Event Planner
Interview

Event planning is the process of planning a festival, ceremony, competition, party, or convention. Event planning includes budgeting, establishing dates and alternate dates, selecting and reserving the event site, acquiring permits, and coordinating transportation and parking. Event planning also includes some or all of the following, depending on the event: developing a theme or motif for the event, arranging for speakers and alternate speakers, coordinating location support (such as electri...

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Job Satisfaction
Interview Difficulty
Healthcare
Vacation
Hours per Week
90%
Average
Provided
One Week
50 Hrs/Wk
Education Requirements

Many employers prefer applicants who have a bachelor's degree and some work experience in hotels or planning. The proportion of planners with a bachelor's degree is increasing because work responsibilities are becoming more complex and because there are more college degree programs related to hospitality or tourism management. If an applicant’s degree is not related to these fields, employers are likely to require at least 1 to 2 years of related experience.

Work Environment

Meeting, convention, and event planners spend most of their time in offices. During meetings and events, they usually work on-site at hotels or convention centers. They travel regularly to attend the events they organize and to visit prospective meeting sites, sometimes in exotic locations around the world. Planners regularly collaborate with clients, hospitality workers, and meeting attendees.

Anonymous Career Reviews

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Pros in Event Planner

As an event planner, clients come to you because you can do more than they are able to do on their own. The best part of being in this industry is that you get to create something amazing out of a very small idea and wow not only your client, but yourself.

Submitted On: May 30, 2012, 2:41 am

Dynamics! Event planning never gets old because there are always new venues, new trends in the industry, and new clients with different goals, wants, needs, and visions for their events. The other great part of Event Planning is getting to transform a small idea or dream into a great reality. People come to event planners because they want more than what they can do on their own; so getting to be creative is a great aspect of the job as well.

Submitted On: May 30, 2012, 2:42 am

The reward of seeing your dreams and your client's dreams come to life, the people you meet.

Submitted On: May 30, 2012, 2:43 am

Being busy and things are always changing, new ideas new people.

Submitted On: May 31, 2012, 3:32 am

Seeing the results of your work tangibly and quickly. Being able to make change that you have direct ownership of.

Submitted On: June 2, 2012, 1:55 am

Interaction with many different types of people, bringing a vision to life, pulling a million details together to flow to create a lasting impression on all who attend the event.

Submitted On: June 13, 2012, 5:19 am

There are many pros to being an event planner.

