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Interview questions for Conference Producer Jobs

 

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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Christmas decoration challenge at Media Contacts!

We are now divided in five teams and competing to create the best Christmas decoration for the office. Keep an eye on our page to see the result :)
MC - Christmas competition
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Recruitment agencies in the UK.

 

Finding the right employee can be fundamental to any company’s success. Similarly, if a candidate is looking to move on to the next level of their career or change their career path, it is crucial to have some expert suggestions and assistance to secure the best and most suitable job. This is where a recruitment agency can play an important role both for the employers and job seekers.

 

What is a recruitment agency?

Simply, a recruitment agency is where employers can get help with filling a vacant position and a job seeker can get assistance with their job search. Normally recruitment agencies are industry specific, for example, PR recruitment agencies, media recruitment agencies, office recruitment agencies etc. Agency size also vary according to what industries an agency recruits for, location covered (national or international or both!) etc.

 

How many recruitment agencies in the UK?

According to the REC (Recruitment & Employment Confederation), there are about 8000 recruitment agencies in the UK.

 

Working process of a recruitment agency?

In general, the recruitment process involves new business & new candidate sourcing, advertising vacancies, interviewing candidates, meeting with clients, reference checking, matching available vacancies with suitable candidates and, on top of all, making sure a clear and precise communication is in place with both employers and job seekers. Once the employer gets a suitable candidate and the job seeker is happy to accept the job offer, the agency can charge an appropriate and agreed fee for the work.

 

Finally…

There are about 100+ media recruitment agencies in the UK and Media Contacts is one of the most successful media recruitment agencies, offering the best recruitment services to the media, communications, marketing, PR, sales market.

 

Check out our Candidates and Clients pages to know more about our services.

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And the money raised from dressing up for Halloween last week goes to…

 

 

Medecins Sans Frontieres! Thanks for your votes and support.

winner

 

 

 

 

 

Media Contacts team.

 

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Happy Halloween!!

 

We’re being charitable today here at Media Contacts by dressing up and paying for the privilege… it’s been great fun and here are some photos! Thanks a lot for your support, please continue voting to help us selecting a charity and we will announce the result on Monday.

Please help us out by voting here: http://lnkd.in/djVwhxd

 

All

 

Rayhana and Maria

Maria and Chiara

 

Maria and Eddie

 

Alys

 

Eddie

 

Maria, Chiara and Rayhana

 

Rupert and Julia

 

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Josh

 

Julia and Tallie

 

 

 

 

 

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Top 20 ‘The Apprentice’ candidate quotes

 

It was interesting how 3 of the Apprentice 2014 candidates got fired at one go last night! I always enjoy the last 10 minutes of each episode, all that fighting to win. Let’s enjoy some of the best quotes from The Apprentice candidates. Original source can be found here.

 

  1. My first word wasn’t mummy, it was money. (Shibby Robati – 2010)
  2. I have the energy of a Duracell bunny, sex appeal of Jessica Rabbit, and a brain like Einstein. (Luisa Zissman – 2013)
  3. If we went to Mars right now, I’d find a way to be excellent. (Steven Ugoalah – 2014)
  4. I’m like a shark, right at the top of the food chain. I take what I want, when I want. I truly am the reflection of perfection. (Ricky Martin – 2012)
  5. Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit when there are footprints on the Moon. (Melody Hossaini – 2011)
  6. I made it quite easy for him to fire me. (Bilyana Apostolova – 2012)
  7. I’m not a show pony, or a one-trick pony. I’m not a jack-ass or a stubborn mule, and I’m definitely not a wild stallion that needs to be tamed. I am the champion thoroughbred that this process requires. (Jim Eastwood – 2011)
  8. Everything I touch turns to sold. (Stuart Baggs – 2010)
  9. As a salesperson, I would rate myself as probably the best in Europe. ( Jennifer Maguire – 2008)
  10. When your best friends are Mr Pino and Mr Grigio, you wanna watch it! (Katie Hopkins (2007)
  11. My positive approach and very good looks make me stand out from the crowd. (Vincent Disneur – 2011) – Yes, I Googled him to remind my brain how he looks like!
  12. Me and Lord Sugar could build an empire together. I think I am him when he was my age. (James Hill – 2014)
  13. I call myself the blonde assassin. I let people underestimate me just so I can blow them out of the water. (Katie Wright – 2012)
  14. Business is the new rock ‘n’ roll and I’m Elvis Presley. (Philip Taylor – 2009)
  15. I regret not becoming a scientist so I could clone myself and be more successful in half the time. (Bianca Miller – 2014)
  16. And here is the river Thames… the second largest river in London. (Jamie Lester – 2010)
  17. Pinewood Studios? I’m pretty sure that’s a furniture store. (Sandeesh Samra – 2010)
  18.  I think outside the box, if I was an apple pie the apples inside me would be oranges. (Alex Epstein – 2010)
  19. I’m a ‘Great’ of my generation. I’m an innovator and leader in business. I take inspiration from Napoleon. (Zeeshaan Shah – 2013)
  20. I couldn’t live a more interesting life…Even when I’m sleeping, I’m not really asleep. (Stuart Baggs – 2010)

 

If you find the above quotes inspiring and up to the full speed to find your dream role in PR, Marketing, Events, Conferences, Sales or Medical writing…we can help! Take a look on our Jobs page or if you prefer to have a chat with one of our experienced consultants, call on 0207 359 8244.

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Celebrating Hallowe’en at Media Contacts!

We’re being charitable on Friday at work by dressing up and paying for the privilege BUT we can’t decide who to give our hard-earned cash to.

 

Please help us out by voting here: http://lnkd.in/djVwhxd

 

Thanks and happy Hallowe’en!

