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guys. i already got an email back from Turner. They say their only concern is with my BMW experience. " Ken,

Thank you for inquiring about the sales position that we have available. After reviewing your resume, my only concern would be your BMW experience. Our customers are very knowledgeable and ask some pretty involved questions. I just want to make sure you would be able to be on the same page. Please let me know what your experience with BMW's has been. I look forward to hearing from you. "

crap. at this point I don't think i'll get it due to my "limited" knowledge. To them wrenching on my own E36 and staying up to date through the forums probably wont mean anything. What should I tell him?
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crap. at this point I don't think i'll get it due to my "limited" knowledge. To them wrenching on my own E36 and staying up to date through the forums probably wont mean anything. What should I tell him?
Dude whatever, I can't think of a better way to learn about the cars other than wrenching on them yourself. I bet you know a hell of a lot more than you give yourself credit for. I'd send them a reply explaining that you're a DIY enthuisiast of X years, give a run down of the projects you've done, # of bimmerfests you've gone to etc. Then I'd ask them exactly what sort of BMW knowledge they are looking for.
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Dude whatever, I can't think of a better way to learn about the cars other than wrenching on them yourself. I bet you know a hell of a lot more than you give yourself credit for. I'd send them a reply explaining that you're a DIY enthuisiast of X years, give a run down of the projects you've done, # of bimmerfests you've gone to etc. Then I'd ask them exactly what sort of BMW knowledge they are looking for.
I think i'll tell them something along the lines of:
I have owned multiple BMWs and do all my own work to them, and I stay up to date with all the latest models via online forums and networking. I've attending the East Coast Bimmerfest meets, and installed many of Turner's own products on friends cars and mine alike. I'm fluent with most of the model designations and engine codes, as well as much of the terminology such as in the traction,stability, and braking control modules,suspension components, and take a great personal amount of interest in the brand and it's many different models. I'm constantly learning more about BMWs every day and will continue to strive to know as much about them as I can to answer every possible question thrown my way.


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I think i'll tell them something along the lines of:
I have owned multiple BMWs and do all my own work to them, and I stay up to date with all the latest models via online forums and networking. I've attending the East Coast Bimmerfest meets, and installed many of Turner's own products on friends cars and mine alike. I'm fluent with most of the model designations and engine codes, as well as much of the terminology such as in the traction,stability, and braking control modules,suspension components, and take a great personal amount of interest in the brand and it's many different models. I'm constantly learning more about BMWs every day and will continue to strive to know as much about them as I can to answer every possible question thrown my way.


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Kenny, they're looking for objective details on how much you know about BMWs. While what you've written shows enthusiasm for the brand, the only answer you provided to the specific question is a non-specific "owned multiple BMWs". I would try to put together a listing of all of the models you've ever touched and what you've done on/with them both from a fixing and a driving standpoint. If you can put together a list that covers a reasonable amount of detail you've got a shot at this, if you can't then their one concern is valid and you know what you need to work on if you want to get that job.
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Kenny, they're looking for objective details on how much you know about BMWs. While what you've written shows enthusiasm for the brand, the only answer you provided to the specific question is a non-specific "owned multiple BMWs". I would try to put together a listing of all of the models you've ever touched and what you've done on/with them both from a fixing and a driving standpoint. If you can put together a list that covers a reasonable amount of detail you've got a shot at this, if you can't then their one concern is valid and you know what you need to work on if you want to get that job.
Just my $.02 worth.
ah here's what I was looking for. so i should mention that i have hands on with E36s, i've had some experience working on the E46 chassis, and that I've driven some of the X series models? while supplementing with some of the relevant info i wrote.
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no clue but out of the three positions available only of them listed a pay rate, and I'm not going to bring that up until it gets serious. but they did state in the job ad that they have health, dental, and 401k
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ah here's what I was looking for. so i should mention that i have hands on with E36s, i've had some experience working on the E46 chassis, and that I've driven some of the X series models? while supplementing with some of the relevant info i wrote.
Yes, if you get an interview to "close the deal" you're going to have to convince them you've got enough breadth at the start that they can put you in front of customers without you having to keep saying "hang on a minute and I'll get you an answer on that" until you have enough time to assimilate a more robust knowledge base.
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Yes, if you get an interview to "close the deal" you're going to have to convince them you've got enough breadth at the start that they can put you in front of customers without you having to keep saying "hang on a minute and I'll get you an answer on that" until you have enough time to assimilate a more robust knowledge base.
I think if I try and memorize whch years belong to which chassis code, i'd be good as far as thats concerned i know almost all the 3 series. and a few of the other models i'm kind of hazy on but i can make a cheat sheet, i don't think many people have them ALL memorized... besides the guy with his name on the building.
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alright, rough draft.

