The chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, talked with Business Insider at their Ignition conference and told the audience about his method of how he figures out if a job applicant is qualified for a job.
In the session, Musk talks about problem solving, and as part of an interview he will ask prospective employees how they solved a problem. From this he can tell if a job applicant is lying from their response.
If an applicant is able to provide a detailed, ‘multi-level’ response down to the finer details of a problem, from the challenges to the steps involved, then Musk believes that they were directly involved and responsible for solving the challenge.
If a person gets stuck with their response then they wouldn’t be directly involved as “anyone who struggles with a problem will never forget it,” Musk says.
Tesla and SpaceX have over 15,000 employees combined worldwide, with Tesla’s recent revenue figures reaching over $3 billion in 2014.
Tesla are also part of a battle for ‘tech’ staff, with Apple and Tesla poaching each other’s staff in an attempt to find the best talent, with reports suggesting that Apple are attempting to go head to head with Tesla and create their own electric car.
The full excerpt of the interview can be seen here.