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It's a good thing your father was a dealer in the pre-google days...



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It's a good thing your father was a dealer in the pre-google days...



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Somehow I don't think full speed reverse was part of the programme;)

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Somehow I don't think full speed reverse was part of the programme;)

How did it drive? I mean the suspension looked really soft, How does it handle? 

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Okay, so we've decided to hire another shop assistant. Business is up, other employees are complaining, so I guess it's time to add someone else. The irony in that is we recently raised our rates again, they're at least 50% more than anyone else around here, in an attempt to run customers off, but it's had the opposite effect and we're busier than ever. No, we really don't want you to come here, we don't need your business, how can we say that without hurting your feelings or mistreating you? Anyway, we've been interviewing people, just about all have been guys 18-30, and all of those type have shown up looking like scruffy nerf herders. Would you hire this person?



Tip for young people, don't dress like that for an interview. Ever. Also, don't; slouch, swear, pick your nose, use one word answers, or refer to the boss' cars as "whips", "buckets", or "rides". Shave your face, or if you have a beard (I think that's fine) keep it well groomed. Take a shower, wash your hair, brush your teeth, put on some khaki pants and a decent Oxford shirt, in other words, act like you want the job. I previously said almost all the guys who came in were 18-30 (no women have applied), the one person who wasn't in that age bracket was 63. He's a black gentleman, rather spry for his age (slight stoop in his back), courteous, affable, respectful, and presented himself with a handshake. He wore slacks, a dress shirt with tie, dress shoes, had a trimmed goatee, shaved head, and even correctly identified the SU 1bbl carb I use as a paperweight on my desk. Also, he has a measurable sense of humor, which is a quality that seems to be lacking in Millennials. Several times during the other interviews I made small jokes to try and break the ice, only to have them stare at me. More than once I half expected them to start drooling.

No, I didn't hire him on the spot, but I probably should have, there were 2 more interviews left but I shouldn't have wasted my time, because one didn't bother to show and the other was just another ignorant mouth-breather who only seemed concerned about not working past 7pm and being off on Saturdays.
Edited by Magick Man - 3/18/14 at 11:03pm
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Originally Posted by veyrongatti View Post
 

How did it drive? I mean the suspension looked really soft, How does it handle? 


French cars of the era and to some extent still were known for cornering on their doorhandles. Never lifting a wheel as the vid clearly shows and the ability to smooth out roads is nothing less than legendary.

 

One thing I will say. The R5 was easily the best bad weather road handling car I have ever owned. In the winters up here it made the SAAB's I had look like poor cousins at best. If anything the French cars were not well thought of in North America because the sensation of speed is just not there. A Citroen SM would have you doing 170 or 80 KM/H before you realized you'd even gone over the speed limit.:eek:

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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post

Okay, so we've decided to hire another shop assistant. Business is up, other employees are complaining, so I guess it's time to add someone else. The irony in that is we recently raised our rates again, they're at least 50% more than anyone else around here, in an attempt to run customers off, but it's had the opposite effect and we're busier than ever. No, we really don't want you to come here, we don't need your business, how can we say that without hurting your feelings or mistreating you? Anyway, we've been interviewing people, just about all have been guys 18-30, and all of those type have shown up looking like scruffy nerf herders. Would you hire this person?



Tip for young people, don't dress like that for an interview. Ever. Also, don't; slouch, swear, pick your nose, use one word answers, or refer to the boss' cars as "whips", "buckets", or "rides". Shave your face, or if you have a beard (I think that's fine) keep it well groomed. Take a shower, wash your hair, brush your teeth, put on some khaki pants and a decent Oxford shirt, in other words, act like you want the job. I previously said almost all the guys who came in were 18-30 (no women have applied), the one person who wasn't in that age bracket was 63. He's a black gentleman, rather spry for his age (slight stoop in his back), courteous, affable, respectful, and presented himself with a handshake. He wore slacks, a dress shirt with tie, dress shoes, had a trimmed goatee, shaved head, and even correctly identified the SU 1bbl carb I use as a paperweight on my desk. Also, he has a measurable sense of humor, which is a quality that seems to be lacking in Millennials. Several times during the other interviews I made small jokes to try and break the ice, only to have them stare at me. More than once I half expected them to start drooling.

