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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Pros: “I am a multi-disciplined test engineer. I have been with the company with quite some time and have worked across most engineering groups with the exception of the infotainment division…” “I am a multi-disciplined test engineer. I have been with the company with quite some time and have worked across most engineering groups with the exception of the infotainment division. - ISOs and RSUs. I entered prior to the stock hike. Company-provided options and RSU grants for achievement has been a big financial reward and will continue to be until full vesting. This is important and one of the top three reasons Tesla has me staying put with the company (see Cons below) - Opportunities to learn. The company moves fast and because of that there has been a multitude of opportunities for me to interact across various technical groups. I have had the opportunity without any hindrances, due to my role, to gain a holistic understanding of the technology behind this vehicle. It's special to say the very least. - Bright minds. Tesla has acquired top-talent in its early days (I cannot say the same now see below). the backbone of the company has been the engineers with the confidence and courage to tackle challenges no one else has ever attempted. Many other automotive companies have come to recognize that Tesla is a competitor and looming threat. - Advancement. Up until recent months, Tesla did a fairly decent jobs at providing opportunities for advancement. This was in part due to its very loose structuring (leveling didn't officially happen until a few months ago...) and also in part because you truly were recognized for your experience, knowledge, and impact. If you were promoted from level 1 to level 2, you earned it, if you were promoted from level 1 to staff (level 4) you changed the approach for something crucial and you definitely earned it. You got what you earned, and even though recognition came slowly, I can't think of many companies that would have let someone jump from level 1 to level 4 regardless of the fact they were qualified just out of tradition. Bottom line. Though I am still young in my career, in comparison to many other senior engineers at other companies, whether they are friends, family, or acquaintances, I know that in my time with Tesla, the experience and knowledge I have gained has been 2x to 3x greater than what they received in the same amount of time. It came at the expense of very hard and tediou work and deadlines. But I made it work out.” – Full Review
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