Job interviews are rarely fun. The pressure, the nervousness, all that unwanted sweat because GOD why can’t I ask for a bigger raise and not have them look at me like that? And yet, if reports are to be believed, people rejected for jobs at SpaceX had it worse.
Former SpaceX employee, Josh Boehm, spoke to Business Insider telling them just how no-nonsense the company’s interview format is. Its company policy that SpaceX has no time to waste on unfit candidates, so interviewers are advised to use some seriously rude tactics to move things along quicker.
Upon realising that a person wasn’t a match for the job, Boehm was advised to end the interview immediately, even if that meant abruptly cutting them off mid-sentence.
According to Boehm, this could happen at any stage of a day-long interview process, including several phone conversations and seven to eight hour interviews. “If you know in the middle of an interview that [an applicant answers a question] that totally changes your mind, you’re not supposed to just be polite and finish it out. You have to end it right there and escort them out,” Boehm said.
Of course, Boehm admitted that led to a lot of uncomfortable situations. I mean, it’s puzzling as to what SpaceX really expected would happen when you cut off a candidate mid-sentence and attempt to throw them out, but what the boss says goes.
“Elon Musk and Gwynne Shotwell (SpaceX’s COO) from the top down said we only really want top talent coming in. It was really difficult to bring people in and get them on the team,” Boehm said. However, Boehm did later mention that he preferred to not cut off interviews often, and that he was only forced to on “two or three occasions.”