Tesla Motors
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Tesla Motors Interview Questions & Reviews

Updated Apr 8, 2014
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Software Engineer Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied online and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Tesla Motors.

Interview Details – Around March 2012, I applied online for the general engineering internship positions and contacted by recruiter for a phone interview. This was basically get-to-know me and see if I know the company and are passionate. After the HR interview, HR matched me to a group which is most relevant to your skills and interests. The second phone interview was given by my manager and another key engineer. I was not given specific technical questions, but they ask me about the projects(resume). The whole recruiting was about 3 weeks. Since the stock has sky rocked and flooding applicants, I could imagine it's much more competitive now.

Interview Question – Why do you want to join Tesla?   Answer Question

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Mechanical Engineer Intern Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Tesla Motors.

Interview Details – To be placed at an internship, Tesla has a multistaged interview process. The begin with an interview with a recruiter, which is general information: why are you interested, what team would you like to work with, etc. Know your resume. Then, if you are matched with a team you will have an interview with different levels of people within the team.

Interview Question – It caught me off guard when he asked me why I chose my current university. It wasn't a difficult question, just not something that I expected.   Answer Question

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Logistics Analyst/Coordinator Interview

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Fremont, CA

I applied online - interviewed at Tesla Motors in November 2013.

Interview Details – Applied through the company web site. Received a call from an outside employment agency - I've never sent them my resume or contacted them. They did not know anything particular about position, but thought I was a fit (?). Never heard from them again. Then received a call from Tesla recruiter. Friendly enough. We've figured out I was not what they were looking for - it did not look like recruiter knew what that position was about, but she said she'd put my resume on hiring manager's desk for another position. OK, we had a good chat. However, later same recruiter would not reply to emails asking for an update - a common courtesy, you'd think? She did post that position on LinkedIn as in "we are hiring for xxx" about 2 months after our chat. It all looked like pretty weird, random, inconsistent hiring efforts to me.

Interview Question – No difficult questions during the phone pre-screen, just the traditional "Why Tesla?" I am honestly excited about the product and she proceeds to point out that there are other cars out there, etc. Was about to ask why she was there... A bit strage.   Answer Question

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Inside Sales Interview

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I applied online and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Tesla Motors.

Interview Details – Interviews were very casual, held over Skype and in person.

Interview Questions

  • "We only hire the very best, what makes you the very best?"   Answer Question
  • "How do you feel with being asked to do things not listed in your job description?"   Answer Question
  • "Do you understand that although we are no longer a startup we continue to operate as a startup. How do you feel about working in a startup environment?"   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There were no negotiations it was, take it or leave it. They will offer you a compensation package which may include relocation but it will always include stock. Stock package was very poor and invests over 4 years. However most people never receive the full stock package because most people do not work for Tesla that long.

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Senior Controls Engineer Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate
Fremont, CA

I applied online and the process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Tesla Motors in January 2014.

Interview Details – I applied online via LinkedIn and was pleasantly surprised to get an email response. Had a phone screen with the recruiting manager and then a phone interview with an engineering manager the following week. Another week later, the recruiting manager contacted me to set up an in-person interview at the facility in Fremont, CA for the following week. The in-person interview comprised of a 30min presentation where I had to describe a technical challege I had faced and then back to back 30min interviews with 6 engineers/managers. The following week I received an offer.

Interview Question – Techinical questions regarding machine guarding and emergency stop circuits, etc. Nothing too difficult or out of the ordinary   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Made a counter offer. Waiting for response.

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Product Engineer Interview

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Palo Alto, CA

I applied through other source and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Tesla Motors.

Interview Details – I submitted my resume at Tesla Motors Career Fair in Fremont, November 2013. Had a nice talking there. About 2 wks later, got an email from team manager to make an appointment of a phone interview. Phone call was great and detailed, then got an onsite for 1 wk later. Flew to HQ and had the onsite. Made a 30min presentation and had 5 1v1s, 45min each. After went home, answered 2 questions for Elon reviewing. 2d later, was offered the job!

Interview Question – 1) very very detailed question about my previous project; 2) A team member brought up a question from their daily tasks. Was required to analyze the question and gave my thinking about it.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – No negotiation performed.

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Engineering Intern Interview

Anonymous Employee

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Tesla Motors in June 2013.

Interview Details – I got my resume through to Tesla Motors 2 years ago through a contact who interned there previously. I was contacted and had 3 interviews, but did not receive an offer. A year later, a recruiter visited my school, and I had an HR in-person interview, but again, did not receive an offer. I was later contacted in June of 2013 and asked if I would be interested in a Fall internship (heck yeah I was!). Interviewed with my current mentor and later with my current manager. The questions were: Tell me about yourself, tell me about what you do at your current internship, tell me what you did at a previous internship experience, why do you want to work for Tesla (just a few). Received an offer on my 21st birthday (best present I could have asked for).

Interview Question – I took a materials class 6 months before this interview. The manager asked me what classes I had taken in the past year, so I mentioned a few, including the materials. He then asked me to list common plastics (Polypropylene, Polystyrene, poly carbonate, polyethylene) ..... after somehow pulling them out of the back of my head, he asked me to differentiate each one and give examples where they are used (milk containers, shopping bags, protective eye wear). My advice, you NEVER know what you might be asked so stay on top of your game!   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I was not able to negotiate (as an offer for an internship). The hourly pay is less relative to other internships.

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Declined Offer

Neutral Experience

Purchasing Specialist Interview

Purchasing Specialist

Interviewed at Tesla Motors

Interview Details – 5 interview sessions, formal and informal. I met with many different team members. There were several positions open. They try to assess which team you would best work with. Everything was fast and casual. Very excited place.

1) Phone call with HR
2) Follow up call with HR
3) Call with Purchasing management
4) In person interview
5) Follow up call with Purchasing manager

Interview Question – In my experience, there were no difficult questions per sa, mostly casual friendly conversations.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – Salary was too low.

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Engineering Technician Interview

Anonymous Interview Candidate

I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 days - interviewed at Tesla Motors.

Interview Details – The number of interviews wasn't as high as other people have had. I had 2 phone interviews then was asked to come to HQ for 1:1. During the on site interviews there were maybe 6 interviews. All asked about what I knew about the job that was posted, and how I feel I could help the team. Also reviewed my resume and asked about everything I had on it.

Interview Question – asking me technician question about the position, what I would do in certain situations.   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – the offer was very low, not up to par with other companies, current job countered.

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No Offer

Neutral Experience

Engineer Interview

Engineer

Interviewed at Tesla Motors

Interview Details – Applied via website, and after about a week, received email from HR scheduling phone interview. Phone interview (Dec. 11) took about 30 min, I was asked mostly about previous work experiences. Still waiting for the response.

Interview Question – Innovative accomplishment?   Answer Question

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