Post # 1
So a little back information. I’ve been in college ever since I graduated high school (I’m about to turn 23 in May). I started out with nursing, graduated with my LPN, now I am almost finished with my Business degree and starting Culinary in the fall. I LOVE learning, and I will have 3 degrees by the time I’m 25. I don’t practice nursing anymore, I am pursuing my culinary/baking career…I’ve only ever had nursing jobs-so I wanted a job in the restaurant field to get my foot in the door and some experience under my belt. OKAY, now that’s out of the way…
I had an interview this morning with a super fancy, upscale historic hotel restaurant as a Part time AM hostess. I assumed the interview was going to be about personality, my hospitality skills, etc. There were two interviewers, an older man and intimidating and a younger female who was very friendly and made me feel at ease.
The guy kept talking about how they like people who have money, they like people with deep pockets, they like to be thought of as upscale but not “stuffy” (although the way he was talking-he seemed stuffy himself!).
Anyways, his phone kept going off and he kept saying “excuse me” and just started texting away. I would be in the middle of answering a question, and he would just start texting. At one point, I stopped talking and waited for him to give me his attention. I thought it was SO rude and it made me feel awkward. I realize the interview was “just for a hostess” position, but it should still be taken seriously. I don’t even know if I want to work for someone who is so into rich people and ignoring me during my interview! Has this happened to anyone before? How would you of reacted?
Post # 3
@BakerBee16: It might have been a “stress interview” where they purposely do things try to rile you and see how you respond in stressful situations or under pressure.
Post # 4
@arabbel: That’s true. They did ask me how I handle stressful situations, which I handle well from my nursing background. It was just awkward because he would ask me a question, ignore my answer, then a couple minutes later ask me that question again so I would have to reiterate what I already had said. The other interviewer just sat there, smiled, and barely said a word.
Post # 5
@BakerBee16: YUP sunds like they were testing you. I have had this before….
Post # 6
@Kimy: I actually heard his phone going off though, would they really have it set up where someone was in another room texting him? Lol. Idk, I think I handled it well I was just shocked because I’ve had quite a few hard interviews for nursing and I thought this was so unprofessional compared to those! Haa!
Post # 7
BUT like the other Bees I’m guessing it was a case of either of two things.
1- Stress Interview… trying to see how you react to stress, because working in a Restaurant can be super stressful… Especially as a Hostess… things going on all around you… people in line, people coming in with Reservations, others without… phone going off. Maybe people picking up take out. Or just wanting to sit in the bar. Others you have to sit in the bar for their wait… then remember what they look like, their names, and to fetch them when their table is ready. etc etc etc
In which case, I’m guessing this is EXACTLY WHY the younger person was grinning from ear to ear… you were one cool cucumber and exactly what the Restaurant needs. You didn’t flinch. You didn’t get angry or upset even tho you had to repeat yourself countless times (like you would have to do in your day-to-day job)
You will probably get the job… or a call back. CONGRATULATIONS
2- Second scenario. Not so great. Guy is a jerk. He is the gal’s boss. She knows he is a jerk. But she still has to work around him. She’s glad that he didn’t throw you, as you seem like a reasonable well organized person… she’d love to have you in the job.
Now you gotta decide if you want to work for a self-centered self-important bit of an @ss boss.
Hope this helps,
PS… You could always ask… if you are called back for an Interview… one-on-one with the gal. “What is it with Mr X”… “Is he ALWAYS like this ? This busy, this preoccupied ?”
Bearing in mind… that he may actually OWN the Restaurant… and she could just as well be his daughter / DIL
Which is WHY it is soooo important when Inverviewing that you do a bit of research on the company… try to figure out who is who… and what their role / title is etc.
Have you ever ate there on your own, and seen the place in action… might be worth a recognizance mission if you are really set on working there. I find I learn a lot about a place as a Customer. Especially if you keep your eyes and ears open you can usually judge the “atmosphere / working environment”. Highly recommend doing this.
Post # 8
@This Time Round: Thank you so much for your reply. He just seemed so “above” the interview-like he had better things to be doing. Idk. It was just a vibe I got from him. Also, near the beginning, he said something along the lines of “Yeah, she loves having our restaurant to be known as fancy” in a super sarcastic way to the other interview. She sorta giggled, and said something like “Oh, he always does this in interviews to get me riled.” It was so strange. It almost seemed like flirting?
He also couldn’t believe that I had never ran a cash register, but I told him in nursing there was never a need for a register. He said “WHAT?! And how old are you?! You’ve seriously never ran a register…wow!” I realize it is kinda strange being almost 23 but I literally worked in nursing from the age of 18 until last summer. I’m probably just over analyzing the whole situation, but I would love to work there. The environment is very upscale, but relaxed. It’s a beautiful old hotel and I’ve known people who worked there (in the actual hotel, not the restaurant) and they loved it. Who knows 🙂
Post # 9
Lol, to the cash register remark.
I guess nowadays everyone assumes that High School kids are all working in Retail or Fast Food.
Don’t feel bad I had several jobs in Hospitality (the stream you are seeking in) and never ran a register until I was darn near 30 and Waiting / Bartending.
Just so happened most of my prior work was either Front of House (such as a Hostess) when I was in my late teens, or Back of House (Administration / Office Work) in my 20s
To be honest, this guy sounds like a real pill. If you have know folks who have worked there, I might ask them what they know of “have heard” about Mr Charming in their travels.