Long time lurker...thought I'd share this story.
Had an interview for a job last week. Went very well. The HR manager interviewed me first. Everything went great- so good in fact she asked me to stay and speak with the department head I'd be working for. Knowing this company, I knew this was a good sign- usually applicant do three interviews across several weeks, with the dept. head been the last one - just a formality type thing.
The department head was friendly and asked me when I could start. We discussed salarly (big raise from my current job), benifits, and all the perks of the company. Then came the fun part....
Since this job is only 5 miles from my house, I was thinking of riding my bike. I mwntioned this to him, and asked what type of facilties (racks, showers, etc) the company had. He got a strange look on his face and asked, "You don't have a car? I thought you were making $xx,xxx at your current job?" I explained I did have a car, but just thought since this was so close the excercise, benifits of riding, and so on would make more sense and enjoyable. The conversation changed tones quickly. Basically, all his questions became that since I wanted to ride to work I was some kind of pauper-hippy-unreliable lowlife. It ended with an "We'll get back to you."
Today, the HR lady called and said they had filled the position. After a lengthy phone conversation she did explain say that the choice was made based on my desire to commute by bike to work. In the past, so she says, they have had several employee who biked, who always had some excuse for being out ,late, tired, and so on. Past experience had taught them that bike commuters were not reliable.
While the job, money and perks would have been nice- I glad to find out now what kind of company they are and how much the just employees by surface trappings.