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The Rewarding World of Medical Writing Jobs

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

 

The medical writing industry is experiencing rapid growth and offers excellent medical writing jobs for those with the right skills and desire to succeed.

 

What Does The Job Involve?

 

When you become a medical writer you could be working on a complex piece of new research transcriptions one minute, writing medical training materials for pharmaceutical businesses 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.

 

Good Earning Potential

 

Jobs for medical writers often pay good salaries because of the skills and expertise required to carry out the job to a high standard, and because of the experience that the writer needs to have gained in the medical world beforehand. Medical communications agencies naturally pay more in London and the South because of the increased cost of living, but there are also some well-paid home-working and flexible-location roles, as well as freelance and contract opportunities. This makes the field very attractive to those looking to write part-time or around other commitments.

 

The Skills Needed

 

Primarily, you need to be an excellent writer with a background in the medical/pharmaceutical world. Some positions will require higher qualifications such as a doctorate in the relevant field, but the vast majority will simply require experience in medicine, as well as certain other qualifications. Generally, employers will require broad knowledge of typical scientific terms and jargon. Prior writing experience and a medical communications agency background are often preferred, whereas other employers are open to in-house pharma experience. Obviously attention to detail is essential, as is the ability to be a self-starter, work to deadlines and write compelling copy for a range of different audiences.

 

Entry Routes

The best way to find a good medical writer job is via a specialist recruitment agency in the field. The medical writing industry is diverse and fascinating. Your recruiter can assess your experience and skills and advise on the typical positions that could provide a good fit. Make sure you have a CV and a good covering letter ready. Most medical writer jobs will also require examples of your previous work, so a portfolio of your strongest pieces can also be an asset to securing the position you want.

Feel free to contact us if you need more information.

 

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Toughest Interview Questions!

 

An Interview can cause a lot of stress and a raised heartbeat. Stress can increase considerably when being asked unusual questions that we are not prepared for.

When looking for new employees, entrepreneurs often aim at exceptional talents, who can astonish with their creativity and innovative perspective on weighty matters for the company.

Finding the top talents would be difficult if the interviews were limited only to the painfully standard questions. Therefore, when recruiting candidates many corporations including world giants such as Apple and Google tend to ask how to resolve unexpected problems.

Business Insider presented a collection of Internet users strangest questions, which fell last year in the premises of several giants of global businesses. We present the most interesting one of them:

1.If you were given a box of pencils, list 10 things you could do with them that are not their traditional use. (Google Administrative Assistant)

  1. How would you test an elevator? (Software Development Engineer at Microsoft)
  2. How would you solve problems if you were from Mars (Senior Recruiting Manager at Amazon)
  3. Tell me something that you have done in your life which you are particularly proud of. (Apple Software Engineering Manager)
  4. If you were a street sign what would you be? (Sales Associate at Pacific Sunware)
  5. A Russian gangster kidnaps you. He puts two bullets in consecutive order in an empty six-round revolver, spins it, points it at your head and shoots. Click. You’re still alive. He then asks you, do you want me to spin it again and fire or pull the trigger again. For each option, what is the probability that you’ll be shot? (Internet Marketing Analyst at Facebook)
  6. Why wouldn’t I hire you? (Recruiter at Twitter)
  7. If you were to be a Sony product, what would you be? (Retail Sales Specialist at Sony)
  8. How would you estimate how many radio stations are in the US? (Product Manager at Google)

 

If you are looking for jobs in PR (Healthcare, Consumer, B2B, Fashion, Retail, Financial PR, Technology PR), Events, Publishing, Marketing (General, Digital) and Sales – do get in touch with us. Media contacts is one of the most successful media recruitment agencies in London. We have more than twenty years experience and our well trained consultants will be able to help you throughout the interview process, so no need to worry about tough interview questions!

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Success is doing what you love and making it a career, but I don’t know who will pay me to watch football / drink wine / sit on a beach / *insert-your-chill-out-of-choice-here*

 

Traditionally, we think of the Christmas / New Year break as a good time to take stock and reflect on our lives – all those magazines with articles espousing “New Year, New You” theories that are anything but “new”, spending time with family and / or friends, an extended break away from the office, losing track of what day it is.

It all adds up to an opportunity to consider our situation: What went well and what didn’t over the last twelve months? What am I happy or unhappy about? What would I change if I could? What New Year’s resolutions should I make? Should I bother with resolutions when I know I’ll inevitably break them? Or is that a self-fulfilling philosophy and should I therefore be less cynical about them?

The other time of year that gives us this opportunity for reflection is, well, right now. Summer holidays, evenings in pub gardens with friends, getting lost in books or watching an inspirational sunset. That distance from the coalface gives us a chance to think properly – not just a fleeting “shall I look at a job board?” or “Should we get round to decorating the bathroom?” Companies are often taking stock too (either literally or metaphorically) given that (terrifyingly) we’re not that far off the mid-point of the financial year.

So far, this post appears to be a collection of lists, so I’ll get to the point. We at Media Contacts like to meet with candidates before they’ve decided they want a new job. Discussing the market, your career and your options means that, when the time does come, the whole process is that much smoother. Perhaps there’s a particular training course you’re being offered and you’re keen to know if it is the kind of thing other companies are looking for on CVs, for instance. Or perhaps you’re keen to know what the jobs market is like as a reflection of how healthy your sector is. Whatever the reason, we’d love to hear from you.

My specialities are B2B tech, financial, corporate, professional services PR and public affairs and my contact details are below. For a confidential chat about your career, please do get in touch.

Alys Barber-Rogers

M: 07939 295 560

E: [email protected]

@ArsenalAlys

If you fancy a chat about any of the other sectors we work in, give us a call on 020 7359 8244 or email [email protected].

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