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Trickiest Interview Questions - Tesla, Facebook , and Others

How to hire the best employees

One of the key factors that make the most businesses successful is finding the best people in the hiring process.

It seems logical then that business icons like Tesla, Facebook, Paypal and Google must have gotten job interviews down to a science.

Check out the interview questions some of the smartest business minds of our century love to ask candidates.


Elon’s recently released biography, 'Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future ,' revealed the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX CEO loves to test interviewees with this clever little question:

“ You're standing on the surface of Earth. You walk one mile south, one mile west, and one mile north. You end up exactly where you started. Where are you?”

"The right answer? Well, there are a few in fact, but the most common is the north pole mile as you would effectively be walking in a sort of triangle to put you right back where you started. The second correct answer is anywhere that's one mile outside a one-mile in circumference circle around the South Pole. Walking one mile south will place you on this circumference path. When you walk west, you will walk in a complete circle.

I’m not sure about you, but my head hurt when trying to work out my answer."


Lori Golder is Facebook's VP of People Operations, and she has a reputation for asking interview questions that aim to give an insight into what it takes for potential employees to perform at their best.

In an interview with Business Insider, she revealed her favourite question:

“On your very best day at work - the day you come home and think you have done the best job in the world - what did you do that day. “

Golder’s interview question is really aimed at understanding what activities get candidates ‘in flow’ to do awesome work and to make sure such an environment is in alignment with that of Facebook.


Peter Thiel is a superstar of the business world as PayPal cofounder, managing partner of the Founders Fund, and president of Clarium Capital.

Peter Thiel has a reputation for looking to hire people who aren't afraid to speak their minds, reports New York Times , he actually had 5 favourite questions for interviews:

“Who is the best in the world at what you do?”

“Who are your influences?”

“What have you learned in the last year?”

“If you were able to sit yourself down 10 years ago, what advice would you give your younger self?”

“What are the most important lessons you've taken away?”

Houston explained in the same interview that these interview questions were useful for him because “ I'm drawn to people who really love their craft, and treat it like a craft, and are always trying to be better and are obsessed with what separates great from good.

Well there you have it, the favourite interview questions of the leaders of some of the biggest and fastest growing companies in the world today.

While the actual questions may be different, what is clear that one of the reasons these companies have had such success is they take the time to ask potential new employees meaningful questions to make sure they get valuable insight and can ensure a good fit with the culture of the organisation.


Chris Fordyce

Customer Success @RosterElf

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