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Topic: Ski Total, Inghams, Esprit interview
Posted By: baldy
Subject: Ski Total, Inghams, Esprit interview
Date Posted: 04 July 2011 at 18:21
Hi all, 

I have an interview tomorrow in London for the companies mentioned in the 'subject'. I applied through www.workaseason.com and the position I have applied for is a chalet assistant. I was wandering if other people have had interviews with them, and could give me a heads up on what sort of questions to expect and also what people did for the task you are asked to prepare (I've already planned my task presentation. I'm just interested to see what others have come up with).

please get back to me as I'm really nervous!

Thanks :)



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Posted By: The Untouchable One
Date Posted: 07 July 2011 at 19:54
Hey mate, how did the interview go fella? I'm pretty interested in looking at doing a skiing season myself so I'm just wondering the process you went through? I hope it's not too late to apply! Thanks


Posted By: andy2u
Date Posted: 09 July 2011 at 18:00
Hey mate. Hope your interview went well! 

What did they have you doing? I've looked at their website and the presentation looks a bit daunting! How did it go?


Posted By: baldy
Date Posted: 10 July 2011 at 15:37
 The interview went a lot better than I anticipated and I got a phone call the next day telling me that I have the job.
for this particular company I applied through the www.workaseason.com website but there are absolutely hundreds of season jobs on www.natives.co.uk and I certainly don't think it's too late in the game to apply.

In the actual interview the two ladies interviewing us all (it was a group interview) were really friendly. Making us all feel so much more relaxed and at ease. firstly we went round the group each talking for 1 minute about ourselves and why we wanted this job, then we went back round the group doing our presentations. I was so nervous at this stage because I rarely stand up and speak in front of a group of people I don't know so this was quite scary for me. However once I got into the flow of it and made them laugh once or twice I felt a lot more calm. Following this part of the interview we were separated into two groups and asked to design a paper plane and name it, we then had a contest between the two groups to see which one got the farthest. At this stage our two interviewers then left the room to discuss who they think would be good enough to progress to the second stage of the interview and luckily for everyone in the group we all got to stay! In the second stage they showed us a presentation about Ski Total, Inghams and Esprit Ski and asked us quite generic questions such as "what is team work?" but make sure you speak up because it's a group interview so you need to get yourself heard. One of the final stages of the interview was a written task, asking you questions related to your job role most of them were common sense though so it was fine. in total the interview lasted for about 2.5 hours but honestly, it flew by as the interviewers were so down to earth and fun!

If you do get an interview through workaseason spend some time thinking about your presentation and don't give them the generic "speech" that they've seen hundreds of times already. try and get the group involved, make it funny or use props. I did and I got the job. when they called me the next day to offer me the job the lady also commented again on how much she enjoyed my presentation. (sorry for sounding a bit bigheaded there, i'm just trying to help Tongue)

Good Luck!


Posted By: eganp
Date Posted: 11 July 2011 at 13:45
Well done.

What did you actually do for your presentation and what sort of things did other people do?
It sounds a very strange interview format, not sure I like the sound of it.
Do you recommend going for it even if you are very nervous and it doesn't sound like your thing standing up in front of people doing a presentation!
Oh and how formal is it, e.g dress code etc?

Look forward to your response.


Posted By: baldy
Date Posted: 11 July 2011 at 15:59
one girl had a hula hoops and did her entire talk whilst spinning the hula hoop round her waist, showing/saying that she can multi-task, isn't afraid to put herself out there things like that. other people applying for kitchen jobs brought in food they had made and talked about that and their passion for cooking, another girl was applying for a child care role so got us all to sing a song she knows that she often uses to get kids to interact and get to know eachother. 

I definitely recommend going to the interview, it does seem like a strange format however it was the most enjoyable interview I've ever been too! 

I went in a suit, and so did the other 2 blokes in my interview, Ski Total say you can never be too smart for an interview on some website, i can't remember which one though so I can't quote exactly. but it's definitely something like that. so yeah, go suited and booted! Do you have an interview with them?


