Questions To Ask Or Avoid In The Job Interview
- What would my daily responsibilities include?
- Who would be my manager? (your boss)
- What hours would I be expected to work?
- Is there an opportunity for overtime work? (always good)
- Why did the last person leave the position? (If the gig is horrible, you want to know now!)
- Does the hotel, resort or restaurant have a policy of promoting from within? (Important to know if you're growing a career.)
Questions to avoid during hospitality interview.
The key, here, is to avoid sounding like you're only interested in what the job can do for you rather than what you can do for the employer. So, at least during that first interview, avoid questions that seem too "me" oriented:
- How much do I get paid? Also, how often do I get paid? (Interview death.)
- When is my first vacation? (They'll show you the door if you ask this one!)
- How many vacation days do I get? (Same with sick days. Don't ask during your first interview)
- Do you provide uniforms? (Who cares? You'll find out before you accept the position so don't sweat the small stuff during the first interview.)
Here's the bottom line when it comes to hospitality and food service job interviews: Don't think of the interview as an interrogation; think of it as a give-and-take session in which you ask some questions, you answer some questions. The point, for both you and the interviewer, is to determine if this is a good fit of your skills and the job needs. It's not personal.
Hospitality jobs, hotel, restaurant and resort jobs, food service gigs—these service sector jobs are growing quickly and skilled, trained people are needed. Now! So walk into that interview with confidence, a smile and a list of questions you want answered. You'll feel less nervous, you'll appear better prepared—and that will set you apart from the competition.
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