Second interview at Hotel Marriott

@elitess (5072)
Ipswich, England
January 7, 2010 3:32pm CST
Well in December last year i was at an interview at Hotel Marriott for an internship for 6 months. I thought it went good, but i didn't hear from them for a while, but yesterday i got a phone call from them and tomorrow i am going for my second interview. This time it will be with the Director of Human Resources. This is the first time i get past the first interview (or there is another one required) so i am a bit excited and don't know what to expect. Have you ever tried out for a job and had to go for more then one interview ? If so, how many ? What should i expect on the second interview ? Another aspect that i am interested in knowing is: would you go for an internship that is not paid, but could launch your carrier in a real job domain (well paid and likable job) ?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
7 Jan 10
GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!! I think this 2nd interview is a good sign. I have no idea what they will ask you but just be your friendly self & be honest. Don't think u will go wrong. How long is the internship. I would be a little bit leary of not getting paid. Do u have at least a guarantee of a job when u finish?
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@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
7 Jan 10
Hi there Antique Lady and thanks for the prompt response. The internship will last for 6 months and as for getting a job, they didn't said they guarantee a job, because of the financial times, but they did said if i do complete the internship i will be on top of their list when a post does come available. Anyway i think this would be a step forward for me, as it would mean a lot to have an experience of 6 months at a well renown hotel like Marriott.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
7 Jan 10
I'm sure it would be awfully good experience. I wish u lots of luck.
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@esjosh (915)
• India
8 Jan 10
All of first, Wish you all the very best for the interview. I got my current job after 6 interviews. 1. Against the R&D-F&D Manager, He selected me, but the last question he asked by :Are you interested in RESEARCH?" I answered "NO" and he put me in the "Potential" List for some other opening. 2. Then a Production Manager interviewed me, I said "I don't wanna work in Production" 3. Then the third one held against the QA Manager, that was ultimate experience, I got the job I wanted. Then the rest three interviews were held like this 4. Against the VP-Technical. 5. Manager - HR 6. VP - HR Got the Offer Letter. Ooooooopsssss.
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@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
8 Jan 10
Hi there EsJosh. You must be really good to not be rejected after saying no several times :) Thanks for sharing this experience.
@esjosh (915)
• India
8 Jan 10
You can get everything in life you wish for, just your wish must be pure, and enough powerful to over come any greedy thing you are bing offered on for your wish. Anyways let us know what happened at your interview???
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@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
9 Jan 10
AS i said below, the interview went fairly o.k. but i don't think i was the only candidate left, but rather one of the few on the short list made from the first interview. When i was living the facility there was a girl / woman waiting with a similar temporary tag like i had, that was surely waiting for an interview. I am guessing she was also a candidate for this as the hotel doesn't have job offerings at the moment... I was told that mostly women work in the human resources field (in this hotel there are 5 women for example) and after the internship, assuming i do get it, the only way of getting a job also would be one of this situations: 1) one of them gets promoted 2) one of them gets fired / leaves 3) one of them get's pregnant Otherwise, watching the economic prognostics at the moment it is highly unlikely for me to be offered a job after this internship. Well i was then promised a response by the end of the month so all i can do now is wait.
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
8 Jan 10
Oh cool! Glad to hear that great news. They might have been really late in calling back but its good that they actually did call. Better late than never right? I havent had formal interviews yet, with all the business suits and a grueling one on one kinda deal. I just had informal interviews and those are just formalities anyway. So I cant really tell exactly what the second interview holds. I do know that when you get past the first interview there is a huge chance that you're going to get it.^_^ As for your last question, well, I think I would only accept that internship without pay if and only if there is a guaranteed job at the end of the internship. I wouldnt really want to go through the trouble of looking for another job and start all over again. It can be good to have work experience but still.. I would also always have a Plan B. If they offer me the internship without pay, I wouldnt mind taking it as long as I get to have a second job(maybe part time) that does have pay. Another possibility is that I would take the internship and make the most out of it. I mean take advantage of the opportunity to get to know all the right people, extend my network so that I might have an idea as to where I could start again when the internship is over. That's just me anyway, Goodluck!
@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
8 Jan 10
Hello dear. Well i understand what your saying and your are correct to think like this, nevertheless i can't take another job with both internship and master degree studies (unless it is only part-part time , like only a day in the weekend or something). I also have the online stream of cash (which is pretty small, but still counts as i plan to get a nice 50$ minimum by the end of the spring).
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
8 Jan 10
Oh right! Sorry, had memory gap there for a minute. I was thinking waay ahead into the future with that response(finished with all studies, masters, post-graduate, etc.^_^).
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@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
7 Jan 10
Congratulations on your second interview. I am always on the lookout myself for the next higher paying job, and I've gone through lots of interviews. I'm not sure what they'll ask you, and all I know is that all companies are different. You will get the sense after the first few minutes with your interviewer. If you feel that they are just asking standard questions, then get prepared to give your standard questions. But if it already the Director of Human Resources, I would assume that from their screening, you've already match all their qualifications. They will just be looking for personality, if it is a good fit. My advise, be very honest! On what you feel and what you expect from the job. If they don't hire you, it wouldn't mean you failed. It just means that you wouldn't like the job yourself after some time. About the internship, go for it. Landing a job at these difficult-recession times, is hard. If by interning, you'd get some assurance in the future then why not? Also, an internship also counts as job experience in your resume. Which might be handy for you down the road. Good luck.