Posted By: ZoeMaddox
Date Posted: 13 July 2011 at 16:20
Hey,
 
I just got an e-mail from the same company and have an interview with them on the 27th of July for a chalet assistant position too! I'm still waiting for my confirmation e-mail as I've only just set up the date and stuff. I'm really excited for it but a bit nervous about these presentations! Hopefully I'll have more of an idea once I have all my information come through!
 
Zoe


Posted By: andy2u
Date Posted: 13 July 2011 at 16:54
Cheers for all this advice. It's been really helpful. 

Can I ask what you did for your 5 minute presentation. I've got an interview with workaseason next Wednesday and I'm not really sure what to do.

I've applied to be a chalet host and was going to cook some cakes (I figured everyone likes a cake) and chat about how I made them and how I'd be good for the job as I really like cooking and skiing.  

As a recent engineering graduate, I'm looking forward to the paper plane building!


Posted By: andy2u
Date Posted: 21 July 2011 at 15:13
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what a prat I am


Posted By: ZoeMaddox
Date Posted: 21 July 2011 at 16:45
Oh no, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy your interview!
Sounds like there's a lot to do in it though which worries me a little.
I had a group interview for Alpine Elements today and really enjoyed it. It wasn't any where near as stressful as yours was. Very relaxed atmosphere and a lovely interviewer.
That interview was for a position as a resort rep, but I have one with this company for chalet assisstant next week. Not sure whether I want to be a chalet assistant though now, think I would much prefer resort rep!
 


Posted By: baldy
Date Posted: 21 July 2011 at 21:22
Hey man, 
don't sweat, I thought my interview went horrifically, and I got the job. Hopefully you have too. What resort did you ask to go to? 


Posted By: nfnpete
Date Posted: 29 July 2011 at 01:17
I had an interview yesterday morning in Manchester.  I also thought I had messed it up pretty badly, however I got a call today offering me a place in a bar in Cervinia.  Really happy with this as I spent a fair bit of time in the exact bar when I was out in Cervinia in January, seemed like a great place to work.  Like others have said, the interview itself was pretty fun and relaxed, i think the interviewers done a really good job at making sure everyone felt somewhat relaxed and at ease throughout. 
 
There were about 15 of us in the interview all applying for a number of different positions; mainly chalet hosts and snow rangers.  The interview basically began with us going round the table introducing ourselves, then round the table again doing our presentations.  Everyones presentations were really enjoyable and carried out to a high standard - i definetely felt like mine was one of the weaker ones.  Anyway, there was lots of good cakes and chocolate brownies being passed around which was definitely a bonus haha!  After the presentations, we had a group discussion about the company, working a season etc. Lastly, we were given a short 20 minute written assessment on our knowledge related to the positions we had applied for.
 
All in all, it was pretty good experience. All the other people in the interview seemed really cool and down to earth too, and i hope they were all offered positions too.  Anyway,  I'm pretty happy, can't wait to get out there and get on with it haha!  December can't come quick enough!     


Posted By: Frankyh
Date Posted: 01 August 2011 at 07:57
I had a group interview with alpine elements of today and really enjoyed it. It was not any where near as stressful as yours was.

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Posted By: ZoeMaddox
Date Posted: 01 August 2011 at 09:35
Frankyh
I had one with alpine elements over a week ago now and still havent heard the outcome. Other people have heard from them and didnt get it, so I think I am going to call today and find out. When do you find out?
 


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Date Posted: 24 September 2011 at 07:37
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Posted By: bryanwilks
Date Posted: 05 June 2013 at 18:50
Hi,

I've just applied and got an interview for a hotel assistant which is perfect.

I am wondering what item other people who went to the interview brought in as there prop to show there skills ??

could you help ??

thankyouu


Posted By: Kate_26
Date Posted: 13 June 2013 at 10:42
Hi ,
I have an interview in Newcastle in July. and I am applying for a chalet host position. In the brief I have to make chocolate brownies and present them to the interview panel. from the email it suggests that all other positions have to bring in something that reperesents them and their suitability for the job in the most interesting way possible.
 
