What are some good questions to ask Creative Directors in an interview? :)

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I was laid off last month but now in the final interview stage for two very different opportunities. First opp is a digital agency and they asked if I’d consider a part-time contract gig with the “goal to hire” in 60 days, depending on the COVID impact. So no guarantee for a full-time offer. Second opp is a client side marketing role at a publicly traded company that has been somewhat recession-proof. Culture is very corporate and a bit conservative (not creative). What would you choose?

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Me showing up to the interview after stalking the creative department’s portfolios, linked-ins and Instagram accounts.

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interviewing as a Creative Strategist in a tech company — been wanting career transition. Got any tips and things I should lookout? Wish me luck; just lost my job earlier this month.

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Had an interview where the agency said they don't do "junior / mid / senior" levels in their creative department. My CW and I are st that stage where that seniority is important for us and for our future progression. Is it one of those things that we fight for on the contract, or just sign anyway and just put "senior creative" on our LI title? I've never come across this before, so any experience or thoughts are appreciated.

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A tech firm reached out, and I had a 30-min call with a CD. Went well and I agreed to more interviews. Turns out the next round is a “4-hour panel WebEx interview”. Their creative dept isn’t well established, so is it wrong for me to politely say “4 hours is a big investment, can we briefly chat about salary range, title, etc”? I kinda don’t want to go down this road for a lateral title and who-knows-what salary. If it was a better-known in-house shop, I’d go with the flow.

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Another day, another case study in LinkedIn drama. Is the creative director right here that political posts should be banned, or at least not algorithmically shared, on LinkedIn? Or, by calling on LinkedIn to take the post down, is he merely trying to “cancel” opinions he doesn’t like? What should the standard be?

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How many rounds of interviews do you typically go through as a creative before an offer?

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Applying for job that’s asks for 150 characters to say what makes me unique (and to be creative/catch their eye). Where do you go with this? Professional or personal focus? It’s basically 2 sentences. Note a cover letter is also included so I’ve covered some basics in there

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Hi I’d love your thoughts on dealing with a creative recruiter. Recruiter reached out to us, interviewed with us on the phone, we interviewed with the ECD on the phone. He said we were the perfect team that he wanted to work with on this freelance project. And look forward to working with us. And it would kick off this week. And then radio silence. We followed up with emails to both the ECD and the creative recruiter and more radio silence. Do you just walk away?

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Post-interview thank you emails as a creative, yay or nay?

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Have an interview tomorrow, but it's for a client side creative / marketing department. Should I anticipate the interview questions to be vastly different to those that I'd usually receive in an agency interview?

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Anyone have any memorable creative ways to say thank you after an interview? Want to leave a lasting impression but don’t want to overkill.

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I’m interviewing for a boutique consultancy. What are some creative ways to determine their openness/acceptance of LGBT people?

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I’m the only creative on one of the smaller accounts at my agency, where I am referred to as the “Creative Director” for the account. But I’m a junior AD... In interviews etc. can I say I am a CD? 🧐

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Just got let go among with half of our creative team.. Can I be honest about this when interviewing for new positions?

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I’ve applied to over 40 jobs since I was laid off in March. Not one click to my portfolio, per analytics. With a family of four, we are being spread thin. Not only is the income desperately needed, but my creative soul needs a release. I would be happy to do typical Art Director work but I’m “over qualified” for that and am never taken seriously when applying for work below CD/ACD. If anyone needs or know of any company needing freelance work, large or small—I’d really appreciate the lead. 🙏

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Should I feel offended, thankful, both? Very senior creative job. Just navigated months of phone interviews, out of dozens of candidates I made the final 3 flown in for more/multiple interviews (cont)

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During an interview for my first internship, I was talking about the writing in one of their TV spots which I really admired. One of my interviewers cut me off to say they didn’t do that spot because that brand wasn’t their client. I had done my research and was 99.9% sure it was their ad, but wasn’t about to argue with the SVP of Creative in my first professional interview. As I left the interview, I saw that exact spot playing on their reel in the lobby. What’re your thoughts on this?

