Marcus Evans
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Anonymous Interview Candidate
Chicago, IL

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Marcus Evans in January 2013.

Interview Details – I received a voicemail around 4:30 pm so I responded about an hour and a half later when i had time, and was surprised that even though the building's switchboard said all businesses were closed, the recruiter was actually still at her office well after closing. I'm not sure if that should be surprising. The initial phone interview was kind of a standard explanation of the position, a bit of back-&-forth over my qualifications, until I was finally invited in for a 1:1 interview the next day.

At the 1:1, we talked a lot about the position, the pay structure, my qualifications again, and there were a few typical interview questions that I'll outline below. At the end of this interview, I was asked if I would be interested in pursuing the next phase of the hiring process by creating a mock conference agenda. Ultimately I decided not to because of the fairly dismal salary offer, for which there is zero negotiation. When I asked them what their training program was like, the interviewer said it was a three day crash course. I could only infer then, that after that, I would be thrown to the wolves to begin working on I know not what.

The salary structure is 30k/yr plus commissions. That said, you're going to be spending a lot of money either commuting to downtown or paying rent to live in downtown. Your check will also have your health/vision/dental insurance premiums taken out (you qualify for their insurance after three months), and finally there's your basic state and federal taxes. Considering that the first commission you could receive is only 6 or 7 months into the job (you spend 25 days making a conference, and then the sales and marketing team get 6 months to book guests for it; you get your commission when the event itself happens), this isn't much to pay bills and live on. Furthermore, the position is salaried but the workload requires a lot of overtime to meet their objectives. And if you commute, then you'll basically have no life outside of this job.

Interview Question – Aside from your fluency in your second language, what unique skill do you think you could bring to the firm that other candidates could not?   Answer Question

Reason for Declining – The salary is pitiful compared to the work/life balance (or lack thereof).

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Conference Producer
Chicago, IL

The process took 2+ weeks - interviewed at Marcus Evans in November 2011.

Interview Details – first, one interview by phone, clarifying my goals and expectations and a brief of the position

then one to one interview and they ask me to do a "project" to show my language skills

second interview one by one again,

never call me to say yes/no

Interview Question – why I should be hired without considering my language skills (my strength for that position)   Answer Question

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Anonymous Employee
Chicago, IL

I applied through other source and the process took 1 week - interviewed at Marcus Evans in August 2009.

Interview Details – The interview was fine overall. I had to prepare a fake conference before I met with my interviewer. He liked my product as I walked him through it and asked me meaningful questions. Really it was a fine interview with fair questions asked of me. I wish the experience of the interview would have at all be replicated in my actual experience working for the company.

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Conference Producer

I applied online and the process took 2 weeks - interviewed at Marcus Evans.

Interview Details – Went through 3 stages of interviews - first was just an introduction to the job and to assess my suitability. Then met with GM, and finally was required to prepare a conference writeup and presentation.

Interview Question – Very general questions. You should know about your past experiences and know how they link to the job you are applying for.   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – I negotiated on the salary and was successful.

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Conference Producer
Prague (Czech Republic)

I applied through an employee referral and the process took 2 months - interviewed at Marcus Evans in November 2008.

Interview Details – i had two interviews. the first one was very informal and just asking about experience and previous roles. then she asked what i was interested in and what i knew about the role and company. she then asked me some questions about the economy. for prep for the second interview, she had me prepare a mock conference agenda.

Interview Question – create a detailed mock conference agenda for a 2 day summit on new product development strategies   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – there was no negotiation phase

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Conference Producer
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

I applied online and the process took 1+ week - interviewed at Marcus Evans in March 2010.

Interview Details – I attended 3 interviews, with 3 different groups of people.
1. The Conference Director (CD) - She given me an assignment to complete within 3 days.
2. The CD and the Conference Manager - Presentation of the assignment
3. Deliver another same presentation to the Regional Director

Basically I applied for a entry-level position, but they liked my ideas and presentation. Therefore, they moved to me a more senior level division and more duties and responsibilities.

Interview Question – Why did I change my career, from technical to event management? (I was previously a chemical engineer)   View Answers (2)

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Anonymous Employee
London, England (UK)

I applied online and the process took 3 days - interviewed at Marcus Evans in March 2011.

Interview Details – Initial phone interview was pretty simple - the just want to hear your phone manner as you will be spending most of your time on the phone.

First 1:1 interview was quite tough they really grill you about your past experience.

You are then asked to complete a project which is a mock one day conference on the sector you will be working in. You submit this by email and the next interview is where you are asked to defend the project, this is a horrible and intense experience they are very agressive but it is here that you actually have a true representation of the company and what working for them will be like.

Interview Question – If you were to produce a conference what would the topic be?   Answer Question

Negotiation Details – There is no negotiation, if you are not happy with the salary then you should apply for a differnt job.

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