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Special Events Manager was asked...September 10, 2015

Where do I see myself in 5 years?

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I saw myself in a company for the long term and growing within the company, eventually managing/mentoring a team of event planners. Establishing processes that will allow the team autonomy to concentrate on career growth. Less

MAKE UP FOR EVER

Can you man/host the events as well as set up, strike, shipping logistics, run budgets, and on going design updates?

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Considering the number of on the road events they have scheduled (40-60 per year),the run times of the events (3-5 days including travel, set up and strike), and the actual length of the events (3-4 hrs for parties to 8 to 12 hrs per day for trade shows), I wouldn't be able to be the full time host of all events. I have no problem helping during busy periods, but most of the time during shows I trouble shoot anything from power and AC problems to planning out and confirming the load out, doing the paperwork or planning the next show. Considering the schedule, unless your willing to put in 18 to 20 hours a day for weeks at a time during peak periods (back to back to back, or simultaneous events going on), there is no way you can start at 7:30 am for a show, finish at 6pm, and work til 10pm on the next shows coming up, and do anything that is less than quality job. Being on the road is tough. And many people do this type of set up once a year for a trade show. To live it 200 days a year would kill anyone who cared about doing a good job. Good luck in finding someone who can setup, lift 50lbs, run a show, strike it, do the paperwork and budgets, travel, and be ready for the next show. Less

American Diabetes Association

Am I the type of person who is able to take direction from a manager or do I prefer to just do what I want because I think I know better?

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I stared at them in disbelief.

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Did I have experience in trade show logistics?

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Over 10 years, as well as pr events, product launches, blogger events, consumer events... Less

Formlabs

How would you increase engagement at this event?

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I presented a variety of options including apps, livestream, after-hours socialization and hands-on interactive project. Less

American Heart Association

What past experience do you have in fundraising?

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Described volunteered activities including goals and amount raised

QCB

Why do you want to switch from Events to Marketing?

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I don't. I applied for the Special Events Manager position. Can you confirm this is the position you're hiring for? Less

Sundance Spas

What I was looking forward to if I got this job.

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Learning as much as I could.

American Diabetes Association

Describe your fundraising experience.

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I shared past and current experiences from an individual and committee volunteer/organizer perspective Less

I asked why their website was so ambiguous, it doesn't tell you anything about their approach to branding and how they do it, It didn't say who any of their clients are and in the leadership team section of their website it only referred to the two member team by first names and nothing about their backgrounds. I asked because it made it impossible to learn anything about them and ask intelligent questions during the interview process.

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The vagueness of the website is intentional...due to KPA Legacy not wanting their competitors to know what they are doing. (or anyone else for that matter) Less

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