Have you got the key skills Hotel Manager employers look for?

You’ll need to give examples of these essential competencies in your job applications and interviews to impress Hotel Manager recruiters and get hired (carry on reading or watch the post).

Hotel Manager employers place a lot of emphasis on finding candidates with the right skills and competencies for their Hotels. Depending on the Hotel sector and Hotel Department you hope to work in, there could be very specific skills, abilities and knowledge needed to do the job.

The top ten skills Hotel Manager recruiters want:

1. Commercial awareness (or business acumen)

This is about knowing how a Hotel or the Hospitality Industry works and what makes a company successful. Showing that you have an understanding of what the Hotel wants to achieve through its products and services, and how it competes in its marketplace.

2. Communication

This covers verbal and written communication and listening. It’s about being clear, concise and focused; being able to tailor your message for the audience and listening to the views of others. Not just occasionally, but consistently.

3. Teamwork

You’ll need to prove that you can be a Hotel team player and also that you have the ability to manage and delegate to others and take on responsibility. It’s about building positive working relationships that are helping everyone to achieve goals and business objectives.

4. Negotiation and persuasion

This is about being able to set out what the Hotel and Hotel team want to achieve where you work in the Hotel. It is also about being able to understand what the other person’s point of view is, so that you can both get what you want or need and feel positive about it during negotiations.

5. Problem solving

You need to display an ability to take a logical and analytical approach to solving problems and resolving issues wherever you work in the Hotel. It’s also good to show that you can approach problems from different perspectives.

6. Leadership

You may not be a Hotel Manager straight away, but new recruits need to show potential to motivate teams and other colleagues that may work with them. It’s about assigning and delegating tasks well, setting deadlines and leading by good example.

7. Organisation

This is about showing that you can prioritise, work efficiently and productively, and manage your time well. In the Hotel it’s also good to be able to show employers how you decide what is important to focus on and get done and how you go about meeting deadlines.

8. Perseverance and motivation

Employers want people to have a bit of get-up-and-go. Hotel working life presents many challenges and you need to show employers that you’re the kind of person who will find a way through, even when the going gets tough… and stay positive during the toughest of shifts.

9. Ability to work under pressure

This is about keeping calm in a crisis and not becoming too overwhelmed or stressed.

10. Confidence

In the Hotel you need to strike the balance of being confident in yourself but not arrogant, but also having confidence in your Hotel colleagues and the organization you work for.

Do you have these key skills that Hotel manager recruiters look for?

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