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Tesla Motors Mock Interview

To help you prepare for a Tesla Motors job interview, here are 35 interview questions and answer examples.

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How do you cope with repetition?

How to Answer

This question aims to determine how sustainable an employee you'd be in this environment. They want to know if you thrive on solitary introverted work and less so on the social aspect of the job or if you prefer to work with more social interaction. This is an attempt to find out whether you'll burn out from the monotony of the job or if you thrive in a regimented, rule-bound environment.

The goal is to communicate that you understand what they expect of you and validate that monotonous work is more arduous than it seems. Ask for further clarification of what the position entails, beyond what they advertise in the job description. Further elaborate on how your experience correlates with the expectations of the job, drawing correlations between your work experience and the expectations of the position you're contending for.

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List of 35 Tesla Motors Interview Questions & Answers

  • Behavioral

    1.

    How do you cope with repetition?

      How to Answer

      This question aims to determine how sustainable an employee you'd be in this environment. They want to know if you thrive on solitary introverted work and less so on the social aspect of the job or if you prefer to work with more social interaction. This is an attempt to find out whether you'll burn out from the monotony of the job or if you thrive in a regimented, rule-bound environment.

      The goal is to communicate that you understand what they expect of you and validate that monotonous work is more arduous than it seems. Ask for further clarification of what the position entails, beyond what they advertise in the job description. Further elaborate on how your experience correlates with the expectations of the job, drawing correlations between your work experience and the expectations of the position you're contending for.

      Written by Kevin Downey on May 27th, 2022

      1st Answer Example

      "I know a lot of people have trouble performing that kind of work without burning out on it. I'm indifferent to that part of the job. I take pride in my work, no matter what I'm doing, and I have several systems and processes for every aspect of my work. When you are good at what you do, you enjoy the work."

      Written by Kevin Downey on May 27th, 2022

  • Behavioral

    2.

    If I asked you to quit your job and start working at Tesla tomorrow, which three things would your manager miss most about you?

      How to Answer

      Many questions give you opportunities to advertise your merits. The subtlety of this question lies in what your manager would miss about you, which speaks to your qualities that made their job easier. The trick to this question is how it is phrased; it suggests quitting without giving notice, which is the antithesis of a desirable trait.

      Think of how you proved yourself as a support to your leadership and the leadership qualities you possess. That should be the focus of your answer. Some good examples are being a positive influence on morale, supporting the big-picture, being a liaison between your managers and your team, being a team player, having a strong work ethic, and setting the pace of the team, just to name a few.

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      1st Answer Example

      "First and foremost, they'd miss my professionalism, and quite honestly, I'd miss it too if I quit tomorrow without giving proper notice. I consider myself a professional. I come into work every day and say my hellos, make enough coffee for everyone, and change out the bottle in the water cooler. Then I go through my systems and set everything up before getting started on time every day. The second thing is my attitude. I'm a happy-go-lucky, positive person and find that I am more motivated in my work when I am motivating others. So I often find myself setting the pace as well. Lastly, I'd say I act as an extra set of eyes and ears for our team leaders. I'm always keeping an eye out for any of those details that might clue me into some pesky thing early on that might be more of a pain to address down the line. I have a high level of attention to detail. It's a strength, and I put that gift to good use."

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  • Behavioral

    3.

    This position requires a great deal of attention to detail. Share with me a time you had to stay focused on a task and how you did so.

      How to Answer

      Any manufacturing position will require attention to detail. The interviewer needs to know that you can stay focused on a task without being constantly monitored. Think of a time you had to pay close attention to a project to do it correctly. Be positive about your ability to follow through on any assigned task.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I tend to be an obsessive-compulsive person who loves structure. I like to plan the work and then work the plan. I also do not like to leave projects unfinished. I motivate myself to stay focused by constantly reviewing the plan in my head."

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      2nd Answer Example

      "I like to structure my work by developing a to-do list at the beginning of the day. I am the kind of person who does not need to be constantly supervised or micro-managed. I look forward to showing you what I can do."

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  • Behavioral

    4.

    We have seen a lot of people like you. What makes you different?

      How to Answer

      Your interviewers are asking you what sets you apart from other candidates. Although it is unlikely you'll be aware of the appealing traits of other candidates in the interview pool, how they've performed, and how you compare, they are counting on you to identify what makes you uniquely qualified for this position.