No, I didn't hire him on the spot, but I probably should have, there were 2 more interviews left but I shouldn't have wasted my time, because one didn't bother to show and the other was just another ignorant mouth-breather who only seemed concerned about not working past 7pm and being off on Saturdays.


Surprised the entitled generation didn't ask about the benefit plan and the company ride. Don't really expect them to provide their own transportation do you?

 

Maybe you should posterize that pic and hang it up with. "If you look like this, you just failed the interview" printed underneath.

 

Or you could just hire the 63 year old dude and be done with it all.

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We recently had a 20-something year-old hourly production line worker that had been performing adequately, but only when closely supervised. When left on her own, she would lose focus and not keep up with her quotas. So, the Director of Manufacturing decided to move her to another station on the line that would allow her to have more direct supervision. The woman said she didn't want to change her role. The Director said "you are a production employee, and we may move you to any station we think is appropriate." The woman again said she didn't want to move to the other station. The Director scheduled a meeting with the woman and the HR manager, and the HR manager again explained that we need her to work at the different station. She again refused the change. So, they fired her. The woman was shocked. She seemed incapable of understanding that she wasn't in control of the situation and that she couldn't always have whatever she wanted. The idea that her own actions directly led to her being fired was completely outside her life experience.

The road is clear and we are headed at full-speed toward Idiocracy.
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Originally Posted by Magick Man View Post


Tip for young people, don't dress like that for an interview. Ever. Also, don't; slouch, swear, pick your nose, use one word answers, or refer to the boss' cars as "whips", "buckets", or "rides". Shave your face, or if you have a beard (I think that's fine) keep it well groomed. Take a shower, wash your hair, brush your teeth, put on some khaki pants and a decent Oxford shirt, in other words, act like you want the job. I previously said almost all the guys who came in were 18-30 (no women have applied), the one person who wasn't in that age bracket was 63. He's a black gentleman, rather spry for his age (slight stoop in his back), courteous, affable, respectful, and presented himself with a handshake. He wore slacks, a dress shirt with tie, dress shoes, had a trimmed goatee, shaved head, and even correctly identified the SU 1bbl carb I use as a paperweight on my desk. Also, he has a measurable sense of humor, which is a quality that seems to be lacking in Millennials. Several times during the other interviews I made small jokes to try and break the ice, only to have them stare at me. More than once I half expected them to start drooling.

No, I didn't hire him on the spot, but I probably should have, there were 2 more interviews left but I shouldn't have wasted my time, because one didn't bother to show and the other was just another ignorant mouth-breather who only seemed concerned about not working past 7pm and being off on Saturdays.

Well Im stuffed :tongue: I always say ride (well not always Ill probs go is that an XXX) But I like wearing hoodies, TShirt and Jeans. I also frequently use one word answers XD

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Sounds like you should hire the 63-year-old fellow. He might end up working harder than and being a good example for any young whippersnappers you have working there already!

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We recently had a 20-something year-old hourly production line worker that had been performing adequately, but only when closely supervised. When left on her own, she would lose focus and not keep up with her quotas. So, the Director of Manufacturing decided to move her to another station on the line that would allow her to have more direct supervision. The woman said she didn't want to change her role. The Director said "you are a production employee, and we may move you to any station we think is appropriate." The woman again said she didn't want to move to the other station. The Director scheduled a meeting with the woman and the HR manager, and the HR manager again explained that we need her to work at the different station. She again refused the change. So, they fired her. The woman was shocked. She seemed incapable of understanding that she wasn't in control of the situation and that she couldn't always have whatever she wanted. The idea that her own actions directly led to her being fired was completely outside her life experience.

The road is clear and we are headed at full-speed toward Idiocracy.

