By Andrew Hoy

We are currently recruiting for a number of PPC Marketing Account Manager roles to join our award-winning Search team. To give candidates an idea of what to expect, we sit down with Search Account Manager, Andy.

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Have you met Andy?

A multilinguist, Andy speaks Swedish, Farsi, Irish and, of course, Javascript. In his free time, he likes nothing better than to settle into some Scandinavian crime fiction or teach himself to a build website. He has the thirst for knowledge to drive your campaigns forward and get them into fighting shape.

Tell us some facts about yourself:

  • I used to teach electric guitar. I packed the teaching in when I went off to university, but you can still find me jamming (badly) in my living room from time to time.
  • I train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu four times a week.
  • I once nearly got hit by a ferry while trying to pedalo across Stockholm harbour. I don't recommend it.

What did you study at University?

I studied International Relations for my M.A and Management for my MLitt, both at the University of St. Andrews.

When you graduated from University, did you know you wanted to work in PPC?

I had an inkling that I wanted to work in Digital Marketing but, like most Grads, I didn't really know where to start. Once I started working, I quickly found myself drawn towards PPC-related work; I'd actually already studied a fair bit of marketing during my MLitt, and everything I saw during my time at other companies suggested that this industry was the place to be.

How did you get the job at Periscopix?

I went straight for gold and applied directly through the website. I'd actually already spoken to a recruiter about an Analytics related role at Periscopix, but my knowledge of Javascript wasn't really deep enough for me to make a proper go of it. I kept Periscopix in mind, however, and did a bit more research about the sector over the next few weeks. By the time I did apply, I was more-or-less certain that I was going to work in PPC whether I got the job or not. This mindset actually turned out to be really important, as some other candidates may have come across as being only interested in the Company, and not in PPC.

The application process consisted of a phone interview, a group interview, and a final interview with a senior member of staff and one of the Company's founders. I got a call from Natasha, the Recruitment Manager, a couple of hours later to say that I'd got the job and may or may not have done a little dance in a park in Greenwich.

Why did you choose to work at Periscopix over other companies?

At risk of sounding sycophantic, this one is easy to answer. The respect for work/life balance at Periscopix is amazing, the office is trendy, the people are smart, the training is engaging, and the clients are varied. I was at the pub a few weeks ago with a couple of friends, one of whom mentioned the work-dread-induced existential crisis he suffers every Sunday night; I knew what he was talking about, as I've felt it with previous jobs, but I can honestly say that I've never dreaded coming to work at Periscopix.

What's the coolest thing you've done in your job recently?

I can't really pinpoint a single event, but I get a little rush of cool every time I send a piece of ad-hoc analysis to a client and think "I'd have had absolutely no idea how to use those formulae/that script/that software a couple of months ago".

What advice would you give to a budding applicant?

Do your research, and be yourself. Getting a job, any job, is as much about finding out if the company/industry is right for you as vice versa. Periscopix is an amazing place to be, but all the perks in the world won't be enough if you don't derive enjoyment from the work itself. Everyone here is passionate about what they do, so make sure that you are too!

Want to join the team?

We are always recruiting for new PPC Marketing Account Managers, so if you'd like to join our dream team apply for a role here.