I worked at Applico full-time (More than a year)
-work with enterprise clients on cool projects that will have a huge impact on their businesses
-some startup work too that exposed me to a lot of different industry and cutting edge technologies
-great team, fun to work with
-work alongside entrepreneurs who have track record of success. Great experience if you want to start your own business
-hours can be long sometimes
-if you don't have client-facing skills, can be a bit of a learning curve
-roles aren't always well defined, will need to wear multiple hats sometimes
Advice to Management
build on core team, keep getting interesting client work to motivate them
I applied through other source. I interviewed at Applico (New York, NY) in April 2017.
Someone from their team reached out to me regarding an undisclosed role in their marketing and PR team, emphasizing the "they reached out to me." We schedule a call to discuss undisclosed opportunity.
1) Person was late to the call and did not apologize
Shows a clear lack of interpersonal skills and that they do not value personal time. It also shows that they would definitely not value my personal time if I was on their team, and probably work their employees to the ground.
2) Person proceeded to ask why I was interested in the role that had yet not been disclosed and what I could offer.
I politely mentioned that someone on their team reached out to me and did not disclose the role or exact opportunity.
3) Person explains that the role is for marketing and PR. I ask what the major responsibility is because I have experience in both areas and they are different skill sets.
Person proceeds to share the responsibilities and the role is in fact business development, possibly 25% marketing.
Note, I did my research and saw that the person was a year out of college, with less than a year of experience, and no expertise in either marketing, PR or business development.
I tactfully explain that the role he is describing sounds sales heavy and that I have done both PR and marketing and what it sounds like they need is a business development manager.
Person tries to unsuccessfully counter me with a defensive tone, ignoring the fact that I have significantly more amount of experience. You would think they would know this, given that again, they reached out to me. So, I would naturally assume they do homework on candidates that they'd like to bring on to grow their business.
After less than 10 minutes, I end the call. I thanked the person for reaching out, but it would not be a good fit. I could not and would not work alongside that person (person conducting interview would be on my team).
RECOMMENDATION TO MANAGEMENT
Please select carefully the person who will be responsible for hiring future talent. This person is a representation of your company's values, vision and culture.
Is this person qualified to be interviewing potential employees? Do they have enough experience to play a role in hiring new team members?
Word spreads fast if qualified candidates have a bad experience, especially if that person hiring isn't qualified to be part of the hiring process and/or does a poor job representing your company.
Maybe your business isn't growing or your talent pool is lacking because the person you placed at the frontline of talent acquisition was the wrong person.