Thanks for emailing back so soon. My own experience with BMW has been through working on used cars and as an enthusiast working on my own E36. I have worked on BMWs owned by friends and Family. I am very well versed in nearly all things E36 related as my last two BMWs have been and are E36s, and I have installed many Turner parts on them too. I have done suspension, brakes, tune ups, and alignments on the E46 chassis, and done some limited maintenance and repair on some of the E83 X series models. I've been behind the wheel of many different 3 series, stock and modified. I'm am pretty fluent in most of the current and past chassis and engine codes, and continue to stay up to date with them through forums and networking.I'm also familiar with much of the terminology such as the traction/stability/and braking control modules. I attended the last Bimmerfest East meet and was able to meet many owners of the newest models and learn a fair bit about the new F30 from being part of the Turner caravan. I'm always learning more about BMWs every day and will continue to strive to know as much as I can so that I may answer any question thrown my way.


is it awful? This is really the extent of my hands on BMW experience. if it's not enough it's not enough.
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alright, rough draft.

Thanks for emailing back so soon. My own experience with BMW has been through working on used cars and as an enthusiast working on my own E36. I have worked on BMWs owned by friends and Family. I am very well versed in nearly all things E36 related as my last two BMWs have been and are E36s, and I have installed many Turner parts on them too. I have done suspension, brakes, tune ups, and alignments on the E46 chassis, and done some limited maintenance and repair on some of the E83 X series models. I've been behind the wheel of many different 3 series, stock and modified. I'm am pretty fluent in most of the current and past chassis and engine codes, and continue to stay up to date with them through forums and networking.I'm also familiar with much of the terminology such as the traction/stability/and braking control modules. I attended the last Bimmerfest East meet and was able to meet many owners of the newest models and learn a fair bit about the new F30 from being part of the Turner caravan. I'm always learning more about BMWs every day and will continue to strive to know as much as I can so that I may answer any question thrown my way.


is it awful? This is really the extent of my hands on BMW experience. if it's not enough it's not enough.
Not awful. If you were sitting down in front of me for the interview here's the questions I'd be asking you based on what you wrote:

- What BMWs owned by friends and family? What models, what did you do on them?

- What Turner parts did you install?

- What mods have you done to your car? Why?

- What mods have you done on other peoples cars? Why?
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Just go in there and tell them what you know and how. It's on them to see if they can use you or not. With anything, there's some growing room in the first few weeks. They can't expect to find the perfect candidate that knows everything all the time.

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Not awful. If you were sitting down in front of me for the interview here's the questions I'd be asking you based on what you wrote:

- What BMWs owned by friends and family? What models, what did you do on them?

- What Turner parts did you install?

- What mods have you done to your car? Why?

- What mods have you done on other peoples cars? Why?
okay, i supposed i could elaborate on those points.

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And under 1k/month is ghettoville out here...
This....if you can even find anything.

My manager is paying 700/mo to live in what's basically a 250 sqft glorified shed in someones backyard.that the owner built himself........in Hayward.


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Just trying to help get us 'Festers that Turner employee discount.
yeah, wouldn't that be nice. I'd like that Turner Employee paycheck... and possibly other perks.... like attending races.
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LOL hayward.

Hayward hills would be nice.
Hayward hills are ok, but I'd rather be in Fremont hills in the Mission area. Hwd hills are a little too isolated from everything. Or any of the hills along the 680 corridor.

But she's down in the flatlands off Tennyson.

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