So you believe you are the perfect job candidate for the hospitality or restaurant job you have applied for on our hospitalityjobsafrica.com website …. Your dedicated hospitality recruitment agent has just given you the opportunity of an interview with a great employer to convince them you are the right job seeker for the advertised role. So how do you go about preparing yourself for the job interview?
It is completely natural to feel nervous before a job interview and that is why it is essential to prepare yourself for the interview as much as possible so that you are brimming with confidence and energy instead of nerves.
Here are some of our tips for preparing for your job interview:
Hospitality and Restaurant Job Interview Tips
- Do your research on the company and brand
Do your homework on the employer and the broader industry so you are ready for the question: “What do you know about this company?” For example, if you are applying for a job in a 5* hotel, but you have been working in a safari lodge, do your research about how hotel jobs may differ from the position you have held in a lodge. Likewise, if you have been working for a large restaurant chain and are applying for a position in a fine dining restaurant, make sure you have an understanding of fine dining and silver service and how job roles will be different when working for a smaller employer. Know the interviewer's name and use it during the job interview in order to create a personal connection. Try to relate what you have learned about the company when answering questions.
- Prepare for the recruitment interview
After you have familiarized yourself with the company you need to prepare for the interview. Go through our “Interview Questions and Answers” – and practice with someone. Make sure you go through the hospitality job description and specs that you applied for and make notes on question you would like to ask during the interview.
- Present yourself as a winner
Dress the part! Look the part! Get the part! Make sure your interview attire is neat, tidy and appropriate for the type of firm you are interviewing with.
- Stay calm before and during the interview
During the job interview try to relax and stay as calm possible. Remember that your body language says as much about you as your answers to the questions. Proper preparation will allow you to radiate confidence. Take a moment to regroup. Maintain eye contact with the interviewer. Listen to the entire question before you answer and pay attention - you will be embarrassed if you forget the question.
Try to relate what you know about the company when answering questions. When discussing your career accomplishments match them to what the company is looking for. Use examples from your research when answering questions.
Listen carefully to the question before answering. Don’t answer questions with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Always answer questions truthfully, frankly and as concisely as possible. Never make derogatory remarks about your present or former employers, colleagues or companies.