Tesla’s Recruitment Pitch: Be All You Can Be!
A lot of brands are successful because of their ability to hire top talent that is able to push their business on top. Their interview processes are a proof that they know exactly what talent what they to hire. These companies are not willing to compromise. For some candidates these companies’ hiring styles may seem intimidating. From the hindsight, these companies not only have a top notch interview process that can identify the talent they’re looking for, but a successful process to ensure the quality of the hire is incredible.
Tesla Motors is one such company that comes in mind when you say ‘top notch interview processes’. It follows a collaborative hiring process, introducing the candidate to the company when they arrive for the interview. Prospective employees are expected to take an entire day out to get to know the facilities as well as be open to multiple interviews with members across different departments. Throughout the interview process, candidates are asked to answer two major questions:
How passionate are they about the company and its mission? Do they have a compelling reason to work there? Can you handle the tough working environment? But, that is not all. Candidates are also subject to a number of interview rounds, which include a phone screening. A recruiter from Tesla calls up applicants to learn about their skills, and chat with them about the role. Then comes the phone interview with the team. Candidates are required to have a chat over the phone with the hiring manager or a senior engineer about their experience and to get a little knowledge about the technical details of the job.
The on-site interview at Tesla requires candidates to create a presentation about their past work experience.
During the presentation, candidates are also subject to an arduous Q&A session for a panel of four to six people. The panel consists of hiring manager, senior engineers and directors.
Once the presentation is over, each panelist has a one-on-one interview with the candidate. The questions vary from technical know-how to fundamental engineering topics such as kinematics and dynamics to behavioral questions. There’s also an additional phone interview for those who cannot make it.
The overall interview process isn’t difficult. In fact, it exits to check if the candidate is passionate about working with Tesla and their mission. It helps Tesla not only hire someone who is capable, but also someone who is actually passionate about working with the company and its culture. Interestingly, the hiring process helps weed out people who are only interested in the company because of the name.
For non-technical job opening, Tesla has a unique recruiting app which sources people of its U.S. sales team via Jobsuitors. Jobsuitors is a one-topshop for companies on the hunt for candidates. It’s not just an app, but a unique recruitment tool that use an algorithm similar to that of a dating site.
To make unique candidate-company matches, Jobsuitors asks both employers and candidates to fill out an extensive application. It includes questions such as: What skills do you have? What skills do you want to learn? What are the skills you don’t want to use? Candidates are also asked about their level of happiness at each of their previous jobs as well as the kind of hours they’re looking to keep at the next one. Tesla, on the other hand, provides an insight into the company culture and desired traits of the hire.
Using Jobsuitors, Tesla is able to find as much as it can about a candidate’s personality and their job kills. Companies like Tesla are switching to Tinderlike interfaces for finding the right candidate. The $25 million talent acquisition industry, is filled with names like Jobr, Realmatch, Whitetruffle, Switch and Shortlist. Tesla, is not the only one to try out novel means to find the right candidate.
Out of Tesla’s 7,000 or so employees, around 300 are veterans. Tesla specifically seeks out vets to fill in the position, and for a good reason that is. Tesla has a soft spot for veterans and recruits them through word of mouth of veteran groups or at job fairs.
Veterans bring special expertise that goes well with building electric cars. Their technical knowhow about mechanics and electronics, as well as teamwork, discipline and leadership skills go well with Tesla’s work culture. Tesla holds casual meetings for vets where they can share their own ideas about how the company can improve itself.
For Tesla, hiring disciplined workers is a mutually beneficial relationship. Veterans at Tesla have an easier time transitioning back to normal life when they return from the job. The company is flexible with the schedules of the enlisted one. Tesla held employee Megan Gates’ position while she was on duty for two years, and she remains comfortable balancing her National Guard service with her work. “I give Tesla my schedule and say ‘these are the weekends I need to leave,’ and they work around that schedule,” she says. “Everyone here is so supportive.”
It’s not just US army veterans who are hired at Tesla. At least 200 of Tesla’s employees previously worked at Apple. Truth be told, the hiring process in many companies is similar to the one at Tesla. So, what makes Tesla’s recruitment pitch so unique?
A lot of companies fail to provide a meaningful hiring-working experience that Tesla does. Tedious engineering isn’t what most candidates have on their mind when they are set up with an interview with a famous tech company. It’s mostly perks and bonuses.
Elon Musk, Tesla founder, is for one, a man with a compelling vision who wants to hire people who believe in him. He believes, it’s meaningful work that motivates people beyond a robust compensation plan or a simple playful interview process.
This, in fact, should be the hiring goal of all companies looking to achieve excellence. When companies lay out a deeper, meaningful vision people can believe in, they not only attract sales and investors, but also the top talent in the industry. So dream big, your talent pool depends on it.
You have to have a very compelling goal for the company. If you put yourself in the shoes of someone who’s talented at a world level, they have to believe that there’s potential for a great outcome and believe in the leader of the company, that you’re the right guy to work with. - Elon Musk, Chief executive of Tesla Motors.