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Tesla Motors Inc Software Engineer Interview Questions

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How do you go about addressing errors in your code?

Software Engineer Interview Questions

  1. 1.

    How do you go about addressing errors in your code?

  2. 2.

    Can you describe a tough software development problem you encountered in your last job and discuss how you solved it?

  3. 3.

    Tesla is very proud of our products and the people who develop them. In your opinion, what distinguishes a great software engineer from an average one?

  4. 4.

    How do you go about organizing CSS files, and why do you prefer this approach?

  5. 5.

    Walk me through your process for designing scalable applications.

  6. 6.

    What do you feel are the critical principles of good software engineering?

  7. 7.

    Are you familiar with software engineers' duties, responsibilities, and requirements in the Tesla software development organization?

  8. 8.

    What is the programming model for ensuring the safety of self-driving vehicles?

  9. 9.

    What are some of the other tools you use when creating autonomous vehicle software?

  10. 10.

    Here at Tesla, we value work life balance and initiative. What personal software development projects have you worked on outside of work?

  11. 11.

    Describe the process you use to create a program, from requirements definition to delivery.

  12. 12.

    Do you program using Python, and if so, why?

  13. 13.

    Can you describe some of the challenges unique to developing software programs for autonomous vehicles?

  14. 14.

    Please describe a stack and the two operations it performs.

  15. 15.

    How would you accelerate the response time of a website you created for us here at Tesla?

  16. 16.

    Many Tesla Software Engineers prefer to program in Java. Can you describe how you would implement linear search in JavaScript?

  17. 17.

    If hired by Tesla, can you estimate what portion of your day will involve coding and other activities you will perform when not coding?

  18. 18.

    What process do you use to test and find bugs in an application you've developed?

  19. 19.

    How would you implement Dijkstra's Shortest Path using a programming language with which you are familiar?

  20. 20.

    Walk me through the steps to build a single page application with multiple sections using the programming framework in which you typically work.

  21. 21.

    Which do you prefer - a micro-service approach or a monolithic app?

  22. 22.

    What do you look for or check when reviewing another team member's code?

  23. 23.

    Can you describe Tesla's software development life cycle as you understand it?

  24. 24.

    Here at Tesla, we have embraced Agile methodology. How experienced are you with the Agile software development process?

  25. 25.

    Please describe responsive design and the difference between fixed and fluid layouts.

  26. 26.

    What are the differences between an array and a stack?

  27. 27.

    What are the differences between blocking and non-blocking calls in the context of Node.js?

  28. 28.

    Tesla web developers are incorporating HTML5 in their most recent websites. Can you describe the functions of web workers in HTML5?

  29. 29.

    Can you define black box testing and white box testing and discuss the differences between them?

  30. 30.

    What are some of the programming languages you are familiar with, and which ones do you prefer?

  31. 31.

    What are the advantages of programming using C++ when developing software for autonomous vehicles?

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    What operating system do you prefer to use for programs which guide self-driving vehicles such as our Tesla Model 3?

  33. 33.

    Do you have experience working with Robot Operating System?

  34. 34.

    What are some of the key requirements you need to consider when designing software for Tesla autonomous vehicles?

  35. 35.

    Can you discuss Vehicle to Everything (V2X,) its purpose, and some of the components?