Creative Artists Agency Interview Questions

Updated Sep 2, 2014
Updated Sep 2, 2014
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    Entry-Level Opportunities - Music Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4 months - interviewed at Creative Artists Agency.

    Interview Details

    Was referred by a friend who was recently promoted at CAA. Had sent my resume in already and had the friend forward it again to the HR department. There's an online application that I had to complete, and print out a confirmation of completion and bring that along with my resume to the interview.

    Got a call about a week later about scheduling the interview, so I went in with the confirmation and resume and had an interview in person in the office.

    Interview went pretty well, they ask you about why you want to be an agent, what you think qualifies you, etc. Do some background research on the company, and have an idea of how you're going to sell yourself - also they're going to ask you about what publications you read currently on the music industry, so know what you're going to say.

    After a successful interview they basically put me on the backburner for the last 4 months. Advised me it might take one week, or 6 months...depending on what opens up and when. I'm not getting too excited about my chances at this point.

    Interview Questions
    • What publications do you read currently on the music industry?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Agent Assistant Interview

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 days - interviewed at Creative Artists Agency in May 2010.

    Interview Details

    They keep you waiting in the lobby for upwards of an hour. It's all part of their culture to make you sweat. Don't worry about it though. Just relax and know that when they get to you, you won't be broken.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    None. They make an offer, you take it.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
  3.  

    Mailroom/Reception Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks - interviewed at Creative Artists Agency in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    The process took about a month. I was called by the HR assistant and then set up an interview with the HR person. She was cold and standoffish at first, but it was a ruse (so don't get shaken by that). In the end she was very helpful and seemed to want to see me succeed. I wasn't finished with school so the position was filled by someone else.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Mailroom Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  New York, NY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in New York, NY
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 1 week - interviewed at Creative Artists Agency in May 2014.

    Interview Details

    Applied through an alumni connection and received a call almost immediately following. I met with someone in New York who worked with HR. She asked me questions about my resume and a little bit about why I wanted to work at CAA. She then seemed like she was almost trying to scare me about the job, telling me how many people leave because they can't handle the job and aren't suited for this industry. She made the job completely unappealing and then continued the interview. By that time, I was completely disinterested in the job, which made the rest of the interview slightly painful.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing out of the ordinary- very typical interview questions!   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
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    Agent Assistant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 days - interviewed at Creative Artists Agency.

    Interview Details

    My resume was submitted by a friend on a Monday, HR called Tuesday to set the interview for Wednesday. I interviewed with HR and the agent, and took a MS Office skills test. Thursday, they called my references and offered me the job on Friday. It all went very quickly, and HR was great every step of the way.

    Interview Questions
    • HR definitely wanted to make sure you can handle the fast-paced, high intensity environment, and ask several different ways how you deal with pressure.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Agent Assistant Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 2 days - interviewed at Creative Artists Agency.

    Interview Details

    Initial interview with HR, then they decide if they want to put you in the mailroom, as a floater (an internal temp who covers desks for absent assistants short-term), or directly on a desk working for an agent. If there's an open desk and HR likes you, you meet with the agent and if they like you, you're in. I'd say it's 90% about personality fit and attitude.

    Interview Questions
    • This might sound obvious, but depending on what department you're interviewing for, have answers prepared that show you have developed taste and opinions. For a Motion Picture Talent desk, have answers to the question, "What's your favorite movie/actor/director/writer/script?" etc.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Average Interview
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    Intern Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks - interviewed at Creative Artists Agency.

    Interview Details

    Phone call interview, that was it.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations. They tell you want you will receive beforehand.
    Accepted Offer
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    Agent Assistant Interview

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    Interview Details

    Network your way into someone in the company. They don't list jobs in the traditional places. If you can get the support of any agent you will be hired. They key is getting on a good agents desk. Vet the agents as much as you can, many of them are nightmares. Try to find a mixture of a decent human being and well respected in the industry (very hard to find).

    Interview Questions
    • What do you want to do in the industry? Agents want you to stick around, but want assists "aggressive" enough to make their lives easier.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiation
    Accepted Offer
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    Summer Intern - LA Interview

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    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Creative Artists Agency.

    Interview Details

    Applied online and heard back randomly six weeks later - was then requested to take part in a very brief interview over the phone that seemed fairly straight forward and not particularly exciting for the person interviewing me. I understand that they need to interview potentially thousands of candidates, but the interviewer's lack of enthusiasm threw me off. Overall, was happy I didn't get an offer and explored other options.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Assistant to Motion Picture Literary Agent Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 months - interviewed at Creative Artists Agency.

    Interview Details

    Extensive...brought in by recruiter but had to meet like 10 people.

    Interview Questions
    Negotiation Details
    Take it or leave it offer
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Difficult Interview

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