      Your hard skills are what end up on your resume, from being versed in specific software to tangible, trainable skills. Your soft skills, such as strong interpersonal skills, don't usually translate well on paper. The ten most common traits an interview looks for in a candidate are confidence, honesty, strong communication skills, adaptability and flexibility, reliability, strong attention to detail, self-motivation, a strong work ethic, and being a team player with a positive attitude.

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  • Behavioral

    5.

    Tesla seeks to provide a safe and accident-free environment. Tell me about a time you were involved in a safety situation and what you did to correct it.

      How to Answer

      As with any company, there are safety protocols and OSHA work standards that Tesla must adhere to. The interviewer would like to know that you will make safety a priority. Think about a time you encountered an unsafe condition. Reassure the hiring manager that you recognize the value of being safe and careful in all you do.

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  • Behavioral

    6.

    Sales can move at a pretty hectic pace. Would you describe yourself as a structured person or someone who goes with the flow?

      How to Answer

      The act of sales requires the ability to read a customer and respond appropriately so that you can persuade the customer to the point of purchase. The interviewer is trying to assess if you can handle this part of the position. Think about how you have had to adapt on your toes in a previous job and relate your ability to think on your feet. Reassure the interviewer that you can perform.

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  • Career Goals

    7.

    At Tesla Motors we like to hire those who see a future in the automobile industry. Where do you see this position taking you in the future?

      How to Answer

      Tesla is a company that loves to invest in the personal growth of its employees. Talk to the interviewer about the type of career path you would like to see with Tesla. Be sure to share why you want a career in the auto industry and how you think this position will help you get there. Be positive when speaking about your future. Be excited about the possibilities.

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  • Common

    8.

    We are moving quickly into second interviews. What is your availability like over the next few days?

      How to Answer

      Good news! If they ask for your availability in the next few days, you likely made it to the next round. Try to be as flexible as possible with your availability.

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  • Compatibility

    9.

    At Tesla Motors we seek to hire individuals who have a keen interest in the automobile industry. What interests you most about what we do?

      How to Answer

      Tesla is a company on the cutting edge of autonomous driving vehicles. Having a genuine interest in the automobile industry will be very important to the interviewer. A keen interest in this industry tells the hiring manager that you will most likely be engaged throughout your tenure. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to share your story. Be enthusiastic as you explain what attracts you to the industry.

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  • Compatibility

    10.

    This position will require us to perform a background check and a drug screen. Are you aware of any issue that might hinder you in this matter?

      How to Answer

      Tesla, like many companies in the hiring process, will perform drug screens and background checks to screen potential employees. If you sense that there might be an issue, be honest and forthright about the problem so that you do not waste the hiring manager's time. You don't need to go into detail, but be truthful about everything you say.

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  • Compatibility

    11.

    This position will require some international travel. Is there any issue that you might have with that part of the job?

      How to Answer

      Tesla's main facility is located in Palo Alto, CA. Explain to the interviewer if you have any limitations regarding travel. If the position requires travel, you should be open to meeting this requirement.

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  • Compatibility

    12.

    The position you are applying for requires a uniform and personal appearance standards. Share with me any issue that might prevent you from wearing a polo shirt or dark slacks.

      How to Answer

      While uniforms vary greatly, from the shirt and tie to a casual polo, the interviewer needs to know that you will abide by any personal appearance standards that the company might have. This is an opportunity to find out the information you may need. Tattoos and piercings are usually prohibited by dealership sales staff. If you have an issue, be honest and forthright about it to save embarrassment in the future.

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  • Compatibility

    13.

    The position you are applying for requires you to handle customers' private information. Share with me any experience you have in these matters.

      How to Answer

      In this age of identity theft, every company has a sacred trust to guard customers' information. The interviewer needs to know that you can be trusted with that information and will abide by company policies regarding it. Reassure the hiring manager that you understand the importance of being careful. Be positive in your ability to perform these kinds of tasks.

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  • Compatibility

    14.

    This position requires a lot of repetitive motions and may mean that you will need to have prolonged periods of standing on your feet. Is there any issue that might prevent you from fulfilling your job requirements?

      How to Answer

      As with any production line, Tesla sometimes requires its employees to perform repetitive tasks. The interviewer must decide if you are physically capable of performing the work. Be honest with the hiring manager about any limitations you might have. Be positive about your willingness to perform.

