How to ace your Kew Green Hotels Interveiw!

If you want Kew Green to say "I do"... Then here are our Interview tips on what you do!

This is Charley – Talent Resourcing Executive at Kew Green Hotels. My role sees me interviewing candidates daily for all types of positions within hospitality so I wanted to give you insight into what to expect at an interview with Kew Green Hotels, including how best to answer the questions so that you’re the stand-out candidates!


First things first:

“Interviews are so scary! You never know what questions you’re going to be asked so how on earth can you truly prepare?!”

Right?!

Wrong.

No-one reinvents the wheel when they interview. Basically all the interviewer wants to know is that you have the skills for the job; the right fit for the team; and that you genuinely want this job in this company.


This job in this company

Let’s play a game of ‘would you rather’… if you were looking for a Receptionist in your company would rather employ:

  1. Someone who wants to be a receptionist but doesn’t mind where.
  2. Someone who wants to work for your company but doesn’t mind in which role.
  3. Someone who wants to be a Receptionist in your company specifically.

Assuming you answered ‘c’, you understand why this point is so important.


What questions to expect in an interview

 

Interview questions tend to be along the lines of the following:

  1. Talk me through your CV.
  2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?
  3. What is the reason you applied for this job?
  4. What do you know about the company?
  5. Do you have any questions?

What the questions actually mean & how to answer them

1) Talk me through your CV.

This doesn’t mean what it seems to on the tin. What the interviewer wants to know is what relevant experience you have that makes you suitable for this job in this company. It also gives you a chance to explain movement and gaps in employment.

I’m going to say it once and I’ll say it a million times… give specific examples.


2) Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

What can this job in this company offer you that will get you to where you want to be – use this as a chance to show what you know about the company and the role, whilst giving specific examples of projects you have already done. For example:

“In 5 years’ time I want to be an F&B Manager which is the main reason I applied for this position. I know that you have an award-winning training and development programme and really invest in your employees. I already have experience in team leading (specific example), running incentives and promotions (specific example) and ordering stock for the bar (specific example)but I haven’t yet been exposed to forecasting and managing profit which this job will offer me, preparing me fully for progression.


3) What is the reason you applied for the job?

This is your chance to really sell yourself as the ‘talk me through your CV’ question will only give you a 5-10 minute window to talk about your experience. Think about the job and person specification and tell them how you fit it – remembering that what they want to know is whether you have the skills for the job; the right fit for the team; and that you genuinely want this job in this company.

Oh and guess what… give specific examples.


4) What do you know about the company?

Now, at this point a lot of candidates will regurgitate the ‘about’ page from the company website, therefore it’s your chance to really stand out. Look into the company in more depth:

  • Have they won awards?
  • Have they got a charity they support?
  • Do they have a blog and, if so, what were the most recent, interesting posts about?
  • What’s their feedback like on Glass Door?
  • Have there been any major changes or developments recently?
  • Check out the interviewer on LinkedIn before you go – what’s their career path? You can also ask them what was the thing that made them move from the last company to this one.

Bring each of these things back to the reason you want this job in this company.


5) Do you have any questions?

The short answer is YES! – why would you not have questions about somewhere you will be spending the majority of your time?

Ok, so you know about the day-to-day responsibilities but what about:

  • The team
  • Development
  • Project opportunities
  • Extracurricular activities to get involved in
  • Any changes or plans they have in the pipeline that might be of interest
  • The reason that the position is vacant
  • How long the interviewer has been in the company and what they enjoy most about it

Of course if you already know the answer then don’t ask that particular question, but it is so important to ask questions so that you know more about the opportunity and to prove your interest in it.


The questions will be disguised in many ways, however if you focus on the importance of getting across why you want and are right for this job in this companymaking sure you’re giving relevant, specific examples, you’ll find that they all fit into one of the 5 categories.

 

If you’re interviewing with Kew Green Hotels and would like some extra support, or if you would like to find out about our current vacancies, email me on talent.resourcing@kewgreen.co.uk.


Funny but common ‘don’t’s

1) Talk me through your CV.

*Literally walking beginning to end, reciting what the CV already says.*

2) Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

“I actually want to be a guitar player in a band so hopefully I’ll make it on the music scene.”

3) What is the reason you applied for this job?

“It’s close to home.”

4) What do you know about the company?

I know you were founded in 1967 by Mr Jackson.”

5) Do you have any questions?

How many holiday days so I get a year and do I get paid sick leave?”