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Creative ladies, what do you wear to an interview with the higher up and account peeps? Are jeans okay if you dress it up with boots and a blouse?

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Creative ladies. How do you dress for interviews? How fancy is too fancy/how casual is too casual?

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I thankfully still have an interview scheduled for an in-house AD role. How do I diplomatically find out from the hiring manager (who’s the head of brand) how much creative leeway i’m gonna get?

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shooting a series of videos for a spirits client, with creative centered around “talking head interviews” and mixologists creating a few cocktails. Will be internal sales team-facing as opposed to consumer/brand creative. wondering if anyone has recommendations for a solid production partner in the NYC/Brooklyn area for the shoot (and potentially edit) that could keep a 2-day shoot somewhere in the $40k range? I know, that number pains me as well...

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Got an interview today with a really famous creative that I admire very much and am honestly excited just to get the chance to meet him. Is it okay to be a little bit of a fanboy in an interview?

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Do creative leaders in the US hire people with international experience? I’ve had several interviews where I’ve ‘almost’ made it but the lack of reasons given to me for getting rejected makes me wonder if my ethinicity or the region of experience is an obstacle.

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Anyone made the move from an Ad Agency to a Start-Up? I’m currently interviewing and it seems exciting but very different to what I’m used to. The interview process alone has been going on for four weeks. One hour zoom meetings at a time with different stakeholders. A world apart from the jokey, casual vibe of an Ad Agency Creative job interview where they’re much more interested in your portfolio.

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I just realized I’ve never done an interview with a creative director. Anyone have advice / a general idea of how it usually goes? They’ve already seen my book. Would it be a deeper conversation about my work? My life? My process? I want my mommy.

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interns and students, what would you want a mid-level creative to cover in an informational interview?

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I’m starting to move up in my career and getting to that point where Account leads need to meet you during the interview process. Do you have any go-to questions you ask to get a feel for the account? I’ve learned what questions to ask for creative. But could use some guidance with this. It feels like they’d be more brand/business focused, no?

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Account directors, what interview questions do you typically ask a creative candidate? (This is for a mid-level position.)

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When applying for a Creative job, is it acceptable to contact the CD directly in addition to completing the standard submission form? Or is this annoying for CDs to deal with? Seeing 100+ applications for each role makes me think I need to explore other ways to get myself noticed. Thanks :)

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What are some smart questions to ask creative directors during an interview that will make you stand out?

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If you weren’t a creative what job would pursue? I got laid off in April and have only had 1 interview :/

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When creating a presentation for a creative interview, better to use the brand’s/business’ colors or ones that reflect your personality?

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when you've worked under toxic creative leadership for the past five years, but a cd at an agency you admire and are interviewing at tells you your work is great:

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did a round of interviews with a handful of people from creative department. now they want me to do an interview with people from the account team. has any creative had to do this before?

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Folks who do hiring, what do you think of adopting the following question in future interviews? “Evidence suggests that teams that include a variety of perspectives and backgrounds will often produce more creative solutions and catch mistakes earlier. What background or experiences do you bring that will help broaden the perspective of our team?”

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I had a very successful video interview with the CD for a permalancing me position and I’m going in today today to meet the team. However, they’d like me to complete a creative exercise (cont)

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An ad agency asked me come up with creative concepts for a campaign as a job interview writing test. They are willing to pay me but on a project basis rather than an hourly rate. I’m a junior writer, how much should I charge (I have no clue about freelance rates)?

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I’m an advertising guy interviewing with a big 5 consultancy and now they want to do a case study interview - I’ve seen the online examples and think I’m starting to get the hang of profit trees and market sizing methods (very different level of rigor than creative strategy). Any practical hints or tips to get through this?

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Have you backed out of an interview in the last minute and tried to get it rescheduled because you were not adequately prepared? How did you manage the optics? I don't know if its nerves on my end.

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Can you negotiate level after an interview and offer?

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