Shop Owner Talks Hiring Mechanics & Technicians – Hiring Process for a Auto Mechanic

Shop Owner Talks Hiring Mechanics & Technicians – Hiring Process for a Auto Mechanic


Lindy’s garage bundy here i’m with my good buddy Darren he’s owner of direct truck and DC repair in San Bernardino California he’s owned this business how long we had this business 22 23 years 22 23 okay when you’re looking for somebody do you look for experience over education do you look for education over experience what are your thoughts on it’s right now in the industry it’s very difficult to find people that have either or I’ve hired guys from UTI and what I find is they know a lot about the book they have very little expensive experience and some of them don’t even know how to use the tools they’re just not proficient so see that kid who maybe started working on a car when he was young with his friends or something like that that’s kind of the best guy because he’s into it and he wants to do it he’s interested in it yeah so that guy can turn into somebody depending can turn into somebody but you’re not really sure you just don’t know I mean we I’ve hired all those guys hired UTI guys I’ve hired other guys and the bottom line is you just don’t really know what you’re gonna get you know I mean Jay get it but what I’m looking for is somebody who does have mechanical knowledge but at the same time he’s you have to be into it you have to have that curious mind you have to want to know how something works and if you find a guy like that then he’s the best guy for me not necessarily the you know the guy with all the you know hey look I graduated from UTI for me that has never worked out not one time I think I’ve done it three times every time maybe it went six months because I tried to let the guy go you know try to keep him going and then in the end of my journey can’t work here you just you know you just a kid couldn’t work out for me so he comes off off the street comes in your office Darren I’m John I went to UTI I’d like a job that kind of situation we were we were we were desperate for people so we’re looking and so you know you start looking and there’s these job hunters or whatever those people that do whatever they do and so we found a UTI so we asked them hey what are some of your best guys that are graduating it might be you know people were looking for this is what we and so they sent us a couple applicants interviewed a couple of them like no no no bunch of knows then how maybe this guy he seems nice since polite he seems whatever and so he in turn would come to us and then we’re like okay let’s give this guy a shot mm-hmm and like I said three four three didn’t work out but I’m not saying that means all the guys at UTI there could be some great ones coming out there it’s just my experience with the three I had did not work out for me yeah you know and so um yeah I I think that the guy that I’m looking for is like I don’t want to train him from the beginning because it takes forever but some of my best guys got trained from the beginning they were into cars or trucks they were into mechanic things they liked to see how things worked and so you have to have that aptitude and if you don’t it doesn’t matter all the training and my guys could probably be better trained but I think learning here because we work on everything we work on semi trucks we have a Honda you saw we came in there’s a Mercedes over there a mercedes our next baby right that’s not our specialty well put some pictures up of Daren’s a lot of hunters so you guys can see we’re working on so you know just those multitude of vehicles so the guy who likes working here is the guy who likes doing something different you know one day he may be working on a rear end next day may be an engine another day you’re just doing light repair you may be doing some welding learning how to weld and all those things I’m just looking for a guy that’s like hey put me in coach I’m ready to go do you want a resume do you want to see I do I do like to see the resume because really all the resume really shows me what I’m looking for on that is I’m looking to see how long have you kept a job in one place because you can’t really call it whether people go hey is this guy a good guy cuz he really can’t answer that question by law he can you can ask him would you rehire him but pretty much the resume doesn’t do much for me I mean I appreciate the fact it you know it’s you know kind of shows where he grew up or whatever but you know I’ve looked at resumes before a little be like worked here six months then work here six months and say yeah this guy so what happened and it’s never his fault you know it’s always something else but if you see even a young kid he’s worked at the same place for two years and he’s only like twenty three years old that’s probably a pretty good guy yeah so that’s kind of what I look at the resume because they tell them all the time when I read the resume and I’m looking I’m like you know if you’re lying on this I’m gonna figure it out pretty quick you know I mean I’m gonna give you a job out there and then you’re not gonna so I mean within like a couple days I’m gonna figure it out so is this stuff true or not true what do you really know how to do because you’re gonna get a job and we realize you don’t know what you’re doing we’re gonna have a problem so I want to see your resume but I don’t think it matters to me as much I do want to see one I want to have one I want to hold one in my hand and I do want to you know talk or but most time I read through in a couple minutes and I’m just trying to find out what kind of guy are you okay but would that be through like email or just a guy out of the street like hey if somebody if somebody sent if somebody sent me one vehicle if you have to we should be okay it’s my wife she’s gonna see this to me man they’re mad later I think I think I’m just like being older I want to touch things you know I mean like if I buy a part I have trouble buying it online I want to see it I want to touch it I want to meet the guy I want to open it you came here you keep winning their office I would you know got through the girls yes can I see Darren I saw he has a job opening right it would it would take a little bit because they’d probably get screened by people before they get to me I think my wife my wife’s a better a judge of that a better judge of character I want to give everybody a chance I’m just looking for some guys that go hey let’s you know let’s go to work John I think I’m gonna have to analyze my wife again we’re about Oh meaning um better way yes so get three my own life and then she’ll kind of find out hey has this guy had multiple jobs or whatever and then I’ll pretty much sit down and talk to him and and find out you know I kind of what he knows but I will tell you this like even when we ran a tow company because you know we had a tow come be for like twenty years and and now we pretty much sold off all the trucks kept one or whatever but what I found is it’s impossible to tell who somebody is you don’t figure that out for about because they’re on their best behavior for about 3060 days before you really see who they are and so there have been guys that I’ve hired on thinking this guy’s never gonna work out they’ve been working for me ten or twelve years there’s another guys I’m like I love this guy I love this guy and then you know within three months I’m like I hate this I hate this guy you know yes I want I want to see somebody I want to talk to somebody but what I’m looking for can you be kind and respectful and pleasant to me and my family because that’s how you’ll be treated but if you can’t do that I can’t teach that to you if you don’t understand respect and common courtesy so I’m looking to do I’m looking to work with people that know they can do that okay you know I’ve had guys that are really really skilled but they’re not very nice people I can’t work with them you know yeah I’d rather work around a SHOP full of guys that maybe aren’t the best but they’re good people that I like them and I’ll be happy because I can think I can teach them usually you can teach them how to be a mechanic but you can’t teach somebody how to be nice I mean maybe you can I haven’t figured out how to do it they’re a-holes other [Music] amen well I know you got to get out of here Darren and appreciate your time I really do and we’re gonna put this all together guys Darren check out his website or just google them direct truck and thanks for watching and thanks for watching guys [Music] [Music]


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