Had a strange experience interviewing with this company for a Perks Account Executive. First I met with two younger women in their early 20s. I discussed my former experience as well as my knowledge and understanding of the UD brand and general know-all of pop culture and its importance within leveraging branding and establishing relationships with potential clients. Then I was asked to come back and meet with a female Sales Dir. She asked the same questions. I remember one question striking me as odd when she asked if I felt I understood "NY Culture" (I'm mid-20s female who goes out often), when she already knew that I was born and raised in NYC. She then told me "selling in NY is completely different than any other market" even though, again, I am originally from NYC and worked for two powerhouse brands before this interview. She was certainly a bit condescending which I had to laugh to myself about, especially since she told me she was from the South, and was now trying to power trip me about NYC?? Give me a break.
I was then asked to prepare a sample brainstorm of opportunities to potentially pitch to buyers and sell to the UD readership. I had some great ideas that all of my friends who work in "cool" positions thought were great. I also spent some time writing the actual copy, as I am a skilled writer who previously wrote for NY Press, The Voice, and Time Out NY, so I know the caliber of the work I turned in. After that: radio silence! I sent a few follow up emails but never heard back. If I took the time to schlep down to the offices a few times in a week, it would have been polite to at least tell me they weren't interested. It ended up fine as I actually used the copy as an example of my writing skills to another co I was interviewing with, and ended up with a 6-figs job at an amazing Conde Nast magazine. I would just tell anybody who is interviewing to be wary of this company. Says a lot about how you will be treated as an actual employee!