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  • Compatibility

    15.

    I see that you have recently worked for one of our direct competitors. Do you have a non-compete agreement in place?

      How to Answer

      In competitive markets such as the automobile industry, you may sometimes be asked to sign a non-compete or non-disclosure agreement. Be honest and open with the interviewer about any existing restrictions you may have when working for a competing organization.

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  • Compatibility

    16.

    Tesla Motors is a leading maker of electric vehicles. How familiar are you with Tesla and what we are about?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is laying the groundwork for the rest of the interview by asking what knowledge you have of the company. Tesla is the world's largest producer of electric vehicles, capturing a 23% share of the global market. In addition, Tesla makes battery storage systems designed to help move the world to a zero-emissions platform. This is an opportunity for you to share what you know or any research you might have done about Tesla. Be positive in what you say, and demonstrate enthusiasm for the opportunity to work for the company.

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  • Customer Service

    17.

    At Tesla Motors, we have a lot of pride in our customer service where we strive to go above and beyond expectations. How do you go above and beyond for your clientele?

      How to Answer

      Tesla has the most loyal customers of any auto manufacturer, with an overall satisfaction rating of 90%. Most Tesla owners wait for months to purchase their vehicle, but reviews are overwhelmingly positive about the experience despite the wait. Assure the interviewer that you take customer service seriously. Use an example of a time you went over and above the general expectations to make a customer happy. Be sure to acknowledge the customer service efforts that Tesla Motors puts forward.

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  • Discovery

    18.

    Looking at your resume, I see multiple gaps between employment. 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 and upfront about the reasons. Gaps are okay to have so long as there is a legitimate reason for them. Also, show the interviewer that you did not remain dormant during that time. Talk about any courses you took or volunteer work you did so that the hiring manager knows you stayed productive.

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  • Discovery

    19.

    In three words, describe three qualities you would most like me to know about you.

      How to Answer

      This question will allow you to set yourself apart from the rest of the applicants. The interviewer is challenging you to provide an answer that they might not have heard before. Be positive and enthusiastic about your abilities and skills. Remember that no one else has your unique gifts and talents. Help the interviewer know how capable a person you are!

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  • Discovery

    20.

    Tesla believes in contributing to the welfare of the community. Share with me any charity or cause that is dear to your heart and why you are involved with them.

      How to Answer

      Tesla believes in impacting the world for the better through their positive global impact. The interviewer needs to know that you share this company's vision and are committed to things that are larger than yourself. The goal is to show that you are concerned about your global impact as well, and that your values align with that of Tesla, by showing you are passionate about causes you believe in.

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  • Diversity

    21.

    At Tesla, we are committed to an inclusive hiring practice. Share with me a time you worked with someone from a different background.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer needs to know that you will be a good team player devoted to accepting and encouraging team members regardless of their background. Think about a time you encountered a person who was culturally different than yourself. Reassure the hiring manager that you can work well with others and not allow any bias to affect your work performance.

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  • Experience

    22.

    The position you are applying for involves extensive inventory management experience. Share with me your exposure to this area.

      How to Answer

      Tesla works with several companies to produce and provide parts for their vehicles. These companies all work closely with the manufacturer to supply what is needed. Think about your experience with inventory management, and reassure the hiring manager that your experience lends itself to the systems Tesla uses. Be enthusiastic about your skills, attitudes, and work habits.

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  • Experience

    23.

    At Tesla, we believe in a sales process. Can you share with me what you believe the sales process is?

      How to Answer

      Every auto manufacturer/dealer has a process for their sales method, which is often called the Road to the Sale. The interviewer needs to know that you are well-versed in some form of the sales process to be successful. Think about your experiences in sales and what steps you had to engage in to bring the client to the point of purchase. Be enthusiastic about your abilities to perform.

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  • Experience

    24.

    Share with me your favorite closing technique.

      How to Answer

      The art of sales requires that a person be able to close the deal. There are many closing techniques that a sales consultant can use to persuade a customer to purchase. Think about a technique you have used in the past and relay it concisely to the interviewer. Be positive in your ability to make a good argument.

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  • Experience

    25.

    At Tesla Motors, we set daily, weekly, and monthly targets for all of our sales employees. Have you worked with very specific KPI's?

