The Modern Interview Guide: How to Land a Job

So you’re between the age of 22 and 37 navigating your way through the landscape of hospitality in Sydney. You’ve landed an interview - congratulations! - and you’re preparing for it. Did you know that your generation now makes up the bulk of the working population? And that means that there are thousands of you out there going for the same positions, which can be competitive and intimidating. But don’t stress, we’re here to help prepare you to the best of your abilities so that you can land that job.

 

Here is our guide on how to stand out for all the right reasons and ultimately carry out your hospitality interview successfully.

 

Beyond avoiding making these common mistakes at your interview like being inauthentic or uninterested, this is our guide on how to successfully land a job. Firstly, ensure that you arrive a little bit early with an extra copy of your resume and cover letter on hand, just in case.


Be Prepared

Have an idea of what you’re going to say to highlight your career achievements, ambition, long-term goals, strengths, and weaknesses. You should always be prepared to answer why you’re the best person for the job, but don’t feel like you need to memorise any lines. In fact, doing so will make you appear stiff and unauthentic which could hurt your chances at landing the job.

Next, we recommend familiarising yourself with the venue or company you’ve applied to. Beyond knowing a few details about your potential employer and visiting the venue if you can, it’s just as imperative to know the job description that you’re applying for. Read the description multiple times to ensure that you know exactly what they’re looking for, down to the fine details.

Ask Questions

A huge component of being successful at your interview is questioning your interviewer. Having your own questions prepared illustrates your genuine interest in the opportunity. Ask about the specific tasks in the role, team culture, the company’s vision, and clarify how these fit in with your own motivations. Your interview is just as much about getting to know your potential employer and the job as much as it is for them to learn about you and your skills.

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Social Media

Another key to being successful at your interview is being aware of your online impression. It’s common for employers to search for your profile on social media platforms throughout the hiring process. Is there anything on your public profile that you wouldn’t want your employer to see? Review your photos, comments, and everything in between before applying.

Lastly, remember to be yourself! Of course, be the best version of yourself at your interview and keep it professional, but being inauthentic at your interview won’t help anyone. If you end up getting hired based on a false presentation, you won’t last long at the role. If you’re trying to be someone else it’s probably not the right job for you, anyway.


Find the Right Fit

Even if there are a lot of hospitality roles out there, finding a job can be difficult. Take advantage of a recruiter to improve your chances and landing a hospitality job that’s right for you. A good recruiter will also help you refine your interview skills and assist with presenting your best qualities to potential employers. They will also carefully match your skills, passions, and availability with venues that are searching for the same thing.

 

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About the author Carlyn Shaw

Drawing on 12 years of hospitality experience and coming from a Communications background, I am passionate about all things hospitality.

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