Apple-Store Employee Workbook

28.08.2012 Misc Tech #Apple

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Gizmodo hat ein aktuelles Handbuch für angehende Mitarbeiter des Apple-Stores zugespielt bekommen und wenn Ihr denkt, die Apple-Verehrung wäre schon Sekten-ähnlich, dann müsst Ihr den Kram mal lesen. Ich mag Apple ja sehr, aber diese Corporate-Indoktrination ist befremdlich, um's mal höflich zu formulieren.

Sales, it turns out, take a backseat to good vibes—almost the entire volume is dedicated to empathizing, consoling, cheering up, and correcting various Genius Bar confrontations. The assumption, it'd seem, is that a happy customer is a customer who will buy things. And no matter how much the Apple Store comes off as some kind of smiling likeminded computer commune, it's still a store above all—just one that puts an enormous amount of effort behind getting inside your head. […]

Although the indoctrination is usually skin deep, Apple gives new Geniuses a giant gulp of the Kool-Aid right off the bat. Page 39 gives a rundown of Selling Gadget Joy, by way of the "Genius Skills, Behaviors, and Values Checklist." Selling is a science, summed up with five cute letters: (A)pproach, (P)robe, (P)resent, (L)isten, (E)nd. In other words: Go up to someone and get them to open up to you about their computing desires, insecurities, and needs; offer them choices (of things to buy); hear them out; then seal the day in a way that makes it feel like the customer has come to this decision on their own. The manual condemns pushiness—that's a good thing—but it also preaches a form of salesmanship that's slightly creepy: every Apple customer should feel empowered, when it's really the Genius pulling strings.

In Apple-ese, this is put forth in a series of maxims: "We guide every interaction," "We strive to inspire," "We enrich their lives," "We take personal initiative to make it right," which if swallowed, would make any rookie feel like they'd just signed up with a NATO peacekeeping force, not a store in the mall.

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