What to Expect During an Interview For an Event Planning Role

November 14, 2016

Event Planners Are Expected to Handle Details Without Getting Flustered.

Event planners do precisely what the job title indicates: they manage all the logistics and planning involved in pulling off an event. This can range from weddings to conferences, corporate to casual, and everything in between.

 

Event planners must be intensely organized, as they track all deadlines and schedules, and make sure all the fine details, such as scheduling coffee breaks at meetings and arranging transportation, are taken care of.

 

So, if you are you preparing for an interview as an event planner know that the job requires all of the above – PLUS – plenty imagination! Event planners must brainstorm ideas for unique celebrations and memorable events, and be able to understand and meet client needs.

Planning for Your Interview

Before you show up to your interview review the events you’ve planned. Think of examples of times you’ve had deal with difficult clients – how you handled it, how you worked with a budget, or a time when you had to think on your feet to solve an unexpected problem. Also, think about times you organized a flawless event. Having these events thought out in advance make answering interview questions less nerve wrecking and make your more confident.

Here is a list of frequently asked questions for event planners during interviews. Be sure to read through and practice how you’d answer each question.

Event Planning Interview Questions

  • How has your education prepared you for a career as an event planner?
  • Why do you want to work for our event planning organization?
  • How do you assess the success of each of your events?
  • What type of event planning are you most interested in? Corporate events? Social events?
  • What experience do you have with promoting events (through ads, social networking, etc.)?
  • What are some of your favorite ways to enhance an event on a budget?
  • What is the largest event (based on budget or number of attendees) you have ever planned or assisted with planning?
  • Describe a time when you had to deal with an unexpected problem during an event — how did you resolve the issue?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with a difficult client. What was the result?
  • Describe a time when you had difficulty staying within the budget for an event.
  • Tell me about a time when you had to manage multiple events at once. How did you multitask to complete both events successfully?
  • Imagine a company is planning an ad campaign to portray itself as a young, fresh and cool brand.
  • If you were hired to organize their launch party, what sort of venue would you consider selecting?
  • Imagine I am a client asking you to host an event for me; what kinds of questions would you ask me?
  • How will you develop relationships with vendors in a new city?
  • Are you comfortable working long and/or unusual hours?
  • Do you think being an independent worker or a team player is more important as an event planner?

 

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