Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, said he asked each candidate the same question meant to catch anyone who was lying about their experience
Elon Musk said he always asks interview candidates a question to see if they are lying or not
As the boss of Tesla, SpaceX, and co-founder and founder of Neuralink, et de The Boring Company, the man of 49 years old clearly knows what he does in business
Moreover, he recently became the richest person in the world with a net worth exceeding 136 billion pounds, so it's no surprise that everyone wants to know their recruiting tip
Musk is not interested in what school a potential employee attended or even their level of education, reports the Daily Star
“You don't even have to have a college degree, not even from high school”, Musk said in an interview in 2014 with Auto Bild
Instead of that, the father of seven is looking for «evidence of exceptional ability» when it comes to hiring new employees
“If there is a history of outstanding achievement, it is likely that this will continue in the future”, did he declare.
Of course, it's easy for someone to lie about their CV or their accomplishments, but Musk has a question that's designed to catch liars
Speaking at the Government's Global Summit in 2017, Musk admitted he asked the same question of every candidate he interviewed: “Tell me about some of the most difficult problems you worked on and how you solved them”
A study published in the Journal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition in December 2020 discovered several approaches to spotting liars based on a job interview technique that actually confirms Musk's technique
One of these methods is called «Asymmetric information management» (AIM) and is designed to provide an interviewee with a clear means of demonstrating their innocence or guilt to the investigator by providing detailed information.
“Small details are the cornerstone of forensic investigations and can provide investigators with facts to verify and witnesses to interview”, wrote Cody Porter, one of the study's authors and principal investigator at the University of Portsmouth, in an article for The Conversation
She specifically said that investigators should give clear instructions to interviewees that “if they provide longer and more detailed statements about the event that interests them, then the investigator will be better able to detect if they are telling the truth or if they are lying”
“This means they are more likely to strategically withhold information in response to the AIM method
“Their assumption here is that providing more information will make it easier for the investigator to detect their lie., so instead, they provide less information”
The study also found that using the AIM method can increase the likelihood of detecting liars by as much as 70%
Musk added during the interview with Auto Bild that what he really wanted to know, this is if a candidate really solved the problem they claimed to have solved
He said: “And of course, you want to make sure there has been a significant achievement, were they really responsible, or was it someone else more responsible?
“Habitually, someone who has really struggled with a problem, really understand [the details] and do not forget”
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