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Quick question: Do you think is it fine to be asked for preparing an outline for marketing plan as an assessment test so, employer decide if you will be the right fit for position ?

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Perfectly fine and normal.

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It's just an outline of a marketing plan, they're not asking for an in-depth plan or strategy doc. I think it's a fair way to assess somebody's knowledge and thought process, without diving too deep. Something like this could take an hour or so, so I think that's a fair ask for a serious candidate.

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I don't think it's right, I think it's a way to make us work for them without the obligation to pay for it. Then they decide which proposal is the most attractive and they can modify it with the proposals they rejected.

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I interviewed for a job yesterday and the first thing out of his mouth was. This is going to be a short interview (red flag) talked 90% of the time about his company and only asked me 1 question. At the end of interview he said he wants me to do a test project and gave me a creative brief.

I think it's fine, as long as they don't require a very developed scheme. If it is something simple to evaluate your knowledge there is no problem because somehow they have to evaluate your skills before hiring you.

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Hi, it depends. For example if you know its a serious company (employer), I would be confortable doing that requirement. But if its not a serious offer I would think it twice before doing it.

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That's fair enough, if Nike seriously reached out to me I might spare them a little bit of my time

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I hate this. I've had to do these several times. Had at least 2 companies I know of use the social/digital audit and marketing plans and not hire me, and went internal.

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Seems pretty disrespectful of someone's time to ask for free work, I would say it's a huge red flag for working there

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No - do not work for free

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Preach, never have never will

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Might just be personal preference, but you'll never catch me doing any work for free

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I don't think it's fine but I know there are employers out there who consider this to be okay. I disagree.

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I say know your worth. If they're asking for anything too specific they could just take your work without paying, and I don't think people who ask for free work are the kind of people you should be interested in working with

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Hi all, Thank you for your replies! Appreciate it alot. I had decided to prepare headlines of marketing plan however it was very generic points.( I am desperately need a new job, didn't want to miss chance)

During the presentation they asked me to send that presentation to email for reviewing as its the "assessment test" haha!

Now they have just sent me the rejection message and main reason is the fact that I'm located in different city which was very clear in the first call! Very unprofessional and disappointing for me.

I am actively searching for a job it has been 1,5 months now and this type of assesments is my main issue now. I don’t mind to to some creative/business exercise but every single company even for freelance positions that have ar least 4-5 steps including these assessments. As a person that always somehow eliminated on the last round, my friendly advice would be to do it only if you really want to have the job or you think it will be beneficial for you. I am personally exhausted about all of this processes and i think that is not ok to ask for a whole marketing strategy or to give few tasks to complete in one single assessment.

I have done these in the past, but always begrudgingly. I have some of the same reservations as others on this thread when it’s early in the process/I’m not sure about the job/I worry I could be taken advantage of.

Does anyone have a good script for politely declining a test like this if you still want to keep your options open with the company you’re interviewing with?

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