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Why this matters:

One of the most important responsibilities of an event coordinator is creating and sticking to a budget as event components unfold and evolve. There are multiple software and other tools that can help ease budget management for event coordinators.

What to listen for:

  • A sense of ease and comfort with software
  • Familiarity with a few popular event budgeting tools, including ones that are relevant to your needs
  • Clear explanations for why they prefer some tools over others

Why this matters:

Outreach is a must to get people to attend events — and ensure they’re successful. It’s helpful to get a sense of how your candidate completes this task — be it through social media, email campaigns, paid ads, word-of-mouth, or something else.

What to listen for:

  • Confidence in taking different approaches
  • A diversity of methods and experiences
  • A willingness to explore other methods that will optimize your own campaigns

Why this matters:

Effective event coordinators have a reputation for delivering to expectations, no matter what a client requests. Creating and maintaining strong relationships with vendors and service providers is an essential part of the job. Candidates can be taught to use a solid methodology for networking and vetting local partnerships, but those with prior experience and relationships stand out from the pack of interviewees.

What to listen for:

  • Organized process for creating objective evaluation criteria and a detailed spreadsheet
  • Values — like availability or budget — which align with the company’s priorities
  • Understanding of attributes that make a great vendor (like accountability or track record)

 

Why this matters:

No matter how much preparation goes into planning an event, unpredictable changes or problems can happen at any minute. It’s important for event coordinators to be skilled problem solvers who work well under pressure, willing and able to resolve last-minute issues should they arise. This question will reveal how the candidate problem solves and how they handle working under intense pressure.

What to listen for:

  • Clear explanation of the problem and solution
  • Answer that shows the candidate’s thought process that led them to the solution
  • Tone of voice maintaining a positive attitude despite obstacles

Why this matters:

Event coordinators will work with people from all backgrounds and different industries who all have unique personalities. A good event coordinator will have the ability to be flexible and understanding, willing to listen to and work with anyone, regardless of how easy or difficult they are to work with.

What to listen for:

  • Ability to explain the situation without excessively defaming the client
  • Dynamic answer that shows interviewee is able to handle different personality types
  • Answer that shows they can work with whatever they’re given

Why this matters:

This question is designed to give you more insight into the interviewee’s interests, passions, and personality. It will show you that they care about this profession and are capable of pulling off successful, memorable events.

What to listen for:

  • Excitement in the answer, proving that being an event coordinator is meaningful to them
  • Details about the event explaining the effort and time that went into it
  • Result of the event — did a lot of people show up? Was money raised? Etc.

Why this matters:

Event coordinators have to be extremely organized with exceptional time management skills in order to get everything done correctly and on time. With so many factors at play at once, it can be very challenging to keep track, but this question will give you an idea of how they organize their priorities and time to pull off event after event.

What to listen for:

  • Ease with which they answer the question, showing they have a solid routine down
  • Mention of any software or PM tools that may be useful in this role
  • Emphasis on soft skills like communication and collaboration

Why this matters:

This question is designed to get a feel for the applicant’s communication and negotiation skills, which are both crucial traits event coordinators must have. Deciding on a budget is a huge step in the event planning process, and the ability to do this well is what separates the best event coordinators from the rest.

What to listen for:

  • Comfort with which they answer the question, showing it is second nature to them
  • A specific example of a time the applicant had to negotiate budget with a client
  • Demonstration of soft skills like problem-solving, empathy, and persuasion

Why this matters:

Part of being a successful event coordinator is knowing the right people who can help you pull off outstanding events. This question will help you gauge the applicant’s networking skills and overall personability, giving you an idea of the kinds of connections they will either be able to bring into the role right away, or develop during their time working with you.

What to listen for:

  • Proof of good communication habits, such as scheduling follow-up conversations
  • Emphasis on active listening, personalization, and genuine care to build trust
  • Mention of specific people or organizations they have connections with is a plus
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