#1
I just got a call from a local GC in regards to my application, and underwent a brief phone interview. I think I sounded a bit like a putz, but if they do give me an interview, how should I prepare in relation to the job offered? I've played guitar for over four years now, but I've never taken chops seriously enough to practice. I can play some tunes fine, but I am not a shredder, nor am I an accomplished bluesman. This gives me apprehension. The only thing that seems to bring sales reps in the guitar department at GC together is that every time they play, their chops seem to be rather good, while they also always seem to lack knowledge of the instruments they're selling.

I'm not a great player, tho' I've got some musical talent and I can play a Pearl Jam-ish solo fine, but I -KNOW- I know more about the items they sell in their department than the majority of GC sales reps. I've been told flat-out lies by their sales people before (not this particular location), and this has convinced me not to buy on many occasions. I think I'd be a damn good sales rep, and while I can pitch that argument myself, any suggestions that relate specifically to this job?

Obviously, were I hired, I'd work on my chops and equipment vocabulary. Anything directly relating to how they hire and what they look for would be great, I really need this job, it's make-or-break time for me. Thanks.
#2
Give good head.
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#3
Every place says enthusiasm. Guitar god/sales rep god or not if you act as somber as the grave they wont touch you with a 50ft barge pole. You could try being the guy who has the guitar knowledge they lack.
Last edited by Conformist at Jan 21, 2009,
#4
Usually if you get a phone interview they let you know straight away if you're getting a full interview in my experience.
#5
Yea, they really don't care if you can play. They're paying you to work and sell. Demonstrate solid product knowledge and a friendly, free-wheelin' attitude.
#6
Just tell tehm when you walk in, "i'm not really a pro shr3dd3r but I do know a fair share about guitars" I've walked circles around a couple sales guys, and I'm only 15. Talking about different bridge styles, how certain finishes effect certain things, types of woods used, ect. AND BE CONFIDENT! Thats how I got both my jobs in teh restaurants I worked in.

GOOD LUCKK!!
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Just tell tehm when you walk in, "i'm not really a pro shr3dd3r but I do know a fair share about guitars" I've walked circles around a couple sales guys, and I'm only 15. Talking about different bridge styles, how certain finishes effect certain things, types of woods used, ect. AND BE CONFIDENT! Thats how I got both my jobs in teh restaurants I worked in.

GOOD LUCKK!!

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#9
The only requirement to work at Guitar Centre is defeating these guys...



In a game of chess.
#10
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The only requirement to work at Guitar Centre is defeating these guys...



In a game of chess.


I love Monty Python

TS, you ever seen the Apprentice? Because in that (at least the British version, anyway) the candidates in the boardroom make themselves out to be absolutely the very best in the world. Watch footage of them for hints. It sounds totally gay and cliched, but hell, it works. Make sure you let them know you aren't the next Malmsteen, but that you know your stuff, and tell them you're willing to learn anything you don't know.

And offer them some icyhot round the back. that'll seal the deal
#11
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The only requirement to work at Guitar Centre is defeating these guys...



In a game of chess.

Haha.

In all seriousness, does anyone work at a Guitar Center or something? I appreciate all the bad humor, but I did have a question and I'd appreciate it if you tried to stay on topic.
#12
Be cheery and enthusiastic as ****
make those kids want those MG's
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#13
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Be cheery and enthusiastic as ****
make those kids want those MG's

lol.

Great signature quote btw.
#15
By working at guitar center you will default become an idiot.

So hope they don't call you back. If they do, lie and tell them you found another job.
#16
Make sure you bring your squire and Line6 Spider to the interview- make sure you have an emo fringe and then play Smoke on the Water.
#18
Quote by victus
I just got a call from a local GC in regards to my application, and underwent a brief phone interview. I think I sounded a bit like a putz, but if they do give me an interview, how should I prepare in relation to the job offered? I've played guitar for over four years now, but I've never taken chops seriously enough to practice. I can play some tunes fine, but I am not a shredder, nor am I an accomplished bluesman. This gives me apprehension. The only thing that seems to bring sales reps in the guitar department at GC together is that every time they play, their chops seem to be rather good, while they also always seem to lack knowledge of the instruments they're selling.

I'm not a great player, tho' I've got some musical talent and I can play a Pearl Jam-ish solo fine, but I -KNOW- I know more about the items they sell in their department than the majority of GC sales reps. I've been told flat-out lies by their sales people before (not this particular location), and this has convinced me not to buy on many occasions. I think I'd be a damn good sales rep, and while I can pitch that argument myself, any suggestions that relate specifically to this job?

Obviously, were I hired, I'd work on my chops and equipment vocabulary. Anything directly relating to how they hire and what they look for would be great, I really need this job, it's make-or-break time for me. Thanks.


Since when do you have to know anything to work at Guitar Center?
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#19
Guitar Center doesn't give a **** how well you can play guitar. You're a salesman, not a performer.
#21
Quote by Captain Insano
By working at guitar center you will default become an idiot.

