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5 Tips On How To Ace Your Agency Interview

By Lauren @BubbleJobs

Job interviews can be tough, and chances are you’ve had a couple in your time. They tend to include questions such as “why do you want to work for this company?” or “what can you bring to the company and its brand”?, but agency interviews are quite different.

You’re not only using your skills for the benefit of that company, you’re using them to benefit clients right across the board and you will need to adapt for each job you’re working on. Because of this, it’s important to be prepared to adapt your normal interview spiel for an agency.

Luckily, I’ve come up with some tips on how to shine in an agency interview and (hopefully!) bag the job!

1) Prepare Your Portfolio

As agency work is so varied, it’s important to showcase your versatility in your portfolio. Look at the type of work the agency has taken on in the past, and tailor your portfolio to those areas.  For example, if that agency does a lot of business-to-business work, it’s going to be pointless including all consumer-driven projects in your portfolio.

As well as making sure your portfolio is super-relevant, you also need to prepare a presentation so you can explain the different projects and how your skills and experiences can translate to the role you’ve applied for.

2) Research The Agency

A lot of digital agencies specialise in different things, so make sure that you know everything about the agency before you head into that interview room.

If the agency specialises in content, it’s no use harping on about your experiences with graphic design for the entire interview. You want to show the interviewer that you’re the missing jigsaw piece for their agency – so don’t alienate them!

3) Know The Job Spec

Similar to the last point, it’s vital that you know exactly what the job requires and what skills the agency is looking for.Before you go in for interview, make a list of the skills and responsibilities required in the role, and match them up to your existing experience and memorise this so you can showcase your suitability to the interviewer.

Candidates who can show that they’ve done their homework will always be looked upon more favourably than ones who haven’t – so get researching!

4) Dress To Impress

In an agency, a lot of time is spent visiting clients, in meetings or pitching a proposal, so no interviewer is going to be impressed if you turn up in your combat shorts or skinny jeans.

Dress in neutral colours, and avoid any garish patterns or clunky jewellery. Dress as if you were visiting a client to prove to the interviewer that, when you have to, you can scrub up well!

5) Show Off Your Communication Skills

Like I said, a lot of agency work involves communicating with clients so an interview is the perfect place to show off your conversation skills.

Avoid giving yes or no answers to question, and exude confidence and a willingness to chat with the interviewer – this will show that you’re able to hold a conversation with a client without feeling under pressure – win!

6) Don’t Share Confidential Client Data

Agencies need staff they can trust with confidential projects, so it’s important for you to show them that you’re trustworthy when it comes to handling confidential data.

If you must include confidential projects in your portfolio, make sure you blank out anything that can identify the client so the interviewer doesn’t question your loyalty.

7) Follow Up

This goes for any interview, but it’s worth mentioning here.

After the interview, make sure you get the interviewer’s contact details and drop them a quick email afterwards thanking them for their time. It may sound obvious, but a simple gesture like that might just give you the edge over someone else.

 

So there you go, 7 tips on how to ace your digital agency interview!

Do you agree with these tips or have any of your own? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter @BubbleJobs! 🙂

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