"To be a locksmith, a person must possess a unique skill set and an inner strength.', says Vincent Fisk, a locksmith trainer at Dup-A-Key locksmith. "It's our job to weed out the unskilled and weak minded ones. I love my job."
After the initial selection process, the remaining locksmith candidates are subjected to a battery of physical and mental tests. They are pushed to the breaking point. Driving tests, typing tests, Rorschach inkblot tests, social interaction tests, and various technical exams are administered.
"It's easy to write something on your resume.", says Vince, grinning at me from behind a pair of blue blockers. "I see it every day. People think they can do something, so they say they have experience. There is saying and there is doing. You shake them all up and see who rises to the top."
We asked the locksmith trainer why the apprentice locksmith selection process was so grueling.
"We expect excellence."
It is this steady focus on customer service and aptitude that has been the key to this Pacific Beach locksmiths' meteoric rise in the San Diego locksmith scene.
It comes down to the final three candidates and they are put in the locksmith shop for a day to work side by side with the other locksmiths. Unfocused and combative candidates are removed. " We need to see if they can play nice with the other locksmiths."
It comes down to two candidates and the whole team is there discussing strengths and weaknesses. It is a tough decision. There is some strong language. A choice is made.
Claire Deane is handed the title of apprentice locksmith for Pacific Beach. If you see Claire in the Pacific Beach locksmith shop, congratulate her and wish her the best on her journey to locksmith legend. Her great attitude, dexterity, and ability to learn new tasks quickly has earned her a spot on the Dup-A-Key Locksmith lineup.
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We are a local, family owned locksmith company located at 1478 Garnet Avenue in Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA 92109. We specialize in automotive keys, car transponder chip keys, motorcycle keys, high security keys, ignition repair, and residential re-keys.