Priorities usually depend on the event time and size. I usually find out what a client feels is the most important part of his event and I focus on that primarily.
Most employers are looking for people with a passion for the company and what they do. Knowing as much as you can about the company and the job is key to showing how passionate you are about the job opportunity. The best way to do this is to set aside three to four hours to learn as much as you can about the company you may eventually end up working for. Use resources such as their website, Facebook page, press releases, and the job description itself. Learn as much as you can about your prospective employer's products, services, customers and competition. This gives you an advantage when trying to answer many such related questions. Most importantly, the fact that you spent time researching the company, demonstrates your initiative and passion.
Event planning encompasses many different happenings, including corporate meetings, seminars, lunch-and-learns, hospitality suites, trade shows and conferences. Some event planners focus on private parties such as weddings, children's birthdays, family reunions or Sweet 16 parties. Sports marketing requires event planning for races, tennis, golf and volleyball tournaments, leagues and exhibition matches. Ask the interviewer to tell you her specific event focus and to give you some examples of events the company has recently planned that exemplify the type of business the company wants.
I left because I felt I need to utilize my expertise on a bigger platform.
At many event-planning businesses, employees must multitask. You may need to meet with clients to negotiate the contract, help plan the food and beverages, and handle logistics, such as tables, chairs, booths, staff, lighting and music. Ask the interviewer what tasks you will need to perform if you are hired and to rank them in order of importance. This will let you play up certain areas of your experience as you know what the client wants most.
I understand that many events may require travel, and I am willing to spend the time getting to a location because I want to make sure that clients are getting the event they want where they want it.
Of course, event planning isn't all team building with Google or staging multi-million pound festivals, there are times when you need to make something sparkle with limited resources. This is a great way to test your candidates' initiative, assess their creative thinking and see if they show flashes of originality and fresh thinking when it comes to planning stand-out events on a budget. Practical considerations such as providing a cloakroom or positioning plenty of water jugs around the venue demonstrate an understanding of things which will make delegates' lives easier without costing a fortune, while mentioning little details such as ensuring somebody is in place to greet arrivals or putting fresh flowers around the bar help to show that personal approach to event planning too.
I offer exceptional command over Visio, MS Office, SAP and EBMS.
I have found that it is best to handle stressful situations with a calm demeanor. When an unanticipated problem arises, it is useful to quickly take steps to problem solve crafting creative immediate solutions to any issue.
I believe that I possess the time management skills and the ability to ensure detail orientation which is the key to efficiency.