So hope they don't call you back. If they do, lie and tell them you found another job.

The words you write are worthless. Why would you waste my time with this? I posed a serious question, please show some respect.

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Guitar Center doesn't give a **** how well you can play guitar. You're a salesman, not a performer.

Often enough, I see the sales people showing off their chops or wandering aimlessly, or pestering 13 year-olds into making a big purchase. I know God-damned well they'll hire my ass if they give me the interview, I just want to hedge my bets and be armed with the knowledge of what they typically look for.

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good luck man.

Thanks dude.
#22
All that is needed is a finely tuned knowledge of....the pick...


...and a sweet handlebar mustache.
#23
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All that is needed is a finely tuned knowledge of....the pick...


...and a sweet handlebar mustache.

I'll be sad as **** if I get an interview and they tell me to axe the goatee.
#24
Ok theres a lot of bull**** and a lot of truth in this thread. Let me sift through some of this.

You do NOT need to pass any kind of technique exam. The only kind of exam you need to pass is the few questions they'll ask you about guitars or whatever dept. you go to. For example, when trying out for guitars, they asked me what Les Pauls were made of, when the strat came out, how to tune a floyd, how to set intonation and so on. They didnt test me on the floyd or intonation...good thing too cause i woulda failed. They just ask. They'll ask about your playing background, where you got your product knowledge and what you hope to accomplish.

I told them honestly that i got a lot of product knowledge from UG and reading around and trying things out. They dug that.

When you go in for your interview, dress in interview attire. Collared shirt, pants, nice shoes. if you got long hair, its ok just look neat. make sure your ironed out. Just be cool. They aren't gonna eat you.

One other thing...if you do get hired (and i hope you do,) do NOT become a salesman purely interested in your numbers...then you become the GC employee that people here hate so much. I've worked really hard to make sure the customer gets off right and that in the end is better off for both you and the customer.

Just be cool, polite and confident without being cocky. Be honest about previous employment problems (if any) and be sure to thank them afterward.

Good luck. Let me know what else you want to know.
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#25
If you have some decent knowledge about guitars (which I'm sure you do) and can communicate your thoughts decently, you should be alright.

I've got a job interview tomorrow, which is sweet considering I applied yesterday. They called me in the morning (thank god I was up) and asked me about my previous work experience. I sounded pretty damn nervous, but at least I was able to point of some of my skills.
#26
If you get the job don't jerk your gerk in teh employee bathroom. Trust me on this one. For the love of God just wait til you get home!
#27
i applied to GC. the interview was in a group of around 8. we wrote the answers to basic question including retail background and what we thought made a good salesman. than we told the group about us and our musical background. i didn't get the job, i was so pissed cuz i desperately needed a job at the time to pay rent. anyway i came in about a week or so later and these two guys at the interview got the job. they were retarded. the only reason they got the job is because they had worked retail before. no one in guitar center even knows what they're talking about, they're just familiar with retail. if you've never worked retail good luck getting the job. you're gonna need it.
#28
Most of the people at my local store actually can play guitar very well often times they play the guitar while they carry it to the counter to clean the smudges off it.

But to be on topic here you dont have to be paul gilbert to work in a guitar store you just need to have a good amount of knowledge on the instrument and be able to communicate that to the customer well. Basically you have to be good at explaining what you know to the person looking to buy the product.
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#29
Quote by HyperBoy2519
Ok theres a lot of bull**** and a lot of truth in this thread. Let me sift through some of this.

You do NOT need to pass any kind of technique exam. The only kind of exam you need to pass is the few questions they'll ask you about guitars or whatever dept. you go to. For example, when trying out for guitars, they asked me what Les Pauls were made of, when the strat came out, how to tune a floyd, how to set intonation and so on. They didnt test me on the floyd or intonation...good thing too cause i woulda failed. They just ask. They'll ask about your playing background, where you got your product knowledge and what you hope to accomplish.

I told them honestly that i got a lot of product knowledge from UG and reading around and trying things out. They dug that.

When you go in for your interview, dress in interview attire. Collared shirt, pants, nice shoes. if you got long hair, its ok just look neat. make sure your ironed out. Just be cool. They aren't gonna eat you.

One other thing...if you do get hired (and i hope you do,) do NOT become a salesman purely interested in your numbers...then you become the GC employee that people here hate so much. I've worked really hard to make sure the customer gets off right and that in the end is better off for both you and the customer.

Just be cool, polite and confident without being cocky. Be honest about previous employment problems (if any) and be sure to thank them afterward.

Good luck. Let me know what else you want to know.


Exactly the kind of answer I was hoping for. Thanks a lot man.

Thanks to everyone who gave a serious answer. If I was hired I'd be honest and whatnot. With my experience dealing with ****ty GC sales reps I imagine I'd be a God-damned excellent sales person. They better call me back