->'''Joel:''' We're going to have leadership the way my old man taught me! You - put a handkerchief on your head! You - swat at imaginary elves! You - rock on the porch all night!
''Hired!'' is a short InstructionalFilm produced by Creator/TheJamHandyOrganization for Chevrolet sales managers just before WorldWarTwo (it features 1941 model year cars). The basic plot concerns a sales manager named Mr. Warren, who despairs over the fact that his salesmen (particularly his newest, Jimmy) haven't sold a single car. After a somewhat strange talk with his father, Mr. Warren decides to work more closely with his salesmen, thus solving his problem.
This short is [[https://archive.org/details/Hired1940 viewable]] at the InternetArchive. For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episodes featuring this short film see ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S04E23BrideOfTheMonster here]]'' (Part1) and ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S04E24ManosTheHandsOfFate here]]'' (Part 2).
!!!This short provides examples of:
* AnAesop: Obviously, the lessons Mr. Warren presents at the end.
* CaptainObviousAesop: Hiring a man with no relevant experience and then not giving him any training beyond basic info on the product will not result in an effective salesman even if he ''is'' personable and hard-working. Especially if you then leave him to his own devices and don't supervise him at all. The beginning of the second part is the senior Mr. Warren pointing out what a stupid oversight this was.
** That said, several managers of car dealerships use the [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] version as a funny educational film, as it does have good points.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Remember the days when salesmen would visit potential clients door-to-door?
** [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] makes some hay of the fact that they were doing this ''on foot''. It would in fact have been feasible to cold-call 1941 customers and give a test-drive on the spot - that year's Chevy car line consisted of one platform in one size (''the'' Chevrolet, 113" wb) with one engine (216cid/3.5L, 90hp) and one transmission (3-sp. manual with vacuum-assist column shift). With ''eight'' platforms (not even counting trucks and [=SUVs=]) in their 2012 line, each with at least two powertrain variants, there's literally no way of knowing what people on a given day might want a spin in.
*** Except for the price of gas. Please notice that Jimmy isn't visiting people door-to-door - he has sales leads. Jimmy is not exactly selling cars - he's trying to convince owners of old Chevys to trade in their old cars and buy new ones (hence the line, "We hope you'll buy your next ten cars here!")
*** '41 was the last full model year before WW2 ended civilian car production. After that, a sellers' market for the rest of the '40s would make the kind of effort seen in here totally unnecessary. After ''that'', powertrain and platform proliferation started. Bascially, Chevy wasted their money on this film, save for the sales technique advice. For example, it's standard when giving people a test drive to let them have control of the car so they can get an emotional attachment.
* WontTakeYesForAnAnswer: Mr. Warren rebuking one his salesmen on his technique - after he'd actually made the sale.
** It's proper to fine tune a salesman's technique - or anyone learning a new craft. Being successful when using wrong technique is not good reinforcement.