 

True that! My one boss and I about every two weeks end up grumbling about "the kids these days".....lol.

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Unfortunately, most of the general job pool for automotive maintenance tends to attract those who aren't as professional or well-educated as, say, an engineering career. I wouldn't pin your image of that entire generation on the image of those who came through your shop.

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You could always tell your staff that this is the new dress code...

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Or, hire this crew...




You might not get much work done, but the rest of your staff might actually shower and shave every day.
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Or, hire this crew...




You might not get much work done, but the rest of your staff might actually shower and shave every day.

If nothing else, they would probably develop stronger wrist muscles....

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Sorry, I should have explained, of course I'm hiring the older gentleman. That's what I meant when I said, "there were 2 more interviews left but I shouldn't have wasted my time". I called him earlier and asked him to come back in for another interview, he said he could come back in immediately, I told him to dress comfortably. After he arrived, in 15 minutes, I confessed to him that it wasn't another interview and we just needed to talk about pay and benefits. We did that, then I asked him when he could start, he said, "I just did". biggrin.gif He got new coveralls, introductions, and away he went. Easy peasy. It's been the least painful new hire I've ever had. He was a small engine mechanic for 30 years after being an ME in the Air Force during Nam, I'm sure he'll settle into his own pace. I am curious what nickname they'll come up with for him, usually that sorts itself out after a few days.

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We recently had a 20-something year-old hourly production line worker that had been performing adequately, but only when closely supervised. When left on her own, she would lose focus and not keep up with her quotas. So, the Director of Manufacturing decided to move her to another station on the line that would allow her to have more direct supervision. The woman said she didn't want to change her role. The Director said "you are a production employee, and we may move you to any station we think is appropriate." The woman again said she didn't want to move to the other station. The Director scheduled a meeting with the woman and the HR manager, and the HR manager again explained that we need her to work at the different station. She again refused the change. So, they fired her. The woman was shocked. She seemed incapable of understanding that she wasn't in control of the situation and that she couldn't always have whatever she wanted. The idea that her own actions directly led to her being fired was completely outside her life experience.

The road is clear and we are headed at full-speed toward Idiocracy.


That's what I'm talking about, entitled little wretches. Not everyone of that generation is like that, thank god, but too many of them are. "Hey, you work for rewards, you prove your worth, no one else does that for you." I say that a lot and preach to the whippersnappers here regularly. Working here is a special privilege, the pay is much higher than other "shops", but there are greater responsibilities and challenges, and unique care is required in all they do. A NDA is part of the hiring process and there's a strict "no unauthorized photos and videos" clause. AFAIK, that's pretty unusual for any garage, but this ain't your usual garage. As you can guess, we don't just keep cars parked outside, they have their own serial and bay numbers, both here and the garage at home, and everything about them is cataloged and checked. "A place for everything and everything in its place." It's hilarious watching reactions when people see the vaults for the first time, comments like "oh my God" and "holy s***" are common, even from non-petrolheads. biggrin.gif

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True that! My one boss and I about every two weeks end up grumbling about "the kids these days".....lol.


We do that all the time. It's mostly an act, but I'm perpetually grumpy.

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You could always tell your staff that this is the new dress code...



Aside from those hats and ties, ties are a big no-no in a shop, that is the uniform for shop personnel. We provide personalized shop coveralls, caps, and a voucher for new steel-toed shoes. Office people wear business casual, and I wear whatever I want. smily_headphones1.gif

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Or, hire this crew...




You might not get much work done, but the rest of your staff might actually shower and shave every day.


We did have a really cute girl working here, but she rarely showed up on time, left when she felt like it, and spent a lot of the day hiding from work (when she wasn't flirting with every guy in sight) and smoking behind the building. She didn't last long and because of her there's a "no cigarette smoking while on the clock" policy, though e-cigs and smokeless tobacco are okay when used responsibly (just not inside, or in close proximity to, the cars) and I smoke a pipe (because boss).
Edited by Magick Man - 3/19/14 at 12:36pm
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