I have a job interview in a few hours and I'm really nervous
I've been stuck in an unemployment rut for almost a year now, and this hotel is the only one that responded to my application.
It's for a housekeeping/maid job. I've never worked in a hotel before and don't even know what to say/what to do.
What advice do you have?
|by Anonymous||reply 94||September 21, 2023 3:47 AM
Tell them you're very experienced at cleaning kitchens.
Nudge. Nudge. Wink. Wink.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||September 18, 2023 12:12 PM
OP I wish you the very best. Just go into the interview and be pleasant, not too talkative, and tell them you're a hard worker, and you're reliable, and you will do a good job. You don't want to be too social. You want to give the impression that you can work well with others and you can work on your own, whatever the job requires. (fingers crossed.)
|by Anonymous||reply 3||September 18, 2023 12:23 PM
R3 here.Also tell them you're flexible as far as scheduling goes. Because in those jobs sometimes people don't show up and the ones who do have to work an extra shift. So being flexible about the schedule is important.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||September 18, 2023 12:25 PM
Does your Mommy know you’re on Datalounge?
|by Anonymous||reply 5||September 18, 2023 12:26 PM
Best of luck, OP. Be upbeat, but not overly excited. You are calm, cool, confident and you really want this job. You can do it!
|by Anonymous||reply 6||September 18, 2023 12:37 PM
Good luck op, just be yourself.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||September 18, 2023 1:09 PM
This isn't a high pressure job by any means they're looking for someone who seems sane, reliable, and easy enough to get along with. I don't think you should fret about crossing your t's and dotting your i's so to speak.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||September 18, 2023 1:13 PM
J Lo, Maid in Manhattan stopped filming a LONG time ago.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||September 18, 2023 1:22 PM
Say youre a diligent person, pay attention to details and proper procedures. Good luck, OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||September 18, 2023 1:29 PM
Make sure you can pass a drug test, OP. No worries.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||September 18, 2023 1:33 PM
OP? You is kind, you is smart. You is important.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||September 18, 2023 1:41 PM
OP have you been collecting the unemployment?
|by Anonymous||reply 15||September 18, 2023 1:41 PM
Don’t be a busybody. Don’t meddle in other peoples’ business
|by Anonymous||reply 16||September 18, 2023 1:46 PM
Relax OP. They need you just as much as you might need them.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||September 18, 2023 1:49 PM
Make sure you dress neat, clean, look and orderly, but wear something that looks like you could be ready to start work [italic] at that moment [/italic] if asked. You will look and seem like you're already part of their crew/team.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||September 18, 2023 1:54 PM
OP, sometimes the interviewer wants to know a few personal details like your hobbies, or pets, etc. or whether or not you take classes. Don't get too detailed or exotic with the answers to those, if it comes up.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||September 18, 2023 1:56 PM
Don’t bring up glory holes whatever you do. If they’re foolish enough to hire you, you’ll have plenty of time to explore and renovate the bathrooms.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||September 18, 2023 2:05 PM
Pop a Molly and offer your hooking services, bitch!
|by Anonymous||reply 23||September 18, 2023 2:11 PM
Offering to give handies or blowies to the guests will increase your tips, OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||September 18, 2023 2:17 PM
Do you have enough time to watch an episode of Hazel?
|by Anonymous||reply 25||September 18, 2023 2:39 PM
Is the hotel the Bellagio? Don't wear your good heels there.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||September 18, 2023 2:43 PM
Places will hire pretty much anyone, interviewers just wanna weed out the crazies and know that a person won't disrupt the flow of things. Be yourself and put on the charm and don't lie. And be prepared to answer that freaking question: what is one bad thing about yourself?
|by Anonymous||reply 27||September 18, 2023 2:49 PM
[quote] what is one bad thing about yourself?
possible right answer: I'm a bit of a workaholic, I'm a perfectionist
|by Anonymous||reply 28||September 18, 2023 2:54 PM
Oh god, housekeeping was one of the.summer jobs worst jobs I ever had. It was at Harvey's Casino Lake Tahoe. Granted I hate housework but cleaning up after strangers is the worst. No one tipped. You have to have stamina. I don't have stamina. But hotels jobs are good if there's a union. My friend worked his way up to bell captain at Caesar's palace and makes a shitload of money
I realize you're not asking about the job itself but I wanted to whine. The other posters give good advice. I don't know how I got the job, I don't look particularly strong but I was young and tall. Maybe they saw that I could reach the top of mirrors, although you do more bending than anything else. Tell them you're strong and perfectionist.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||September 18, 2023 3:03 PM
If you get nervous there is a little trick I do: Put one hand into the other and dig a nail into the palm of one of your hands. It somehow stops the nerves and makes you calmer. Not like hard or anything just like a pressure point. Works every time. Good luck, I'm sure you'll do great.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||September 18, 2023 3:04 PM
Good luck, OP.
