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    job interview at a bike shop - tips, suggestions, etc.

    I've got an interview coming up for part time sales/mechanic work at an Erik's Bike shop and was hoping to get some input from people who've either interviewed with them, work there or for another shop, etc.

    My main concern is with how to dress. I've really only worked in places where business attire was required, so I'm in the habit of wearing a suit or at least shirt/tie/dress pants to interviews. I have a feeling that might be overdoing it in this case, though. What does etiquette dictate for an interview at a more relaxed place like a bike shop? Am I going to look silly or clueless if I do dress up?

    Any other tips or suggestions anyone can give would be appreciated as well. And to the mods, please do move this if I picked the wrong place to post this question.

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    If you frequent the shop, you know how they dress. Dress as nice as the manager usually does. Jeans and a nice shirt, or khakis and a nice shirt. Clean shoes, be presentable. Also, be punctual. Show up early.

    Be yourself. Treat them they way you would want to be treated. Be honest about your abilities. Think ahead, what are your strengths and weaknesses. How can you help the shop and in what areas do you need to grow, that sort of thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    If you frequent the shop, you know how they dress. Dress as nice as the manager usually does. Jeans and a nice shirt, or khakis and a nice shirt. Clean shoes, be presentable.
    The whole staff there dresses in a standard uniform - red button down shirts, black pants or jeans, so it's hard to base it on they're attire. But you do seem to be echoing what I was thinking, that a tie or suit may be over the top.

    Thanks!

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    good luck

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    My son went to a job interview at Costco. He got hired to push the shopping carts back to the store from the parking lot. The manager told him that he was hired mostly because he wore a tie to the interview. He was the only one that did.
    So IMHO, while you don't have to wear a suit, a shirt with bottons and a colar and a tie are a must. And no jeans. Nice pants, and shoes, with socks.
    It shows you have respect and take serious yourself, the company, and the position.
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    Interesting question. While I usually would suggest a shirt and tie, I think that could backfire when interviewing for a job as a bike salesman. If I walked into a bike shop and saw all the salespeople dressed like lawyers or bankers, I would wonder. I am thinking most people working at a bike shop (even the owner) never wear ties except, maybe, at weddings and funerals.

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    Bright Lycra and spandex, the tighter the better. And be sure to shave your legs that morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRT2 View Post
    Interesting question. While I usually would suggest a shirt and tie, I think that could backfire when interviewing for a job as a bike salesman. If I walked into a bike shop and saw all the salespeople dressed like lawyers or bankers, I would wonder. I am thinking most people working at a bike shop (even the owner) never wear ties except, maybe, at weddings and funerals.
    they didnt say say wear a tie to work! They said might want to dress better than manager which is very true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cannondale125 View Post
    they didnt say say wear a tie to work! They said might want to dress better than manager which is very true.
    I have been to Erik's bike shop. Very nice, unusually neat and clean store. The staff also reflect this, so unlike some stores I have been too, where scruffiness is worn like a badge of honor, Erik's seems a bit more buttoned up. So unless you have a beard, shave the morning of the interview. If you have a beard, trim it.

    That said, as far as I could tell, none of them wear ties.
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    Thanks for all the feed back. I think I'm settled on wearing what I wear to my current job - dark gray khakis, white button down dress shirt and dress shoes but no tie. I'll report back on how it goes.

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    If the interviewer is an old guy - wear a tie..................... shows respect!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhess74 View Post
    The whole staff there dresses in a standard uniform - red button down shirts, black pants or jeans, so it's hard to base it on they're attire. But you do seem to be echoing what I was thinking, that a tie or suit may be over the top.

    Thanks!
    Good advice from jsharr. Dress as closely as you can to their store standards but not lower than their standards. If it were me, I would wear black dockers or dress pants and a buttoned shirt.
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    Thanks again to everyone who replied. Unfortunately, I never got to use the advice - I got the word yesterday afternoon that I got another one of the jobs I had applied for. So instead of working in a bike shop, I'm gonna be a mail carrier. Not as interesting, to be sure, but... great benefits and I get to be outside almost all day, so I'm happy.

    Maybe down the line I can convince them that delivering mail on a bike makes sense...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cache View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhess74 View Post
    Thanks again to everyone who replied. Unfortunately, I never got to use the advice - I got the word yesterday afternoon that I got another one of the jobs I had applied for. So instead of working in a bike shop, I'm gonna be a mail carrier. Not as interesting, to be sure, but... great benefits and I get to be outside almost all day, so I'm happy.

    Maybe down the line I can convince them that delivering mail on a bike makes sense...
    Congratulations.
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    Mail carrier for USPS?? That's a pretty sweet gig, dude.. congrats. Never seen one do it on bike, though

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhess74 View Post
    Thanks again to everyone who replied. Unfortunately, I never got to use the advice - I got the word yesterday afternoon that I got another one of the jobs I had applied for. So instead of working in a bike shop, I'm gonna be a mail carrier. Not as interesting, to be sure, but... great benefits and I get to be outside almost all day, so I'm happy.

    Maybe down the line I can convince them that delivering mail on a bike makes sense...
    LTE (Limited Term Employment, e.g. 6-month and few to no benefits)???

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhess74 View Post
    Thanks again to everyone who replied. Unfortunately, I never got to use the advice - I got the word yesterday afternoon that I got another one of the jobs I had applied for. So instead of working in a bike shop, I'm gonna be a mail carrier. Not as interesting, to be sure, but... great benefits and I get to be outside almost all day, so I'm happy.

    Maybe down the line I can convince them that delivering mail on a bike makes sense...
    I'm going to bet that you'll be making better wages than at the bike shop. At least until they figure out how to deliver junk mail by drone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhess74 View Post
    Thanks again to everyone who replied. Unfortunately, I never got to use the advice - I got the word yesterday afternoon that I got another one of the jobs I had applied for. So instead of working in a bike shop, I'm gonna be a mail carrier. Not as interesting, to be sure, but... great benefits and I get to be outside almost all day, so I'm happy.

    Maybe down the line I can convince them that delivering mail on a bike makes sense...
    Awesome. Good luck on the new job.
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    Congrats on the mail carrier position. Maybe you can get a weekend gig at the bike shop?
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    Thanks, everyone - I'm pretty damn happy that I got the mail carrier job. The thought of walking around outside all day listening to podcasts sounds just about perfect, especially with the weather warming up.

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    Congrats on the mail carrier position. Maybe you can get a weekend gig at the bike shop?
    Thinking about talking to the owner of a new bike shop that opened up down the road about some part time work. Not sure if that will go over well with the gf, though - my old job had me working weekends, and she's happy we'll both have those off again.

    Now I just have to get used to how I'm going to look in one of those cool mail carrier unis

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhess74 View Post
    Thanks, everyone - I'm pretty damn happy that I got the mail carrier job. The thought of walking around outside all day listening to podcasts sounds just about perfect, especially with the weather warming up.

    Now I just have to get used to how I'm going to look in one of those cool mail carrier unis
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    hey OP, how's the new job?
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