I worked at American Auction Company part-time (More than 5 years)
Auctions are always a blast to work! The auctioneers are some of the best in the world and, when they get going with their cadence, the crowd starts having fun too. You get out what you put in as a ringman and it can be extremely rewarding when you are helping people experience the beauty of auctions.
Auction days can be somewhat long depending on how many items are on the block that day, but that is to be expected. High staff turnover, but the auction lifestyle isn't for everyone.
Advice to Management
Keep the competitive part-time pay and you will keep on attracting great talent! Advertise more opportunities for the part-time staff to join the full-time team.
I applied online. I interviewed at American Auction Company (Phoenix, AZ).
The interview started with the "VP of Sales" in their conference room. Normal questions from him regarding my background, sales experience, etc. He likes to think of himself as a hard business guy, so he is pretty direct. Normal interview. Second interview was with the owner. Very professional, direct, and straight forward. When I left the first interview, I felt pretty confident. When I left the second, I had no idea if I did well or not. Turns out, she loved me, but I had no idea. Here's the interesting part of the second interview; the owner brings her dog. He is an enormous guy - kind of intimidating, and I'm a guy with dogs, horses, etc. If he for some reason doesn't like you, or you show fear, you will not be hired, period. No joke. I could say more, but I choose not to. Finally, I followed up frequently with the VP. He likes that. He called me to a bar for the final interview and said it was between me, and one other guy - he was having a hard time deciding. I obviously sold myself to him. I got the job. Mix in a normal, professional interview with a dog interview, and there you have it!
If you have read the interview part, and because of my personal situation, there wasn't a lot of negotiating. The salary was waaaaay low, but I had no choice. Additionally, they were going to drop my salary by 40% after 6 months. At that time, I had proved my value to the company, so it wasn't cut. I left fairly soon afterwards.
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