I just heard this story from a candidate and I thought I would share it. At the very least it will make you smile. It is like a scene out of Mad Magazine's, "Scenes we would like to see."
An account supervisor was interviewing at an agency for a notoriously difficult account. She had been all through her interviewing cycle. She had seen human resources, the management supervisor, the account director and now she was interviewing with the group director, probably her last interview.
While she knew that this was a difficult account, she was very interested in the job and thought it would be good for her career. Each person she had seen painted a rosy picture of the account while briefly mentioning that the client was demanding.
This last interview was the icing on the cake.
The chat lasted about forty-five minutes. About a half an hour into the meeting the account supervisor asked this group director about the degree of difficulty of the account. The group director smiled and said that she did not want to hire anyone under false pretenses. She then began discussing he client.
The client, she said, was very demanding. If they want you to come for a meeting called at the last minute, you had better be there within fifteen minutes, even a Friday evening at 5:30. The client could be abusive at times. If things were not 100% to the client’s liking or expectations, she could expect to hear a ten minute not very pleasant harangue.
The group director told the account supervisor that she really wanted this person to join the team but wanted to manage her expectations. The client could often be abusive. The turnover on the account was high. As she continued to talk about the client, the account supervisor saw that the grouper was getting somewhat emotional. Her eyes were red and watery. The more she talked, the more emotional she became.
Finally, the dam broke. Involuntarily the group director started streaming tears. Finally, she blurted out, “This account is horrible. But we as a team stick together and it keeps it bearable.”
The account supervisor was dumfounded. She did not take the job!