Tuesday, I have an interview at a bike shop. The shop has two locations and is adding a third. I initially just walked in asking if they were hiring. The next day I handed in a formal resume, and followed up by visiting a couple times to get an update. I got a call last week asking for me to come in for an interview. I could use some advice on how to handle the interview.
I've worked in two shops previously, eight years ago, a total of about one year experience. I was a mechanic, mainly building bikes. I didn't get a chance to work on the sales floor.
I've been riding for 12 years. In the eight years since I worked in a shop, I've learned a lot more about mechanics, building up four personal bikes from the frame up, including two mountain bikes as commuters, one specifically for winter riding in Maine, two road bikes, and a fixed gear. I've recently learned to build wheels. I haven't had a chance to work on more modern equipment such as outboard bb, integrated headsets, non-traditional wheels, etc. I know little about working on shocks or non-mechanical disc brakes. I tend to be anal about adjustment and should probably develop a better ability to balance work speed with fine tuning, since I will be being paid by the hour, and now simply working on my own equipment where I have unlimited time to do everything perfectly. I've been active in several internet discussion boards which has helped me keep get more tips, put them into practice, and keep up to date on various trends and new equipment. Chances are, this is not a "racer's shop" but more of an all around shop.
I've been car-free for 12 years, commuting on Tucson, Scranton, and Maine, now back in Tucson. I've raced for four years.
I'm not approaching this simply looking for a summer fun job. I'm looking for full-time employment, open to any work schedule, and make this a career. I've had a chance to work in several fields, with all sorts of people and in all sorts of situations, and working around bikes has continued to be my favorite job and pastime. It's something I love and have maintained an interest in, and am motivated to learn more. I'm 40 years old and have been a paratrooper, earned a bachelor's degree in print journalism, lived on both coasts, and am currently working the graveyard shift at Wal-mart.
I'd prefer a mechanic's job, but am willing to work on the sales floor and learn all aspects of the business.
What would you look for in an employee? What questions should I ask?
I'm thinking about asking them about what the shop's focus is, their target customer, why their opening a new shop, etc.
Any suggestions are welcome.