SpaceX requesting HS GPA, SAT scores, and Bachelor’s GPA

Microsoft Fl@$h
Feb 7 50 Comments

I had a phone screen and the recruiter called saying they want to bring me in for an onsite. He requested SAT scores, high school GPA, and undergrad GPA. Forget the fact that I have a MS and over 10+ years experience.

WTF will they do with the info?
This was supposed to be a practice interview before starting my round of serious interviews.

Current TC: $320k

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  • Apple julB03
    Holy hell that’s crazy. What happened to Elon Musk “I don’t give a damn about your degree” 🤭
    Feb 72
    • Amazon BeffJeezos
      All these so-called "geniuses" are a sham...and possibly the biggest hypocrites on the planet. #StopPuttingTheseAHolesOnAPedestal
      Feb 7
    • LinkedIn tendies
      Legit. Lol just lol at rich people telling poor people to not go to college, drop out of college, and follow their dreams. Lmao
      Feb 7
  • New TKpg12
    Wow, that is absurd!
    Feb 70
  • Instacart awDS86
    Tweet at Musk publicly.
    Feb 70
  • New TKpg12
    I know of a startup that requires a college transcript for any candidate with under 5 YOE, which is nuts (they're based next to MIT and are huge pedigree snobs).

    But your situation is next-level.
    Feb 78
    • Microsoft BcrX06
      What is the name of the startup?
      Feb 7
    • Bloomberg / Eng
      Fork()

      BloombergEng

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      Fork()more
      Name and shame
      Feb 7
    • LinkedIn tendies
      Lol this can't be real
      Feb 7
    • New TKpg12
      Sorry, it wouldn't be right to out them. I will say their technology combines satellite imaging with finance.
      Feb 7
    • Microsoft BcrX06
      Just give us the name.
      Feb 7
    • New TKpg12
      I don't take kindly to folks who don't take kindly anonymity 'round here.
      Feb 7
    • New PcNF27
      Just google the words he used to describe them and they’ll be the 8th result
      Feb 7
    • New TKpg12
      OI is actually a really good guess, but not the one (while they do have people in Cambridge, I would have used Palo Alto when mentioning where they're based).

      They're still somewhat stealth, doubtful any online sleuthing will find them.
      Feb 7
  • SpaceX ysgy42
    I believe it is a psychological ploy to make you think you are super special. Welcome to the 1%.
    Feb 81
    • SpaceX uevh5
      My recruiter's exact words while negotiating the offer "Keep in mind you'll be joining an elite club" Elite my ass. Inexperienced junior developers, questionable design decisions and a huge pile of technical debt. My product was so fucking fragile that the DevOps were constantly on call doing their best to keep it alive.
      Feb 8
  • Microsoft Fl@$h
    OP
    I agree it’s a ridiculous request. I’m trying to come up with a polite way to tell the recruiter to shove his request through whichever hole he desires.
    Feb 74
    • Instacart awDS86
      Inquire whether this is the company policy, and if so, send a couple emails to the people running recruiting at spacex. Such trash...
      Feb 7
    • Microsoft Fl@$h
      OP
      why go through such hassle?
      Feb 7
    • New ktFx33
      This is company policy when you apply through their website
      Feb 7
    • Microsoft Fl@$h
      OP
      really? I didn’t even apply, they contacted me though Linkedin. I’d never agreed to such stupid request
      Feb 7
  • Tell them

