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You’re young and unemployed. A friend set up a meeting with a big shot at a good agency, who’s not hiring. What’s your attitude and what what questions do you ask?

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Have humility and thank them for being willing to meet with you even though they're not hiring.

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Be curious. Find out what’s the typical profile of candidates they bring in when there are open roles. Pressure test whether they are open to sharing details on the categories of clients they are actively pitching. Poke for information on the culture. You know all the things you want to know, but might be reluctant to if there was a job offer at risk. Good luck!

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Can still have valuable discussions about the work and industry even if they aren’t hiring. And who knows what can happen in the future :) that’s networking

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It can be easy to go guns blazing and launch into your elevator pitch and whatnot and focus too much on you. Start by looking into the work that has their name on it and find some questions pertaining to it. Questions that you genuinely are interested in hearing the answers to. It’s a guaranteed way to get them talking, because if you can get a conversation going about the work – then you go from unemployed random person to industry peer. Other than that, it is an opportunity to make an impression – so make sure your work (or failing that, yourself) is interesting – so some mutual respect goes down. Good luck!

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