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So if you’re are looking to hire an event planner or manager, whether for a new role in-house, an agency position or as a consultant for your own business, it pays to ask the right questions. And for an events role which demands specialist knowledge, experience and skills, then you will need to be knowledgeable enough to ask questions that can really put them to the test. Generic interview questions may help give you an overall impression of what somebody is like in the workplace, but you’ll really want to drill down with some tougher teasers to find out how much they really understand about the events industry and what it takes to perform effectively in an events planning role.

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A successful effort on your part to interest a news organization in a story will almost always present you with the opportunity to provide someone for the reporter to interview. From the point of view of reporters and editors, your story suggestion or your news release are the starting points of the story. They advance the story by interviewing people involved, people who are experts, people who are responsible, people who benefit, or sometimes just people who have seen the events of the story as witnesses.
Many interview subjects learn the hard way they should have done more to prepare themselves for the opportunity to present their point of view to the public through the news media. This interview checklist covers four aspects of the interview - things to know about an interview, things to do before you are interviewed, your rights as interview subject and things to do during an interview.

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1. Interviews are the basic tool of news gathering. The reporter must rely on accounts of survivors or victims, of eyewitnesses or investigators for information about accidents or disasters. What is known about complex subjects, similarly, is often revealed through interviews with participants, spectators or experts as well as by o observations of the
2. An interview is not a conversation. It is a ritual, much like a formal debate, during which the reporter represents the public and your responses or comments are directed to the public through the news media.
3. The reporter interviews you because he or she wants a good story. The reporter is not interested in flattering you or favoring you, necessarily, nor in damaging you. The reporter just wants news.

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1. Make the interview worthwhile for you. Tell your story!
2. Deliver your key answers. quotable quotes and anecdotes.
3. Listen very carefully to each question. Questions that are "off the subject" may be a signal that the interviewer doesn't understand the topic and that you might want to offer a quick overview.
4. Speak only for yourself or your organization-not for your industry as a whole, unless you are an industry spokesman.
5. If you get angry, count to ten before proceeding.
6. Avoid an argument with the reporter. Your argumentativeness, not his or hers, may show up in print or on the air.
7. If interrupted by one reporter while answering questions from another, during a news conference, wait for your turn and proceed with your comments on the original question before changing the subject.
8. Challenge any effort to put words in your mouth. Otherwise you may end up appearing to agree to points you disagree with, or admitting something you don't agree with.
9. When presented with a laundry list of questions, identify the question you are responding to before you answer. If the reporter is interested in the other questions, he or she may give them back to you.
10. Broaden your answers to make your points - don't play verbal ping pong with the interviewer.
11. Put your main point or conclusion first, followed by supporting points or arguments if necessary. In business particularly, many are conditioned to give supporting points before the main point- in an interview you must do the opposite.
12. Speak plain English. Jargon or company lingo or abbreviations that may be familiar to you as an insider may have no meaning to the general public.
13. Don't be evasive. Evasiveness is a signal to the interviewer that you have something to hide.
14. Accept your responsibility as the representative of your organization being interviewed. Don't pass the buck.
15. If you don't know the answer to a question, say so. Offer to find out the answer as soon as possible and then provide the information to the interviewer. Resist any temptation to make up an answer, or to withhold information, after you have promised it.
16. If you absolutely cannot divulge information, state why in a matter of fact way.
17. Be positive, not defensive. Take the trouble to present your point of view in a positive manner.
18. Resist any temptation or effort to get you to attack other organizations or competitors. Your accusations or attack may preempt all the rest of your interview.
19. Tell the truth. A half-truth is a half-lie. You are remiss if you allow a reporter to accept a partial truth as a truthful answer. You may be known into eternity as one who did not tell the truth and therefore is not credible.

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We don’t mean pub quiz questions here, but rather using wider ranging questions to find out somebody’s general knowledge about the events industry as a whole. If you want a new recruit to be able to perform a particular role then it will help them hit the ground running if they already understand the industry and, crucially, demonstrating the desire to learn more is a major plus. These are the sort of questions which can help you whittle down applicants through a telephone interview or application form process before getting down to the real nitty gritty in the face-to-face interviews.

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The formal adoption of 2007’s British Standard for sustainable event management on a worldwide scale as the last year was one of the biggest news stories for the events industry in 2012, so you would expect anyone already involved in events planning to have picked up on it. Even if you’re interviewing for starter roles, somebody who has done some basic research in advance of a job application or an aspiring events professional who has kept abreast of developments in their preferred career of choice, really should have picked up on this key change, which kicked in just in time for last year’s biggest event, the 2012 Games.