    SAT 1600
    GPA 4.0
    undergrad GPA 3.9 you missed a final because you like to party
    Feb 71
    • Facebook / EngSegTree
      Wtf are you smoking? The year is 2019. Ten years back is 2009. Four to five years back for college/masters is 2004-2005. One year back for early senior in HS is 2003-2004. Scores changed from 1600 point scale to 2400 point scale in 2006.
      Feb 8
  • SpaceX SlaveX420
    Elon, despite how much he publicly says degrees don't matter specifically requires HR to ask for outdated test scores. Get used to the hypocrisy.
    Feb 70
  • Amazon / MgmtKYuG83
    McDonald’s also asks for high school GPA
    Feb 70
  • Microsoft TheAnonBoy
    On the rare occasion that an application even mentions things like "High School GPA" or "SAT", I don't even apply.
    Feb 70
  • Microsoft mumuButz
    They're hiring? Thought they just laid off like 10% of their entire workforce??
    Feb 76
    • Microsoft Fl@$h
      OP
      I guess it was a different division.
      Feb 7
    • Microsoft mumuButz
      Think all divisions where affected
      Feb 7
    • SpaceX SlaveX420
      All divisions were affected by Elons miss management. They will hire for one of Elons pet projects but the hire must be approved by him or Gwen and Sr. management must make a hard case for the hire.
      Feb 8
    • Microsoft Fl@$h
      OP
      too much drama for a practice interview
      Feb 8
    • SpaceX / Engplokjimnb
      The layoff is just typical big company churn ... Look at job posting there are tons of new openings
      Feb 8
    • SpaceX SlaveX420
      This is no churn. we're hundreds of millions over budget. Resumes are being collected on the job posting but walk down to the new hire orientations any Monday morning and I the room is empty.
      Feb 9
  • PayPal wervziv
    Lmao.. with 10 yoe I would have hung up on the recruiter. You deserve more than this.
    Feb 70
  • SpaceX uevh5
    They didn't ask me that 2 years ago. But if you are working with a recruiter from the Redmond office some of them are of a questionable qualitity. Mine was from LA and was pure gold.

    My advice - if the on-sites are in LA go for the factory tour, but don't join unless you can afford it.
    Feb 71
    • SpaceX SlaveX420
      They asked me this same BS that the OP is being asked about 4 years ago after they had layoffs. I also had similar work exp and education. Elon believes these numbers of past performance are clear indicators for future performance.
      Feb 8
  • Google 1234-/:;(
    Its been 15 years since you took the sat why does that even matter? Does college board even keep records for that long?
    Feb 71
  • Facebook zk9
    They asked for my college and SAT scores too, although I think it was post-interview. My college grades were so-so but it didn’t seem to matter.

    I’ll echo the other people here - almost certainly some Elon-driven nonsense.
    Feb 80
  • SpaceX / Engplokjimnb
    It is a dumb thing they do and is presented to Elon
    Feb 80
  • New b37
    I couldn't even tell you my high school GPA - from the '90s and on a 100-percent scale - and would probably be laughed at if I called them up and asked for a transcript.
    Feb 70
  • Wayfair 1234abc123
    Lol, tell them no, or give fake numbers
    Feb 70
  • SpaceX SlaveX420
    I call BS on an TC offer of $320k at SpaceX unless your counting unvested shares.
    Feb 73
    • New / Engb42ba837-
      I think he meant his current TC
      Feb 7
    • Microsoft Fl@$h
      OP
      It’s current TC.
      Feb 8
    • SpaceX / Engplokjimnb
      They will hit that (base plus annual vesting) but it is best to consider the equity imaginary.
      Feb 8
  • New DvVM00
    fuck them. just tell them 4.0 1600 3.95. they aren’t going to ask for a transcript until ready to make an offer
    Feb 72
    • Microsoft Fl@$h
      OP
      I feel that even giving fake numbers is giving in. It’s an insult that they ask for such things given the years of experience and advanced degree
      Feb 8
    • New DvVM00
      you’re looking at it the wrong way. it’s not an insult to you. it reflects poorly on them and them alone. some combination of arrogance and incompetence
      Feb 8
  • Allytics / Mktg
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    MsMjolnirmore
    I worked the SWE desk job side at security company, but because their physical security guards were often just HS grads, they made the entire company provide HS transcripts. Felt really weird contacting my HS after 20 years out.

    Could it be that because SpaceX does some manufacturing too, they require transcripts from everyone? I'm just spitballing. It's baffling for sure.
    Feb 70

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