AUSTIN (KXAN) - Facebook willlaunch its Austin office on Monday, with six employees andintentions to hire up to 200. The office, located on West 6thStreet, is the social media giant's first major U.S. expansionoutside of California, upping Austin's reputation as a big dog inthe technology sector.
Facebook users abound among the 50,000 students at the University ofTexas. A select few Facebook workforce hopefuls like DianaJiminez have already interviewed with the company.
The advertising junior hopes that possible internship couldlater turn into a job.
"More like a three-hour interview, and they throw in tests inthere,” she said. “Just basic logical tests, mathtests, just to make sure you are qualified."
Along with liberal arts, Facebook seems to focus its attentionon the UT College of Communication. The school's career serviceshas already utilized the company at job fairs and had a tremendousoutpouring of interest from students.
"When a company like Facebook comes to town, it's somethingstudents recognize, that they affiliate positively with,”said Matt Berndt, director of the Communication CareerServices.
“So, ‘Wow, the opportunity to work with Facebook,wouldn't that be cool?’"
"I think it's going to be dog-eat-dog, especially for us youngerpeople in the job market,” said Ana Morales, another UT mediastudent. “We're going to think that we know more than theaverage individual and we're going to want to go after it, andwe're probably going to be fighting for the same positions."
With 200 positions opening up at Facebook's downtown Austinlocation over the next several months, the company'sFacebook page already has postings for the types of jobs itneeds to fill with very specific qualifications. While UT has beenone of its greatest recruiting stations, career services saidstudents should not be surprised if this popular choice goes toapplicants with a tad more years and experience.
"A company like Facebook is going to want to know, when they'reasking, ‘Why are you a good candidate for this job? Why doyou want to work here?’ explained Berndt. “It's goingto want to hear an answer that's a little more sophisticated than:‘Because you're Facebook, and I really likeFacebook.’"
Jiminez said she already has some big internships under herbelt. But while she is studying for finals, she is also crossingher fingers for Facebook.
"I have yet to be called back,” she said, “but theysaid they're going to be calling people back definitely within thenext week."
Facebook’s Austin launce came after the City Councilapproved a $200,000 incentive for the company last month, alongwith $1.4 million in state spending.
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