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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 Anonymousreply 113October 16, 2023 4:17 AM

Bring some Lemon Pledge

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by Anonymousreply 1September 18, 2023 12:07 PM

Tell them you're very experienced at cleaning kitchens.

Nudge. Nudge. Wink. Wink.

by Anonymousreply 2September 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 Anonymousreply 3September 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 Anonymousreply 4September 18, 2023 12:25 PM

Does your Mommy know you’re on Datalounge?

by Anonymousreply 5September 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 Anonymousreply 6September 18, 2023 12:37 PM

Good luck op, just be yourself.

by Anonymousreply 7September 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 Anonymousreply 8September 18, 2023 1:13 PM

J Lo, Maid in Manhattan stopped filming a LONG time ago.

by Anonymousreply 9September 18, 2023 1:22 PM

As if.

by Anonymousreply 10September 18, 2023 1:24 PM

Say youre a diligent person, pay attention to details and proper procedures. Good luck, OP.

by Anonymousreply 11September 18, 2023 1:29 PM

Make sure you can pass a drug test, OP. No worries.

by Anonymousreply 12September 18, 2023 1:33 PM

Rut can be good.

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by Anonymousreply 13September 18, 2023 1:37 PM

OP? You is kind, you is smart. You is important.

by Anonymousreply 14September 18, 2023 1:41 PM

OP have you been collecting the unemployment?

by Anonymousreply 15September 18, 2023 1:41 PM

Don’t be a busybody. Don’t meddle in other peoples’ business

by Anonymousreply 16September 18, 2023 1:46 PM

OP? Are you a man?

by Anonymousreply 17September 18, 2023 1:48 PM

Relax OP. They need you just as much as you might need them.

by Anonymousreply 18September 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 Anonymousreply 19September 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 Anonymousreply 20September 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 Anonymousreply 21September 18, 2023 2:05 PM

*and look orderly

by Anonymousreply 22September 18, 2023 2:10 PM

Pop a Molly and offer your hooking services, bitch!

by Anonymousreply 23September 18, 2023 2:11 PM

Offering to give handies or blowies to the guests will increase your tips, OP.

Good luck!

by Anonymousreply 24September 18, 2023 2:17 PM

Do you have enough time to watch an episode of Hazel?

by Anonymousreply 25September 18, 2023 2:39 PM

Is the hotel the Bellagio? Don't wear your good heels there.

by Anonymousreply 26September 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 Anonymousreply 27September 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 Anonymousreply 28September 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 Anonymousreply 29September 18, 2023 3:03 PM

*worst summer jobs*

by Anonymousreply 30September 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 Anonymousreply 31September 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 Anonymousreply 32September 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 Anonymousreply 33September 18, 2023 3:19 PM

Remember to be the Vivian Vance you want to see in others.

by Anonymousreply 34September 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 Anonymousreply 35September 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 Anonymousreply 36September 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 Anonymousreply 37September 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 Anonymousreply 38September 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 Anonymousreply 39September 18, 2023 3:29 PM

Tell them you main goal is to buy yourself a good car. Not new, but reliable.

by Anonymousreply 40September 18, 2023 3:30 PM

How did it go?

by Anonymousreply 41September 18, 2023 3:42 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 Anonymousreply 42September 18, 2023 3:44 PM

I'm Kay, not Alice. I don't like chit-chat.

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by Anonymousreply 43September 18, 2023 3:51 PM

What is your age, sex, and location. Are you Mexican?

by Anonymousreply 44September 18, 2023 4:05 PM

Why would you ask if the OP is Mexican, Becky?

by Anonymousreply 45September 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 Anonymousreply 46September 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 Anonymousreply 47September 18, 2023 4:27 PM

I hope to god you brushed your teeth and used mouthwash - nasty stale breath is a definite NO.

by Anonymousreply 48September 18, 2023 4:33 PM

r44 Grow up, dumb troll - glad you're already gray lined.

by Anonymousreply 49September 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 Anonymousreply 50September 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 Anonymousreply 51September 18, 2023 5:46 PM

They literally just want a warm body. If you want the job, you'll have it.

by Anonymousreply 52September 18, 2023 6:04 PM

OMG they will think you’re overqualified.

by Anonymousreply 53September 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 Anonymousreply 54September 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 Anonymousreply 55September 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 Anonymousreply 56September 18, 2023 8:30 PM

This is lame. Over and out.

by Anonymousreply 57September 18, 2023 8:34 PM

r52 "literally"

Oh, dear!

by Anonymousreply 58September 18, 2023 8:50 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 Anonymousreply 59September 18, 2023 8:59 PM

you don't need high qualifications for this job. they will take anyone...including you.

by Anonymousreply 60September 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 Anonymousreply 61September 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 Anonymousreply 62September 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 Anonymousreply 63September 18, 2023 11:43 PM

Ugh gtfo ElderLez

by Anonymousreply 64September 18, 2023 11:57 PM

Hi R64, nice to see you too.

by Anonymousreply 65September 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 Anonymousreply 66September 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 Anonymousreply 67September 19, 2023 2:04 AM


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by Anonymousreply 68September 19, 2023 2:31 AM

Watch reruns of "Hazel."