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@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
8 Jan 10
Hi there Bounce. Thanks for all your input, you have some really good suggestions here. Take care !
@bounce58 (17524)
• Canada
12 Jan 10
Thanks for the BR tag! And goodluck with other options.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
8 Jan 10
Congratulations...for passing the first round of interview. Being called for the second interview is almost confirming that you'll get the job. It is just formality for the hotel management to get you to spill out further particulars about you. On the job training is good as it will lay your foundation of the job and ease the management to post where they see fits you well. Yes, I have been to such situation where I have to go for the 2nd interview just to get them to familiarize with me.
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@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
8 Jan 10
Hello Zandi. I recently came back from the second interview and while the director of H&R was trying to get to know me better, i don't think i have yet been chosen, as i was leaving there was another girl there waiting... probably for the interview as well. Well i was promised to get a response by the end of the month, so it's now up to them, out of my hands.
• China
8 Jan 10
hello elitess,wish you have a good luck. have you just gratuated from college and without any experience? and if it is very difficult for you to find a good job at present situation? don't you have the other good choice to work? if so,i suggest you to work for Hotel Marriott without any payment for 6 month,and prepare enough money for life cost fee in this time. don't worry abou the 2nd interview,it is very common for the big company to employ staff like this. please be relax and be honest,just show your advantage side to the company and your enthusiasm for the job.i think these two points are very important to the director of human resources.
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@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
8 Jan 10
Hello and thanks for responding. Well the only job offerings at the moment are below my lowest minimum (under which i wouldn't work) and trust me i am not with a high minimum standard, but it's the financial troubled times that we are dealing with. I want this internship, as it might be the gateway to my career, at this hotel or elsewhere.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
10 Jan 10
Congratulations on your second interview, that is a really good sign for sure. If you are accepted is your internship unpaid? It is a difficult decision but if this is the line of work you have your heart set on it would probably be worth not getting paid for a while as it may lead to a good career and it will be good to have on your C.V., very impressive; you will learn a lot. I had articles published and I did not get paid when I first started writing and even now I am not always lucky to receive decent payment but I am doing what I love...I hope you are successful, let us know how you go...
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@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
10 Jan 10
Many of the jobs I have had, requested one or two extra interviews. I treated them all the same, you should expect to meet someone different then the first person, who will ask pretty much the same questions, then they compare notes later on. Me personally, I would offer unpaid service for a trial time, in a position that would get me a few years ahead if it was successful.
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@dragon54u (31608)
• United States
9 Jan 10
If I could afford it (and was young enough) I would definitely go for an unpaid internship that would launch a well-paying and enjoyable career! Is that what this is for you? Getting a second interview is a real accomplishment. That means you were more qualified and personable than most of the people the interviewed first. I hope you get the job if you want it!
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• Malaysia
9 Jan 10
Hi, elitess! Firstly, CONGRATS and I wish you all the best in your second interview. Based on my past experience, usually a second interview means that there is 99% chance of being offered a job placement. So, make use of it to impress the HR Director and show your eagerness to learn and commitment to work. I was once an intern in one of the hotels and resorts at my place. I have also undergone the six-month training, but I was given an allowance as it was a collaboration between the Human Resource Bureau with the hotel. If you have the passion in this field, it will surely guarantee you with a wide career development and I can tell you that I am still in the hotel and tourism industry for many years now. I think the pay depends mostly on your skills and experience as most hotels offer service points and rewarding basic salary. Good luck once again.
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• United States
8 Jan 10
I would take a non-paid internship if it would help me in my career path! I have had second interviews but cant remember what they asked basically whom ever interviewed you before thought you had potential and now you get to be interviewed by someone that has higher power in the company. good luck!
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• Philippines
8 Jan 10
If you have enough cash to spend daily, then I suggest you go for that internship, you could be absorbed and get hired by Marriot after you satisfy them with your performance as an intern. Be confident, at least you got this chance for a second interview, be yourself, and keep smiling all throughout. Goodluck
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@angela018 (143)
• Philippines
8 Jan 10
goodluck elitess.. just be confident and relax and be ready in your interview in hotel marriot!.. a nice and elegant hotel..
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@williamjisir (22905)
• China
8 Jan 10
Hello elitess. It is good news to hear that you have already got your second round for the interview. I am very glad to know that in the hope that you will be able to win the last step to be enrolled by the hotel. Here in China, we don't get paid during the time working as in intern. But I think that it is good for one to have a chance for practice before working as an employee eventually as you will be able to get some working experience before you get your final job you wish to. Good luck with you, friend.
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@callarse1 (4793)
• United States
7 Jan 10
Good luck. Yes, take the internship because you can use it for experience. No, I never had to go back for a second interview. I've had to go through two interviews on the same day with different people for the job, but not having to go back. However, it is totally up to you. If you don't want to take it, then don't. It could be hard because you'd have to drive there and do work and not get paid. However, it would be good to take it if you can get a better job with their company.
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@Hatley (164755)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Jan 10
hi elitess sounds like you really are going to get hired there, with that second interview with the director of Human Resources. I have never had to do that, but it sound like you could very well get hired. Yes an internship can lead to a very good job. good luck and God Bless.
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