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In an interview, would you admit to being a cyclist??

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by starseven, 15 Aug 2007.

  1. starseven

    starseven Guest

    If you commute by bike its important , but the decision maker may be an anti cyclist type. If you are one of several candidates it could mark you as the "cyclist" be that good or bad. Im sure in someplaces it wouldnt matter in others I think it could.

    What do you think?
     
  2. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Its seem as the norm. in comercialism NOT to ride into work as it just aint the thing. Big fuel chugging engined car is the way togo.

    But once there...no worries.

    I've done it on and off - last time getting felled by a car.
     
  3. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    I often use 'do you have showers' in the 'any questions' section.

    If they are prejudiced, it's best to mention it, cos do you really want a job with people who treat you badly just cos you ride.....
     
  4. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    I would also mention it, most employers would accept it I think!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. asterix

    asterix Comrade Member

    Location:
    Limoges or York
    Yes, why not? As Zimzum says
     
  6. Its over two years since my last inverview, if I mind right with 3 companies it never got mentioned but with 2 companies it broke the ice and made the interview easier.
     
  7. Tetedelacourse

    Tetedelacourse New Member

    Location:
    Rosyth
    I would, for the very reason Zimzum states.
     
  8. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    I guess I'd mention it if it was relelvant - if I was asked if I could travel to appointments a long way off or something. Otherwise, it would depend if it came up in conversation I suppose...

    Agree with Zimzum really...
     
  9. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    many companies these days will try and look "green", and some may actually practise what they preach. it's a feather in their cap if they can hire someone who will not leave a carbon footprint coming in. they will probably still think you're mad though (i only commute 4.5m and you'd think from some of the comments i get that i was climbing alpe d'huez every day).

    i think my place was happy to have someone who cycles so as to justify having the shower facilities ;)
     
  10. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Too true - anything re: exercise, is like the TDF to most people with the bearing on doing as LITTLE as possible in life.

    It takes me to get in' ~ about 25mins maximum though it is advantageous..I wonder if all the changing is worth it esp. with a good bus service...
     
  11. chris42

    chris42 New Member

    Location:
    Deal, Kent
    I'd mention it.
    If you didn't get the job you could always try legal action as the employer was anti cycling?
     
  12. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    I'd say "Yes I'm a cyclist, but I don't spend 4 hours every working day on Cycle Chat, not at all, not me. Never heard of it, anyway."
     
  13. starseven

    starseven Guest

    Literally LOL , hahaha:biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
     
  14. monnet

    monnet Über Member

    Companies prefer people who are fit and healthy as they are less likely to get ill so I think mentioning cycling is a plus. As zimzum said, if they don't like cyclists would you want to work with/ for them anyway?
     
  15. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    No - don't say anything, don't say you're a cyclist OR a car driver. If asked, then say - but if they don't ask how you'll be getting to work don't tell them. They shouldn't need to know how you get to work. If you make a deliberate point of saying you're a cyclist, they might assume you're not just a cyclist but one of these particularly militant cyclist that likes to shout it from the rooftops and preach to other people that they should become cyclists.