Relax, if you can. I found out that, even in interviews, people want to talk more than listen. Answer questions, but you don't need to volunteer a lot of information. I'm guessing they want to hire you, they need to fill that position.
Just be pleasant, tell them that you are reliable, etc.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||September 18, 2023 3:09 PM
R27 and R28, tell them you haven't been eating regularly, and you hope this job will remedy that.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||September 18, 2023 3:19 PM
Remember to be the Vivian Vance you want to see in others.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||September 18, 2023 3:20 PM
yeah, i would also say just shut up and listen so they can tell you will follow orders and not really talk back too much.
I know that sounds mean, but it's true. In that job, they just want someone who will do their job without too much input.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||September 18, 2023 3:22 PM
If you get the job, can you help me out with a pair of Gucci ballet flats, size 11?
|by Anonymous||reply 36||September 18, 2023 3:22 PM
If they ask about your family, just say, "Children don't fit in with my [italic]erotic[/italic] lifestyle."
|by Anonymous||reply 37||September 18, 2023 3:25 PM
If you get the job, I hope you get the employee benefit of staying at other hotels at a discount. Plus, free employee meals and beverages.
I am a former hotel worker and the employee meals saved me a lot of money and shopping trips. I should have taken more advantage of discounts at sister hitels.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||September 18, 2023 3:28 PM
Lord, do not talk about family illness! The "My mother/father/husband is sick/paralyzed/had a stroke, etc. " is not what they want to hear. They want you to show up for work. Having someone who is sick or depending on you will not help your chances. Don't tell them you have a cat. For some reason bosses don't like cats. They like dogs.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||September 18, 2023 3:29 PM
Tell them you main goal is to buy yourself a good car. Not new, but reliable.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||September 18, 2023 3:30 PM
[quote] Tell them you main goal is to buy yourself a good car. Not new, but reliable.
Why, R40? So they know you're practical and that you'll be stuck w/car payments, i.e., can't afford to lose your job?
|by Anonymous||reply 42||September 18, 2023 3:44 PM
I'm Kay, not Alice. I don't like chit-chat.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||September 18, 2023 3:51 PM
What is your age, sex, and location. Are you Mexican?
|by Anonymous||reply 44||September 18, 2023 4:05 PM
Why would you ask if the OP is Mexican, Becky?
|by Anonymous||reply 45||September 18, 2023 4:06 PM
OP if you are hot work at Hooters as a male server. We do hire men to assist us.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||September 18, 2023 4:07 PM
Read the room. In a hotel setting, if you're being interviewed by a guy, presenting hole is definitely a viable option.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||September 18, 2023 4:27 PM
I hope to god you brushed your teeth and used mouthwash - nasty stale breath is a definite NO.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||September 18, 2023 4:33 PM
r44 Grow up, dumb troll - glad you're already gray lined.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||September 18, 2023 4:34 PM
Good luck OP! Deep breaths.
I always prepare for interviews. Even though I don't know what I'll be asked I can pretty much guess the basics and preparation boosts my confidence.
Hope it went/goes well for you.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||September 18, 2023 4:55 PM
If you've already had the interview, I think you'd have had to actually curse at them or pick your teeth to NOT get the job. Hotels cannot find housekeepers, mainly because they are still trying to underpay them and don't schedule them realistically. If you are expected to pitch in with laundry, or double-check rooms that other housekeepers have done, you should get a higher hourly rate in either situation. You will have to ask for it.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||September 18, 2023 5:46 PM
They literally just want a warm body. If you want the job, you'll have it.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||September 18, 2023 6:04 PM
OMG they will think you’re overqualified.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||September 18, 2023 6:24 PM
So when do we see the offer letter? Or did they fuck up a maid’s job? Or are they some lame-ass EST troll?
|by Anonymous||reply 54||September 18, 2023 7:57 PM
I'm OP. I did the interview a few hours ago. I don't think it went well.
