Next, I started doing phone interviews with a company that had a position available—Clemenger BBDO. It’s a good thing to have aspirations to work for certain organizations. But unless they have a real position available (or are willing to create a space for you), it’s not a real prospect.
The real magic happened when the managing director of Clemenger’s Sydney office happened to be in San Francisco for a client meeting. We met for a coffee and talked non-stop for an hour. What I remember most from that meeting was that he said the agency was looking for people with a certain skill set, as well as people that would add to their culture. Working in an industry where you have to spend upwards to 50, 60 and sometimes 70+ hours a week with your co-workers, agency culture is something I hold great value in as well. Coming out of that meeting I had a new level of excitement for Clem’s.
After that, I did a phone interview with my future-boss (Al) and then a Skype meeting with the co-executive creative director. Everyone I spoke to was smart, friendly and enthusiastic.
Finally, I was invited to Sydney for a final round interview. Before I went, I did a lot of homework on both the agency and Sydney; I needed third-party opinions to help inform my decision. When I arrived in Sydney, I already felt confident that it would be a good fit. Upon my arrival, everyone at Clem’s—especially Al—were incredibly gracious hosts and made me feel very welcome.