Interview Tips

How to walk in confident and completely prepared.

Gecko Hospitality - Before the Interview

Before the Interview

  1. Make sure you know the correct date, time and location of the interview. Now, double-check it! Prepare your route to arrive 15 minutes early (account for traffic during this time of day). Hiring managers expect this 15-minute early arrival from top candidates.
  2. Research the company. Start with its website and get to know its products and/or services, awards, reputation, size and location. Visiting social media pages will give you a look at how they talk about themselves and what topics are important. Be able to talk about what you’ve learned about the company during your interview.
  3. Wear a business suit, unless the recruiter tells you otherwise. Dress to impress, polish your shoes, go easy on any scents, like aftershave or perfume.
  4. Prepare (ahead of time) 1-2 questions about the organization to show your interest in the opportunity. Bring extra copies of your resume and work samples (i.e., training manual you developed) that pertain to the job.
  5. Feeling nervous? Practice with a friend or family member who will give you honest feedback. You can also rehearse your answers in front of a mirror.
  6. Turn off your phone before you walk into the building and put it away

Gecko Hospitality - During the Interview

During the Interview

  1. Promote yourself as the best candidate for the job by highlighting your experience, accomplishments and desire to grow.
  2. Site specific, recent examples to support answers to the interviewer’s questions.
  3. Make eye contact when speaking and listening.
  4. Remember the interviewer’s name and use it a couple times during the interview.
  5. Present your credentials with positivity. You should be honest about shortcomings, but maintain focus on your strengths.

Gecko Hospitality - After the Interview

After the Interview

  1. Be sensitive to cues that the interview is over. But don’t leave before expressing your interest and enthusiasm about the organization and the opportunity.
  2. Thank the interviewer for his or her time and consideration before you leave. Ask about the next steps in the process and follow through on your part right away.
  3. Write thank-you messages after your email and promptly send. Express your interest in the position, mention something you discussed during the interview and thank them for their time.

Gecko Hospitality - Interviewing DON’TS

Interviewing DON’TS

  1. Don’t fail to show up, cancel that day or arrive late for an interview — for any reason. If a real emergency arises, call the interviewer -and- your recruiter right away.
  2. Don’t forget to switch off your phone before the interview.
  3. Don’t begin the interview with any negative remarks, like “it took forever to get here” or “it’s really stuffy in here.”
  4. Don’t over-explain or defend your shortcomings. You’ll sound like you’re making excuses. Everyone has weaknesses. Accept them and focus on your strengths.
  5. Don’t be or sound uncertain, unfocused or scattered about your career preferences. No, you won’t just “take anything” — even if you are in desperate need of a job.
  6. Don’t sell yourself short. Brag. Don’t leave the room without the interviewer(s) knowing the skills and talents you bring to the table.
  7. Don’t bring up salary unless the interviewer does.
  8. Don’t stick to yes/no answers. Elaborate when possible. Vague answers will simply end the interview, fast.
  9. Don’t chew gum or smoke.
  10. Don’t use obscenities or too much slang.
  11. Don’t disparage employers, employees, professors or anyone else, for that matter. Positivity, especially when it comes to other humans, is a better stance.
  12. Don’t turn hostile, annoyed or angry if the interview doesn’t go well — for whatever reason. Maintain a professional manner.
  13. Don’t do a phone interview while driving or multi-tasking in any way. It’s rude to the interviewer, diminishes your ability to focus and can be dangerous.
  14. Don’t expect to be hired on the spot. It rarely happens.
  15. Don’t expect instant success. For many reasons, some candidates go on many interviews before they get the right match.

Gecko Hospitality - Common Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared to Answer

Common Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared to Answer

  1. Why should our company hire you? What could you bring to our company?
  2. What would colleagues in your current company say about you, right now? What would they miss about you?
  3. Name the three most important qualities you’re looking for in a new job.
  4. Why are you looking for a new opportunity right now?
  5. Where do you see your career going? (Think 3, 5, 10 years down the road.)
  6. Describe your most significant contribution to a project or company goal.
  7. Tell me about an unexpected problem you’ve confronted, how you tried to solve it and what was the outcome.
  8. Have you ever set a long-term goal (professional or otherwise)? What was/is it and how have you set yourself up to work toward and achieve it?
  9. Discuss a time you worked to create or improve a product or service.
  10. What’s your approach to organizing your workday?
  11. What is one of your weaknesses?
  12. Tell me about how you would (or have) maintain a congenial relationship with a colleague whose opinions differed from yours.
  13. Why do you want this job?

Gecko Hospitality - Questions You Can Ask During the Interview

Questions You Can Ask During the Interview

  1. Describe your training program. Where is it located and how long is it?
  2. How are employees reviewed, given feedback and promoted?
  3. What do the first 90 days look like? What expectations do you have for new hires?
  4. What characteristics does a successful person possess in this organization?
  5. How much travel is normally expected?
  6. Can I see the place I would be working, if I were hired?
  7. For whom and with whom would I be working?
  8. How much supervision would I receive as a new hire?
  9. Why is this position open?
  10. What does the company’s future look like? Is it growing, moving, changing?
  11. What is the next step in the interview process?

Any Questions?

We would love to hear from you.

We would love to hear from you.

If you have any questions or would like to start an informal discussion about how we can help you, please call our friendly team. To find your nearest Gecko hospitality office, please go to our contact page by clicking here and selecting your Country and State.

When I joined the Krystal Company in September 2009, Sterling Smith was the first Recruiter that contacted me to establish a partnership. Sterling and I spent time on the phone week after week discussing candidates and their backgrounds so that he could get a best understanding of the Krystal culture and present the candidates that were the ideal fit for our various markets.

Due to his dedication, persistence and ability to make the connection between candidate and company, I am very proud of the fact that my first placement with my new company came from Sterling!

Any company that decides to partner up with Sterling and Gecko Hospitality is considered lucky in my book; he's proven to me to be the ideal extension of our recruiting efforts!

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