Ever lied your way through a job interview and gotten the gig? Well you must not have been interviewing with tech titan Elon Musk. The multi-billionaire founder of Tesla apparently has one question that he asks during interviews that helps him spot a liar.
Damn you better hope you don’t mess up this question if you happen to ever be up for a job with Tesla or some other company that Musk owns. The pressure is on you scoundrel!
According to Musk, it’s not about what school you went to or your level of education that matters. What’s important to him is that you’ve actually been able to achieve something during your career. You also have to be able to talk about it – in detail.
“If there’s a track record of exceptional achievement, then it’s likely that that will continue into the future,” said Musk in an interview. It doesn’t matter who you know, but rather what you know and how you got to where you are today.
So what’s the question?
The question Musk asks is actually quite simple: “Tell me about some of the most difficult problems you worked on and how you solved them.” Musk says that “the people who really solved the problem know exactly how they solved it.”
“They know and can describe the little details.”
Musk is definitely going to be able to spot a rat. Even if you know what you are talking about but can’t articulate it, you are absolutely fucked. The devil is clearly in the details.
Musk’s question hinges on the idea that someone who is a dirty little liar will lack the ability to back up their work convincingly. Musk wants to hear people talk about how they worked through a difficult issue. He also wants to hear your explanation step by step.
According to research, musks method is apparently very effective. Science says that “truth-tellers” typically provide more detailed information in response to such instructions.If you want the job, tell the truth and be as detailed as possible if a question like Musk’s happens to come up.
Easier said than done right? Well if you’re not a nasty freak who fibs to people about your achievements then you shouldn’t have anything to worry about.
Just tell the truth. It’s as simple as that!