Here’s The Unique Interview Question Elon Musk Asks To Weed Out Liars

David Hookstead | Smoke Room Editor-in-Chief

Elon Musk has a unique question he asks applicants to tell if somebody is a liar.

Musk is known for many things. He invited Tesla and SpaceX, he is known for notoriously not having a filter on the things he says, and he apparently has a very simple way to tell if somebody is a liar. The billionaire visionary apparently just asks what was the most difficult problem an applicant faced and how did they solve it. (RELATED: ELON MUSK HAS A NEW GIRLFRIEND AND…YIKES [PHOTOS])

CNBC reported the following about Musk’s comments at the World Government Summit:

“People [who] really solved the problem, they know exactly how they solved it,” Musk explained. “They know the little details.” These candidates are able to talk in-depth about the struggles that they faced and the strategies they used. Says Musk, great candidates can answer this question on “multiple levels.”

Conversely, those who “pretend” that they were the problem-solvers can “maybe go one level and then they get stuck,” said the billionaire.

When candidates can’t talk at length, he knows they weren’t really the one to work on the challenge. “Anyone who struggles hard with a problem never forgets it,” Musk said, touching on this topic at a separate conference.

I wanted to hate the question when I first read this story, but I just don’t think I can. It’s so simple that it’s genius, and his logic is absolutely flawless. Anybody who has actually had to solve a very difficult problem over the course of days or months will clearly remember what happened. Those who are making it up, as Musk points out, will ultimately not be able to clearly state what happened. It’s genius.

Say whatever you want about Elon Musk, but there’s no doubt the man is brilliant as hell. He might not come off as the most social person on the planet. I think most people would agree that’s a fair assessment. That doesn’t mean, however, that he’s not smart as hell, and knows how to get the most out of people.

Plus, he is a content goldmine.

I may have to start integrating this line of questions into The Smoke Room hiring process. Musk clearly knows something the rest of us don’t because you don’t become a billionaire by sheer accident.

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