Complaint / review text:
I saw an ad on Craigslist advertising for Ron Tonkin Chevrolet dealerships hiring for sales reps. It said that they would be training by John Priest, the #1 sales trainer in the United States. He said a lot ofother good things, how youwould make a lot of money, etc and get to work with people.
I decided to go to theopen interview sessions. I submitted my application first and got an email from a lady with the subject line Ron Tonkin Auto Group, yet her email was from automax recruiting. She inquired of the time I could come in for the interview. I emailed her back and she gave me the time today to come in.
I went in and filled out the application. I was greeted by "John Priest" who looked more Asian to me, not to classify but by reading other complaints on here I think that maybe these guys don't go by their real name perhaps. So, he comes by and says he is with someone else and will be right with me. I didn't want to look behind me but for about 5 or more minutes this dude was just hanging out by the receptionist desk chatting with the receptionist. I was wondering why he didn't have anything else to do and what was going on.
I interviewed with another person and myself. This guy came across the interview with the whole attitude of "we don't want jerky salesguys", yet he was being manipulative in the reverse way of what is expected if that makes sense. He asked me if I was in this for the money, or how important is money to me after I had made a comment. I told him it wasn't, to which he replied, ok, I just like to see what motivation people have. Well, according to his previous schpeal, you would think that he would like honest people who aren't in it for the money.
So he asks of different questions, like what one thing do you really want right now? Another person replied happiness to which I could tell John didn't like because I think he himself is searching for something that money—that comes from corruption—cannot buy. So, he gives us paper and tells us to write a paragraph about why we would be the best candidate for this job. And he takes our papers and states that he is going to be right back in about five minutes and see how we scored on the test we didn't even know we were taking.
So, we write, and I go into some heartfelt thing about character, perseverance, etc. And he comes back in and reads mine, I look at his face and he appears to be bothered by this—some sort of conviction crosses his face as he tells me that he will contact me by tomorrow at the end of the day since as you know there are a lot of applicants, so we are done now. He avoided eye contact and shook my hand. Odd.
I then get up to hear and awkward silence as I feel the other person got hired to come back to the training. Mayb john was reading the paragraph or maybe he was going to tell this person that they were going to come back wednesday for the three day training. I know they tell people right on the spot as I heard him say to another person while writing my app, "Good job, we'll see you Wednesday".
I was weirded outby the whole test but not test thing so I googled to find all of these reports on how it was a scam, etc. Explaining all the process and resonating with the part that I went through.
I share this to share with you what I saw in the beginining stage to tell you I experienced the first part too. I think the dude saw I was honest and would eventuallly read into him so he didn't invite me back.