on par with Google employees, while work visas and even US green cards also offered for future Facebookers [from China].

Some local reports suggest that Hangzhou-based Zhejiang University has confirmed Facebook’s intentions, but yet to get more details from the social network.

Although, recruitment of Chinese graduates not at all implies that the social network wants to step into the country, it will certainly have some positive consequences between the relations of the company and government officials on long-term basis. In an IPO documents, the company clearly said that it is skeptical whether it can make the compromises essential to please Chinese regulators.

The co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is seemed to have some personal interest in China, as his girlfriend Priscilla Chan’s family has links there. He has also found learning Mandarin and spent some time in the country back in 2010.

Although, his visit to China was not official, but Bloomberg’s report suggested that he met with Baidu (a local equivalent to Google) and Sina (owner of China’s top microblog) during his visit.

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