The Season Workers Guide: Ski Resort Work Interviews
Once you get past the application form stage you will have impress at interview in order to secure your ski job. Here are some top tips to help you get it right and maximise your chances. As with all Season Workers help guides, these tips are first hand and many are from active recruiters - the people who will be dealing with your application.
Make sure you
make a copy of the application form before you send it off and read through it before the interview.
This is all that the ski company knows about you and this is what the interview will be based on, so make sure you don't lie on the application form (especially when it comes to language skills as they will normally test you).
Be Well Informed
Find out more about the job you are being interviewed for and the company you are hoping to get a job with. Get and read through the ski firms latest brochure and study the job description. Use the Season Workers forum to find out more from people who may have worked for the company before. Make sure you read all the information you are sent before the interview, you don't want to ask a question that you should already know the answer to.
Most companies will ask why you want to work in a ski resort, so think of a good answer that fits in with the company ethos (are they hard sell, or caring and accommodating?). Good answers are not 'because you want to learn back flips' or 'get off with French people'. Better answers might be that you want to learn from the experience, it will benefit your future career etc. Most ski resort jobs are highly customer focused so inevitably at the interview you will have to give examples of good customer service you have given in the past. the same applies to ski jobs that involve cooking, you will have to convince the interviewer that you can do the job. Make sure you have thought about this and have examples prepared.
When you work with the public you will have to work with difficult customers so prepare examples of difficult situations you have dealt with and what part you played in solving a customer problem. If you don't give examples you may be put on the spot and asked to solve a theoretical problem.
The majority of ski season jobs involve team work, this will come up at the interview stage. If it is a group interview be ready to work in a team and prepare examples of when you have done this in the past - Duke of Edinburgh, member of a band, football team, university/college etc. It can be difficult to stand out in a group interview as everyone there will be in the same position, you may be asked to do group activities they will be in search for the leaders, the thinkers, the problem solvers but also those who don’t stand out one way or the other – the team players.
On the dreaded day of the interview if you have done your preparation you will stand in better stead for any ski job. It is normal to be nervous before an interview but do try and remember that the interviewer is only human, and they are also looking to impress you as there is a lot of competition out there
for decent ski resort workers. Be on time, try to get to the venue early, find where the interview is being held and then go for a drink but don’t go for a beer (they will smell it). If you are genuinely running late, try and phone ahead as your interviewer will assume that you aren’t coming (so remember to take the company phone number with you).
The initial meeting is your chance to give a good first impression. Dress smartly (it doesn’t matter that it is a seasonal position, you should still dress smartly, it gives a good first impression). A good, firm hand shake is always important (keep it brief though, it may get uncomfortable for both parties). Remember to smile. If you are successful you will more than likely be working with paying clients, so you will have to smile most of the time. Better to get used to it from the outset and smile during the interview. You may meet a receptionist or someone else from the company other than your interviewer. Ensure that you are pleasant as they will almost certainly pass on their thoughts on what you were like.
The interview is a two way process so you will be asked if you have any questions. If you can’t think of anything, ask about their training plan and future job opportunities - that always goes down well. It is also worth having a couple of questions written down in a note book, it shows that you are prepared and have made an effort.