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In what situation should a project manager be interviewing an Art Director?

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I’ve been to agencies where you’ll meet with creatives (of course) and then representatives of other departments. I find it to be a good indicator of an agency trying to explore if candidates fit as a whole rather than just seeing if they’re capable of doing a particular job.

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I love this. We hire in a vacuum and it shows when the team meets and is incompatible. Or when the new AD thinks he’s too good to talk to the PM as an equal.

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Normal. We have the team member meet with people they would work with as part of the interview. Having talent is not enough, integration with the team is a big piece of the work day! Knowing how someone will take feedback and the level of support they need is important. We tend to have interviewees do a quick sample project to see how they react and manage to the workflow we normally leverage.

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Also, this person works based on capabilities of the talent that is hired. I think it’s normal to check if you can speak well, present an idea internally, can make comps and stuff. I don’t think it’s something weird.

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We do this all the time. It’s important to know if you’ll mesh with the whole team.

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Agreed, CW. An important part of hiring someone is making sure they fit well with everyone else on the team.

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I’m not talking about a situation where I get interviewed by the entire team or representatives from each department. No.... this was an interview lead and conducted by just the PM.

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Could be a situation where all other lead designers were busy? I’ve had weird scenarios where my client has paid for an additional fte and I ended up being the hiring manager due to having a small jr creative team at the time / knowing best what / who we needed on the team due to the number of years I worked on the account. You could always ask HR about it if you haven’t already? Certainly weird if they were the only person that interviewed you!

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For freelance

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1. Teamfit 2. Freelance 3. if they're more like a product manager and your being hired to work on the product. 4. Same as 3 but they run the brand not the product.

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they must really trust the PM instead of the recruiter to be a filter to move to the next step.

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