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The retelling of an interview situation skewed by reading too much Hunter S. Thompson in the bath [Mar. 6th, 2006|02:17 pm]
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“So. Tell me what you do?”

I was stumped. How do I even begin to answer? How much detail did this guy want anyway? I could tell he wouldn’t be impressed with cake baking and turning a hand at ironing a shirt every once in a while so I decided to cut to the chase:

“I have a portfolio.”

So, right there in the building of a farmhouse in the middle of Nowheresville, Coventry, I showed him what I was made of.

Half an hour earlier, I was in the back of a black cab, careering down the A45 on a Wednesday morning. It was 9.11am; nineteen minutes ‘til I had to see a guy that was described by the recruitment wacks as Jack Nicholson eyebrows and a face that’s seen the best and worst this industry offers. Coming face to face with him in the sun-ripened flesh, I could see what she meant. He was abrupt in every way; style of speech was just one part.

“It’s not your fault but it’s a bit limited,” he said.

Limited. Condemned by the self-made prison that had been supporting my lifestyle over the last two years.

Recruitment advertising hell. Another catch 22 situation; I can’t get out because my portfolio’s limited and I can’t expand my scope of work ‘til I get out.

“We’ll let you know next week.”


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[User Picture]From: spaceysunday
2006-03-08 03:11 pm (UTC)
still haven't heard - i'll let you know x
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[User Picture]From: dandy_assassin
2006-03-07 09:11 am (UTC)
Could you not produce a pitch or two on imaginary products to show these people what you're made of?
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[User Picture]From: spaceysunday
2006-03-08 03:22 pm (UTC)
Ah - you've sparked a great idea. The smarter thing to do would be to create a few ads for one of the clients of the ad agency that I'm going to see. It may show that I'm both enthusiastic about working for them and capable of doing the kind of product ads they work on.

Or it could backfire horribly by making me look like a brown nose...

Yes - you are right. I should try it at the very least!

How's your new job going?
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