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Old March 23rd, 2012, 06:30 PM   #1
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Hello, Just wondering if anyone has an experience working at a quick lube type place, specifically Valvoline? The reason I ask is i have a job interview with them on Tuesday. Also, I have never had an interview at such place, so what should i wear? I don't want to look like slum trailer trash, nor do i want to look like im applying for a job on Wall St. I was thinking something along the lines of a button up shirt and tie, along with khakis.

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Old March 23rd, 2012, 06:32 PM   #2
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Don't forget to put the drain plug in tight.
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 06:44 PM   #3
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i wouldnt wear a tie. you want to dress for the job your applying for.

just a nice pair of pants and button up casual shirt.
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 06:49 PM   #4
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I'd go with your plan of slacks shirt and tie. Let's the manager know you are serious.
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 06:52 PM   #5
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its valvoline, leave your zipper down and you got the job!
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I always figure you should dress a step or two up from what you would wear to work. Khakis and a polo would be ok here, I have interviewed many people for HVAC positions and to be honest I was more concerned with the personality than what they were wearing. Most of them were wearing their work clothes since they were on their lunch or just getting out of work anyhow.
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 07:15 PM   #7
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Don't forget to put the drain plug in tight.
And install the correct filter! They almost had to pay for a new engine in my (then) BRAND new (first ever oil change), Dodge Ram SS/T due to the wrong filter! If the traffic hadn't been so heavy that day, keeping me from pulling out right away, the engine would've fried within a mile or two.

The oil had all leaked out by the time I pulled back around to come back in. And, since it was synthetic, I'm sure someone got reamed good for spraying 5-6 quarts of it all over the lot!!

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I agree with the Khaki's and polo or decent button down. Tie not really necessary. Attitude MUCH more important.
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 07:19 PM   #8
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Yea didnt think a full suit would be acceptable. And i have changed the oil in a variety of vehicles, and have not had a problem with any of them. But thanks for the tips. Has anyone actually worked at one before?

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The rule of thumb is to dress one level above the typical dress code of the job you are applying for. A pair of khakis and a dress shirt should be plenty, but a tie would not be out of line.
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I haven't worked at a Valvoline but I worked at a Quaker State quickie lube in high school. Stupid easy job and it's not hard to be smarter than your co workers. The hardest part is remembering the filter numbers for each vehicle and the oil capacities. When you start chances are they won't let you touch the oil change part of it for a while. You'll be in charge of cleaning windshields, checking air pressure replacing air filters etc....
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 08:48 PM   #11
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I wouldn't wear a tie. Polo with your shirt tucked in, belt, khaki pants, nice shoes.
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Full tux and cumberbun with a top hat, cane, monocle, and white silk gloves.

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Old March 23rd, 2012, 09:56 PM   #13
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Full tux and cumberbun with a top hat, cane, monocle, and white silk gloves.

I don't care what the job was, if I was interviewing someone wearing that they would be hired.
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 10:06 PM   #14
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I wore a suit to apply for a position to sweep floors in a motherfucking trailer factory. Your level of dress will indicate how much you want the job.
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 10:14 PM   #15
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I wore a suit to apply for a position to sweep floors in a motherfucking trailer factory. Your level of dress will indicate how much you want the job.
So you did not want to sweep floors lol
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Old March 23rd, 2012, 10:45 PM   #16
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I swept floors for a week until there was an opening to work on the line.
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my experience with the valvoline quick change place in lowell is that they put their filter's on to god damn tight.

the filter wrench is supposed to be used to losen the filter, not tighten it.
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Just about all of those oil change places operate the same or similar. i worked at one for 6 months. getting 200+ degree oil on you on a daily basis gets old fast and i don't care how careful you are you will get blasted with some sooner or later. When i applied for that job i wore a black button up dickies work shirt and dickies work pants.
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Old March 24th, 2012, 10:34 AM   #19
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Not to mention exhaust burns up both arms, very attractive.

Don't dress like a hood rat.
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Or, you could go casual.

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