Tesla Motors Interview Questions

Updated Aug 28, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)  

    Product Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Tesla Motors (Las Vegas, NV).

    Interview

    First they call you for a phone interview. And then you meet up with the hiring manager at their location face-to-face for a second interview. After that you'll have to have a third interview (yes the process is long) with the vice president.

    Interview Questions

    • Why Tesla? What do you know about Tesla Motors? What did you do at your previous job?   1 Answer
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    Undisclosed Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Tesla Motors (Fremont, CA).

    Interview

    From the onset of the interview it became very clear that the interviewers had zero interest in engaging with or evaluating my background, interests, value or current/emergent leadership capabilities. Out of the five individuals that I met with for 1-1 interviews, four displayed zero interest in meeting with me from the moment they walked into the room. Three seemed to have been caught off guard by being pulled into the interview room and displayed varying degrees of hostility presumably because they had to take time out of their busy day to meet with me. It was an unpleasant process and I regret wasting my limited and valuable vacation days to fly in for the experience. This review is not negative because of the lack of an offer - I already mentally turned it down after the interview regardless of their decision. I've received far more job offers than rejections and I've had mostly positive experiences during all my interviews, and even referring individuals to companies were there wasn't a strong job or cultural fit. I can provide positive feedback regarding those other interviews even if an offer was not extended, because there was a level of mutual respect during the interview process. Tesla receives a negative review because their interview process was unprofessional, disrespectful and in many ways hostile. I've read about how Elon Musk conducts his interviews - perhaps this permeates throughout the organization, giving lesser individuals a misplaced sense of authority and grandeur. I can only believe this is representative of the corporate culture. This is not a rant on the innovative company, their products, or the mission of advancing electric mobility, all of which I still support and respect. It's just feedback on one particular interview experience. Good luck in your job search, hopefully if you interview with Tesla your experience will be far more engaging and respectful than what I observed.

    Interview Questions

    • - I haven't had a chance to read your resume yet - tell me about yourself? - Why do you want to work here? - Are you aware of the cost of living in the bay area? It can be tough especially for those raising a family.... (with long pause, suggesting the interviewer was trying to get around asking an inappropriate question). - Tell me two accomplishments you are most proud of. - What was your last performance review rating?   Answer Question
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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Tesla Motors.

    Interview

    Interviewed by HR personnel and then engineering manager exchanged e_mail with the HR person for a few times and set up a phone interview with engineering manager. The interview was quite detailed regarding your background, your goal, and some technical questions. It was not easy to do it on the phone.

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    Product Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Paramus, NJ
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Tesla Motors (Paramus, NJ) in July 2015.

    Interview

    Applied online. First I received an email which set up a phone call the next day. Then a day or two later an in-store interview with multiple employees. Then a day or two later, phone interview with regional manager. Then they'd let you know if they were offering you the job. Once background check is ok, your hired.

    Interview Questions

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    Firmware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Tesla Motors (Los Angeles, CA) in July 2015.

    Interview

    Got call from HR then there was a short coding test. HR asked me about my experience and resume. Behavioral questions. Then she told me about coding test. After 2 days she sent me test question in email and I was supposed to give answers in text format. Basic questions related to C programming. (#define, State machine, pointers and memory).

    Interview Questions

  7.  

    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Tesla Motors in July 2015.

    Interview

    I applied and received communication about a pre-screen interview. I then had an second interview, which led to an email for a sample project. I didn't make it pass the project, but was given valuable feedback on my project. This process took about 2 weeks.

    Interview Questions

    • What authoring tool do you use to design eLearning training?   Answer Question
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    Project Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Tesla Motors in July 2015.

    Interview

    Everyone was friendly, it was an overall pleasant process. First conversation was with the recruiter over the phone, next was phone interview with the hiring manager. After that I was invited for a face to face onsite. I was asked to prepare a presentation of about 25 minutes. After that, I had 5 one on one interviews of 30 minutes each.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions about my experience, motivation, how I would handle specific situations etc.   Answer Question
  9.  

    Owner Advisor Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took a week. I interviewed at Tesla Motors in July 2015.

    Interview

    Exciting! Met with a lot of great face of Tesla through the process. Met in the showroom, at a conference table in the back with the store manager. Also met with an OA. Super friendly!

    Interview Questions

    • Are you comfortable on the sales floor in a retail environment? Sales experience   Answer Question
  10. Helpful (18)  

    No Offer
    Negative Experience

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Tesla Motors.

    Interview

    Applied the company more than 20 times, not followed up for any of the positions applied for. Received an Email from an HR in Tesla Motors for an 45 mins interview for a position never applied. I replied more than 5 times to schedule an interview. Received nothing in 3 weeks, after 3 weeks the HR replied to have an interview few days later, but never materialized again. Not hearing anything later. One of more unprofessional interview process I experienced.

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    Production Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Fremont, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Tesla Motors (Fremont, CA) in June 2015.

    Interview

    I applied and was contacted the same day for a phone interview. After the phone interview, I was asked to come in for a face to face interview a few days later which started with an assessment test with screws, nuts, and washers, and ended with an interview with someone from HR. After the face to face interview, they asked me to come in for a final interview the next day, and I met with a few managers from different departments and was offered a position at tesla, finished the interview with inputting info onto a computer for a background check.

    Interview Questions

    Negotiation

    No negotiation, you get what they offer you.

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