- Six current and former Tesla sales employees told Business Insider the advice they would give someone applying to work at the electric-car maker.
- They said to project positive personality traits and do research on the company and its CEO, Elon Musk.
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Applying for a job at Tesla is a competitive process. The electric-car maker said in 2018 that it had received almost 500,000 applications for around 2,500 open positions in the past year, and last year, Tesla ranked 16th on LinkedIn’s list of the companies people most want to work for.
Despite the company’s decision to furlough many of its salespeople in response to the disruptions caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus, Tesla is still hiring salespeople in the US.
Six current and former sales employees told Business Insider their advice on how to maximize your chances of getting a job in Tesla’s sales division. Each of the current and former employees asked for anonymity due to a fear of reprisal from Tesla, but their identities are known for Business Insider.
Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.
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Be passionate about Tesla’s products
“You don’t need specific automotive experience or anything,” said a current salesperson who works in the southeastern US. “Just be passionate about the product” and be professional, he added.
Let the company know that you can adapt to change
Tell your interviewer you can adapt to change and love being challenged, said a current salesperson who works on the West Coast.
Do your research on Tesla and Elon Musk
“Do your research,” said a former regional sales manager who left Tesla in 2019. “There’s going to be a lot of weight put on your knowledge of the company and [the CEO Elon Musk]. If they ask you what are the other companies that Elon founded or things that he invented and you don’t know the answer to that, that’s probably not going to get you very far in the door.”
“What’s on your resume can help you out, can help you get on that phone, but really presenting yourself, being confident, that’s the most important part,” said a current salesperson who works on the East Coast.
Understand Tesla’s competition
A former salesperson who started at the company in 2017 said that during his interview process, he was asked about the vehicles that competed with Tesla’s and what distinguished Tesla’s vehicles from them.
“If I were to give someone advice, it would be 100% to be yourself, be open, have customer-service experience,” said a former salesperson who left the company in 2019.
Working in Tesla’s sales department, “you need to be a ray of sunshine 24/7,” he said. “You need to be giving 130% effort at all times because if you give 95% they will catch that and they will call you out on it and they will remember it.”