Submitted On: September 7, 2012, 3:08 am
Event Planner Interview Questions and Answers
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1. Tell me about a work situation that required a creative solution.
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The masters bedroom of one of may clients had 2 beams on both sides that it almost took the space of the bed. As a solution I treated it with mirror to give it an illusion of space and covered the middle with padded headboard from floor to ceiling
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I had reserved a suite for a guest checking into a hotel I worked out. I got to work on the day he was supposed to arrive and say the suite had been given away and I just got a sick filling because we had talked several times to make sure everything was set up because he wanted his family to be able to stay in the same room. So what I did instead was give him two connecting rooms, so that the kids could their own room and the adults having theirs.
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We had to move the buffet catering to the outside.
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My company did the Raphael House Gala in May and we needed lighting, particularly spot lighting in the space but didn't have the budget. We found out that the next night the venue was hosting a private bar mitzfah. We negotiated with the lighting company to use their lighting and they could setup a day earlier. All parties won and we got spot lighting out of it
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A bridesmaid rip her dress.
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I was director of a choir at Messmer Prep School. We had a child electric gutirist keep showing up and we ended up doing Christian rock. We had one drum set but lots of kids wanted to be involved, so we just had each kid play one part of the drum set. So three or four could participate at a time.
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Something.
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While working in Nashville our video system died which played a key part in orientation. I had to think quick on my feet with orentation only 30 minutes away. While knowing the clients where teenagers and having watched the video hundreds of times, I decided the best way to get orientation across was do a skit. I gathered the rest of the leaders and explained the issue, delegated jobs and topics, gathered props and put on a show. The students loved it, got all the important information and we ended up using the show for the remainder of the summer.
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2. How good are your listening skills? How do you know?
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I believe my listening skills are good. I always make it a habit of writing everything down so I don't have to worry about whether or not I remembered what you asked.
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My listening skills are suburb. I pride myself in taking a personal interest in every individual that I come in contact with, and connect with them on some level. By asking questions of the person, I can clarify anything that I believe I may have heard incorrectly. I also tend to repeat their comments back to them in conversation, to ensure the details I have heard are correct.
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Theyre good. being on an executive board, i had to listen to everyones opinion because we all had the same equal power.
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I have very good listening skills i know because people have told me in the past that they could talk to me for hours because they feel they have my full attention; which i do give.
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Listening and hearing are different. I am a good listener because I take notes, keep eye contact, ask questions, and am responsive to what people are saying. You know that you are a good listener when your client is happy with the results. If you do not listen to your client, you cannot meet (and hopefully exceed) their wants and needs.
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I know that my listening skills are great because I am able to plan events that reach the client's goals, wants, and needs. The last event I planned, helped raise awareness among college students by 7% while raising financial support from the community; exactly what the client asked for.
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I am a very good listener. I know this because almost everyone that I know will come to me for advice when they need it because that I will not only listen, but offer them great advice as well.
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My listening skills because i repeat what the client tells me so i make sure i dont miss anything.
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Active listening. Able to repeat/confirm what client is saying to verify.
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My listening skills are excellent. I make sure to repeat any facts back to clarify and give a sense of worth to the clients thoughts. People are always pleased when I remember facts others don't.
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I believe I am a good listener. I believe this because people come to me with their concerns and trust me with possible solutions when asked.
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I would say my listening skills are excellent. I listen closely, and i always ask questions to make sure that I have a clear understanding of whats being asked of me.
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I think I am a good listener, I pay attention to details and usually try to ask questions that help me understand the topic more. Well i know it because people have admired me several times for that.
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Good because i just heard you.
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good
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Can you tell me about a recent situation where you demonstrated enthusiasm.
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Excellent. I have been a key observer in many project presentations and cos of that I am able to suggest other options.
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I believe my listening skills are pretty good. I am more of a visual learner so onto of taking directions, I pick things up easier if shown to me.
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My training as a social worker allowed me to hone my listening skills. I think I have a naturally observational nature and listening is a key part of that. Working with volunteers requires patience and listening and I think my skills have been validated by having long-term loyal volunteers.
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I believe that people find me to be an excellent listener, and the fact that I can respond to them with advice, or the proper information proves to them and myself that my listening skills are honed.
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On a scale from 1 to 10 I would rate my listening skills a 9. Being in the restaurant industry since I was a teenagers has taught me a lot about listening and being patient. I worked under lots of pressure and maintained my station in a professional manner all while listening carefully and fulfilling the requests of my customers.
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I am a great listener and am attentive to all details of a conversation.
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I would say that I have very good listening skills. I am very aware of my surroundings, and have practiced Active listening for many years now. I have been told by many friends and strangers that they are amazing by how well I listen, and how well I pick up on things.
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I have excellent listening skills. I possess exceptional customer skills and have received great feedback from out customers. I attend project planning meetings and implement the items that were discussed during the meetings.
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My listening skills are very adequate I work well in teams and always listen to members of the team.
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My listing are strong I love to listen to others details an ideals. As I listen to everything I write every word down as it being told that way I make sure that I have every detail that has been given. And I can repeated it back in case I have any questions to ask.
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Excellent. I am a very thorough and detailed person. No stone goes unturned which reflects when an event or meeting proceeds without any problems.
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3. What brings out the most excitement for you in event planning?
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Organizing/Marketing and event layout.
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In the planning of the event itself, I'd say that I'm pretty excited throughout the whole process, but more when I am talking and coordinating with all of the vendors who will be making it happe, I envision it in my head and hope that it comes out as glamorous as I think it will be.
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Being able to create and design ideas and dreams and make them into a reality. maikng the impossible possible and seeing peoples faces and the success of the event at the end.
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The actual day of the event. In my opinion, the moment everything comes comes together and u can finally take a breath of fresh air is the most exciting and rewarding part of event planning.
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A very unique and challenging projects. Something that will make you real think.
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The challenge of completing an event and making the client happy. I want to be successful and I want others to enjoy the event. I enjoy providing services to others.