      How to Answer

      As with any automobile manufacturer, Tesla believes in strict sales targets. Assure the interviewer that you are comfortable with quota and goals. If you have worked in this type of environment before, talk about what you did to meet the company's expectations. Discuss your ability to work under pressure associated with being judged based on meeting sales targets.

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  • Experience

    26.

    Tesla is constantly innovating in Research and Development. What exposure have you had in working in an environment like this?

      How to Answer

      Most positions in R & D require particular skill sets and a lot of formal educational training. The interviewer wants to understand the specifics of what you have indicated on your resume. This is an opportunity for you to open up about your experiences and reassure the hiring manager of your capabilities. Be enthusiastic when reviewing specifics. Show your passion and creativity as you choose to continue your career in this field.

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    27.

    Share with me how familiar you are with Social Media applications.

      How to Answer

      In our current day and age, sales require using a smartphone and adapting to social media to get your message out. The interviewer needs to get a quick read on how familiar you are with these applications so that you will be able to maximize your presence in the local marketplace.

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  • Initiative

    28.

    Tell me about a time you took the initiative to improve work-related procedures.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer needs to know that they are speaking with a person who can see opportunities for change. Sales is a 'change' business, where you are persuading a customer to add something to what they do not already have. Talk to the hiring manager about a time when you took the initiative in the workplace and had to advocate for change.

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  • Leadership

    29.

    What would you say is your leadership philosophy? How do you motivate others on your team?

      How to Answer

      At times, Tesla is forced to hire from the outside for leadership positions. The interviewer is attempting to assess the type of supervisor you are and whether your skillset will be compatible with the company's philosophy. Think about when you have worked in a leadership role or ways you set clear goals or helped individuals cultivate a new skill. Reflect on your experience and share some basic ideas about leadership.

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  • Problem Solving

    30.

    There is a person on the surface of the Earth. You walk one mile south, one mile west, and one mile north. You end up exactly where you started. Where are you?

      How to Answer

      This is Elon Musk's favorite interview question, and it is often a standard one in their company. It's another brain teaser designed to observe your analytical skills in real-time.

      Try answering the question at home on your own before looking up the answer. Try to vocalize your answer as you attempt to problem solve it to practice your communication skills. Then look up the answer and adjust accordingly. You want to go through the whole problem process, communicating clearly when this question is posed, even if you figured out the answer beforehand.

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    31.

    You're in a row boat, which is in a large tank filled with water. You have an anchor on board, which you throw overboard. Does the water level in the tank rise or fall?

      How to Answer

      This technical brain teaser is designed to observe your analytical skills in action. It is designed for the interviewer to determine if you can think through and resolve such questions quickly with the limited data they present.

      You can look up the answer to this question online and rehearse your answer. You not only want to show off your analytical abilities but also your communication skills in how you relay your answer.

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  • Salary

    32.

    Tesla is one of the few automobile manufacturers that does not pay commissions for its sales force. What are your salary expectations?

      How to Answer

      Tesla pays its sales associates a base pay of $50k - $55k per year per hour based on seniority. Talking about salary and compensation expectations can be uncomfortable, but it is an essential conversation between yourself and the hiring manager. Use this part of the interview to gather the information you need to make the right decision for your career path.

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  • Salary

    33.

    Tesla believes in offering a comprehensive benefits program for all its employees. What kind of benefits package are your receiving from your present employer?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer knows that Tesla provides a good benefits package, including health, dental, and vision insurance. In addition, they provide other items such as retirement savings plans and life and disability insurance. Many employees tend to put as much value on benefits as they do on base salary. This is an opportunity to gather enough information so that you can make a good decision about your future. It is not necessary to go into specific details.

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  • Teamwork

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    This position will require you to work with employees and supervisors from other departments than the one you are assigned to. Share with me a time you have had to work with another department.

      How to Answer

      The interviewer asks this question to assess if you are a team player who will work well with others. Think about a situation where you worked with an employee or took feedback from a supervisor who was not your direct manager. Be positive in sharing your experiences and reassure the hiring manager that you are willing to receive feedback whenever it is offered.

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  • Teamwork

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    Have you ever had a conflict with a boss or professor? How was it resolved?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to determine that you are respectful of your leaders. While you do not always have to agree with your supervisor, you need to communicate respectfully. Share with the interviewer a time when you disagreed with your boss or professor, but you did not allow your differences to create tension or drama in the workplace. Do not elaborate on details, and stay positive about your ability to work with those who manage you.

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