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Interviewing? Tips





  • Dress in a professional manner.  
  • Formal wear is still the best choice.
  • Do not smell of smoke. (If you are a smoker, do not flick the butt in the dealership parking lot.) It is a guarantee that someone will see you. This will not bode well for you!
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled interview time.
  • The odds of you knowing an employee that is already working in the same dealership that you are applying for are probably pretty good. This does not mean that it is time to socialize! Do not lose focus on why you are there in the first place. Your friend will probably not have any influence on you ultimately getting the job anyway. Even though he will probably tell you that he does.
  • Be prepared! Yes, you have already e-mailed or faxed your resume three days ago, and you were granted the interview, but make sure you have several clean copies with you. Make sure it is current, accurate and looks professional.
  • Speak politely to the receptionist.
  • Shut off your cell phone before you enter the dealership for an interview and take the Blue Tooth out of your ear!
  • Do not chew gum, wear sunglasses and refrain from using any type of profanity.
  • Do not interrupt your interviewer. Remember to make eye contact with your interviewer.
  • Do not speak about salary requirements too soon.
  • Make sure that you are able to explain how your strengths and abilities apply to the job in question. Make a strong case (based on facts) as to why you are the best candidate for the job. Prior documentation from you prior positions as to some of your successes is probably a very good idea. I am the BEST will not get the job.
  • Keep your explanation as to why you left your last job brief.
  • Remember not to sound desperate and do not bad mouth your previous employers.
  • You need to have credible references that will have a positive impact! This does not mean a friend that owns a bagel store or a neighbor that works on Wall Street. This will not have a positive impact on the interviewer’s decision. Prior employers in the auto business (preferably a Dealer principle / Senior Manager, Bank Reps, Credit Analysts, Manufacturer Reps, reputable credible vendors are probably your best choices!

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