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Seeing the client's excitement at the event. Event planning isn't about meeting client's wants, it's about exceeding them. I get the most thrill out of a happy client because I know I've produced quality work, listened to their wants and needs and made the impossible, possible.
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The onsite buzz and the performance under pressure. I love defining myself in the moments when you see the client and the guests having the ultimate experience and absorbing your hard work.
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The element of suprise.
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The end result.
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Seeing the excitement and the enjoyment of those attending. And seeing the event go from a blank canvas to completion, seeing the success. Exceeding expectations.
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For me, the most exciting parts of planning an event are when you brainstorm ideas and watching the result of all your hard work pay off.
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Seeing everything come together after hard work of planning.
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when i really feel responsible for everything, and when everything is going the right way
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The excitement and enjoyment of the attendees.
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Being able to provide someone with a memorable experience.
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The sense of accomplishment and comraderie that I feel with staff and volunteers. I enjoy event planning because events have a life cycle and there is a tangible feeling of joy when everyone works hard and sees it come together.
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I like the pressure of gathering all of the details for an event. It is always so exciting and such a relief when I see the event come together. I also love connecting with new people and observing everyone enjoying their time.
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I enjoy seeing an event go from concept to completion.
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Organization! Creating the perfect diagrams or databases that are easy to read and follow and create an ease of action. It is quite nerdy but I quite enjoy that part. Aside from that, definitely seeing people enjoy themselves and relax into the environment.
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Dealing with a variety of individuals and make the customer happy.
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4. Tell me about a time when you avoided a near disastrous situation that almost ruined an event? What was your impact on correcting or avoiding the situation?
Top Answer
At a fundraising event, my face painter canceled 30 minutes before the event start time. As I had advertised and promoted the event to have a face painter, I had to find a solution. I quickly found a local craft store and purchased a face painting kit. This was a great solution as any volunteer was able to use the kit. Not only did I prevent false advertising, I was able to avoid disappointed guests.
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One time the groom forgot to wear his pants. And right before he walked out I ran to him and told him to go put his pants on. He blushed and then ran into his room (touchy) I had to go coax him to come back out and still get married. It was horrendous
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While executing a fundraising event in a community park for a non-profit, the generator that was to be used by the food truck as well as the shaved ice vendor failed. With 30 minutes to start time, I had to quickly problem solve and found a local Home Depot that rented generators. In 15 minutes, we had a generator and both vendors were ready to serve.
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I was throwing a party and an hour before it was about to pour rain so i called a couple freinds to come over and we threw up a large tent, making sure there would be sufficient room for the expected number of guests and rain proofed what was needed.
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i think it wopuld help bacasue of the people you have to deal with
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I have honestly never had a situation happen like this before. I am new in the Events Industry and have not had a lot of practice. If i was to have a disastrous situation that almost ruined an event I would need to make sure my team and I are ready for everything and always have a back up plan for everything.
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Luckily, I haven't had any major disasters. At our last golf outing, our intern gave each golfer two drink tickets instead of four so we took a golf cart around the course to hand out the rest and asked the beverage cart operator to do the same. Since we caught the problem early on, no one made any note of the issue and it was resolved.
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I've thankfully worked with great vendors and haven't had this happen. I did have one time where the student receiving an award who did respond that he would be there, didn't show. we were able to figure out his where abouts and a colleague went to find him.
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During my wedding one of our vendors miscounted and we were not only tables short but tableclothes short as well. They gave us to many round and not enough regular. We did not find this out until the day of my wedding. This was important because we had just enough tables for all guests to sit at. Once the problem arose I called the vendor the bring the right tableclothes, and ran to the owner of the plantation that we were getting married on. In the bridal room we were using 2 tables that were the same as the ones we rented. I asked the owner if we could use the tables for the reception if we marked them as hers. I informed my mom (my point of contact) which tables were to stay since I would be gone. The vendor came with the table clothes and everybody had a seat.
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5. What would you do if the DJ is 2 hour late and has not shown up or answers his phone?
Top Answer
First of all I would have a DJ on standby. I never give the dj the start time of the event because I always schedule for them to arrive 3 hours early before the start of the event and if they are not there by the time I requested, I call on the backup DJ to assure that I am never without a DJ
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First of all, I would never wait for 2 hours to pass before I started looking for a back up. If the DJ was 10 minutes late I would already be trying to get into contact with him and if I couldn't reach him I would already be working on a back up plan just in case it turns out that he doen't show. You should always have a generic background music track available just in case. Even if your DJ shows up, there is no guarantee that he won't experien
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Improvise. Find a radio as a temporary solution then when that is set up I'd start calling other DJ companies.
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I would play pre-recorded music, based on the information provided by my client the type of music played. I would then contact one of my on call dj on standby to come and provide services.
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Always have an iPod or equivalent ready with appropriate music. If you have the number to a DJ who can come in on-call, call him/her.
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Try to find a CD player as a backup.
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Set up my ipod or tablet and play pandora radio on an appropriate station and call other djs.
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I would have brought cds, or have mad a playlist and brought it with me incase sothing like that were to have happened so i could just pop it in and have it until he did show up.
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Wow, if he wasn't early I'd be calling... make sure that you have Pandora!
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I would have a backup DJ available on call or I would have knowlegde of how to use the sound equipment to start the music.
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I would have already made a call to my back up DJ. If nothing comes from that, I would have access to an ipod/sound equipment. Being the event planner, I would already have a copy of the song list and would DJ myself if I had to.
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First, always have a back up plan. If a DJ was booked and did not show, I would always make sure that there was a taped music of all the required music that the client picked out. I would also have a master list of other DJ's that might be able to make the event.
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Improvise. See who has an Ipod, or plan a backup DJ in advance if something were to go wrong.
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If there are no other options available and no other DJ's able to work last minute, I would have to apologise to the guests and offer them some form of componsation. I would maybe use half the money set aside for the DJ to compnsate the disapointment. Maybe handing out a free drink as an incentive for example
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I would first speak to the bride. Reccommend that we try to cnotact another DJ. Explain that it may cost a little bit of extra money but that the original DJ will definitely return all of her money. In the mean time, I would ask her what her favorite type of music in and hook up my ipod to the speakers that I remembered to bring.
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If there are no other options available and no other DJ's able to work last minute, I would have to apologise to the guests and offer them some form of componsation. I would maybe use half the money set aside for the DJ to compnsate the disapointment. Maybe handing out a free drink as an incentive for example
