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I worked at Idea Hall as an intern (less than an year)Pros
Idea Hall was first experience working at an agency. I completed a 3 month internship there after graduating from UCSB. Idea Hall is a fast paced, exciting company who does PR for some of Orange County's biggest and most influential non-profit, commercial real estate and financial companies. As some of my first real experiences in the business world, it was a treat to be exposed to these types of clients.
Idea Hall has a great team of professional who are experts in everything from media relations and event coordination to branding and design. The CEO and Principal are some of the most dedicated and hardworking people I have ever had the opportunity to work with. They really know to take a business to the next level. Even though I was only an intern at agency, both the CEO and Principal took the time out of their incredibly busy schedules to make sure I was learning and having a fulfilling experience at Idea Hall.
The account services team, which was the department I interned for, is made up of some of the most talented, passionate and creative brains in the Orange County PR world. I was an intern during what I would consider a “semi-transitional period.” For a few months of my internship, Idea Hall was in the market looking for some additional Account Managers. This meant that for those few months, more work was laid on my direct supervisors, the Account Executives. I was always blown away by their ability to go above and beyond, and take on the extra workload which would normally be the responsibly of an Account Managers.
Overall my experience at Idea Hall was top notch. Everything from what I learned, my co-workers and superiors, the culture of the company (Off at 3pm on Fridays!) and exposure to the agency life was really great. The agency’s work is stellar, and can be seen in their portfolio full of client covered from media publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Orange County Business Journal, NY Times, Western Real Estate Business, Orange County Register and more.
When it comes to PR, Idea Hall is a 5 star agency.Cons
I don’t have too many cons for Idea Hall as a company. My biggest downside was my overall interest in the clients. I personally prefer consumer PR, and during my time at Idea Hall, I worked almost exclusively with commercial real estate and financial clients. It was good being exposed to a different type of PR, but my personal interests and passions did not click with the clients.
Another downside is the office kitchen is in front of the office by the office doors. I felt it was a little odd having other individuals working in the building walking by watching me cook and eat my lunch.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Great mentors and role models to anyone interested in becoming successful in non-profit or commercial real estate public relations.RecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
1 person found this helpfulApplication Details
I applied through a recruiter. The process took a day – interviewed at Idea Hall.Interview Details
The new office looked really modern and cool and the location is across from South Coast Plaza... Lunch shopping anyone?
I met with the CEO and she seemed pleasant at first, however throughout the interview she seemed to be more and more scattered. I threw a few tough questions at her and she couldn't provide a good answer. She was distracted and pulled out of the interview twice and mentally never came back. Her energy was very frantic and fake. Her husband, other executive, came in to say hi and he seemed ok at first but then started to look down his nose a bit while only asking questions to trip you up and not for the answer.
The worst part was she interviewed 4 candidates that day and actually admitted that she wanted to try them all out via freelance for 4-6 weeks each consecutively, instead of picking the best one to try out, then if all is well make an offer or move to the 2nd. They seemed very interested in me, but I withdrew my name from consideration because the feeling I got from this place was one of those small married couple companies run by hot emotion rather than calm professionalism.Interview Questions
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- I had clearly explained my extensive experience, provided examples and gave references to verify and back up my statements, however when I questioned my interest about working here, to the agent, the CEO replied afterwards with an opinion that I did not have enough experience, even though I had more experience than the person they hired (who ended up leaving shortly after). I viewed this as spite or ego. Oh well it rolled off my back because I have seen this type of CEO before and this is how I spotted it so clearly and quickly. Answer Question
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