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Tesla Motors Interview Questions in Palo Alto, CA

Updated Mar 21, 2017
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    Global Supply Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 7+ weeks. I interviewed at Tesla Motors (Palo Alto, CA).

    Interview

    The interview process I went through involved a lot of phone interviews because I lived 2500 miles away from San Francisco.

    1. Applied Online
    2. Phone screening with internal recruiter
    3. Phone interview with hiring manager
    4. Phone interview with potential co-worker
    5. On-site interview with several managers and internal recruiter

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you think you would be a good fit for Tesla?   1 Answer
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    Firmware Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Tesla Motors (Palo Alto, CA).

    Interview

    Interview process is very tedious, Stressful and not fun. 1) Recruiter Interview 2) online coding exam 3) Total 3 Telephonic Interviews. 4) onsite interview -7 people -1-1+ 1 presentation -30 min

    Interview Questions

    • Behavioral and Basic Technical Questions. Process is so lengthy and stressful. They do not have good process defined. They can ask random questions. It does not matter how much you read and give best in the interview, they reject the candidate all the time. Recruiters are very slow in reply. Tesla should respect the candidate. Overall negative experience on selection process.   Answer Question
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    Android Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Tesla Motors (Palo Alto, CA) in March 2017.

    Interview

    Did an HR phone screen, phone tech screen, and then they insisted on bringing me out for an in person interview right away.

    Onsite, I did basically an entire day of back to back interviews with various team members, with a lot of overlap in conversation (could probably had done a few panel interviews and gotten the same result, and wasted less of my time).

    After seeing the work environment, even if I had been offered a position, I'd have declined. You are literally packed in like cattle, and it is just noisy, hot, and crowded... not a conducive environment to software engineering, and it really shows why Tesla is struggling so much to keep employees.

    Finally, the final round of my interview, with the department head, was just disregarded completely. I think it was fairly obvious that they had made a decision early on in the process, and that’s fine… I just wish they hadn’t wasted so damn much of my time.

    On the bright side I got to visit the Bay Area and enjoy some nice weather for a half a day.

    The worst part of the whole experience is you have to wait to get reimbursed for meals, hotel, & rental car... Tesla insisted on me coming out there, the least they can do is not make me go out of pocket to cover the arrangements they made, and then have to wait a week + to get reimbursed.

    There are finer and more employee centric companies in the Vally, I advise avoiding this one.

    Interview Questions

    • White boarding math equations unrelated to actually performing the job requirements   Answer Question
    • White board programming questions / equations   Answer Question
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    Mechanical Design Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through other source. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Tesla Motors (Palo Alto, CA).

    Interview

    Long and intensive, lots of attention to details and hard questions to have you work though. a lot of questions on GD&T and statics. Required a presentation to begin with where I had to present something i had designed and explain it fully. that lasted 30 minutes, then 8 or so one on one interviews followed.

    Interview Questions

    • how would you set up datums for this part.   1 Answer
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    Recruiting Coordinator Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Tesla Motors (Palo Alto, CA) in January 2017.

    Interview

    A recruiter reached out to me via linkedin, we had a quick phone call and he brought me onsite the next week. I was fairly unimpressed during the interview. Standard behavioral questions, but I was asked the same question by 6 different people. Employees of Tesla are very passionate about their work, and the product. They're looking for someone who is just as passionate. The interview did not give me insight on the team culture. The recruiter who spoke with me on the phone completely forgot about our phone conversation, so I had to repeat myself. I felt undervalued as an interviewer and they definitely let the name, Tesla, speak for itself. Two weeks has pass and no answer, I am assuming it was a no.

    Interview Questions

    • How would you describe an amazing candidate experience?   Answer Question
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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Tesla Motors (Palo Alto, CA) in December 2016.

    Interview

    1. Coding Challenge (3-4 hour problem submitted via email).
    2. 2 Phone Interviews (1 hour) - Technical questions
    3. On-Site Interview (full day) - Prepare a 15 min. presentation followed by one on ones with ~5 people. You're brought to the engineering floor and assigned a conference room (where you'll stay for the entire duration of the interview; lunch will be brought to you). I was told by the recruiter that the on-site is strictly non-technical and just a chance for others to see whether there'd be a good culture/personality fit, however, each interviewer ended up asking me technical problems anyway. One interviewer brought in my coding challenge solution and asked me about any bugs/optimizations that could've been done.

    Questions range from the typical technical coding problems to C++ basics.

    Interview Questions

    • What is a virtual function and how does the compiler handle them?   Answer Question
    • Write a function to find the angle between the minute and hour hand in an analog clock.   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Tesla Motors (Palo Alto, CA) in December 2016.

    Interview

    Digital application. Basic information was asked. Option for your own resume. The process was mostly based on seeing your accomplishments on paper. The application was heavily reliant on your university and GPA.

    Interview Questions

    • What projects are you currently working on?   1 Answer
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    Thermal Aerodynamicist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Tesla Motors (Palo Alto, CA) in December 2016.

    Interview

    Very indepth into project backgrounds and aerodynamics fundamentals. The interviews wil be ok if you deeply understand every aspect of whatever project you talk about, so keep that in mind

    Interview Questions

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5 weeks. I interviewed at Tesla Motors (Palo Alto, CA) in December 2016.

    Interview

    Applied online.
    Was contacted by HR for scheduling an interview.
    The interview was being postponed several time because of their busy schedule.
    A week after interview with HR, a quick test was taken. Then interview with Sr. manager, then Jr. manager of the project.

    Interview Questions

    • Why Tesla? Your background? Your achievements? Some basic technical questions.   Answer Question
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    Intern Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at Tesla Motors (Palo Alto, CA) in November 2016.

    Interview

    Applied online, got an email back 6 weeks later from a validation engineer. Had a 30 minute call, asked about my resume, interests. Had a second interview with another engineer, again around 30 minutes, asked if I had any experience in testing and validation. Heard back from HR two days later.

    Interview Questions

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