Looking for a new challenge or opportunity? Or perhaps you have just graduated and are looking for your first big shot in the events industry? Whatever the case may be, see EPM’s guide on how to nail that job interview.
We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to prepare for a job interview. You may think you know yourself super well and that you can answer any questions that come your way, but preparing will help you exude confidence. It’s okay to take a second and think about your answer before you speak, but when you are able to have your answer or better yet an example that helps apply your answer to a specific scenario right away, you are not only showing confidence but you are showing you are serious about the interview, that your prepared, and that you want the job. Also, it doesn’t hurt to brush up on the company you are applying for. If anything you’ll get some extra brownie points. Mmmm brownies.
Ask a friend to help you practice interview questions. It may seem silly or uncomfortable at first, but this goes hand in hand with preparing. Pull interview questions from online for a job that is one step above the job you are interviewing for. For example, if you are interviewing for a Manager position, have your friend ask you questions for a Director position. This helps you open up your mind and be prepared for any speed balls they throw at you. Also, it challenges you and helps you develop deeper answers. You may think you have the best example for a question such as “Tell me a time where you had to deal with an upset client”, but as you work through you answer you may find a better example that you hadn’t thought of at first that showcases your abilities to defuse a situation in a better light.
People want to work with people they like. Period. They also want to work with people they think will get along well with the team. Don’t be shy, show off that personality of yours! Try to feel out your interviewers, if you can throw in jokes – throw them in! But make sure they are appropriate and that you have a really good read on your interviewers first. If for whatever (ridiculous) reason you do not get hired, they will remember you later. So if/when that job does come up again and you apply for it, they will remember your shining personality from the first time. Hey, and maybe another position in another department may open up and they might consider you for it because they like you! Keep your options open.
The more people you know in the industry the better. Remember what we said about people wanting to work with people they like? By networking with other events professionals, you will hear about more job opportunities through the grape vine and you may even get recommended for some. Also, it doesn’t hurt to join associations and get out there and mingle. You may even meet future clients so it’s easier to break the ice when you reach out for the first time to discuss the details of their event. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
5. Go get it
You have to go into the interview with the mindset that you are going to get the job. If you leave any doubt in your mind or focus on anything negative, it will show. Confidence and arrogance are two completely different things – be super confident! How does one become confident you may ask? You follow steps 1 & 2 of preparing and practicing. Have an answer ready for any question the interviewers may ask, but remember that it’s okay if you don’t have an answer or a specific example. You can always simply say something along the lines of; “I haven’t encountered that specific obstacle in my career yet. But this is how I would likely handle it..”
One of the best feelings is when you leave an interview knowing deep down that it was a success. Even if you don’t get the job, you are able to feel good about what you said and how you presented yourself. If you prepare, practice & show off your winning personality you will have a stellar and memorable interview. If you take it one step further and highlight your amazing network of event professionals and exude confidence – you are sure to get the gig!