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    Job Interview Tips?

    Last year I applied to a bike shop with no success. This year I revamped my application and have been given a job interview. I am in high school applying as a salesman. I definitely don't know everything, but I would consider myself adequately knowledgable about bikes. I wanted to know from any employers or former job applicants what is important to say or not to say. My friend got a job there so I'm feeling more confident about my chances after talking with him, but any pointers from those with years of experience in the industry would certainly be appreciated.

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    Punctuality, a professional manner, and an eagerness to LEARN and be taught are very important.
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    A lot of what the managers will be looking for is personality. The biggest part of sales work is being confident and able to talk to customers. You have to be willing to tell the customer when you don't know something, and be humble enough to seek out that answer from other staff or resources at your disposal. Don't make shit up if you don't know it. Getting along with your boss really helps, too.

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    Good advice above, I'll add that a sales position could be hard to land for a high school student. Be willing to accept any position they will offer just to get your foot in the door. Sweep floors, empty the trash, build the occasional bike, make signs/tags, possibly online/computer stuff, etc.

    Lastly, ride your bike to the interview.
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    Good advice above already. I'm a trainer but I also evaluate candidates, and decide who goes into our training classes.

    Not the bike industry, but yeah, personality, presentation, demeanor, and most importantly, not a "know it all", show off.

    Be yourself, and good luck!
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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post

    Lastly, ride your bike to the interview.

    I'd say firstly^

    In addition to the basics mentioned above I would find a way to communicate your passion for cycling, people who love the sport and are knowledgeable about it make the best salespeople IME.
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    The best advice I have when interviewing for a job is to have humility. I have had many jobs in my lifetime and have been in many interviews. The ones I failed all have one universal similarity, I was too confident and in ways not humble enough. Interviewers look at the person as much as the skillset the person has to offer and weigh them about equally. Be confident but not cocky. Show the ability to self evaluate one's flaws and never set yourself above others. Be the person who's is looking to improve as an individual and don't act like you know the world.

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    Sales? Read up on all the brands the store sells. All the bikes and product lines. Study the top, mid and low tier lines and the specs. And shut off your phone too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by *OneSpeed* View Post
    Lastly, ride your bike to the interview.
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    I'd say firstly^
    Every response in here is great advice. I’d like to add something about riding your bike to the interview. Definitely good advice but also make it known in the interview that you also own a reliable automobile. It’s good that they see you’re an enthusiastic rider first, but they also need to know you won’t have issues getting there daily and on time.
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    Make a strong first impression. I’ve read where the first 3 minutes are the most critical. After the first 3 minutes the interviewer will either want to hear more or is looking to end the interview.

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    Fer chrissakes, have a firm handshake and make eye contact.

    No wet noodles, and no strength contests.

    Product knowledge is probably the last item on the list. If you have a general knowledge of bikes (and a passion for one or more types of riding), you're doing well. You can learn the rest of that stuff on the job. There will always be things you are learning, anyway. Demonstrate you have a capacity to learn, and that's really all you should need for a shop job. Now...moving into industry beyond the shop job? Yeah, you need more product knowledge and maybe even some high level technical knowledge (depending on the job/company).

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    https://youtu.be/BsxYfYCbVC0

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    I work at a shop part time, and given my experience with high school kids coming into the shop for a job one big thing I would recommend is to not look like a scrub when you come in. I have seen a lot of kids come into the shop for an interview and their hair is a hot mess, they wear their torn up skate shoes, and their jeans have holes in the knees. Keep in mind that while bike shops are generally a casual atmosphere, you are still representing the shop when a 55 year old super conservative lawyer type comes in and wants to spend $9000 on a SWORKS Venge.

    I am not saying you need to wear a tie (don't wear a tie...) but make sure your clothes are in tact and your demeanor says that you are able to talk to customers in a semi-professional manner.

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    YOu get a job by not having a nickname of "Sketchy".
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    I'm here about the job biatch! said no new hire ever.

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    apparently, at some places where my wife has worked, they've had to lower their standards for interview dress, otherwise they'd never fill their very badly needed open positions. Such a shame.