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I would make sure I had a back up player and CD with the clients favorite music on it that I could play until I get a hold of the DJ or until I can find a substitute DJ
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Take my smartphone out and turn on Pandora until the DJ comes.
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Queue up your back up ipod and grab the microphone. Any Event Planner should be prepared to speak in front of crowds with ease and confidence - and be prepared for the inevitable to happen.
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I will have a backup DJ already scheduled as plan B. I have many connections with various NYC djs.
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I would have already put in place a backup plan. Bringing an ipod that can be hooked up to the venue's speaker's system.
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I wouldn't pay him, and would apologize to the guests. It's too late to replace him.
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If able to afford loosing a staff member I would send them to the DJs office. While that was happening I would contact event planners in the area who I have grown close with and asked for another reliable DJ. Contact that DJ and see if they are willing for a last minute job. If not then I have a personal friend who is a DJ
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I would try to call another DJ, quickly find live music or my last resort would be to play the radio. But it also depends on what kind of event it is.
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Always have a back-up plan. Prepare yourself for something going wrong. No matter what it is.
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Find someone with a computer or iPhone, download Spotify, and assuming we have speakers already, hook it up and play some playlists. Homemade playlists are really popular these days, and might even be able to cater to certain audiences better than one DJ could.
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6. What are some strategies you use for managing and prioritizing work for yourself when there is too much work and too few staff members to complete the tasks at hand?
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I see if there is anything time sensitive first, then I look for what can be delegated and distribute the work accordingly if I can't do it myself. I also look for any temp or part-time help that might be available (stay at home staff members) that might be able to accomplish virtual work and finally, I break the work down to see if any of the work is similar to what other staffers are doing and ask them to assist as they are doing their work.
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I would prioritize the works that needs more attention but needs a few staffs to finish.
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I write everything down and prioritize. I know strenghts of everyone in my team and I delegate accordingly. I motivate my group and keep them focused to the goal. Nothing is impossible and as a team we can complete any task.
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i add more temporary that i have on stand by
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There are two kinds of high-priority tasks: pracitical and cosmetic. The former must be completed to prevent an utter meltdown of the event. The latter must be performed so the event doesn't look like crap. There are tasks that assist in functionality and appearance, but the ones that are not essential should be deprioritized in the event of understaffing.
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I always start by taking a few minutes to asses the situation; it is important to remain calm is stressful situations. Then I prioritize what needs to be done by what is important to the client and what is most time sensitive. After that to-do list is made, I start at the top and do the most quality work that I can. I would rather get 5 things done well, than get 7 done wrong.
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Delegating and Prioritizing are both important and necessary.
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Writing a todo list starting with the most urgent and important and working from that so everything gets done when it should.
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I create a master list of all that is required, itemize the most time-sensitive deadlines, and then jump in and help.
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Ask for help.
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Create a list the prioritizes tasks from most complex to least complex.
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Well i devise a timetable especially for revision where i make sure that i have revised all subject areas before an exam but sometimes i need to make more sense of a particular area in a specific subject so i would propritize that. i have a planner where i write down all things that need to be done- work with the most important on the top. I also look at deadline dates whereby work that needs to be submitted soon gets done first and then work which i have plenty of time for later.
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i work overtime, its easier
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identify the work that needs to be prioritize and maximize and distribute work loads to your staff members accordingly.
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I do what needs to be done Right away and whatever event closer.
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I am very organized, I have a day planner as well as a big calendar i work from. I set myself due dates for when I decide I need to have something done by so my clients can have confidence in me.
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I prioritize by time. What is most time sensitive needs to be completed first. After that, I look at what tasks are similar to each other so that I can combine tasks if possible and get more than one thing done at once, and finally, as a last resort, I asses what tasks are similar to those that other staff members may be working on and delegate the extra work.
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+ / -
-22.2%
18.
I organize the projects and tasks that are time sensitive creating a list based on what and when each project and deadline is.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
19.
Whatever is the least important task on my list I put it aside. Whatever is urget, I make sure it gets done and out of my hair.
+50%
0%
+ / -
-0%
20.
I write everything down and prioritize. I know strenghts of everyone in my team and I delegate accordingly. I motivate my group and keep them focused to the goal. Nothing is impossible and as a team we can complete any task.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
21.
I work with many checklists within their own file. I know when each task needs to be completed by, and document when I did this. My experience in insurance, where errors and ommissions are always a ggreat fear taught me to make sure I'm documenting what I am doing, to whom I've spoken, and the product to be delivered. I use my calendar for task reminders and double check everything.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
22.
Event deadlines and size play a huge factor in prioriting events. For example, while planning a week long retreat that was happening in 8 months I also had to continue planning weekly meetings as well as small events. I broke the major event down into major tasks (one for each month) and broke that down to a "to do" list. Once that was broken down I scheduled my weekly to do lists on top of that. I was able to see effieciently each item I had to do daily to accomplish things in the near future as well as far.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
23.
I am really big on writing things down and managing a to-do list. I like to prioritize my time and accomplish tasks that are most important first and then move on to the least important tasks.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
24.
I maintain a detailed timeline to manage myself and my team, which helps to prevent these types of situations.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
25.
I manage and prioritize my tasks by creating a to-do list that is divided into 3 categories. Category 1 is the most important things that I need to handle as soon as I can. Category 2 are important things that have an upcoming deadline, but are not top priority. Category 3 are things I would like to get done, if time permits.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
26.
Write a priority list, have a planner with CPA, sort emails and set calendar alerts, eat that frog, send off things to people straight away so ball is back in their court.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
7. Describe your experience with designing and developing advertising graphics and publications used to market programs and services.
Top Answer
I do not have personal experience in developing advertising graphics and publications, however I do have experience in hiring for that program to where it is done professionally and within the time frame given.
+66.7%
50%
+ / -
-33.3%
Second Best
Challenging but fun.
+66.7%
50%
+ / -
-33.3%
3.
I held a party at the white house about 20 years back,and it was fun.
+50%
40%
+ / -
-33.3%
4.
I wrote a book once...
+40%
25%
+ / -
-20%
5.
I use InDesign and Publisher for all advertising and graphics.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
6.
Describe an event that was not going well and how did you deal with the situation?
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
7.
I have 7 years of professional experience with designing and promoting publication to use.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
8.
In previous events I have a good friend who is in graphic designs who always does my work. We sit down and discuss the brand of the event, how we want the logo and promotional materials look.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