by Anonymousreply 69September 19, 2023 2:39 AM

Sending a card after shooting the pooch at an interview is a useless move….and pretty dumb.

by Anonymousreply 70September 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 Anonymousreply 71September 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 Anonymousreply 72September 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 Anonymousreply 73September 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 Anonymousreply 74September 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 Anonymousreply 75September 19, 2023 10:48 AM

This is a job as a cleaner, folks. Get real.

by Anonymousreply 76September 19, 2023 10:55 AM

Of course it’s an EST, though I commend the OP for the rare follow-through.

by Anonymousreply 77September 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 Anonymousreply 78September 19, 2023 3:18 PM

In this case, I don't think I'd send any thank you note or e-mail.

by Anonymousreply 79September 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 Anonymousreply 80September 19, 2023 4:06 PM

Does anyone know of a cure for scabies?

by Anonymousreply 81September 19, 2023 5:30 PM

R81 Kwell/Lindane

by Anonymousreply 82September 19, 2023 5:34 PM

Fart loudly. It's a great ice breaker.

by Anonymousreply 83September 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 Anonymousreply 84September 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 Anonymousreply 85September 19, 2023 8:56 PM

I can’t tell how much satire there is in these “helpful” replies for a maid.

by Anonymousreply 86September 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 Anonymousreply 87September 19, 2023 9:34 PM

The big open question is why OP doesn't own a car.

by Anonymousreply 88September 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 Anonymousreply 89September 20, 2023 2:36 AM

OP, did you get the job?

by Anonymousreply 90September 20, 2023 2:38 AM

r90 I still haven't heard back.

by Anonymousreply 91September 20, 2023 9:33 PM

I didn’t get it!! They wanted someone who could strut in 7-inch hooker heels. 😞

by Anonymousreply 92September 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 Anonymousreply 93September 20, 2023 11:39 PM

Sorry, OP. Keep your chin up and try again.

by Anonymousreply 94September 21, 2023 3:47 AM

damn you're fucking hopeless. can't even get a cleaning job!

by Anonymousreply 95September 25, 2023 12:18 AM

Make sure to bring up any medical problems you may have, during the interview -- Fibro, etc. This will let them know how they need to accomodate you.

by Anonymousreply 96September 25, 2023 12:28 AM

You could have kept your job if you actually did something!

by Anonymousreply 97September 25, 2023 1:10 AM

When you’re from Buffalo, you have to do something.

by Anonymousreply 98September 25, 2023 1:11 AM

R98 [on being from Buffalo] Someone had to do it!

by Anonymousreply 99September 25, 2023 1:14 AM


I emailed the interviewer yesterday and asked. She told me that I didn't get the job, that they chose somebody with more experience instead.

by Anonymousreply 100September 28, 2023 3:01 PM

If you're actually good at cleaning, how about starting a small cleaning business? You can start as a one-person business and see where it goes.

You might need insurance, so I'd be careful about that. (In other words, get insurance.)

by Anonymousreply 101September 28, 2023 3:19 PM

Thanks for updating us, OP. Sorry that it didn't work out, but just dust yourself off and keep applying for jobs.

Sometimes, the jobs you apply for with a "I'll never get this, but it sounds cool so what the fuck" are the jobs you actually end up getting. Maybe give that a try!

Good luck with your future applications and I really hope you get something soon. Many companies are ramping up for the holiday season so you might benefit from their "Seasonal Help" need right now.

by Anonymousreply 102September 28, 2023 3:26 PM

OP, if you aren't afraid of dogs and cats, and you like pets, be a sitter. You take dogs out for a walk once or twice a day, make sure their food and water needs are taken care of and you leave. Same with cats. no need to walk them, but once a day make sure they're fed and watered. Maybe empty the litter box. It's free money too. You can arrange it any way you like making the owners pay cash every week or check by the month, etc. A friend of mine started doing it as a stop gap to pay bills a couple of years ago, and she was making close to $1,000 a week. Now she is worked as a customer service rep for Amazon, working from home and she is still a pet minder. Doing very well. Put some notices on bulletin boards in supermarkets, and in the lobby of some nearby apartment buildings. Ask around. It will help.

by Anonymousreply 103September 28, 2023 3:28 PM


by Anonymousreply 104September 29, 2023 6:56 AM

R103 OP if you do consider being a pet sitter, make sure you are specific about the size of the pets you're willing to care for.

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by Anonymousreply 106September 29, 2023 10:04 PM

I can get you a job at the baths, Mary.

by Anonymousreply 107October 16, 2023 12:58 AM

R100 did you email back and tell her she was a fat cunt?

by Anonymousreply 108October 16, 2023 1:04 AM

Where do you live? I thought employers are desperate for workers in these kind of minimum wage roles.

by Anonymousreply 109October 16, 2023 1:23 AM

Tell them you've been in charge of cleaning your church for years. They will assume you are good and honest because you go to church and that you know how to clean and can manage yourself if needed. It's bragging without bragging about your good character.

by Anonymousreply 110October 16, 2023 2:45 AM

Find someone to play the role of your priest if they want a reference.

by Anonymousreply 111October 16, 2023 2:46 AM

I’m available.

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