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How can I best prepare for an accounts position interview?


I’ve got an interview coming up for an account internship at big firm in Atlanta. Maybe you don’t get as many questions about account management as you might art or copy, but I’m wondering: how should I prepare for the interview?
I already talk to myself (out loud, not embarrassed) about everything on my resume, I try to keep up with their work and clients – I’ve thought about my favorite brand, my least favorite brand, my favorite spots, my least favorite spots. I’ve asked myself, “Why advertising/-insert agency here-”. I’ve tried to cover all the bases.
But what’s a firm looking for in an account intern, or anyone in client service for that matter? Things to play up? Things to definitely not play up? I guess another relevant question might be: what do you, creatives, look for in your account team? What makes them easier to work with? What are some things that you’d rather they not do?There’s only one spot open, so I’ve really gotta nail it, but at the same time, I don’t want to leave them asking themselves if I just tried to sell them Shamwow.
Thanks for taking time to help! I really appreciate it!

intro How can I best prepare for an accounts position interview?You sound like a great hire to us. Your prep is spot on. Having passion for the work is tops on our list. Having a point of view on what’s great, what’s not—these are great things to talk about in an interview (though we suggest you broaden your ‘favourites’ examples to go beyond tv examples). Creatives want partners in an account services who are hell-bent on making great work happen. They want curious, smart, insightful people with back bones to create fertile conditions for best thinking to happen, and sell the best ideas. Being attuned to the details and realities of the place you’re going is important. Rehearsing your best story is important. Paint a picture of your ambition for yourself and their company. Create a compelling story to sell yourself, complete with unforgettable opener and parting thoughts. And be yourself. Showing up as a human connects. What not to do? Don’t take too long—ask up front how much time they have and don’t go over. Don’t let them see you sweat. And don’t leave without thanking them for their valuable time and asking how you might advance the conversation.

Good luck!

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'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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