First of all, the hotel has three different entrances and I went to the wrong one, so that made me almost late. I don't drive so walked to the interview, so I looked sweaty and gross. I'm not good with small talk and the whole thing was just awkward. The manager asked me why I want to work there, that this job is different to anything I've listed on my resume. I said I'm just looking to support myself and I know I'd be good at the job. IDK, she didn't seem impressed and had an aloof attitude.
She said she'd contact me within the next few days with a decision.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||September 18, 2023 8:23 PM
R55, OP, if true and you really need the job, you need to change your resume and look/act the part. Don't tell them you need a job to get by as they will interpret that as you will take a better job and leave asap.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||September 18, 2023 8:30 PM
This is lame. Over and out.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||September 18, 2023 8:34 PM
OP if this isn't an EST, then you should come back and update when you hear news. We are rooting for you.
If this IS an EST, then fuck off, and I hope you get scabies for wasting our time.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||September 18, 2023 8:59 PM
you don't need high qualifications for this job. they will take anyone...including you.
|by Anonymous||reply 60||September 18, 2023 9:09 PM
[quote] I don't drive so walked to the interview, so I looked sweaty and gross. I'm not good with small talk and the whole thing was just awkward. The manager asked me why I want to work there, that this job is different to anything I've listed on my resume. I said I'm just looking to support myself and I know I'd be good at the job. IDK, she didn't seem impressed and had an aloof attitude.
Don't beat yourself up over this. You weren't late for the interview. Housekeeping involves manual labor and, possible, sweating. Some people just bring their attitude into an interaction, no matter how hard you try.
As for changing your resume - yeah, have someone proofread it. But it is what it is. You can't add on experience in this particular field.
Good luck on your next interview.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||September 18, 2023 9:14 PM
Op even if you think it didn’t go well you may have a chance, as long as you look presentable and are willing to work you have options. Just keep trying and don’t give up.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||September 18, 2023 10:56 PM
It may be salvageable. Get a nice card and neatly write a thank you for the interview. Tell her that you enjoyed meeting her. Apologize if you came off as nervous, but that you were because despite your lack of similar experience because you really want this job. Let her know that you enjoy cleaning, as weird as that is. Then thank her for her time whatever the outcome, but that you’d appreciate it if she’d keep you in mind for future opportunities if she doesn’t think this one is a good fit.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||September 18, 2023 11:43 PM
Hi R64, nice to see you too.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||September 19, 2023 12:08 AM
"Let her know that you enjoy cleaning, as weird as that is"
R63 That's not the least bit weird, and what terrible advice. "I enjoy doing your weird job."
|by Anonymous||reply 66||September 19, 2023 1:55 AM
R56 has given you some good advice. You need to get better interview skills, no wonder you've vern unemployed so long.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||September 19, 2023 2:04 AM
Sending a card after shooting the pooch at an interview is a useless move….and pretty dumb.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||September 19, 2023 2:43 AM
That card would be tossed straight into the trash….after being passed around for a good laugh in HR
|by Anonymous||reply 71||September 19, 2023 2:44 AM
Just be happy, calm and ask them questions.
An interview is more like a trust exercise. If you trust them they'll trust you. To have them like you, you have to like them.
So you must see the good in them. Aside from this shit they do called an interview, they're a normal, relatable person. Talk to them. They probably don't want to be doing this either, it gets tedious listening to dumb bs-y answers. Be real, but polite.
Move somewhere you have more options.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||September 19, 2023 3:02 AM
I'm glad I'm retrospect I didn't get hired at some places. I was so nervous in the in person interview. Like, "will I get the job?" "What do they want to hear?" "What would a normal person say?"
I got shut out of two jobs, then the job I applied to about 3 times called me during a time I was struggling to feed myself, but had a job I liked. I was thinking "yeah I probably won't get it and I'm literally fucking starving but whatever!" and I greeted the interviews with a big Hello! and was friendly and asked questions and explained what I did and bragged a little about how great I was. I figured I fell short of the expectations but I got it!
So don't get wrapped up in the head games. If you do, the place probably sucks to make you feel that way. Power tripping people. I hate that hierarchial bullshit. Reminds we of a plantation. We all live under the same sky. Know you're deserving and if they don't see it, their loss.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||September 19, 2023 3:16 AM
There’s some very good advice on this thread such as R73 above.
