So you've got an interview for that all important hospitality position. We have collated some handy tips to guide you through the process and ensure you shine at your interview.
Before the interview:
Preparation is key. You can never do too much groundwork for any job interview and being prepared will help you stand out. A major part of preparing is to research the company, as all clients are impressed when a candidate shows interest about what they do.
This may sound daunting, however we supply our applicants with all the relevant information you need to know, such as menu’s and company profile. All you need to do is read it through thoroughly. If you need any extra details our helpful consultants are always happy to supply further information. The internet is also a handy research tool.
Preparing and practicing your answers to some of the questions you may receive will give you an extra edge. When answering questions always try and give real life examples to describe your skills. Essentially you are selling yourself, so giving tangible examples will show a potential employer that you can easily do the job.
Some common interview questions:
Why do you want to work for us?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
What are your strengths and/or weaknesses?
Why did you leave your last position?
What would your last employer say about you?
What has been your major work achievement?
You may also be asked if you have any questions about the position or the organisation. It’s always worthwhile preparing some questions to ask on the day as this will show you are enthusiastic and interested.
Look the part. Ensure you have a clean and ironed attire ready ahead of time. Personal hygiene is critical. You will not only feel more confident if you are showered, shaved and well groomed, but these details will also have a positive impact during your interview.
What should you wear? Our clients are top establishments in the United Kingdom and expect the best. Formal wear is essential; White or black shirt, black trousers, black shoes and for ladies; black or white shirt, black trousers or skirt and smart shoes. Please keep perfume or aftershave and jewellery to a minimum.
Punctuality. Before the day, ensure you know how to get to your interview and plan the best route there. If you can, do a trial run so that you know exactly where to go, this will avoid delays on the day.
On the day:
Arrive early. We always advise candidates to arrive at least 15 minutes early. This shows professionalism and makes an excellent first impression. Sometimes lateness is inevitable, so if you are running late, make sure you contact your H&C consultant or the establishment immediately.
Body language. Nerves are to be expected, however try and stay calm and composed. Be mindful of your body language as it can say a lot about you. Sitting up straight, smiling and maintaining eye contact are key, and will reflect confidence and a positive image and could make the difference between being offered the job or not.
Always end the interview with a firm handshake and thank the interviewer (s) for their time.
Handy transport links and contacts:
National Rail Enquiries: are able to provide all information on train routes throughout the United Kingdom.
Contact Number: 0845 748 4950, Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
TFL: (Transport for London) are able to provide all information on London's over and underground train services.
Contact Number: 0845 330 9880, open 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week.