I applied online and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Joe Myers Ford Lincoln Mercury in August 2010.
Interview Details – The interview began with a quick screening from an outside recruiter in Joe Myers, then there was a three day training and the second day there was an interview with the sales manager. If the sales manager picked you, you come back on the third day and do the background check.
Interview Question – Tell me why you want to work in this industry? Answer Question
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Joe Myers Ford Lincoln Mercury in July 2010.
Interview Details – The recruiter was saying they were offering a $5000 sign on bonus and health insurance and a laundry list of other gibberish along the lines of "looky-here, car sales is different now, not the way it used to be... etc." for an internet sales position, turns out it was a bait and switch for an over-full time 80 hours a week car salesman job. The $5000 is next to impossible to achieve, they don't expect you to sell more than 8 cars (the last 'green peas' achieved an average lower than 4 over a month long period) and yet you need to sell 20 or more (basically do better than the majority of the salesmen that have worked there for longer than 2+ years and yet only 3 or 4 of them achieve 20+ per month the rest average in the low to mid teens). In short it's close to impossible though they claim they've had to pay it out a couple times in the past. Any way besides that and a couple other things, they're a pretty nice company and there operation is a good one, don't kid yourself about the hours though when they warn you about them during the interview process don't get blinded by dollar signs from commission, 9-9 almost everyday but Sunday and one weekday is a long, long work week for a pure commission job that promises only 2500* minimum for 2 months then nothing.
*Only about half of that 2500 is paid out on a weekly basis, like 3XX dollars, 1k of it is held till the end of the month, hedging for turn-over. Don't blame them though, it's simply the nature of the business.
The interview process itself is a mixture of 1 on 1 then some group interview/training and then one more interview and if you pass that they send you to an investigation service which drug tests you and ask many many questions about your history they later check-up on. After that there's one last interview with your floor manager and a bunch of days in-between wherein you talk to you GSM, GM and other people about the job. The whole process takes about 2 weeks.
If you're a recent college grad this job may be a great way to get rid of your loans in a timely fashion, but I am not sure the experience counts for much, save for B to customer sales (retail) and running credit release papers back and forth. They hype the commission potential a lot, my advice is, listen to what they say on the in-between more, when they're being more-so 'real' with you and saying the opposite with consideration for the 'green-pea's' first 2-3 months. Honestly you're better off as a college grad entering into a 30,000 dollar a year entry level position as some glorified taxi driver or call help desk person, because both of those will be much, much more corporately engaged and offer a lot more upward (position wise) potential. Car sales will supply you with a means of making 60-100k the first year out, if your really good at it, but it'll take 80 Hrs per week and you'll have no life and little to no valuable on the job, paid for, continued education. You should quickly take note of the average time it took middle or upper management to get were they are (in some cases 20+ years, upper management at these places are typically lifers, they aren't moving over anytime soon) and compare it to your other college friends or older people you know who left college earlier than you did and how long on average it takes them to move up to a 60k position from that starting 30k, not very long from my observation like an average of 3 to 4 years many times just 1 if you work hard.
That being said, you will as a new college grad quickly, despite earning potential, feel at a stalemate and trapped in a position that takes close to 100% of your awake time to do correctly with no life and no change from day to day, adding to that you're surrounded by a mixed bag of mostly high school, then college, and many GED and lower level people, great wonderful people, no-doubt, but it would stand to say something about those positions. You have to pay a big price for them and not many college level and higher are willing to do it because typically they have better long run options, it's why they went to college firstly.
Interview Question – Name the addresses of all your past living quarters for the last 5 years. Seriously, all the other questions were pretty damn easy, the regulars really, that was simply the toughest one because in college I moved like every 1 or 2 semesters. View Answer
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