Thoughts on being asked to do a test project post interview? Sr AD with a portfolio to back it up. Responded saying I could do it at my freelance rate, they replied back saying since it's not a "real project" they wouldn't pay for it.

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Never invest more than an hour in any unpaid work. Ever.

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Don't do it and don't work there. It's a bad sign.

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This was a topic earlier this week. The consensus was don't do it, offer sample work because it's real. The most I'd do is provide perspective but don't do their work for them.

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My answer to them: “You may be deciding whether to choose me, but I’m also deciding whether to choose you”.

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Would be great to know the names of these places. That way others are warned.

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OP, something like “I’m excited at the potential to work together, and will happily share work from my portfolio with you for evaluation. Unfortunately, I don’t do uncompensated work.”

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Thanks all - agreed on the consensus. I'm not willing to do free work outside of giving my perspective. I offered to share more work in addition to my portfolio as well. Any tips on how to respectfully say no?

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Carrot did this to me...hm no. Not going to scope your project for free.

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Absolutely not. Your response was perfect.

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Depending on how much you want to work there, I would consider agreeing to very specific deliverable such as one homepage mobile screen or 4 logo options or whatever type of project it is. (For some UX interviews, I’ve been asked to do a UX exercise and I’ve put in at least 10 hours of work in because I cared about the role/company. )

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Laugh in their face and don’t look back.

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Many years ago, long before self-driving cars were a real possibility, I was asked to do an ad for one as a copy test for a job. I thought it was a pretty smart ask, and did it gladly. As long as it’s truly a test, I see no big problem. This is common at google now from what I hear.

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@RGAUser1 - Carrot did the same to me! They asked for an entire creative deck. I turned them down - later I found out it was a REAL project brief that their creatives were working on. Shady. 🤔

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