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Interview questions for Conference Producer Jobs

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We already have a few articles on what conference producer jobs are, the job responsibilities of a conference producer and other interesting facts about this industry on our blog. Forewarned is forearmed, so let’s look into some interview questions for conference producer jobs. First of all, it is crucial before any job interview to conduct proper company research, know as much as you can about the company where you are going for an interview, and also about the role that you have been shortlisted for. You should also research the company’s events – what are the topics, who are the speakers, where are the events held, who are the typical delegates and sponsors? A good level of industry knowledge, positive attitude, energetic personality and a genuine interest in the potential role will greatly benefit you during the recruitment process. Make sure you are focusing on your positive achievements so that you can add examples when answering a question during the interview. Some of the questions listed below were sourced though Glassdoor and interview-questions.com.

 

  • Give a story about yourself that tells us something about you.
  • What is your biggest weakness?
  • If you were to produce a conference what would the topic be?
  • Aside from what is on your CV, what unique skill do you think you could bring to the firm that other candidates could not?
  • Practical test: Create a detailed mock conference agenda for a 2 day summit on new product development strategies.
  • What is your expected salary?
  • What is your usual role in a team?
  • What are your career goals as a Conference Producer?
  • What motivates you to work as Conference Producer?
  • How do you make the decision to delegate work?
  • Describe a difficult work situation and how you overcame it.
  • Specific example of a time when your work was criticised
  • Give some instances in which you anticipated problems.
  • Why are you leaving your present job?
  • What was the last project you headed up, and what was its outcome?
  • How do you keep each member of the team involved and motivated?
  • What was the most stressful situation you have faced as a Conference Producer?
  • How do you assemble the information?
  • How have you changed in the last five years?
  • What is the most recent skill you have learned that related to being a Conference Producer?
  • Tell me about an important goal that you set in the past.
  • How do you handle stress and pressure?
  • What is a typical career path in this job function?
  • How would you define success for someone in your chosen Conference Producer career?
  • Give an example of situations when your leadership skills were needed.
  • If you were hiring for Conference Producer jobs, what would you look for?
  • Have you handled a difficult situation with another department?
  • What do you do when your schedule is interrupted? How you handle it.
  • What did you like least about your last job?

 

 

My personal recommendation on a bullet proof interview preparation is ‘understand the job description inside-out!’, once you understand the skills required for the role you are going to be interviewed for, it will be easier to tackle the interview questions. Some of the essential skills required for conference producer jobs are:

 

  • Business skills
  • IT skills
  • Research
  • Networking
  • Negotiating
  • Communicating at all levels
  • Copywriting
  • Initiative
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Persistent
  • Persuasive
  • Planning budgets
  • Project management
  • Remain calm under pressure
  • Some marketing/ public relations/ sales experience
  • Analysis

 

Finally, if you are looking for conference producer jobs or you are an employer and need help to find the best conference producer for your company – we can help! Please check out our latest jobs here. Also, our experienced consultants at Media Contacts will be very happy to help assist if you have any questions.

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Bill Gates’ Advice to School Leavers.

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There is an element of humour to these rules, but could some of these rules apply to the workplace?

Rule 1: Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2: The world won’t care about your self esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3: You will not make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vice-president with a fancy car until you earn both.

Rule 4: If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss.

Rule 5: Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping – they called it opportunity.

Rule 6: If you mess up, it’s not your parent’s fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes – learn from them.

Rule 7: Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying their bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you are. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet of your own room.

Rule 8: Your school my have done away with winners and losers, but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. This does not bear the slightest resemblance to real life.

Rule 9: Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that in your own time.

Rule 10: Television is not real life. In real life people have to leave the coffee shop to do real jobs.

Rule 11: Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

We are one of the top media recruitment agencies in the UK. For further advice on your job search/ about roles within various sectors such as media, communications, PR, marketing, digital, sales, events… contact the Media Contact’s team today. Our friendly and knowledgeable consultants have plenty of experience in helping people find your dream job.

 

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How do I get a publishing job in London?

Publishing jobs in London

Starting out on the publishing ladder? Or been working in the environment for years? This guide for obtaining a publishing job in London is a must read.

Keywords: publishing jobs in London, creative director jobs, medical writer jobs.

Finding a job these days is hard. You don’t need us to tell you that. It can often be harder for graduates trying to make that first step on the career ladder. Even if you’ve been among the publishing world for many years, there’s no guarantee your experience will outshine others. Particularly if you’re based in or wanting to move base to London. Thankfully, there are many things you can do to help your CV stand out from the rest to ensure you get your desired publishing job in London.

