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Do you take interviews even if you’re not super interested in the agency, just to see/create connections? Or is it better to not take the interview, save everyone’s time?

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Always. Always take the call. Worst case, that’s 15 minutes of your time with the recruiter that you’ll never get back. Best case, the job is a dream or the recruiter moves to your dream agency in the future, and then you have a connection

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Worst case is it is practice to keep your interviewing skills sharp and a dry run for the agency you really want to work for. If you are concerned about wasting people’s time, don’t. They have no qualms wasting yours to screen for their best candidate.

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Always good to have an idea what your worth on the open market.

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Yup, atleast like the first couple of phone calls is fine. Unless it's a place I'm definitely never going to go.

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agree with everyone. and you never know who someone just hired or what account they just won or what their plan is for the future that isn’t public yet. so a not so great place could still be a good opportunity. and if not, like everyone else said it’s good practice for an interview you actually care about in the future. and also it feels good to be considered. i’ll take all i can get during this

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I usually try to make the time to explore. Good practice, good info. Even if I'm not looking I'm open to being wooed.

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Depends. I’ll talk to a recruiter, but won’t dive into the full interview process unless I’m seriously considering the opportunity. I don’t want to waste anyone’s time and burn a bridge I may need later.

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Yea, I do for practice. Bc I suck at talking about myself.

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If you take an interview in person and meet multiple people make sure you’re really interested in taking the job. Otherwise it’s best to do a quick phone call and turn them down before it’s gets too far. Had a friend who would shop around and interview at great agencies only to turn them down. He essentially got blacklisted at those places when he really needed a job 2 years later.

yea. i should have added to my comment that i usually know enough after the first 30 minute zoom interview to make a decision. if you go past that, only do it if you really are interested. it’s not easy to get 3+ decision makers on an hour call and that will piss people off. certainly would have to send a well written denial decision after that

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Yes! I’ve taken plenty just to practice - talking about myself and on the spot q&a is a struggle sometimes.

I have too. Initial calls are never a bad idea; it’s like a first date. Both of you are getting to know each other and if there’s not a fit you can mutually decide to not continue. Also: good interview practice, and it’s always good to network... this industry is small AF.

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