OP, up to you whether to send a thank you card or not. I’ve hired a lot of people over the years. It’s a sign you have manners and follow-through.
|by Anonymous||reply 74||September 19, 2023 10:03 AM
The key to a good job interview is to ask them questions. It gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your interest and knowledge of the company and also provides a vital opportunity to gain a fuller understanding of the role you’re interviewing for and puts you in an active, level position with the interviewer. Smile, make conversation and all that.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||September 19, 2023 10:48 AM
This is a job as a cleaner, folks. Get real.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||September 19, 2023 10:55 AM
Of course it’s an EST, though I commend the OP for the rare follow-through.
|by Anonymous||reply 77||September 19, 2023 1:19 PM
I agree about the follow up thank you note.Send one. Nothing elaborate. You've gotten some good suggestions. I think no matter what kind of job you're interviewing for, it's important to try to put yourself in their shoes in the sense that you need to figure out the basics in terms of what they are looking for. They want someone they feel comfortable with. Someone who is reliable, and someone who is trustworthy. In the case of this particular job, they don't want some immature guy who is going to lie about the work he didn't do, and who spends 50% of his work time on his phone. They don't want someone who is habitually late and constantly making excuses. They don't want someone who has attitude and stirs up conflict with coworkers. Your job at the interview is to make them feel comfortable. Asking questions is a good way to start. Show some interest in the place. If you have a brief but charming story to tell, it helps.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||September 19, 2023 3:18 PM
In this case, I don't think I'd send any thank you note or e-mail.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||September 19, 2023 3:22 PM
In general, a follow-up thank you note is a nice touch. If nothing else, it reminds them of you… especially useful when there’s a large number of applicants. However, for a hotel housekeeping job, the thank you note just might be overkill.
As others have said, you’ve already gotten good advice here. In case it’s not obvious, I’ll add a couple of tips.
>If the interview destination is not entirely clear to you, scope it out in advance (such as a large complex, multiple entrances). >If you’re prone to sweating, wear clothes where it won’t be as obvious (i.e., dark colors). >Finally, just be yourself. OK, a calm, pleasant, gently edited version of yourself. I mean, the interviewer/s might appear to be on top of things, in control. But they’re just as likely nose-picking, cousin-fucking alcoholics. Remember that. They’re no better than you. Then relax.
|by Anonymous||reply 80||September 19, 2023 4:06 PM
Does anyone know of a cure for scabies?
|by Anonymous||reply 81||September 19, 2023 5:30 PM
Fart loudly. It's a great ice breaker.
|by Anonymous||reply 83||September 19, 2023 6:07 PM
OP, keep applying for jobs. Don't allow yourself to be filled with anxiety and dwell on every single interview second guessing yourself. Go to Costco and Sam's Club, to apply. And BTW: Unless you are allergic, or scared of animals, start walking dogs, or better still apply for a job and the many doggie day care places that are everywhere these days. For some reason, people think their poor doggies shouldn't spend so much time alone so they put them in day care two or three or five times a week. Be a house sitter. Can you do tutoring?
|by Anonymous||reply 84||September 19, 2023 8:55 PM
OP there are customer service jobs available where you don't even have to leave home. Amazon, Comcast, etc. Keep looking. And remember, every interview you do, you will get better at it.
|by Anonymous||reply 85||September 19, 2023 8:56 PM
I can’t tell how much satire there is in these “helpful” replies for a maid.
|by Anonymous||reply 86||September 19, 2023 9:18 PM
There’s two essential requirements for the job: show up on time and be able to lift a mattress.
Op couldn’t even meet the first requirement. Case closed.
|by Anonymous||reply 87||September 19, 2023 9:34 PM
The big open question is why OP doesn't own a car.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||September 20, 2023 2:14 AM
Dress for the job you want.
In this case get some squiggly little tattoos on the web of skin between your thumb and forefinger, then shave off your eyebrows and pencil them back in.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||September 20, 2023 2:36 AM
r90 I still haven't heard back.
|by Anonymous||reply 91||September 20, 2023 9:33 PM
I didn’t get it!! They wanted someone who could strut in 7-inch hooker heels. 😞
|by Anonymous||reply 92||September 20, 2023 11:34 PM
OP if this is really you, at R92, I am sorry. Just don't dwell on it. Keep applying. Good ideas in this thread. The more you interview the better you'll get.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||September 20, 2023 11:39 PM
Sorry, OP. Keep your chin up and try again.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||September 21, 2023 3:47 AM