To start, it’s important to realise just how heavily oversubscribed publishing jobs are anywhere, never mind London. It may also not prove to provide a large salary. Those with an English degree may look to publishing as a first port of call hence the many graduates whom appear on the market each year.

Talking of qualifications. It may not be necessary for you to have a MA or PHD. It may be of help and may certainly stand out to prospective employers, but it almost definitely does not guarantee you a better chance of getting that interview, never mind the job. So if you don’t have one, don’t worry. A standard degree however is seen as a minimal requirement.

Work experience in a relevant field can also be key. If we’re assuming you don’t have a job in publishing already, being able to work voluntarily for a few months will help on your CV. Even being involved in the university paper, radio etc will help. Alternatively, see if you can offer your services to the local church or town. As long as the experience can be related to publishing, it may just set you up for that all important publishing job in London.

Let’s say you’ve seen the perfect job advertised. What do you do? Firstly, try not to stack all your hopes on this one job and automatically think the job is yours before you’ve even met the employers. Instead, channel your energies in perfecting your CV and ensuring you’re introductory letter is flawless. Prepare at the same time for the interview. Make sure you’re able to answer any questions they may through at you by gathering as much information about the company itself. You never know, you may find a different area within that company that you’d prefer to work in!

When all said and done, you can appreciate the rewards and satisfaction a role within publishing can be. Finding, taking the time to really concentrate on how you will get that job, and then accepting a publishing job in London may be the best career move you ever make!

For further advice about roles within publishing, or creative director jobs, medical writer jobs and much more, contact the Media Contact’s team today. Our friendly and knowledgeable team members have plenty of experience in helping people find their dream job.

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Attention job seekers and employers! Is this the end of employer branding?

Employer & employee

I used to get a ‘look’ when I tried to explain to people why I didn’t fancy an iPhone and particularly hate Macs! It was all to do with ease of usage, so when that failed; the shiny Apple sign at the back of my only iPhone did not keep me and I did not think twice in switching to another brand. This example may not be directly relevant to the title of this article, but you get the gist!

 

Employer branding is being affected in a very similar way because modern job seekers don’t only look into company brand/ image anymore but they are considering on what else the employer has to offer. This reflects the survey findings published on the ‘Recruiter’ website. Findings suggest that:

 

  • Only 13% of the respondents (survey of 1026 UK respondents) thought that ‘company brand and reputation’ was a primary consideration when accepting their current role.

 

  • More than half of the respondents (57%) identified a ‘better work-life balance’ as a key motivator when changing jobs/ accepting new offers.

 

  • ‘Salary’ was the main factor to make a move for 43% respondents while 55% changed to their current job because of ‘better location’.

 

  • About 31% identified ‘job security’ was important and similar number of respondents said that they consider ‘opportunity for professional development’ when changing/ searching for jobs

 

This is a clear indication that job seekers are more aware of long term career goals and being serious to get away from the UK’s ‘workaholic’ lifestyle. Consequently, employers need to consider not only the salary/ benefit package but also look into polishing the company culture and keep employees on focus (remember the old saying, happy employees are more productive!).

 

Here is a list of some important factors to consider when taking a new job or offering a job.

 

  • Company culture reflecting better work/life balance
  • Career progression in the relevant industry
  • Company hierarchy/ career prospects within the company
  • Training and personal development
  • Regular performance reviews and mentoring
  • Location
  • Company history, stability and company reputation
  • Money (The ultimate motivator! Is it really?)
  • People within your company – boss and colleagues relationship
  • Workload and expectations – make sure you understand the new job responsibilities

 

The factors mentioned above are basic which may vary depending on what business you have or as a candidate, what level of experience/ qualification etc you have. Media Contacts is one of the top media recruitment agencies in the UK and our experienced consultants will be happy to help candidates looking for jobs or employers looking for their next best employee. So, contact us on 0207 359 8244 or simply send an email to [email protected]

 

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Interview questions for medical writer jobs

Medical writer

The world of medical writing is rewarding in terms of salary, opportunity and personal development.

The medical writing industry is experiencing rapid growth and if you have the right skills and desire to succeed you might want to consider medical writer jobs.

 

What does being a medical writer involve?

