A huge congratulations to everyone who made it through to the first round of interviews for The Foundry 2014! We are very excited to meet you and wish you the best of luck at this stage. Below are our top tips for interview – as we have done this ourselves we appreciate how nerve-racking and daunting the experience may seem. Just try to enjoy yourself and remember this is your chance to show Leo Burnett your enthusiasm for wanting to join the advertising industry! If you have any further questions please drop us a Facebook message and we will do our best to answer your queries.
1. Dress Code
The dress code at Leo Burnett is smart casual, so you can leave your suit and tie at home; but this also doesn’t mean come in Ugg boots and a onesie. A shirt/blouse and jeans/trousers should do it, top it off with your favourite smart shoes and big smile.
2. Know the industry
Read-up on all the industry blogs and websites you can get your hands on. Campaign, Adweek, Brand Republic and David Reviews are all good to get you up to speed. Try to compile a mental list of your favourite ads and why you think they are effective, try to do the same for ads you don’t think work also.
3. Know Leo’s
Read-up on everything Leo Burnett. Get to know our clients and have an opinion on our creative work. Read up on the Leo Burnett UK website and Facebook page, as well as watching our ads on YouTube and keeping an eye out for us on industry news.
4. Know The Foundry
Although you are coming for an interview at Leo Burnett; you are also coming for an interview to join The Foundry 2014! Know what interests you about The Foundry and why you think you’d be a good candidate. Check out our blog for what we’ve been up to and get familiar with how The Foundry work and who we are.
5. Finding Us
We must admit that our offices can be tricky to find to newcomers. Just make sure you plan your journey to get here on time. Take in to account all journey routes and possible disruptions. Don’t panic if disaster strikes and you are running late – just give the reception a call on 020 7751 1800 and let them know your circumstances.
6. What to bring
You are not obliged to bring anything with you on the day. So don’t worry about bringing lots with you in the case of every eventuality (unless of course you’d be happier doing so!)
We don’t believe any interview top tips would be complete without saying it. There are no trick questions and we won’t ask you to do anything too outlandish. Don’t believe the horror stories on the internet, there certainly aren’t any spy holes and sniffer dogs. Just smile, be yourself and confident you can demonstrate a passion for advertising and working here.