Im guessing from what I have read on previous posts that I have to present my brownies in an interesting and fun way. Does everyone else get that impression. I also have to talk about myself for one minuet. when previous applicants have done this did you bring in props for this one or is it too short 1 min to make it work?
 
any help would be much appreciated
 
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Posted By: sianelise
Date Posted: 17 June 2013 at 17:02
Hey guys! I have an interview for Esprit Ski on the 2nd of July. As a (hopeful) Nanny I have to do an activity that I'd do with children..not sure whether to do a snow related one or just one I've done in a nursery that's gone down well before..

Does anyone have any ideas?


Posted By: emmalouiise13
Date Posted: 17 June 2013 at 19:52
Hi, 

I have one for the day after you (3rd of July) im really stuck on ideas for the activity too!!

I need help... :( 




Posted By: Cuttie995
Date Posted: 18 June 2013 at 20:54
Hey i have an interview on thursday for a nanny position and have to take
something to present to the group that shows my skills and suitability for the job
in the most creative and imaginative way possible ...

Any ideas?


Posted By: imarr2777
Date Posted: 19 June 2013 at 09:50
I have an interview next week for a Bar supervisor...any ideas on what a good practical activity it?


Posted By: M.Anson
Date Posted: 20 June 2013 at 14:11
I have got an interview tuesday in newcastle and i was wondering if anyone has any ideas on what to do as the activity as i'm currently a little bit stuck on what to do..



Posted By: Tlambert28
Date Posted: 24 June 2013 at 13:28
Hi Everyone, pretty much in the same boat as everyone else, although I have an interview for a maintenance position on the 17th July in Manchester.

Has anyone had previous interview experience for the same position??


Posted By: Tlambert28
Date Posted: 26 June 2013 at 19:54
How did the interview go? Any clues on what I could expect....?


Posted By: bryanwilks
Date Posted: 26 June 2013 at 20:20
I had my interview for hotel assistant but unfortunately i was unsuccessful at this time, the interview was very well thought out everybody was so calm...but it was the fact i hadnt enough knowledge regarding hospitality or the workaseason business inc esperit ski .

The item i took in was a diary, another girl came with a bendy ruler others created posters and leaflets 

You couldnt smoke in your uniform either in your resort which isnt good haha and dont apply for the elf position....


Posted By: Kate_26
Date Posted: 26 June 2013 at 21:16
I was just wondering if there were any chalet hosts in your interview? did they have to talk about their brownies? How did other people's interviews go especially the one in Newcastle?


Posted By: sparkhallt
Date Posted: 15 July 2013 at 21:13
hello everyone i have an interview on thursday in surrey for a nanny position... does anybody else?xx


Posted By: emmalouiise13
Date Posted: 15 July 2013 at 23:00
I had mine a couple of weeks ago :) it was amazing :) I'd recommend it so much! And it was a lot less nerve racking than I thought it would be! Really worth it! Good luck! :) x


Posted By: sparkhallt
Date Posted: 17 July 2013 at 18:21
ah mines tomorow! emma what was yours for? i have been offered a job with another ski company as a private nanny but have not yet accepted as want to see what esprit is like! did you get the job? xx


Posted By: emmalouiise13
Date Posted: 17 July 2013 at 18:30
Mine was for a Nanny! Yeah I got the job woo! :) Esprit seem a really good company to work for and I'm defiantly taking the job :) x


Posted By: sparkhallt
Date Posted: 17 July 2013 at 18:36
have you got a facebook or anything i can talk to you on x 


Posted By: Emilyb2463
Date Posted: 22 July 2013 at 10:28
Hey guys :)
I've got an interview Wednesday for kitchen assistant I'm not sure what to expect, do I have to do a presentation ? What sort off things best to wear ? :) thanks guys


Posted By: purplelion
Date Posted: 23 July 2013 at 10:59
I had my interview for them a few weeks ago. You have to speak a bit about yourself and why you want to do a ski season for 1 minute at the start, followed by a bit of talking about the companies and then a quiz. We then had to do a 5 minute presentation on why you would be suitable for the job, which they ask you to bring in something for. Just bring anything in, the important bit is what you say (thats what my interviewer said anyway), but don't just stand there with nothing reciting your cv, one guy did that and he froze, make it different/interesting! try and show your personality as much as possible as this is what they want to know. Then followed by some admin stuff, talking about the job role, pros and cons, and then a test on your knowledge of the job.