9.
For RUF, I delegated the task of graphics to one girl who knew how to print invites. My assistant and I would give her a general idea of our theme and color scheme and she would work with it to print wonderful invitations. Otherwise, we used verbal and social media-based communication with guests. With CCEF, I mainly edited and formatted marketing publications to promote their annual conference.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
8. What was the most challenging event you've planned in the past?
Top Answer
Planning HF for BHGH was a big challenge because an event like it had never been done by this organization and there was no budget. Therefore, we had to get absolutely everything donated, we had to manage volunteers, and we had to trust that the vendors who said they would donate their services and time held their commitment. Although a challenge, we involved over 17 different local businesses who donated their time, money and/or products.
+75%
67%
+ / -
-50%
Second Best
Wedding that had a wedding party of 45.
+66.7%
50%
+ / -
-33.3%
3.
Christmas party event.
+66.7%
50%
+ / -
-33.3%
4.
What made you choose to apply to Wedding planner
+50%
43%
+ / -
-37.5%
5.
I have never planned an event.
+50%
33%
+ / -
-25%
6.
My most challenging event would be My ontario regional conference, it was held in Ottawa for 4 days last October. It was difficult due to I could not go and see the venue and had to rely a lot on the hotel employees until I arrived in Ottawa one day prior to the event.
+50%
0%
+ / -
-0%
7.
School's Silent/Auction.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
8.
The most challenging event I have ever organised is the one I held at the local church hall - it had one attendee - a great success, perhaps the most challenging part of this event was ensuring that we had enough food for the event goer.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
9.
The fashion show we did with Saks Fifth Avenue had the most moving parts. Working to make sure that the Crew players and their wives got to their appointment fittings was very challenging and I think my experience in working with athletes and celebrities helped. Frequent reminders by phone, text and in person and explicit directions made the task easier. I think my experience in working with athletes will be helpful since you partner with the Braves on the golf outing.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
10.
I had to plan a mission trip from the ground up in a church that was not use to change. I had to convince the church why this trip was important and better than the trip they have done the past 20 years. I had to plan a propsal for each student, a inspirational board and pitch to sell my event. This was challenging because it really was me having to get people on board and take me seriously.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
11.
Xbox Comic Con - 5 years ago we were only allow to have a 400 sq. Ft booth. The challenge was building a relationship with Comic-Con over the 5 years which resulted in an exclusive gaming sponsorship and 4 activations over Comic-Con.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
9. What was the most successful event you've planned in the past?
Top Answer
Job networking for over 175 unemployed professionals. It was beneficial to everyone.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-50%
Second Best
Rising star awards.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-50%
3.
The most successful event would have to be the Gene Kelly Awards. It took an incredible amount of work and it was really stressful but getting to see these high school students feel truly special for one day was incredibly worth the stress.
+66.7%
60%
+ / -
-50%
4.
Large conference with 500 attendees, multiple breakout sessions, keynote speakers,
+66.7%
60%
+ / -
-50%
5.
Chase Hyatt Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. The feedback was amazing. It was the first multi day wine country event for a bank, and it sold out immediately. I enjoyed it as much as my guests. Also LVMH because I got to own the AV side of the seminar and gained the trust of my client because of my performance and consistency.
+62.5%
57%
+ / -
-50%
6.
Tree light.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
7.
The most sucessful event that I planned myself would be all of the weddings that I have coordinated. The most sucessful event that I have been a part of the process in would be Sound of Music.
+57.1%
50%
+ / -
-42.9%
8.
wedding
+33.3%
27%
+ / -
-25%
9.
The most successful event was the Consumer Tour. It was a year of planning and resulted in exceeding our metrics by 200%.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
10.
I single-handed coordinated the Coats for Kids drive for 2013. Without a committee and very few volunteers. I planned it, I marketed it, I married it. I feel it was so successful because I constantly thought about my clients (the kids). I wanted to make sure that my efforts and planning ensured that they got the best result.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
11.
Apart from my wedding, I have helped organise an international flower show.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
12.
Black tie gala for 300 daughters and fathers. Across the Universe/Beatles theme.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
13.
My wedding - for the same reasons as the previous question.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
10. Tell me about one bad experience you've had, preferably something catastrophic, how did you handle it? Was the event still a success?
Top Answer
This was actually at our dress rehearsal not our main event but the CD must have gotten a scratch on it in transportation. I had a backup CD and was able to carry on without issues. For recital I made an additional backup since the fist backup now became the original. Always planning ahead.
+75%
67%
+ / -
-50%
Second Best
Because vendors at HF donated their time and services, we could not guarantee their commitment. One vendor, the face painter, canceled 30 minutes before start time. In order to avoid false advertising, I purchased a face painting kit from a local craft store and found a volunteer to paint guests instead. It worked great.
+75%
67%
+ / -
-50%
3.
SF Beer Week. Everything going great, going according to plan. Bathrooms underestimated. Lines got long, guests got very upset and no in and out policy began making ppl verbally angry. We oppened up the East Hall set of bathrooms.
+75%
67%
+ / -
-50%
4.
I planned an event to transport a group to a gala. There was a set amount of people to attend and at the last minute 3 people were added, which made a spacious limo a bit tight. I had to provide refreshing drinks to make the ride enjoyable for everyone.
+75%
67%
+ / -
-50%
5.
Yes the event was a success'
+66.7%
50%
+ / -
-33.3%
6.
Once I was serving at a five-course family-style wedding reception. Family-style courses take a long time. About half of the guests were visitors from China, many of whom spoke no or very little English, so I could not explain the family-style format to them. Many guests did not realize that more food would arrive after the current course. I simply smiled and gave no indication of stress. Guests eventually understood the format.
+42.9%
33%
+ / -
-28.6%
7.
An hour before an event an there was a breakage in the building therefore the outlets weren't working and the electrican could not figure out what the problem was, so we used the stove to boil the chocolate instead of the fondue machine. No one knew the difference and everyone commented on it.
+50%
0%
+ / -
-0%
8.
During my time at School we had to plan an event with 10 other class mates. We had a Chocolate Factory theme and it was being held in the Atrium of the College. We had a Chocolate Fondue which needed a power outlet. An hour before the event started there was a breakage in the outlet and the schools electrican could not figure out what the problem was. We came together as a team and were coming up with a back up plan. We used the schools kitchen t
+50%
0%
+ / -
-0%
9.
Lack of staffing in an event. Reorganize schedule and staff. Event was still a success.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
10.
I was scheduled to appear at a street festival and my staff responsible for packing equipment forgot a significant amount of materials such as camera, ipod, and banners. We were not prepared to make the appearance however I went to purchase the items and used my own money to ensure a successful event.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
11.
We didn't have enough players to round our our golf foursomes, because many were injured. So I recruited Crew broadcasters and other celebrities a week before the event and made sure we had enough to provide for every foursome. The folks I recruited all have friendly personalities so it worked out. Also we never tell the foursomes which celebrity they would be playing with beforehand, having learned from experiences like this.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
12.
While living in Nashville one of my students had a heat stroke. I was the leading supervisor at the time and the group only had one leader with them. The girl needed to go to the hospital but the leader forgot the medical release forms, a major liability. Not having transportion I had to think quick. I went to the nearest coffee shop and asked for ice. Placing ice on the girl, we got her in the car with the rest of the group and started to call her parents for permission to take her to the hospital. After dropping the rest of the group off with another supervisor myself, the leader, and the girl drove the the hopsital where she recovered after her parents faxed the medical forms. The event was still a sucess because the rest of the group continued in the program under another leader for the remainder of the day.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
13.