When you become a medical writer you could be working on a complex piece of new research transcription one minute, writing medical training materials for pharmaceutical businesses or manuscripts the next, then writing patient materials and conference reports the following week. The industry is diverse and interesting and offers great opportunities for those with a medical background and the ability to write good copy. There are also excellent opportunities for progression within the field, particularly if you can get noticed for your high-quality work and ability to deliver on time.

 

Recruitment process for medical writer jobs

Although it may vary from one company to another, the typical recruitment process for a medical writer vacancy will have two parts – a face-to-face interview and a written test. During the face to face interview, the recruitment manager/ senior medical writer will assess your attitude, experience, subject knowledge and expertise for the role.

 

Sample interview questions commonly asked for medical writer jobs

Here is a list of common interview questions for medical writer jobs which we have compiled based on our experience of recruiting for this sector as one of the top media recruitment agencies.

 

Medical writing related interview questions:

  • What interested you to go for medical writer jobs?
  • What is your long term career goal?
  • Rate your writing skills on a scale of 1 to 5?
  • Have any of your articles been published?
  • Have you completed any medical writing training or medical writing courses?
  • What do you know about the drug development process?
  • What kind of documents have you written previously?
  • What sort of documents do you think you are going to write in this position?
  • Which software are you proficient in?
  • Do you know anything about statistics?
  • Which projects have you worked on previously?
  • What is referencing and citation?
  • What are the different types of referencing styles? Which one do you use commonly?
  • What did you learn most from your projects?
  • What was your contribution in making those projects a success?
  • What would you keep in mind when starting to write a document from scratch?
  • What would you keep in mind when editing a document?
  • What is proof reading?
  • What are some publication guidelines?
  • What is your understanding of what a medical communications agency does?
  • What kind of salary are you looking for as a Medical writer?
  • What transferable skills have you acquired prior to becoming a medical writer?
  • How do you apply ISO 9001 for your medical writing position?
  • What are most common mistakes medical writers make and how do you solve them?

 

Personality and attitude related questions:

  • What did you least enjoy about your current role?
  • What part of your work so far do you think is most impactful?
  • What would be your ideal working environment?
  • How do you see your job relating to the overall goals?
  • How did you react when faced with constant time pressure?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years time?
  • What problems have you encountered at work?
  • How do you feel about taking no for an answer?
  • When given an important assignment, how do you approach it?
  • What was the most complex assignment you have had?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What has been your most disappointing experience?
  • What do you consider your greatest achievement in life?
  • What was the most difficult time of your life? How did you overcome it?
  • What motivates you?
  • What are your interests?
  • What do you think about team work? Are you a team player?
  • How would you handle a tough boss whom you think is being unreasonable?
  • Why did you apply for this job and specifically at our company?
  • Can you give me an example of your multi-tasking ability?
  • Can you handle pressure at work? How do you deal with it?
  • Do you prefer working independently or do you require constant supervision?
  • Can you write non-scientific documents as well?
  • What do you expect to gain from this job?
  • What’s your philosophy towards work?
  • What irritates you about co-employees?

 

Media Contacts is one of the best media recruitment agencies in the UK and have a dedicated team specialising in healthcare communications positions. Should you require assistance with your job search or if you are looking to hire your next medical writer, our experienced and friendly consultants can help! Contact us on 0207 359 8244 or email [email protected]

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What skills do Media Recruitment Agencies look for in Web Developers?

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If you are looking for a role as a web developer, then what qualities will media recruitment agencies be looking for in you? Read on to find out more.

If you are looking for a job as a web developer, and would like the help from media recruitment agencies, then there are a number of skills and qualities you should make sure you possess. A set of skills and qualities are helpful for your role as web developer, therefore media recruitment agencies will be on the lookout for candidates who have them.

  • Relevant degree/ academic qualifications: First of all, having a foundation degree, HND or degree in an IT related subject will be a considerable help if you are looking for a role as a web developer. Such qualifications in areas such as programming, information technology and multimedia design show that you have extensive relevant skills, and are committed to the area.

 

  • Create a portfolio highlighting your skills and achievements with example: If you do not have a relevant further education qualification, then the best thing you can do is to create a portfolio of relevant work, such as a functioning website. This again can show that you have relevant skills necessary such as experience in web development/design, web content management, computer programming, coding and experience using content management systems. Even if you do have a relevant qualification, having a portfolio of relevant work is a great way of showing off your skills, and showing media recruitment agencies that you are keen and committed.

