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SpaceX Mock Interview

To help you prepare for a SpaceX job interview, here are 29 interview questions and answer examples.

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Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.

How to Answer

On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?



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List of 29 SpaceX Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1.

    Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.

      How to Answer

      On a scale of 1-10, how skilled are you in communication? Why did you choose that particular rating for yourself?



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      1st Answer Example

      "I rate my communication skills as a 9/10 as I will, on occasion, have times when I am not as clear as I would like to be. My supervisor and co-workers will attest to my clear and concise communication skills. Because I am an open leader, my team will let me know if I need to clarify anything."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I believe there is always room to improve communication skills so for that reason I will rate myself as an 8/10. I have not received any complaints related to my communication abilities and am quite proud of my oral and written communication skills."

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  • 2.

    How do you manage your time?

      How to Answer

      What tools do you use to stay on task and meet deadlines? How do you prioritize when everything demands your attention at once? Think about the ways you manage your projects and daily tasks. Do you keep a calendar? Do you set reminders? Sometimes a to-do list is helpful when organizing your time because it can help you prioritize what needs to happen next. Paying attention to which tasks require the most time and which ones bring the most value are ways you can pick and choose what needs to happen in your schedule. What are some ways you have found work best for you to manage your time at work?

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      1st Answer Example

      "I will determine which project requires my attention by the number of hours we are behind and then the project size. I am comfortable delegating tasks when needed, but I am also aware that these times will require an additional commitment of hours from me. Never have I under delivered on a deadline."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "Time management has been something that I have worked on improving since my time in University. I set goals for myself and attached a time deadline for those goals. Also, I am diligent with the use of my calendar and have a great scheduling app on my phone that I refer to as well."

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  • 3.

    Are you actively interviewing with other companies, and are you close to offer stage with anyone?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is looking for answers to a few points when asking this question.

      1. The company wants to know what kind of timeline is present before you are scooped up by another organization.
      2. They want to know how discerning you are with your job applications.
      3. They want to know the types of roles that interest you.
      4. They want to hear that they are your top choice.

      You can certainly discuss your search but avoid giving too many details. Give the interviewer enough to satisfy the question without revealing your entire search. Some mystery is okay here.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I recently started my search and had found some interesting job postings related to my degree; however, your role is the position I am most enthusiastic about."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "If you are not interviewing: "I just started my search, so I am not in final interviews with any other company. I am aggressively seeking; however."

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  • 4.

    Do you believe it is possible to be a good team member yet disagree with the leader?

      How to Answer

      You will work with some very headstrong individuals at SpaceX. The interviewer wants to know that you can be diplomatic in the workplace, even when you may not agree with your leader.

      Show the interviewer that it is possible for you to be a good team member, yet disagree with the leader from time to time. Explain that you believe everyone is entitled to their own professional opinion, yet capable of maintaining respect for each other at the same time.

      Show that even if you disagree with the final decision they make, you support the direction the team is heading.

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  • 5.

    Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps between employments, what were you doing during those gaps?

      How to Answer

      There are many reasons for having a gap in your resume, and it's best, to be honest about the intentions.

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  • 6.

    What is your current salary?

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      A potential employer will often base their offer on your current salary. You should be transparent about your most recent earnings and be prepared to back up any salary requests.

      If you are currently employed: "I am currently earning a base salary of $78,000, plus a car allowance of $900/month, and health benefits. I am looking for a competitive salary in my next position."

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  • 7.

    How often do you think of innovations that will improve your work performance?

      How to Answer

      Innovation is a key term when interviewing at a place like SpaceX. Their founder is Elon Musk so - this should go without saying! Coming up with ideas to increase productivity, efficiency and save time and energy is a great way to make an impact on your coworkers and the company.

      Having the ability to see problems as opportunities is a skill that can make you an essential asset to a company. Think of a time you had a chance to make a difference by making a change in a process or procedure.

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  • 8.

    Your workload will be large at SpaceX. How do you balance life and work?