Our 2012 Relay for Life team for work. For sure. My boss comes to me 2 weeks before Relay for Life and says "Cayla. Can you organize our Relay for Life team and get us a space at the event." I had only been working there for a week. So, I did. And I had 2 weeks to brainstorm fundraising ideas, pick out a team theme, pay our team fee, get a spot at the event for us, organize volunteers to work our booth, the list goes on and on. Well, I managed to get everything together. Well, come relay day. All of my volunteers bailed on me. No one from work could come help. And I had 12 hours of volunteer time that I needed to fill! So, I immediately started calling past employees, WKU volunteers in action, anybody that I could think of. Well, no one could do it. So, I ended up having to man the booth alone.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
14.
I catered a recital where I baked cupcakes but on my way to taking them over I tripped over a step and the cupcakes all flipped upside down with their frosting messed up. I was very upset, but I quickly ran to a near by restaurant for a knife and redid the frosting on top and disaster was quickly avoided.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
11. If you had to describe yourself as detail-oriented or big-picture oriented, which would you choose? Why?
Top Answer
I enjoy visualizing the big picture, then adjusting the details accordingly.
+77.8%
75%
+ / -
-66.7%
Second Best
A little bit of both. I love making sure the little details are perfect because in the end the big picture relies on the little details.
+67.5%
67%
+ / -
-65%
3.
detail oriented. Cause i believe that every tiny little detail is important. For example in fashion the choice of fabric has a big impact on the dress you will be designing. As for an Interior?architect even an inch makes a big difference when it comes to measurements.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
4.
I would say I have always been very detail-oriented, at least when it comes to the day of execution. When it comes to the end goal I am big-picture oriented.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
5.
Big Picture oriented. I see an idea that I believe the community can come together with and I start doing the research on how to make it happen. I do however realize that all the details are what makes an event run like clock work or crumble.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
6.
I am a big picture person because every event needs an overall feeling, which is excitment, welcomeness for the customer, and it is the little details that make that happen. Make sure you tell everyone to smile, be confident. They are position where they should be. Look nice. Adding music. Fun clothes.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
7.
oh thats a hard one. I would say detail orientated. If I am planning an event I would rather have a few less sections to the event, but have them be successful, than lots of different things that weren't really planned very well. I can't see how that would produce a successful event.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
8.
I chose detail-oriented because details are what make up the bigger picture. If I were to just let a minor detail slip, it may cause something a lot bigger to happen.
+50%
40%
+ / -
-33.3%
9.
I would describe myself as detail-oriented. When you focus on every detail then you don't have to worry about the big picture. It will all come together.
+50%
40%
+ / -
-33.3%
10.
I would say both but if I had to choose I would say detail-oriented because if you pay attention to the little details the big-picture will be a positive result.
+50%
40%
+ / -
-33.3%
11.
I would choose detail oriented beucause its those little things that most people would have thought of that make an event special.
+50%
40%
+ / -
-33.3%
12.
I think, in this business especially, you need to be a little of both. You can't get wrapped up in all the little details because you'll loose sight of the big picture. However, you'll never achieve the big picture if you don't focus on the little details.
+50%
40%
+ / -
-33.3%
13.
I would say a detail oriented person. You must crawl before you can walk. One must dot.
+50%
40%
+ / -
-33.3%
14.
Detail oriented.
+50%
40%
+ / -
-33.3%
15.
Detaile oriented.
+30.8%
25%
+ / -
-23.1%
16.
While I can see the benefits of being able to see the big picture, I am definitely detail-oriented. In events, it is truly the little things that matter. I have learned that paying attention to things that seem minuscule are what eventually come together to create the outcome that the client is in search of.
+21.4%
15%
+ / -
-14.3%
17.
I wouldn't say that I am completely one or the other, I am a bit of both because I know that the tiny details are crucial to creating an over-the-top big picture.
+20%
14%
+ / -
-13.3%
18.
What kind of personality do you work best with and why?
+17.6%
13%
+ / -
-11.8%
19.
Detail oriented because I want to know an event play by play.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
20.
I would definitely choose detail-oriented. I am a perfectionist. Everything I do I put my heart into because it directly reflects myself and who im representing and that to me is very important.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
21.
I like to think of myself as both and don't believe they are mutually exclusive. In fact, it is hard to be one without the other. It is difficult to ensure that details are managed without knowing the grand scheme they fall into. For example, in planning a gala, straightening a tablecloth is one simple detail-oriented task but it adds to the presentation and ambiance as a whole.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
22.
Both. I don't know that I could pick one. I have a big picture in my mind, and then I start working on the details to make that picture come to life.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
23.
Detail-oriented because I automatically start running events from start to finish in my head. When planning any event typically the first thing I tend to do is make a mock timeline of the event. From there I can focus on the minor details of each aspect of the event, from travel, centerpieces, ect.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
24.
Detail-oriented, definitely. I think about each aspect of an event carefully, and while I can see the big picture to make sure everything comes together well, I am aware of each small thing going into the event, especially on the day of. For RUF events, I was running around, constantly talking to vendors, making sure each part of the event started on time according to the event schedule, etc. I notice small things, like at tailgates when guests leave their trash on the food table or if a dish needs to be opened so people will actually eat it.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
12. What approaches do you use in communicating with different people, customers, staff, co-workers, management? How do you know you are communicating effectively?
Top Answer
Communication starts with the right time and place. Then, after organizing my thoughts and ideas, I speak clearly and articulately. I also use body language, such as my hands and facial expressions, to keep the person engaged and involved in the conversation. Finally, I listen to the person's reply and thank them for listening. I know I have effectively communicated if the person is actively involved, responsive, and shows understanding.
+75%
71%
+ / -
-62.5%
Second Best
My approach is basic, by just being personable and respectful, especially of of differences. Everyone has something to bring to the table, and you need to understand that it might not be presented to you in one fashion. I believe making sure that you are communicating effectively with anyone is to have them communicate back to you what they understood from what you asked of them.
+66.7%
60%
+ / -
-50%
3.
I get to know who I am speaking with and try to learn their method of communication. I always ask who I am dealing with to recap what I just told them to be sure we are on the same page.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
4.
I am a very diverse individual so I have the ability to communicate effectively with a variety of people.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
5.
Have we got it.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
6.
I always ask have we got it.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
7.
I believe I am very quickly able to judge how best to communicate with something, whether this be personally or impersonally. This means that people very often feel comfortable around me. I know I am communicating effectively from the responses. These are always good responses.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
8.
Text, emailing, telephone, fax, skype. I know I am communicating effectively because things are getting done.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
9.
I like to judge the effectiveness of my communication through body language. I like to first make the individual comfortable and I can see if their comfortable or not by the way they present themselves.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
10.
I am a firm believer in whatever you personally believe is enough communication, go one step further. If you believe emailing the scheduled is enough for your vendors, then you should call them and confirm. If that is not enough then hand deliever the scheduled in a meeting. I know I am communicating effectively because I always ask the client the best way of communication for them, and then ask for their assurance of their understanding.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
13. Describe your specific skills and experience related to Event Planning.
Top Answer
Setting up and event and breaking it down. Most importantly marketing.
+100%
100%
+ / -
-50%
Second Best
I am an extremely detail oriented person. I love using Microsoft Excel to organize and plan everything from prices to delivery dates. I also have superb communication skills, which are crucial in this industry.
+71.4%
67%
+ / -
-57.1%
3.
I started planning in high school. I was the person who everyone came to for vacation planning; budget, booking the house, etc. I even organized a protest to our tyrant of a principal. Once I was in college I joined the SAEM Club...
+66.7%
60%
+ / -
-50%
4.
I am hard working, patient which comes in handy, I have good interpersonal skills which will help me to communicate with customers and I am resilient which means I don't sweat the small things.
