Find Your Best Event Staff Match
Your event requirements can help you decide which prospective event staff to qualify and hire and which to show the door to. Some questions you can ask your potential candidates are:
Why did you apply for this position?
What are your strengths or top skills in event planning?
What event planning areas do you need training in?
How do you handle contingency situations?
What do you love the most about your work?
Do you prefer working long hours, on weekends, late evenings or handling late-minute event planning emergencies?
What do you do in your free time?
Qualities to Look for In Your Next Event Professional Hire!
The event industry has a high turnover rate is a well-known fact, but event professionals who are into job-hopping, especially through personal recommendations, is something every event organizer should be wary of! Whether contractual or full-time, event organizers should look for candidates with high attention to detail and a flexible attitude to sudden changes in workflow patterns. They must also be calm and collected when making decisions that demand good judgment and lateral thinking on their part.
Another trait you should actively scout for when event hiring is the team member’s desire to learn newer aspects of event planning - with a positive attitude. With the pandemic-led event industry changes, there is a pressing need for event teams that can quickly adapt to new digital event production processes, support clients through various market changes, and think about how budgets can be optimized at every step of the event planning journey. Also, good teamwork coordination capabilities are all-important especially in the event’s industry where every aspect of event planning is woven into the other.
Event creation equals no weekend holidays, long, odd hours of working, unforeseen schedule changes, parties and whatnot! It needs a lot of passion and a sense of maturity to survive and thrive in the field. You can assess a prospective event team hire’s competency by his punctuality in attending the interview, or from his instant or late reply to your job position email.
Even if the event professional has worked for industries other than yours, some skills like problem-solving, leadership ability, multi-tasking and negotiation skills, creative thinking and even tech skills; with deductive reasoning expertise; can tick all the boxes on your ideal event team member!
A person who can demonstrate his contribution to the team is what every event organizer wants and needs!
So, when looking for your next event hire, search for evidence of how the candidate has gotten out of complex situations, negotiated the best deal and worked well within the given budgets. After all, as Steve Jobs said – Hiring is your most important task!