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    take a shower, dress nice and ask for the job.

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    Dress in a fashionable way that compliments the kind of people working there. It may be full of roadies, or older MTB people that do all their clothes shopping at REI and Eddie Bauer, or enduro dudes, or hipster urban fixie riders. Places like that want to hire someone they will enjoy working with, not some dork in a suit and tie.

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    Yeah, I did a Skype interview for my job and I wore a tie and probably a sports coat and the guy interviewing me gave me some ribbing for it. I still got the job. We're a super casual company.
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    “And the sign said Long haired freaky people need not apply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecanoe View Post
    “And the sign said Long haired freaky people need not apply.




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    Make sure you're aware of the cup sizes. You got the A, the B, the C and the D...that's the biggest..
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    “Last edited by mannyfnz; 1 Hour Ago at 07:00 PM. Reason: Add a word”

    What word was missing?
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    Haha, I didn't realize they show the reason for editing. I forgot about the D cup.

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    So did you get the job?

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    Quote Originally Posted by idividebyzero View Post
    older MTB people that do all their clothes shopping at REI and Eddie Bauer
    [Looks down at current outfit]






    [Hangs head]

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    Quote Originally Posted by mannyfnz View Post
    Haha, I didn't realize they show the reason for editing. I forgot about the D cup.
    So you left out the best one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iliketexmex View Post
    So did you get the job?
    That's what we need to know now.

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    OP, Pro Tip: Wear clean underwear.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    That's what we need to know now.

    If he did, dad needs to buy us some Stellas
    Better yet, his MTBR advisory board gets sweet discounts

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    OP, Pro Tip: Wear clean underwear.
    Uh, what kind of job were YOU interviewing for?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    Uh, what kind of job were YOU interviewing for?!
    Every interview I’ve ever gone to I lived by this rule. It’s not a guarantee you’ll get the job but it’s a much more comfortable sit during the interview.
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    If I was wrecking underwear to the point I'd deem them uncomfortable to sit in, I might seek professional help. That sounds serious. Hilarious, but still probably serious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Pivot View Post
    If I was wrecking underwear to the point I'd deem them uncomfortable to sit in, I might seek professional help. That sounds serious. Hilarious, but still probably serious.
    I’d explain but, It’s a slippery slope.
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    I would also suggest having a few questions to ask them as well, but not questions like how much of a discount will I get or if it's cool to take a lot of days off to ride.

    One that I suggest is to ask what qualities they feel would make me successful in the job. They will likely tell you exactly what they are looking for in a candidate. Most small business owners or bike shop managers are not well versed in the art of interviewing, so I doubt you'll get much in the way behavioral questions.

    Probably a few technical questions to gauge what you do know, and what you don't know. If they ask you a question like what weight blinker fluid is most common, be honest and tell them you have never heard of blinker fluid (because it doesn't exist) rather than trying to BS them. They won't expect you to know everything, especially being a HS kid.

    What they will be trying to determine or whether or not you'll fit in with the culture of the organization, if you're teachable, willing to work, and if you'll consistently represent the shop in a positive light.

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    Interview for the job you are interviewing for. That may sound silly but if you are interviewing for a sales position yet have aspirations to get into the shop or fitting, put those aspirations aside. If the interviewer thinks you are interested in a position other than the one you are interviewing for, you'll be out the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    OP, Pro Tip: Wear clean underwear.
    Like on your head or?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Like on your head or?
    Hmmm. . . never thought about that fashion statement. How’s that working for ya?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Hmmm. . . never thought about that fashion statement. How’s that working for ya?
    Well, I did get the job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Well, I did get the job.
    Hopefully the OP is listening.
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    I passionately remove rocks and corners and other stuff I find too hard to ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Well, I did get the job.
    Pimp of the year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Pimp of the year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Well, I did get the job.
    Job interview pic?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    Job interview pic?

    No wondering why he is the pimp of the Century!
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    I'm starting to understand the "wear clean underwear" thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    Job interview pic?

