With a number of current vacancies at Thinking Juice, we thought we’d give potential candidates a head start by telling you exactly how to smash a potential interview with us. We’re not suggesting it’s an exact science by any means, but we believe the simple steps below are a good guide to making a great first impression.

Step one.
Getting an interview.
That would help. At TJ there are a few ways of getting yourself an interview. You can apply through our vacancies page or email [email protected], alternatively get in touch with one of our Heads of Department.

But in all instances, what you say and attach is the most important. Make sure your cover letter, CV and/or portfolio are a pleasure to read through and demonstrate to us your experience and skillset are aligned with the job you’re applying for.

Step two.
Doing your homework.
If successful, you’ll hear from us and we’ll arrange a time and date for a face-to-face interview. And it’s this window of time between hearing from us and turning up at our door that you can give yourself the best opportunity of a successful interview process.

Finding out as much as you can about TJ will help both of us. Knowing that we’re part of Sideshow Group, and how we fit into the group alongside Strawberrysoup, Sideshow and Vertical Leap is a good sign for us. We’ll see that you’re genuinely interested in the work we do. For you, you’ll be able to get under the skin of the agency and start to understand if we’re the next right step in your career.

Step three.
Do the basics.
Before we get to any of the good stuff, we always take note of the basics. Like turning up on time, remembering the name of the agency you’re interviewing at (it’s happened), being polite to our receptionist, coming prepared with any work you might want to show us, taking notes and generally just being nice, confident and smiley.

These basics may seem exactly that, but they all underpin the way we treat each other on a daily basis.

Note: Every agency’s dress code is different. Ours is casual, although we pride ourselves on being a presentable bunch.

Step four.
The art of showing off.
Once all the basics are out of the way, it’ll be over to you to show off. Granted, showing off doesn’t come naturally to everyone, but at TJ we’re all proud of what we do and have done, and we believe you should be too.

Preparation is the key to showing off in a way which isn’t ‘annoying’. Even though you won’t know the questions we’re going to ask, our job descriptions should give you enough clues as to what they might be.

Think about creating memorable moments within the interview, not only will our recall of the interview be much easier, but it will make you stand out from other candidates. This could be anything from an impressive piece of work, an unusual past-time or something that you feel truly passionate about.

More often than not, you won’t be exactly what we’re looking for, but that isn’t a problem at all. If you can demonstrate willingness to learn and a good work ethic, that can make up for a lot.

Step five.
Interview us.
In every interview at Thinking Juice we’ll give you the opportunity to ask as many questions as you like – nothing is off limits. We very much believe an interview is a two-way process, and it’s important you take the time to understand whether TJ is the right place for you.

This is also great for us as we’re always looking to understand and improve on what’s important to incoming candidates.

Good luck.
Hopefully the steps above will help if you find yourself at an interview at Thinking Juice or another agency. Without doubt, the most important thing is to be yourself. If you’re yourself in an interview, it means you won’t ever be in a position of having to pretend to be something that you’re not.