Elon Musk

• Landing a job at Tesla is an “intense” process, according to former Tesla recruiter Marissa Peretz.

• She told Business Insider about how she helped grow the company from 200 to 16,000 employees.

• All candidates had to go through several rounds of screenings — including an interview with CEO Elon Musk himself.


No one got a job at Tesla without first getting a thumbs up from CEO Elon Musk, according to ex-Tesla recruiter Marissa Peretz.

She left the automaker in 2015 to found Silicon Beach Talent with fellow Tesla alum Max Brown, so she can’t say for certain if Musk still personally approves of every single hire.

But that was certainly the case during Peretz’s tenure.

She recalled one push to hire 2,000 employees for a new Tesla factory.

“He had to approve every single hire,” she told Business Insider. “We had to do written bios on every single person. The janitor. The assemblers. The cafeteria workers.”

During Peretz’s time at Tesla, the company grew from 200 to 16,000 employees worldwide. But when she joined in 2010, she said Tesla wasn’t as well known as it is today. As a result, her role was more devoted to headhunting than sifting through thousands of applications.

“We were really selling a dream at that time,” she said. “We did not have brand equity at that point. We didn’t know whether our stock was going to be worth anything.”

As a result, hiring was a major priority for the company.

“Elon is really obsessed with hiring world class talent,” she said. “The pressure was on in recruiting.”

For a single role, which generally took about two months to fill, the process would be:

1. Screening and preliminary conversations

Screen five to 15 people per role.

Have a preliminary conversation. These mostly focused on the candidate’s background and greatest accomplishments. Peretz said the goal Read More Here