      How to Answer

      It is essential to keep a healthy work/life balance to prevent burnout. Talk to the interviewer about how you can maintain that appropriate balance for yourself.

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    How have you demonstrated leadership ability when you were not in a leadership role?

      How to Answer

      This question challenges you to think about how you act as a leader in your daily life. Even if you're not leading a team, you can still demonstrate the qualities of a leader! You can give an example of how you coached a coworker who was having difficulty preparing for a big presentation. Maybe you gave them confidence in their strengths by encouraging them, or perhaps you offered some helpful hints. You can be a motivator and a confident communicator in any situation at work! Share how you have positively influenced others through actions you've taken to support and motivate others at work.

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  • 10.

    How do you define success?

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      What does success mean to you? Tell the interviewer how you see progress and be sure to tie your answer into the success that you plan to bring to this particular position, should you be offered the role.

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  • 11.

    How do you think your early career will help you succeed in this position?

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      Did you start working at a young age? Perhaps you have held some tough jobs earlier in your career? Many hiring managers agree that the best employees are ones with 'grit' and who have held a 'dirty job' or two in their lives. Talk to the interviewer about your early work experience.

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  • 12.

    If you were given a choice, which work related task would you leave for last? Why?

      How to Answer

      Often we will leave the tasks that we don't like for last, in the act of procrastination. Other times, we will mindfully move responsibility for last because we feel that it makes the most sense. Help the interviewer to determine which personality type you are by answering this question.

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  • 13.

    How do you like to encourage ideas in others?

      How to Answer

      Encouragement to others is a great skill to possess. Talk to the interviewer about your ability to encourage creative ideas in your team members.



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  • 14.

    Tell me about an achievement you are proud of. What did you find challenging about it?

      How to Answer

      Sometimes a great achievement is completing a difficult task and overcoming the obstacles that come up along the way.

      When faced with an impossible deadline and regular interruptions that cause you to have to switch gears every thirty minutes, completing a simple project can seem like climbing a mountain!

      You have a couple of options for how to approach this: Discuss an example of when you overcame obstacles to achieve something great, or share a significant accomplishment or award you received and talk about what was challenging about it.

      Either way, you are showing your determination and focus on reaching your goal. Think of a situation that highlights your strengths and qualities that will be helpful for the job for which you are interviewing. Try to keep it as career relevant as possible.

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  • 15.

    Looking at your resume, it seems there are certain skills necessary for this position that do not stand out. How do you think you will be able to compensate for these missing skills?

      How to Answer

      Most job descriptions will have a long list of requirements. Hiring managers are aware that, to find a candidate that checks ALL of the boxes, can sometimes be impossible. If you are missing some of the 'nice to have' or even the 'must have' skills listed in the job description, do not fret! Be open about your shortcomings and discuss with the interviewer how you plan to compensate for those.

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  • 16.

    At SpaceX we seek to hire only those with aerospace experience. Are you more experienced in the private or public aerospace industry?

      How to Answer

      Founded in 2002 by Elon Musk, SpaceX is a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company. The interviewer would like to see that you have experience in the industry; whether your aerospace experience comes from private or public entities. If the job description or job posting from SpaceX points out a preference of one over the other, it is wise to focus your answer on that particular experience.

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  • 17.

    Who would you say inspires you?

      How to Answer

      Show you preparedness for the interview by having an immediate answer. The only wrong answer here is, 'I don't know.' In most discussions, you will get one or two personal questions to see how you present yourself. You want to be able to articulate yourself well, responding politely and even passionately when appropriate. An excellent way to respond to this question is by sharing a story about a person who has been a positive influence on you and your career. If your dad motivated you to push through to finish your education, talk about how that impacted you. Who showed you that it was possible to overcome even the most significant obstacles? Who taught you the skills that brought you where you are today?

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  • 18.

    Have you progressed in your career as you have expected?

      How to Answer

      Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.



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  • 19.

    Would you say you focus more on reasons why change will not work rather than adapting to new changes?

      How to Answer

      When a change occurs in the workplace do you view it positively or do you resist the change? Talk to the interviewer about how you adapt to change.

