Associate Account Manager
D'Arcy, New York
My first real job was at TBWA/Chiat Day in NYC. I got a job
as an assistant media planner on the Infiniti East Region
account hoping it would lead to an account service job. It
was a good experience overall. I still use some of the media
skills in my job today.
AEF: How many people did you have to
Jimmy: I think, including H/R, I met with
the entire Infiniti account and media team, which was about
AEF: Did they ask you any surprising
Jimmy: Not really, by that time I had
interviewed at every major ad shop and knew what to expect.
The interview paradigm that is used for college graduates
is pretty basic so the format of questions stays the same...
AEF: How long a period of time were
you there being interviewed?
Jimmy: I went back several times, but
all in all I would say I logged in about 7 hours worth of
AEF: How long a period of time passed
between your interview(s) and your start date?
Jimmy: After they interviewed me, I got
a call a week later and I started a week later.
AEF: How were you notified that you
Jimmy: My headhunter called me to tell
me the good news. We were both excited.
AEF: Did you send a thank-you note?
Jimmy: Yeah, I wrote a thank you note
to everyone on the team. A year later when I got hired for
my D'Arcy job, the H/R woman had still remembered me from
my thank you note. :) Always helps to leave an impression.
AEF: Things you know now that you wish
you knew then:
Jimmy: I studied advertising in a top-notch
program (UT at Austin), but that doesn't prepare you for a
real life experience. I had three internships going in, but
it still wasn't nearly the same as when I started working.
Many of the skills you learn in college help a little, but
most of the accounts are run on a case by case basis and according
to how management operates. There is no textbook answer.
AEF: How many jobs have you had since
Jimmy: Just these 2. I am doing just fine.