Landing your dream job
As hospitality recruitment specialists, when we present candidates for specific roles, we expect a certain number of givens: that you will arrive on time, be well presented and have done your homework on the company previously. These are the basics, and like in a marathon, preparation is key. Our clients often give us feedback after interviews, and these are the most common mistakes.
- Lacking interest:
Take opportunities to make connections. Before attending the interview, research your interviewer(s) online via LinkedIn, news articles etc. Find something out about them that, when given the opportunity, you may be able to bring into conversation with the interviewer. It shows that you are interested in people, and this creates a positive image. You want to be the best version of yourself, and you only get one chance to make that first impression.
- Leading the interview:
It's great to come prepared with questions of your own - this shows a genuine engagement with the role. However, always remember that you are the interviewee; don’t try to take over the interview. Ask questions at the end when you are given the opportunity by the interviewer, ensuring they are well thought out.
- Over-explaining everything:
This usually happens when you're not prepared or are caught off guard. Keep in mind that it is up to the interviewer to get the most out of you in an interview process. Be prepared for any areas of concern they may have, ie gaps in your CV. Most likely there is a logical explanation, and once you are prepared to answer such questions in a clear and concise manner, they can quickly be put to bed.
- Trying to be everything:
Remember, you are interviewing for a specific role. Prepare your answers in advance based on the current details or job description you have been given about the role. If you lack a certain skill relevant to the job, it's much better to be upfront and address it rather than trying to hide or avoid the issue; transparency is key! Honest and clear answers to the questions asked are most important, ie: “I am familiar with this software, but I do not have much experience dealing with it. However, I am a quick learner, and I plan on taking an evening course in IT to improve my skills in this area." This will show that you not only know your own capabilities, but are also aware of the company's needs and are prepared to take steps in order to fulfill the role.
Avoid generating negative vibes in an interview, ie complaining about your last employer. If pressed on why you left, have an answer ready that is truthful without being over critical. For example: "We had different management styles / aspirations for the team / understandings of the business needs etc, so I decided to pursue other opportunities." Be prepared to answer any sensitive questions respectfully. If possible, try to balance any negative remarks with a positive one, ie: "While we didn't see eye to eye on (...), I always appreciated their ability to (...)."
In review, show commitment to your profession and send the right signals demonstrating your interest in the company and the role. It is important when selling yourself in an interview to know what the company needs, and not just what you need, and match your experience accordingly.
If you do all of these things, you will increase your chances of landing your dream job!