    Lol...nailed it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    Lol...nailed it!
    Are those Fruit of the Loom? No wonder I never get the job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Are those Fruit of the Loom? No wonder I never get the job.
    Yeah, the Euro style bikni is usually not a go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Yeah, the Euro style bikni is usually not a go.
    I’m not sure if it’s the style or rather than the color.
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    Was talking to my wife about this thread, and she thought it prudent to point out that you should do #3 before leaving the house for your interview.

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    If the shop is anything like my LBS, you should buy a six pack of craft beer, roll in on your fixie reeking of marijuana with the three beers you have left, crank up the tunes and take a seat on somebody's work bench.... they'll notice you in an hour or so and when they do just tell 'em you are the new guy they hired yesterday.
    Bicycles don't have motors.

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    We helped this kid get the job...fir sure!
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    I believe it goes without saying to keep it in your shorts during the interview.
    Stick around if you're housebroken...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankout View Post
    I believe it goes without saying to keep it in your shorts during the interview.
    keep what in your shorts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    keep what in your shorts?
    I assume his underwear.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    If the shop is anything like my LBS, you should buy a six pack of craft beer, roll in on your fixie reeking of marijuana with the three beers you have left, crank up the tunes and take a seat on somebody's work bench.... they'll notice you in an hour or so and when they do just tell 'em you are the new guy they hired yesterday.
    Every major city has this shop... There used to be one down the street from me. I went in one time and asked them if they had any 19t fixed gear cogs, and the guy brought me out a 16t freewheel. I was like nevermind man, ill just order one online.

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    I'm starting to think the OP is kinda of sketchy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    I'm starting to think the OP is kinda of sketchy.
    Sketchy is as sketchy does.
    I think he did a drive by posting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I assume his underwear.
    The pronoun I usually associate with underwear is NOT "it". "It" typically gets reserved for something else that might commonly be located within one's shorts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    Sketchy is as sketchy does.
    I think he did a drive by posting.
    We get a lot of that, these type of questions should have a fee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    Was talking to my wife about this thread, and she thought it prudent to point out that you should do #3 before leaving the house for your interview.
    I assume that's not the #3 you ask for at the barbershop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the one ring View Post
    I assume that's not the #3 you ask for at the barbershop.
    Nope. #1 + #2

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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    We get a lot of that, these type of questions should have a fee.
    Tell me about it. Wearing clean underwear on your head is invaluable advice.
    It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

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    Board of Directors

    Gentlemen, in light of Sketchy's new found career success and our valuable contributions to his achievement (in the form of solid advice like don't wear underwear on your head), I propose that we, the contributors to this forum, form "Sketchy's Board of Directors".

    Sketchy, any time you have important business decisions, we'll be here to offer sound advice. Who needs an MBA when you have a team like this at your disposal? Stick with us kid, you'll go places.

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    All that’s great an all but. . . . Sketchy curious minds want to know. Did you get the job? And if so was it the wearing of the “clean” underwear on the head that cinched the deal?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    "It" typically gets reserved for something else that might commonly be located within one's shorts.
    A sandwich?

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Pivot View Post
    A sandwich?
    A sausage sandwich, maybe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    A sausage and egg sandwich, maybe

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    Alright, now this threads just getting weird. Can we get back to the clean underwear headband wearing interview outfit, please.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    keep what in your shorts?
    His johnson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankout View Post
    His johnson.
    I was hoping you'd come back and set the record straight. Seems these other jokers in here had a difficult time with your reference. Haha.

    Call me old-fashioned, but it seems obvious to me that you should keep your pecker in your shorts during your job interview.

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    Beans below the frank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    Nope. #1 + #2
    I had a job interview for a dock worker / truck driver job in college, and they required a urine test. Unfortunately I had followed this advice before my interview and had to go next door to Dennys and consume almost a pitcher of iced tea before I could produce a sample.

    35 years later, a cranky prostate pretty much guarantees a prompt sample delivery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the one ring View Post
    I had a job interview for a dock worker / truck driver job in college, and they required a urine test. Unfortunately I had followed this advice before my interview and had to go next door to Dennys and consume almost a pitcher of iced tea before I could produce a sample.

