December 7, 2017
Elon Musk is changing the world as we know it. From self-landing rockets to self-driving cars, this South African entrepreneur has disrupted more industries than all the social media giants combined. Working for one of his companies is not only an honor, but a unique privilege bestowed upon only the greatest of tech candidates. And apparently, the interview process very much reflects how competitive these positions really are.
According to a Business Insider interview with former SpaceX employee Josh Boehm, there are six grueling steps to the interview process at Elon Musk’s aerospace manufacturer. And as you can imagine, it’s a little more intense than Google’s infamous riddles. According to Boehm:
- Teams in HR pore over piles of resumes.
- Then applicants have two to four phone screenings to see if they are qualified for in-person interviews.
- Candidates who make it through those four phone conversations are brought to the SpaceX campus for a full day of interviewing with “everyone who might work with them.”
- Interviewers talk to candidates in pairs where they are “grilled” in seven to eight one-hour interview sessions.
- Halfway through, they get a break for lunch and to take a tour of factory. The second half of interviews then commence.
- If even one person expresses doubt at any part in the process, the interview comes to a halt and the applicant is immediately sent home.
Sounds pretty harsh compared to your average tech job, but admittedly SpaceX is no average tech company. The aerospace manufacturer has successfully designed a self-landing rocket that has been used by NASA no less than a dozens times, and continues to innovate the future of space travel. And that, said Boehm, was a big reason why, despite the grueling interview process, the long hours, and the sleepless nights, he really did enjoy working at SpaceX.
“If I had more than 24 hours in a day, I would love to still work there,” he said. “It’s a great environment, and I do believe in the mission.”
Read more about SpaceX on TechCo
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