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Tesla Interview Questions in San Jose, CA

Updated Nov 20, 2017
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    Firmware Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Tesla (Palo Alto, CA).

    Interview

    Prior to phone screen, coderpad assessment with slightly tricky questions. Not too difficult if you know C inside out. This was offline, where they give you ~90 mins to complete. It really takes about 30 mins if you know your stuff.

    After that 2 phone screens, then on-site. The entire process was extremely slow, taking up to 1.5 months.

    There's also a presentation (about anything technical) that you need to do in front of the interviewers as agroup

    Interview Questions

    • Write a SPI driver. Then assuming a certain h/w bug, write a work around.   1 Answer
    • Describe how JTAG works under the hood (e.g. setting breakpoints)   1 Answer
    • Implement a ring buffer   1 Answer
    • Implement malloc_aligned(size_t size, size_t alignment) where alignment is power of 2   1 Answer

  2. Helpful (1)  

    Human Resources Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at Tesla (Palo Alto, CA) in October 2017.

    Interview

    Very disappointing, disrespectful, unprofessional experience at Tesla, Palo Alto.
    Low energy incompetent individuals are on the team.
    The team doesn't know how to ask questions. They have this weird pride that they know every aspect of Tesla. Total waste of time! Recruiting Manager was the worst he didn’t seem very bright.

    The recruiting coordinator was late. She just emailed a confirmed interview schedule rather than asking what times work. Total unprofessional work!

    Interview Questions

  3.  

    Production Associate Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Tesla (San Jose, CA) in October 2017.

    Interview

    I was contacted by a recruiter and was told I would be a good fit, I get contacted a few days later to take assessment. I took the assessment and after I was done they said I had passed. But I received an email 4 days later saying that I didn’t pass. Why?

    Interview Questions


  4.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Jose, CA
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Tesla (San Jose, CA) in September 2017.

    Interview

    Applied online. Tesla Recruiter contacted me. After a 30min phone screen with Recruiter, I was given a 4 hour code challenge to complete. Code challenge was design based and was aim to check practical software engineering skills. I didn't get a chance to move on. Recruiter was very responsive and polite. I really like Tesla.

    Interview Questions


  5. Helpful (8)  

    Project Manager Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Tesla (Palo Alto, CA).

    Interview

    Overall process was very slow, 1-2 months. 1 Interview per week, 3 to 4 phone interviews, one final in person interview for about 4+ hours, had to give a presentation. Recruiter was awesome to work with. In person interview was back to back to back interviews with endless questions, some easy, some hard.

    Interview Questions

    • What do you know about electricity?
      What do you know about Tesla?   Answer Question

  6. Helpful (3)  

    UI Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at Tesla (Palo Alto, CA) in August 2017.

    Interview

    The interview process was long to say the least. There was a recruiter phone screen, two technical phone screens, a project, all to get to an on-site. For the on-site, my first task of the day was to give a presentation, before being interviewed for several hours by members of the team I was working for.

    That being said, the interviews were useful and relevant. The first technical phone screen was simply a coding challenge where the interviewer gave a coder-pad and let me work until I was done. The project was actually pretty interesting, not terribly difficult, and a lot of fun. While the presentation was stressful to do, it felt almost like a victory lap. The questions asked during the interview were mostly relevant, with one trick question, but nothing felt overly forced.

    Oh and you get to ride in a tesla after it's done. That was by far the best part.

    The one piece of feedback I'd give is that the entire process was long. I think the second technica phonescreen was also not that useful.

    The offer extended was fair, and comp was well in line with other companies of similar size.

    Overall I think Tesla has done well in overhauling some old processes and it's definitely better than what's been noted before.

    Interview Questions

    • Imagine it is raining over a 100m stretch of 2-d road. Each raindrop falls onto a random position. Once it hits a stretch of road it expands to a length of 5cm. Write code that tracks each raindrop and determines when the road is entirely saturated.   Answer Question

  7.  

    Software Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Tesla (Palo Alto, CA) in August 2017.

    Interview

    Talk with a recruiter, then offline coding task.
    They gave me ample time to complete the coding task offline. Yet.
    Got a rather rude response that I don't know how to code (I have 10+ years of C++, so debatable)

    Interview Questions

    • write a command-line program to evaluate a set of equations.
      Like:
      a=b+4
      b=c+d
      d=4
      c=3+2   1 Answer
  8.  

    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Palo Alto, CA
    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Tesla (Palo Alto, CA).

    Interview

    Began with typical phone screens with recruiters and engineers. Had a coding challenge that was extremely simple. Moved into an onsite that was primarily focused on tech and some process.

    Interview Questions


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    Hardware Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Tesla (Palo Alto, CA) in July 2017.

    Interview

    It was very long. The process took 5+ months. First, call with the Recruiter (Technical Recruiter). Then, a series of interviews with the hiring manager. Along the process, I was given some take home technical challenges. I had to complete the challenges and submit my answers via email within 2 days time. After that, an on-site interview with a past project presentation, completely technical. This was the toughest round. It involved one-on-one interviews with engineers at Tesla from all departments. The questions they asked were from every different aspect of engineering you can imagine. Mechanical, electrical, software, hardware, manufacturing, design, thermodynamics, etc. Yes! It's that varied. And most of it (not all) is not even related to what the job description says. You might say "well, they just want to test how diverse is your knowledge." But hey, when a candidate has already spent 5+ months with you answering questions directly related to the position, why would you expect him to know answers to all the unrelated branches of engineering science when you call him on-site for what is supposed to be the "last round". I mean, when it is the last round, shouldn't you be testing the candidate for exactly the skills he/she needs to have to be the right fit for the role? Well, whatever. I hope they find a genius they are looking for. From what I can say, it won't be someone who is a fresher and an entry-level candidate without any formal industry experience. It has to be someone with A LOT of industry experience. And that's alright! Just mention this to the candidate along the interview process at least once before wasting everyone's time.

    Interview Questions


  10. Helpful (5)  

    Mechanical Design Engineer Interview

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

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Tesla (Palo Alto, CA).

    Interview

    Length interview process (outlined below). However, I like this, that means everyone is properly vetted, and can be held to the same standard. Nobody can just weasel their way in.
    1. Call with recruiter
    2. Call with manager
    3. written skills test
    4. On site interview with presentation
    5. Six one-on-one interview with various potential coworkers

    Interview Questions

    • Why do you want to work at Tesla   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    Back and forth with recruiter, not too much negotiation really. An offer was given, I could accept or deny.


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