How to Get a Job at Tesla Early in Your Career – Business Insider

I graduated from engineering school in April 2021 and started at Tesla just one month later in a full-time contract position as a mechanical-design engineer.
I recently left for a startup called Serve Robotics, a sustainable self-driving delivery service. I know my portfolio helped me get both jobs.
When I started applying for jobs while I was still an undergraduate, I barely got any interviews. I would have to go through 10 to 15 interviews to get one job offer.
I used to be super nervous and felt underprepared. But through thorough research, trial and error, and a lot of failures, I found a method that worked for me. These are my tips for landing a job as a mechanical engineer. 
For many of these engineering roles, you have to go through a technical interview. I had my first technical interview in my second year of school. I was surprised by how complex some of the questions were. But with every interview I did, I became less and less nervous because I started to accumulate resources. 
I did over 10 interviews at Apple, three or four at Tesla, and several other interviews at startups. I’ve learned that companies often ask similar questions. So at the end of each interview, I wrote down the questions they asked me. If I didn’t already know the answer, I would figure out how to answer it. 
I kept a master list of technical questions and would go over this list before an interview. It helped me not get caught off guard.
I had a very traditional résumé at first — everything was black and white with typical fonts and all in one column. I wasn’t getting called back for a lot of interviews. So I tried something different.
My résumé is still only one page, but I divided it into two columns and split it into four distinct sections: experience, skills, projects, and education. The result was a more aesthetically pleasing and easier-to-read résumé. 
When I’m deciding what to include in the bullets under each job, I think about three things: 
My résumé helped me stand out and put my best skills forward. But I think the real game changer for me was sending it alongside my portfolio as one PDF when I applied for jobs, or even when I networked over LinkedIn.
I’ve never gotten negative feedback for sending my portfolio along with my résumé. I think, as humans, we prefer to look at pictures over reading words. It also makes it easy for companies to breeze through your experiences. 
For my portfolio, I made three columns and included a picture. 
Under each photo, I explain what I did for the project — the first bullet is really just an overview. In the next bullet, I talk about what I did. In the “how” section, I explain things like what software or manufacturing process I did. I try to include keywords and terminologies that would show someone my knowledge and the value I brought to the project. 
I also try to include as many numbers as possible. I try to quantify the positive influence the project had.
Interviewers always end up asking me questions about my projects. It’s a great conversation starter and makes you memorable to someone going through résumé after résumé.
When I started applying for jobs, I was super nervous and didn’t know what to expect. I’m sharing these templates so that other people are less nervous than I was. I shared my experiences on YouTube, and I got comments from people saying my formats helped them get jobs at Apple and General Motors. I even have friends who are using similar templates. It makes me really happy to see that it works.
Here’s the link to my Canva template for my résumé and portfolio. It worked for me. I hope it works for you. I know that this method has helped me and others. It’s just a matter of being consistent and keeping your work updated. 
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