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12/19/2004: "moot, but interesting"


Ah, I love the weekend. No business to do on the weekend, and nobody that's hiring is working, which means that nothing actually changes. No surprises, no change of plan, no additional variables... it's all the same, from Friday at 5pm until Monday at 9am.

Of course, that's not to say anything's decided... I spent the weekend looking up churches and transit in Calgary, while at the same time pricing out a second vehicle for if we're staying in Ontario. While it's kind of fun being dualist, I'll be glad when something's decided one way or another so I can actually act.

Regardless, I remembered something from my initial interview with the general manager at the dealership I oh-so-briefly worked for that I wanted to share...

The interview wasn't really all that special, or even all that long. The general manager wanted to know a bit about my background, and why I wanted to pursue a career in auto sales. No biggie. There was one question, however, that nearly threw me for a loop, and might have been the make-it-or-break-it question for the whole interview: "Why do you want to work for a GM dealer?"

For those that know me, I'm not fan of domestic vehicles by any stretch of the imagination. Heck, I've even lost interest in Mazda, a Japanese make, because they've become to Fordish. (Ford owns a majority in Mazda, as well as Aston-Martin, Jaguar, Volvo, and at least one other make.) I had to deal with GM vehicles throughout highschool, driving mostly a GMC Safari minivan most of the time, and a lifeless extended cab S10 pickup truck the rest of the time. I didn't even get to drive any of the "good" GMs we had, the Buick Park Avenues.

Well, instead of telling the bare-faced truth about the whole matter ("I'd like to work here because you're willing to hire me.") and likely blowing the opportunity, I amazed myself (and my wife, when I told her later) with the answer that somehow came forth instead:

"Well, my family has a history with GM vehicles - that's all I drove throughout highschool. My uncle also worked for GM in Windsor, at the transmission plant. I was also impressed when the Montana, Venture, and Silhouette minivans were rated as most fuel efficient in their class by Transport Canada."

None of that is a lie, but I would certainly classify it as blowing a heck of a lot of smoke up a certain sunless orifice, that's for sure. It is, and will likely remain for a very long time, The Best Answer To An Interview Question That I Really Shouldn't Answer Honestly.

I guess that sales training course really did do some good!

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