In terms of what to wear, dress smart. I went in a full suit and tie and got the job, and most others were dressed similarly smart. It would probably go in your favour.


Posted By: Emilyb2463
Date Posted: 23 July 2013 at 11:51
Thats great help thank you! I'm not sure what to take with me but I'm sure ill think off something :)


Posted By: purplelion
Date Posted: 23 July 2013 at 21:12
no worries, before my interview I was in the same position of not having a clue what to expect, so am glad I can help others. just relax, make sure you've prepared, and you'll sail through it :)


Posted By: Emilyb2463
Date Posted: 23 July 2013 at 21:23
Yeah I've spent alot off time preparing its a bit different but hopefully it will be fine, thanks for the help :)


Posted By: bet
Date Posted: 29 July 2013 at 14:15
My interview is 14th August in Manchester! I'm a naturally loud ad very outgoing person, but I have no idea what to do for my task!? Any help or ideas would be brilliant, my interview is for chalet assistant, any information would be perfect!?


Posted By: purplelion
Date Posted: 01 August 2013 at 17:27
if you're naturally loud, outgoing and talkative then you'll be fine whatever you do, as long as you say/do something and link it to how it makes you good for the job.. you can do anything, my interviewer actually said she's more interested in what you had to say.. the bring an object part is just so you can show you're personality and what kind of person you are.. so make sure you utilise it! they want to see you're confident, can talk and socialise with other members and staff etc

as for idea's.. can be anything one girl who was going for shift manager made us all do salsa dancing, and that was at the start! she def must have got a job, a guy going for driver brought in a toy car and cones.. he crashed it a lot, and it broke.. but pretty sure he got the job as well.. ideas for hotel/chalet assistant.. take a shoe box of things, each one describing a personality trait or skill.. do a cleaning demonstration?.. think of a querky different way of how you can make what would be otherwise be you explaining how yourself and job fit.. as long as you don't stand there with nothing reading out your cv you'll be fine :)


Posted By: Sian123456
Date Posted: 02 August 2013 at 18:47
hey just to let you all know I got offered a job with them as a hotel assistant. They said they only had positions left in resorts in Italy, which I didn't want to go to. My interview was at the start of July.


Posted By: EmmaMc89
Date Posted: 15 August 2013 at 20:31
Anyone else got an interview at Godalming on 28th august?xx


Posted By: stacey@newcastle
Date Posted: 20 September 2013 at 00:40
hi
im knew to all this and have my first interview for a nanny position, pretty scared however reading these posts have been a great help. I have my task prepared but hoping it is suitable and I don't bore people to much.
not sure how to prepare for exam/exercise and have no idea of questions I may be asked, will these be similar questions to a private nursery interview?
also any decent sites to read up on general background of companies as seem to be finding the same information.
any information would be great, thank you


Posted By: purplelion
Date Posted: 20 September 2013 at 22:08
Originally posted by stacey@newcastle stacey@newcastle wrote:

hi
im knew to all this and have my first interview for a nanny position, pretty scared however reading these posts have been a great help. I have my task prepared but hoping it is suitable and I don't bore people to much.
not sure how to prepare for exam/exercise and have no idea of questions I may be asked, will these be similar questions to a private nursery interview?
also any decent sites to read up on general background of companies as seem to be finding the same information.
any information would be great, thank you


can't really help on the nanny exam bit.. but for the one about the companies I just read the info bits on their websites and I was fine, just look round the Inghams, Ski Total and Esprit websites and you should be allright, Inghams one has quite a bit of info on. A little tip also is that they are all part of a bigger company Hotelplan, with Inghams/Esprit/SkiTotal part of the Hotelplan UK Group Ltd part. There was a couple of questions to do with that iirc.
http://www.hotelplan.com/en/about-us/hotelplan-uk.aspx


Posted By: stacey@newcastle
Date Posted: 21 September 2013 at 09:03
hey
aww thank you this is a great help. I will look this up now :)


Posted By: Chelsar
Date Posted: 24 October 2014 at 13:21
Hi everyone,

I don't have an interview for this company but just out of interest what did the nannies/ child care people do for their presentations? I am very interested to know as I would have no idea what to do in that situation! haha 

Sounds like everyone's done well though!



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