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I have an interview today with an agency that’s known to be terrible—would it be bad form for me to explicitly ask about their reputation for long hours and working every weekend?

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Absolutely not. You need to know what you’re getting yourself into.

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Do it for the vine. But if they’re terrible why waste your time?

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Good luck on your interview at 72!

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👌 thank you! Follow up question. I had some unfortunate family news that may require me to be on-call to be at the hospital or wfh from time to time (like once or twice a month maybe). Should I not even bother looking for jobs at real ad agencies when I know I’m facing a turbulent year with my family? Or should I be up front with agencies I’m interviewing with about what I’m up against in my life right now?

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I had a very similar situation when I was taking a job at a big agency. While it was not necessary to do so, I told them, but waited until I had an offer and ball was in my court. They were very understanding and accommodating. Everyone has family and can relate to how illness can impact you. Don’t let this hold you back.

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No. Do it Never forget: you are interviewing them. Too often applicants think the interview only goes one way

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Tell them after you get the job. Not working for a year sounds like a horrible idea. They don’t need/want to know about your personal life. If you can get the job done in your own way, then just do it. That’s my two cents.

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Well I had a job offer that I turned down that was really great money, benefits, and work/life balance but not much creative opportunity...and I suspect I could go back to them and tell them that some things changed and I’m now ready to start with them.

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@OP did you hear about their reputation from someone who is there? Or friend of a friend type thing? If you really like the agency/work they do, should the long hours really matter? Maybe that’s something people put upon themselves if it’s a competitive environment? I’m sorry about your family thing. I hope it turns out alright. And the agency should be flexible, if you can get your work done, shouldn’t matter where you do it from. Good luck!

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Maybe too late. Nope don’t mention just adjust what you ask for $ wise. Terrible is all around. It’s about money, don’t take it personal.

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Wait till the second interview to ask

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If its known to be terrible, why are you even interviewing with them??

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Found out about their rep after I scheduled it. 🤷‍♂️

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I have a family situation like yours (sorry you’re dealing with this) and I spoke to HR about it and they helped accommodate. I do feel like this is tricky at a new gig though and may be best to bring up once you get the job

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Why not? What do you have to lose? I think the way they answer a question like that will speak a lot to what the culture really is like.

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You can interview but I would reco looking for an agency that is flexible and ideally one where you have some relationships and they will be more understanding of your family needs OR do freelance role. I would not bring it up until you have an offer otherwise and I would skip a place that has a reputation for being difficult sorry to say but they aren’t going to change for you. Places get reputations for a reason. Good luck!

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How did you find out about their rep?

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This job is for YOU. You have every right to ask them why they publicly seem to have a bad reputation and how they are trying to solve for it

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