The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

An Interview Tip …
May 19, 2014, 6:10 am
Filed under: Experience, Interviews

If you’re in an interview and your excuse for not having done something interesting is because the brand you work on is boring, just know that’s telling the interviewer you didn’t take any responsibility in trying to turn that around.

It doesn’t matter if you work on car tyres, deodorant or cough drops, our job is to find a way to make people care and even if you failed in getting the client to buy your thinking, it’s much better than trying to put all the blame on the client.

And even if you are convinced it was all the clients fault [which it won’t be, but I’ll humour you for a moment], at least explain what you learnt from the situation and how you used it – or intend to use it – in the future because to a potential employer, experience counts for nothing if you haven’t done something with it.

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That’s a Monday wake up call if I ever saw one. I particularly like the last paragraph, that’s very true. Sorry about your elderly friend, hope you’re OK.

Comment by Pete

Thanks mate … yeah, I’m fine, just a bit bummed.

Comment by Rob

The interviews are going well then.

Comment by DH

But cough drops might be going a bit too far.

Comment by DH

A lot are, but there were a couple that were ‘interesting’ to say the least. Blamethrowing should be left to politics, not adland. Of course there’s 2 sides to every story, but a couple of people I met [and thankfully, it’s only a couple] seem to think their perspective is all that counts.

I informed them I had a different point of view to that.

Comment by Rob

I will go sit on the naughty step.

Comment by Rob

Hendrix will be happy to know his legacy is being used on an ad planners blog to talk about gaining employment.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Well they have sold his name to all sorts of things so what’s wrong with adding him to a blog no one reads?

Admittedly, for free, but isn’t that the way of the music biz these days?

Comment by Rob

Good point Rob. Experience, good or bad, has lessons you can learn from and if you don’t see that, you are actively limiting your ability to move forward.
Read the post from yesterday. Sad news.

Comment by George

Entitlement generation. Ha.

Comment by Rob

Fuck… Are you turning into Dr. Oz, or Seth Godin… What’s next… A Purple Cow?

Comment by adscamgeorge

Purple bullshit.

Comment by DH

I know … sorry George, it won’t happen again. On the plus side, no one reads this blog and if they do, no one certainly pays any attention to it.

Comment by Rob

There are companies who want their employees to maintain the status quo, rather than challenge it. I do not understand that approach but it does mean there are occasions where someone who has failed to let experience shape their approach is not entirely to blame for their situation.

Comment by Lee Hill

They say McDonalds embraces the production line approach as this ensure no individual can excel – or multi task – which ensures they can manage salary expectations. That’s what they say … I’m not saying it.

[Lawyers take note]

Comment by Rob

What’s even harder but more essential is letting others take credit when it goes right

Comment by Northern

Yes. Lot’s of this.

Comment by Marcus

Yep … it’s amazing how many people want to take the credit but share the blame.

Comment by Rob

Who’s bringing you down?

Comment by Marcus

No one. I’m fairly positive today. Mainly because I’m able to be pissed at something. I’m that kind of person.

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Comment by Marcus

Most depressing post ever.

Comment by John

youre massively underfuckingestimating his other posts doddsy.

Comment by andy@cynic

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