2-hand test: Elon Musk relies on an unusual application process

Deepak Gupta January 12, 2022
Updated 2022/01/12 at 8:20 AM

Whether for the Tesla Gigafactory currently being built in the Brandenburg town of Grünheide or elsewhere, there should be special criteria for setting up the Elon Musk attaches great importance to. The entrepreneur is less interested in qualifications, but tries to recognize the potential of the applicants in a different way.

Elon Musk wants to know: Applicants have to pass this test

If you want to work for what is currently the richest person in the world, you have to make a little more effort. However, it doesn’t help much to shine with good universities and certificates. Elon Musk is interested in completely different things, as Inc. reports.

He tries to identify top talent through a special selection process. Because the demands are different and high. What the Tesla and SpaceX CEO is counting on is a kind of “2-hand test”. This includes “first-hand experience”, that is, first-hand experience, and “hands-on tests”, that is practical testing.

# 1 first-hand experience

For Elon Musk, experience means more than education, and he is not alone in that. A study by the Association of American Colleges and Universities shows that, for example, 75 percent of the managers surveyed who are involved in recruitment procedures consider college education to be essential.

However, this assessment is not based on the content conveyed. Rather, it is the soft skills learned during the course that come into focus. These include, for example, creativity, emotional intelligence, but also resilience. This in turn requires first-hand experience in the real world.

# 2 hands-on tests

For Elon Musk, extensive testing is part of the development of its products and technologies. Applicants should therefore also be suitably extensively tested and tested on practical tasks.

The problem is as follows: In the normal application process, often only the knowledge of candidates is scanned. But there is a fatal difference between reproducing information and actually understanding how something works. Practical tests reveal just that.

Tips from Elon Musk

The Tesla and SpaceX CEOs also have recommendations for personal success. This includes nine books that Elon Musk is said to have devoured. It is likely not without reason that the entrepreneur is referred to as a genius or “the smartest person in the world” by people who know him personally.

Sources: Inc.com, own research

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