Finding a Job After Graduation – The Walk-in Interview
Liz here – proud Job Placement Coordinator for the expert schools of Mixology Wine Institute. My blog efforts are geared to MWI grads and answers important questions about the job search process.
This blog’s focus deals with how to visit a restaurant and apply in person. If you’re a current student you may have already be planning to do a lot of that immediately after graduation. Good idea!
In class we taught you what to wear, what to bring, and what time to visit to an interview.
But a good question is, “What do I do when I meet the manager?”
Intoxicologist on the Indeed.com forum answers this question quite almost perfectly:
“Before walking into an establishment, you must realize that in their ‘off-hours,’ hiring managers are inundated with requests for face-time by everyone – from wait staff to wine & liquor salespeople.
Be respectful of that manager’s time.
Express what makes you special as an applicant, and what you can bring to the table.
Sum it up in a few sentences.
Think of yourself as a salesperson and you are selling yourself.
Managers don’t want to hear about how you’ve always wanted to mix drinks and entertain people, and that you like all kinds of people.
Make sure your personal sales pitch focuses on what you can do for THEM, not how this job would make YOU happy.
They want to know how you will save them time and money and bring in business = $$$ to make their life easier.
Be truthful. Embellish, but never lie.
Staple a business card to your 1-page resume.
The card may go in someone’s pocket even if the resume gets folded in half and misplaced somewhere.
Be polite & persistent, but never pushy.
The least attractive attribute of a prospective or new employee is a ‘know-it-all’ attitude.
You are your best advocate.”
Intoxicologist emphasizes the focus of your visit => selling yourself to the hiring manager as their best choice.
However, I would also like to add that it’s good to be pleasant and polite with all employees in the restaurant, since they will talk about you when you leave, and that it’s helpful to be flexible around the needs of your employers.
Remember there are many great jobs available! There is no need to worry excessively about each place you apply.
Do your best, and then go on to the next.
You only need one job to start your mixology career!