Back in 2017, Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla was asked how he hires team members. He explained that he asks job candidates one simple but important question: “Tell me about some of the most difficult problems you worked on and how you solved them.”
While you’ll likely never be interviewed by Elon Musk, and you may not ever be asked this exact question in an interview, you can make yourself a stronger applicant by using it as a guiding principle in these five ways:
1. BE A PROBLEM-SOLVER
This question is relevant no matter what industry you’re in. Write down the problems or challenges you’ve faced in each job you’ve had, and for each, indicate the steps you took to solve the problem, and the positive results you got. In doing this, you will be shaping your thinking around the impact you’ve had, rather than simply around the jobs you’ve been given.
2. SHOW YOUR SPECIFIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Once you’ve fully considered the question, look at your résumé and make sure it conveys these accomplishments, rather than simply listing the litany of positions you’ve held.
Source: Fast Company