    35 years later, a cranky prostate pretty much guarantees a prompt sample delivery.
    Well, I suppose at least a #2 would be in order prior to the interview. Goes along with the clean underwear recommendation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post

    Call me old-fashioned, but it seems obvious to me that you should keep your pecker in your shorts during your job interview.
    What about a working interview on a porn set? Or a nude model? Or Andrologist? Penis enlargement spokesperson...I mean the possibilities to whip "it" out for a living are endless.

    Sketchy, as a young man new to the job market best not to limit your opportunities. One needs to think outside their shorts now again to get a-head in this world.
    It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.

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    Whatever you do, don't tell them you get all your advise from the guys on the mtbr.com forums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WHALENARD View Post
    What about a working interview on a porn set? Or a nude model? Or Andrologist? Penis enlargement spokesperson...I mean the possibilities to whip "it" out for a living are endless.

    Sketchy, as a young man new to the job market best not to limit your opportunities. One needs to think outside their shorts now again to get a-head in this world.
    Are you suggesting that Sketchy is applying for a bike shop that does porno shoots in the back room?

    Quote Originally Posted by chazpat View Post
    Whatever you do, don't tell them you get all your advise from the guys on the mtbr.com forums.
    Or maybe his potential employer is the sort to give him the job without further questions if he informed them where he got his interview advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    a bike shop that does porno shoots in the back room?


    Is that the one "starring" Stormy Daniels?
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    I have a feeling Sketchy has left the building.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DIRTJUNKIE View Post
    I have a feeling Sketchy has left the building.
    Saying: "wtf did I do!!"
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    or "grown ups sure are wacked" (or however they say it now)
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    or he can always work for UBER:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntpGul8MgLc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    I was hoping you'd come back and set the record straight. Seems these other jokers in here had a difficult time with your reference. Haha.

    Call me old-fashioned, but it seems obvious to me that you should keep your pecker in your shorts during your job interview.
    These youngsters are all about flashing their business, so it bore repeating to not do so on the interview.
    Stick around if you're housebroken...

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    Sent OP PM asking for update. Hope it sends them an email

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    Thanks to my advisory board for all of the replies. I started this thread several weeks before I planned to have the interview, so I still have several days before I actually interview. I'll be sure to let you guys know what the outcome is, good or bad. Thanks again! Your advice (most of it) was much appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sketchy View Post
    Thanks to my advisory board for all of the replies. I started this thread several weeks before I planned to have the interview, so I still have several days before I actually interview. I'll be sure to let you guys know what the outcome is, good or bad. Thanks again! Your advice (most of it) was much appreciated.
    Well good luck soldier. I hope you nail it and get the job. We thought you abandoned us so we went off a bit with some sarcasm. All in fun, pretty sure we are all on your side.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sketchy View Post
    Thanks to my advisory board for all of the replies. I started this thread several weeks before I planned to have the interview, so I still have several days before I actually interview. I'll be sure to let you guys know what the outcome is, good or bad. Thanks again! Your advice (most of it) was much appreciated.
    What's wrong with you, "preparing" and all that responsible adult crap?

    You're supposed to post in a panic an hour before your interview.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sketchy View Post
    Thanks to my advisory board for all of the replies. I started this thread several weeks before I planned to have the interview, so I still have several days before I actually interview. I'll be sure to let you guys know what the outcome is, good or bad. Thanks again! Your advice (most of it) was much appreciated.
    Good luck!
    Stick around if you're housebroken...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mileslong View Post
    If the shop is anything like my LBS, you should buy a six pack of craft beer, roll in on your fixie reeking of marijuana with the three beers you have left, crank up the tunes and take a seat on somebody's work bench.... they'll notice you in an hour or so and when they do just tell 'em you are the new guy they hired yesterday.
    They hiring?

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    Once school ends, I will be able to work there full time over the summer. Thanks again, everyone.

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    Good job Sketchy! You've made the Board proud.

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