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Q: When interviewing at an agency, what is the most impressive quality to demonstrate?
Xavier Joven, talent acquisition manager, Essence
At Essence, we are usually impressed with candidates that display the ability to tell a compelling story about themselves and their past experiences, who show passion for all things related to digital and future trends, and lastly the ability and confidence to formulate articulate answers. Confidence is key when interviewing with an agency, and being able to provide examples of solutions to complex situations demonstrate personal skill-set and perspective on solutions.
Diana Blancone, senior partner, talent acquisition, Mindshare
We’re all about culture, imagination and creativity and love meeting with people who have a sense of curiosity and confidence. It’s important to be yourself, ask questions that pertain to our organization specifically to show that you’ve done your research and want to know more about us and what sets us apart from the others. There’s an infinite amount of information that can be found on a company website or through social media. It’s also smart to research the individual you’ll be interviewing with so that you can use this as a talking point during your meeting.