I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Tesla Motors in September 2012.
Interview Details – Received an email on LinkedIN. Replied back and within a week a recruiter emailed for a phone interview. Spoke for an hour asking about my background and why do you think you are a good fit for Tesla. Within another week another recruiter contacted for another phone interview. A week later, an emailed to schedule a campus interview. Interviewed with 3 people for a total of 3 hours.
Interview Question – Tesla Motors is located in Palo Alto but you live in Livermore, don't you think that is a bit far for you to drive everyday? Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Tesla Motors in September 2012.
Interview Details – First phone interview was a quick gloss-over of my resume, second was an actual engineer. The engineer was very quick and straightforward, wanted to know what I knew about Tesla and cars in general. I didn't think I was given a full opportunity to "strut my stuff," but Tesla is looking for people who were on vehicle teams all 4 years, so they know their market and interview accordingly.
Interview Question – What do you know about cars? Answer Question
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Tesla Motors.
Interview Details – First, they started with a 30-minute skills test done remotely with HR. After passing, a phone interview with the manager was scheduled, where he/she required you to solve a coding exercise through an online notepad. After passing that, an on-site meeting was scheduled, where you are required to present a 20-minute technical presentation to a panel of 5-6 people, who will eventually interview you for 30 minutes each. Finally, written exercise was given, which requires a 400-word minimum answer to two questions.
Interview Question – A physics question. Answer Question
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Tesla Motors in August 2012.
Interview Details – Talked about working in a dynamic team environment. Asked me about my ability to develop firmware for prototype devices.
Interview Question – Why I chose my major and how does my activities/interest help choose my major. Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter - interviewed at Tesla Motors in August 2012.
Interview Details – Very bad interview process. Lot of recriters will call for the same opening. Always multiple submission. Few recruiters has some insiders in Teslamotors. First the insider will call and ask quesitons. Ultimately the resume stops at recruiters end and we never get chance to take real interview. Still below are some expectation to full fill from recruiters end.
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 7 weeks - interviewed at Tesla Motors in June 2012.
Interview Details –
I applied to many position online, but did not get any call back. I decided to ask a friend for the email of a HR person, and emailed her asking if they had a position available.
To my great surprise, I got an answer from a manager a few weeks later asking me to come for an interview.
Great! but the interview was less than 24 hours later and he asked me to prepare a 30 minutes presentation on a topic related to the position I was applying for and study for a 30 minutes written-exam on thermodynamics and fluid mechanics... well, I would love to work at Tesla so I started and managed to be prepared on time.
Interview went pretty well, people (2 engineers and the team manager) were friendly.
- I presented for 30 minutes, answered many questions (got one a bit off).
- I interviewed with the team for 20 minutes (I was asking all the questions... maybe this was a bad move)
- I took the test, very back-of-the-envelope calculations... overall easier than I thought it would be, even if I got stuck an one that was involving a psychrometric diagram (not familiar with those at the time), and had trouble giving a typical drag coefficient for a car (Cd ~ .3 to .5) to complete an rough estimate. Correction was made with the manager, so I got a chance to explain my thoughts on a couple questions.
Cool bonus: waiting for the interview, the manager showed me a bunch of cars parts they were working on, pretty sweet!
The post interview part was the only bad point for Tesla: I waited 7 weeks (I had to ask them 3 times for an update) before they finally told me they picked someone else. Apparently I was second choice to a more experienced candidate.
The process took 3+ weeks - interviewed at Tesla Motors in May 2012.
Interview Details – Dragged out. Poor communications between store management and corporate H.R. Interview was easy, very inexperienced staff. Pay was a joke
Reason for Declining – Pay
I applied through college or university and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Tesla Motors in May 2012.
Interview Details – Initially I had a phone interview with the hiring manager and then I was called for an onsite interview. I started with giving a presentation to a group of managers and firmware engineers. Then I had a 1:1 interview with all the 6 members present in that group, followed by the VP of the company. The questions were related to my projects and some basic C ones as well. Then I was asked to take C based a pen and parer test. They asked me a few brainteasers also. Overall I had a good experience.
Interview Question – Most of the questions were related to my projects and some basic C questions. Answer Question
I applied through an employee referral and the process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Tesla Motors in March 2012.
Interview Details – Multiple phone interviews with: college programs manager, prospective mentors, team manager, and finally the department director. Questions were generally about background and work interests, but varied depending on the interviewer.
Interview Question – Why did you study mechanical engineering rather than a specialized discipline like automotive engineering? Answer Question
The process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Tesla Motors in March 2012.
Interview Details –
Contacted by HR and talked briefly about experience and job position.
First a phone Interview with Hiring Manager; mainly diving deeper into resume/experience and more in-depth into job position.
Second an on-site 1:1 interview with a group/panel (about 8 total); All interviews were very open/informal, with no specific format or questions... mainly talked with each interviewer about how their position ties into potential job position.
Very poor perception of the people and culture: People who interviewed me (almost all there under 1 year) seemed to not know very little about the company and even less about the position I was applying for.
Interview Question – What do you do when you don't have the data needed for a solution? View Answer
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