The billionaire entrepreneur, Elon Musk is constantly on the lookout for new talent and employs a large number of people across several different businesses. But, the one thing he will always look for in a prospective employee is not necessarily all the qualifications they may have or where they went to university, it’s the way in which they talk about their own real-world experiences.
Just to give you an insight as to what a job interview would be like with Musk, here is one of his favorite interview questions: “Tell me the story of your life and the decisions you made along the way and why you made them and also tell me about some of the most difficult problems you worked on and how you solved them.” What Musk is looking for as a response is one that includes the little details from someone who knows exactly how they solved it.
The form of interview style that Musk tends to favor is not one that looks for exact answers to puzzling conundrums, but rather one that he calls “behavioral interviewing.” Asking questions such as ‘Give an example of when you solved an analytically difficult problem”, will allow the interviewer to see how the candidate reacted in a real-world situation and what they found difficult about it. Musk is also a fan of brain teasers too, so if you are lucky enough to bag yourself a job interview with him, be prepared for a riddle or two. As a heads up, one of his favorites is:
You’re standing 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?
Answer: The North or South Pole
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