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  • 20.

    How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?

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      We all like recognition in some way for our accomplishments in the workplace. Share with the interviewer how you would want credit for your hard work. Some options can be through bonus' or financial perks, public recognition, kind words, or promotion opportunities.

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  • 21.

    Many of our industry competitors have their employees under a non-compete contract. Are you bound by any non-compete contract with your current employer?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to avoid any hurdles during the offer and negotiations stage that would prevent you from being successfully on-boarded. If SpaceX is a direct competitor to your current or most recent employer then you should carefully review your employment contract to ensure nothing is hindering you. Be prepared to present the agreement in your late stage interview.

      If you are under a non-compete contract: "I am under a non-compete contract with Company ABC; however, it specifically states that I cannot share any trade secrets or recruit any of their current employees. There is nothing in the contract hindering me from joining SpaceX."

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  • 22.

    Confidentiality is of utmost importance to us at SpaceX. Are you willing to sign a confidentiality agreement, if hired?

      How to Answer

      SpaceX is on the cutting edge of innovation, and they will have incredibly sensitive information. Assure the interviewer that you are a trustworthy individual who can handle being under a confidentiality agreement with SpaceX if hired.

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  • 23.

    We are looking for specific post-secondary education for this role. Tell me about your post-secondary education and how it will help you in this position with SpaceX.

      How to Answer

      It is vital that you check the job posting or job description provided by SpaceX to ensure that you have the proper educational requirements. If you do not bring the desired degree or certification, be prepared to defend your education and remind them why you are still the best candidate for the job!

      If you have the desired education: "I saw on your job posting that you are looking for candidates with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. I have my degree in Aeronautical Engineering from an accredited University. My education will be helpful in this role as it is directly related to your company's focus."

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  • 24.

    Our goal is to be the top rated company in our industry. After researching SpaceX, what do you think we could improve on?

      How to Answer

      If SpaceX asks for your feedback on what they could improve on it is best to keep your answer positive and light. Be sure to start, and finish, your suggestion with a compliment on what they are doing right.

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  • 25.

    At SpaceX we have some strong competitors. In your opinion, what makes us stand out from the others?

      How to Answer

      It is essential to research SpaceX before your interview. Through that research, be sure to study some of their competitors and why you feel SpaceX stands out from the crowd. Visit the 'About SpaceX' section on the company website to find out if they have received any recent awards or accolades.

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  • 26.

    Because of the nature of business at SpaceX we conduct background checks on employees. This includes criminal background, credit, and education verification checks. Are you willing to comply?

      How to Answer

      Most companies in the aerospace and defense industry need to be very cautious about who they hire. There is a chance that much of the information you are going to access could be confidential and dangerous if put into the wrong hands. Assure the interviewer that you are most willing to comply with any form of background check they require.

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  • 27.

    There are numerous career avenues you can take with SpaceX. Which career path interests you the most?

      How to Answer

      It is essential that you thoroughly research SpaceX before your interview. Be sure to examine their careers section, any additional locations, and the variety of departments or business units they may have. You can then accurately assess the potential growth opportunities with SpaceX. There are opportunities listed ranging from Avionics, Finance, Information Technology, Launch, Manufacturing and Production, Propulsion, Vehicle Engineering, and even Mission Management. Discuss your career growth and desires with the interviewer.

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  • 28.

    In your opinion, what is the biggest breakthrough in the aerospace and defense industry in the past decade?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to ensure that you hold strong knowledge, and genuine interest, in the aerospace and defense industry. If you are familiar with the industry, you will know about some of the latest industry breakthroughs. Briefly discuss which one has caught your interest the most.

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  • 29.

    The aerospace and defense industry is ever-changing. At SpaceX we seek to hire individuals with a keen interest in this industry. How do you stay up to date on aerospace related current events?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to confirm that you have a genuine interest in the aerospace and defense industry. Perhaps you read aerospace-related books, follow particular engineering journals or subscribe to a blog related to this industry. Briefly share with the interviewer how you stay up to date on current events related to SpaceX.

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