+66.7%
60%
+ / -
-50%
5.
Wedding planner.
+66.7%
60%
+ / -
-50%
6.
I went to George Brown College in Toronto for two years for their special events planning course. After that I had an internship at a banquet hall where i shadowed the events coordinator allowing me to take my knowledge from school and put it into practice. Meeting with clients, ordering linens, meeting with the chef to go over the BEO etc. After that I got a job as a Conference Planner for a company in Toronto i have been working there for almos
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
7.
I have worked large events such as recitals, golf outings, and dinner
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
8.
How to plan a party.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
9.
Interpersonal, detail oriented, organized, communication, able to work well under pressure, able to prioritize.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
10.
Animal clinic.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
11.
My specific skills in experience to event planning is coming up with ideas through which networking with the business community would like to see for a particular event. In addition it's getting out there pounding the payment for sponsorships and thinking outside of the box for new ideas and people to recruit.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
12.
The most important task would be managing your time and meeting deadlines.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
13.
I was Ecology Club president in college, Inter-Faith network leader, Latino leader and planned potlucks for volunteer groups. Invited speakers to speak, kept a social network list, and connecting with certain people that had wide social networks to let others know.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
14.
I have Greta leadership skills. I coordinated a fashion show for our cultural night. I also was in charge of putting together groups for a college day event. I then came up with and directed team building activites for the college day event.
+50%
33%
+ / -
-25%
15.
I am resourceful, a great communicator, bilingual, organized, I respond quickly, and I have lots of experience speaking with individuals of all personalities, temperaments, cultural backgrounds, and languages.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
16.
My strength is that I have created and managed a wide variety of events and worked with diverse groups of volunteers. I always deliver on time and on budget, keeping cost in mind. I took over the Crew Soccer Foundation Golf Classic from a predecessor and was determined to spend less while still maintaining a positive atmosphere. We got more donated services, cut out unlimited alcoholic beverages and created sponsorship packages.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
17.
Attention to detail, checklists, biggest bang for our buck, garnering the interest of those invited to attend.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
18.
Ability to priotize and organize multiple assignments. I also have the ability to accept direction well and love constructive cricism. I am flexiable, a clear thinker and able to delegate work when needed.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
14. If you were hired, when could you start?
Top Answer
If possible, I would like to give my current employer two weeks notice.
+66.7%
60%
+ / -
-50%
Second Best
Right away. I have kept an open schedule because work comes first.
+57.1%
50%
+ / -
-42.9%
3.
I would need to give my two weeks notice and can start this month.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
4.
Right away. This is an opportunity and company I am excited to get started with.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
5.
September 1.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
6.
In two weeks.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
7.
As soon as you need me to.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
8.
As soon as possible.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
9.
As soon as possible.
+60%
50%
+ / -
-40%
10.
A month after my exit interview from my previous employer.
+66.7%
50%
+ / -
-33.3%
11.
Right away.
+50%
33%
+ / -
-25%
12.
I would need to give an appropriate notice to my office, however being within Thayer, I would assume that I would be able to help with any quesitons that may arise.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
13.
I would be able to start immediately.
+100%
0%
+ / -
-0%
15. Tell me about your Event Planning experience and how you work with the planning committee of an event?
Best Answer
My experience in event planning happened over time through a destination restaurant. We were looking for different ideas to impove our bottom line. We offered a panoramic view of the intracoastal and we decided to start working hotels and sending out e-mail blasts to start booking rehearsal dinners, weddings and any everything in between. I discovered I had a flair for decorating, networking with the community to really wanting to do this full time. I have worked with the local chamber and woman's club in various positions on committees and they keep asking me to come back because I get results in what I am assigned to do and that I am a great team player that is reliable.
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Fun fun fun.
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My first event planning experience was when a friend of mind asked help in designing her daughter !st birthday party invite. I asked her if she had any specification or themes in mind, a certain color palette or a cartoon character she intends to coordinate w/ the theme.
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I do not have any event planning experience.
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16. Give an example of a time when you felt the greatest sense of accomplishment in your job?
Top Answer
At the conclusion of many events, when the clients have that glow of having had a successful, memorable event.
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Second Best
I take my work very seriously and honestly I'm not finished with a project until I feel a sense of accomplishment
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My greatest sense of accomplishment was on the day of our fall fundraising event. i was so thrilled with how the event turned out. we had a huge showing of people and everyone really enjoyed themselves. we also raised more money than i had even anticipated. seeing all of my hard work come together so perfectly was the most incredible feeling
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Passing my state certification to pass medication to patients.
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When I worked at Beach Happy Services and completed a catering job and had numerous people rave about the food and service and told me that I am an asset to the company.
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My boss lost her husband unexpectantly and so I had to take over as the Master of Ceromonies for our Ladies Brunch introducting each speaker along with a speech I made. I then presented a power point of the receipients that I had put together. The event was a success.
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Customers irritate me how do I deal with it.
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When I made the most amount of money!
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Seeing the clints smile, and knowing I was a part of their happiness. Nothing will give me a greater pleasure than that.
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Last year after planning my first big conference, on the last day a lot of the delegates came up to me and commented on how young I was and how impressed they were on how smoothly everything ran and what a great job i had done.
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When everyone came out happy after an event and I was receiving all sorts of praises and feedback..
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17. How would you describe your work style?
Top Answer
Work Hard, Play Hard. I love to get the job done and do it right. Meeting deadlines, successfully completing tasks and give the task at hand my dedication is important; but you have have time to have fun, enjoy what you are doing and the people you are working with. If you dont love what you do then its harder to stay motivated.
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Second Best
I believe that I attain the work hard play hard work ethic. Work is to be done first and at work, and only once work is done is it time to play. My theory is that if I am going to spend a day at work, I might as well do as much as I can to make the day worth it.
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I can strive in a team environment and also in an independant environemnt. Very malliable.
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I'm very organized and professional, yet I'm also friendly.
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I am very organized, detail oriented and determined to do a great job at the task at hand.
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Social, interactive, detail orientated, imaginative, creative and dedicated.
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I am motivated and I love people. I want things to be done right and have a good night of sleep!
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Im reliable and hard working.
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Team player. Very tenacious. I love working and will go beyond what is requested of me. Very intutitive, so I can guess the next task and require little to no direction.
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I would describe my work style as a hands on! I get to know the people that I am working with to develop the most effective way of getting a group to get the job done.
