Katie Lever: Once a creative recruiter sees a candidates book and likes them what happens?
Alexis Gianoulis: Recruiter contacts the candidate by email or phone to discuss the opportunity and learn more about them personally. The recruiter might then send their portfolio to the Creative Services Director or a Creative Director for their opinion and feedback. Assuming everyone is still interested, the candidate is brought in to meet with the recruiter in person. Then, the candidate will be brought in again to meet with other members of the creative team (people they would be working with or working under). Final decisions are then made about hiring.
KL: What tips would you give junior creatives who are looking for their first job?
AG: Admittedly, these are basics, but you'd be surprised how often these are overlooked:
KL: What are the biggest mistakes you see juniors make?
AG: Not following the above tips, harassing recruiters for jobs, thinking you're too cool for school (not willing to consider a paid internship or freelance gig if a full-time job isn't available), not knowing anything about the agency you're interviewing with (recent work, top creative leaders working in the agency), and copy and pasting the same email message to multiple people in the same agency (we will know). There are more mistakes that can be made,—as you might imagine—but these a
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