 

  • Internship/ work-experience: Another way to show that you are committed to the role and have the relevant skills is to get some work experience in a similar role. Whether you have a degree or not, many media recruitment agencies and employers will want to see that you can apply your skills in a real-life setting, and work well in a work environment as opposed to a strictly academic environment.

 

Other ‘soft skills’ that media recruitment agencies and employers will be looking for include creativity, attention to detail, the ability to follow instructions exactly, the ability to work to strict deadlines, the ability to work well in both a team and alone and strong communication skills. These skills can be more difficult to demonstrate to media recruitment agencies or potential employers, but relevant work experience and participation in relevant extra-curricular activities can be a great way of showing them. Even membership of seemingly unrelated clubs such as sports clubs can be helpful as it show skills such as teamwork and communication, and shows your ability to commit.

 

If you would like more information, or would like help from media recruitment agencies in starting your career as a web developer, then talk to our experienced digital consultants at Media Contacts today!

 

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Need help with writing a cover letter? Tips from top media recruitment consultants in London!

How to write a cover letter

I have heard mixed opinions on whether a cover letter is important or not. I personally believe it is – but… only well written cover letters! A cover letter should accompany a precisely focused CV; explaining your suitability for the role with examples referring to the CV. Whether you are looking for ‘conference producer jobs’ or ‘medical writer jobs’ – the overall job market is very competitive. You have to think about how to grab the hiring manager’s attention to stand out. Of course you need a nicely prepared CV and this will be incomplete if you don’t explain your experience and skills, showing why a potential employer should shortlist you instead of other applicants!

 

Based on personal experience and some online findings, let’s have a look on how you can prepare that winning cover letter:

 

  • One for all!

 

I receive countless job applications where applicants do not personalise the cover letter with who they are writing to or for which role. I get the feeling that ‘I am too busy applying for jobs!’ – I am afraid a ‘one for all’ cover letter will not get you anywhere.  You should take time to understand the role you are applying for, customise you letter reflecting the job description and elaborate relevant experience from the CV to show the hiring manager how you are suitable for the advertised role.

 

  • Do you know about my business?

 

So you are applying for the ‘conference producer jobs’ we have advertised, but do you know what type of business we are? What is our mission or how long have we been in the industry? It is impossible to write a good cover letter without doing some research. A well researched cover letter stands out and assures the hiring manager that you already know or at least tried to understand their business and you are interested!

 

  • Watch out the length

 

Recruiters generally deal with hundreds of applications every day. To make sure you’re CV and cover letter don’t end up in the rejection folder, keep them short and focused. It should be easily readable and understandable.

 

  • Link and refer to the CV

 

Remember, a cover letter is a supporting document for the hiring manager to understand your suitability based on the information that you provide in the CV. Therefore, you should link both documents by using skills and experiences as examples.

 

  • Follow the job description

 

Job seeking is hard work and requires patience. But, if you keep applying by just looking at the job title, and with very little or no understanding of the requirement of the advertised role, then I am afraid you are wasting valuable time! Understand the job description inside out to sell your skills/ experiences for the advertised role.

 

  • Check & correct all spelling/ grammar mistakes, pretty please!

 

Well the above can happen but you should check and double check before clicking on that ‘send’ button! All jobs require up to certain level of attention to detail, imagine you are applying for medical writer jobs and your CV/ cover letter has grammar or spelling mistakes – most of the hiring managers will probably stop reading further. No matter what role you are applying for, please make sure the CV and letter are spot on, without any silly spelling/ grammar mistakes.

 

  • A second opinion

 

Having a second/ expert opinion will help you to identify any error or misleading/ confusing content in the CV/ cover letter. Sometimes, to even suggest on better examples! You can get a friend or family member to help. But, based on my experience of working in one of the most successful media recruitment consultants in London, you can get the best expert assistance from an experienced recruitment consultant. How? The consultant already has dealt with the hiring manager and probably placed other people within the company,  so they will not only be able to help you with industry knowledge, but also can provide customised guidance on CV/ letter preparation (and if shortlisted, you can get help with interview preparation).

 

Our experienced and friendly consultants at Media Contacts can help candidates looking for jobs in the media communications industry (namely PR, healthcare PR, conference, sales, marketing, digital, publishing, medical writing). Here is a list of our live jobs, you can contact us on 0207 359 8244 or email [email protected]

 

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Well done Julia!

 

Congratulations to our Managing Consultant Julia Walton for winning a (much needed) cat by securing 20 first interviews this week! A fantastic and inspirational achievement.

 

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