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For event planning, I would say, first making time lines for tasks, details, making sure everything is done in advance, there is a backup plan, so that when the event comes you can be stress free and enjoy it. Get the things done when you need to do them, so that you can do the things you want to do when you want to do. Get the details out of the way, so the rest is a smooth ride.
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Organised.
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Personal and productive.
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Awesome.
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Unique, classy and fun.
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I set my environment in a very happy mood. I turn on funky and happy music which helps creative juices flow. I research on the theme and put every simple detail or requirements the clients want.
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I like to work as a team. I am self motivated, however being able to collaborate and discuss ideas among team members inspire me the most throughout a work day.
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My work style is collaborative. I think colleagues and volunteers have a lot of good ideas to share because we all have past experiences at one event or another and the diversity of this experience can be very helpful. You leave your ego at the door with an event planning role.
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Task oriented, I make a daily to do list and will not quit until each thing is marked off. In my list I even schedule room for flexiability knowing I can never judge the timing right and the fact that last minute things may come up that need to be done asap.
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18. What point in your career did you decide you wanted to be an event planner?
Top Answer
During college, I was in charge of an event where alumni from our organization came for dinner and spoke to the group. I enjoyed the aspects of planning the airport pick up, deciding the best hotel room, to picking the best restaurant in town. All in all, it was a tremendous experience.
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Second Best
After I Worked for my mom, once she sold her company I realized how much I missed it.
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When I was fourteen, I planned my own birthday party with my sister. I realized I liked planning the party, and although hard work the final result gave me satisfaction. I realized I would like to make other people happy by planning a successful event.
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I have been in the industry for a while now. ready to make a change in my career always thought it would be fun to plan events for people and their special day.
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5.
Last year.
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Last year.
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After finishing university I realised that my options were very closed. It was either be a teacher or be a journalist, and these were two things I didn't really want to do. So after looking at speicifications I found that something I would enjoy and be qualified to do is even planning Not only am I academically qualified, but I am also what I owuld like to call personally qualififed. I am very enthusiatic and will put everything into a task.
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Just recently, actually. I've had various experiences within the hospitality industry, but my position at Conference and Event Services really opened my eyes to the intricacies of planning events. I was intruiged by the complex nature of the business, as well as the possibilities it posesses.
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After I volunteered for my first event with the Giants I knew I wanted to pursue this field. Events can be one of the most effective ways for an organization to raise funds and I enjoy the sense of accomplishment they provide.
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It has been a journey of about 3 years, I realized in youth ministry I loved planning major events and workshops. Then within the last year while planning my wedding, birthday parties and various showers I realized my love for social events. I started to reflect on my skills and passions and realized I wanted to do this as a career.
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When I began working with nonprofits, it inspired me to persue a career working to help others. I have found that event coordination and management is what I want to do. I enjoy planning and organizing events, I pay close attention to detail, I enjoy working with others (event staff, volunteers, caterers, venues, etc.)and I take pride in producing a successful outcome.
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Definitely in college. I was in an organization that was very poorly organized. The board before me just threw events together with very little planning and very little effort. I knew that if I wanted to be proud of that organization, that I would have to plan each event to a tee to ensure a succesful outcome.
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19. We've read your resume and seen where you went to college and your work experience, but could you walk us through this period and tell us how you made the decisions you did regarding your education and work?
Best Answer
I actually transfered to CSU from Converse college after attending one year. I chose Charleston Southern because I wanted a christian environment, a place where I could grow and not be tempted. While their I found my passion for youth and teens so decided to major in youth ministry. Throughout that process I felt out of place, realizing my favorite class was our programming class that went into the details of running a program, planning events, and weekly gatherings. Classmates hated that saying that youth ministry is more than programming, yet I loved it. I loved planning the events. My professor refered me to a job as a youth coordinator where I learned that I loved planning retreats and events more than the weekly meetings. I started to get confused, then I started to think I want to do camp ministry where I would coordinate a summer camp, so upon graduation I moved to Nashville where I would learn more about that career direction. I loved it, however; still was unsettled. While in Nashville I was planning my wedding, a bridal brunch, various showers and birthday parties for friends and realized that this was becoming an outlet for me. Something I enjoyed and could get lost in and brought me joy, where my "dream job" was not. I evaluated my skills and work ethic and realized I could make this a career, as an event planner. Having no connections in the industry, and little experience, and no professional social planning experience, I knew it was a long shot. So I got a job to pay the bills while I continued to gain practice in social events, and seek companies who saw something in me.
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I have always planned events and i love doing them.
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Oh it was fun.
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I love going to school, and then I also love working so being able to do both kept things interesting. And of course I needed to pay the bills.
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There isn't any particular part that bring excitement when doing an event it all of it . if i had to say a part is the final product seeing the room set up tables,plates,silverware,ect.
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20. What was your most difficult event promoting? What made it difficult?
Top Answer
The most difficult event promoting for me was a Carnival that was set for the town. What made it difficult was the lack of sponsorship money from local businesses, especially during these economic trying times. Therefore, our promoting was limited to basically free advertising.
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Second Best
A Wedding because the bride kept changing her mind of what she wanted!
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Getting people to stop and listen, they have places to go trains to catch so having the children do it was a great way to get peoples attention pull on their heartstrings but also something positive and educational for the kids also.
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SF Chefs partnered with the Giants and it was a kind of event that was first of its kind at the ballpark. Audience was unfamiliar and didn't know how to receive it at first. It was hard getting them to buy into something like this. Easy onsite. Most difficult produce is SF Chefs 2012 union square, the complexity of it with the size, restaurants, wineries, and number of days, and logistics of Union Square management.
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Bay Area Science Festival in November. The size and complexity of the coordinating roughly 150 exhibitors and 10 sponsors, but the unpredictable weather called for a rain plan and complete change of floor plan last minute.
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Promoting to college students because of the numerous distractions they experience.
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I don't have any. Everything is perfect.
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Again, my most difficult event was a carnival that was hosted by the town and local chamber. The lack of sponorship monies made it difficult to get enough information out there to really make it a money maker, which it had great potential to be.
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My most difficult event was a conference/camp for kids. The client wasn't exactly kind, and there was confusion about some parking details. She was very upset about the missing permits, and we had trouble cooperating with her to fix the issue.
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Pitching a new idea to a company that has done the same event for 20 years. It was difficult because not only did I have to plan the details out prior to the pitch, but I had to sell it.
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