How to get a job with Inghams

By adamrowden, 20 Jul '12 at 09:35

We have spoken to Fred Wakefield from Inghams to give you an insight into what your potential employers are looking for in their future employees.

Founded in 1934, Inghams has become the leading ski tour operator featuring almost 100 resorts from 13 countries around the world. Their collection of hand-picked hotels, apartments, chalets and chalet hotels provides an enviable mix of quality accommodation to suit all discerning skiers whatever the budget. It is the dedication, knowledge, enthusiasm and professionalism of their overseas staff that has played a huge role in Inghams being recognised as a market leader in ski holidays, including being voted the Best Ski & Activity Operator Short Haul 2009/10.

Their ski season runs from December until late April in Europe and North America during which time they employ a large overseas team including chalet and hotel staff, overseas representatives and resort managers among many many more. They even employ staff for their summer programme.

Fred Wakefield lets us know what Inghams are looking for...

Natives: What roles are you recruiting for?
Fred: Resort Managers, Hotel Managers, Head Chefs, Chalet Hosts
Natives: Which resorts are you recruiting for?
Fred: St Anton, Meribel, Zermatt, Val d’Isere
Natives: What makes a good CV?
Fred: 1 or 2 pages max. Clear and concise. no spelling mistakes. Most importantly tailor your job to the position you are applying so all the relevant or transferrable skills and experience jump off the page. The job of a cv is to get you an interview not tell us your life story.
Natives: What do you look for in a covering letter?
Fred: Anything that shows they know something about the job and company they are applying for. It is always a good idea to highlight your strongest relevant skill or previous job here
Natives: What would make a candidate stand out (in a good way) in their application?
Fred: Simple - having relevant or transferrable skills or experience for the job
Natives: What do you like candidates to wear for interview?
Fred: Something smart and professional. If you look like you couldn't be bothered to make an effort at interview you are never going to make an effort for our guests.
Natives: Do you have group interviews? If so, can you give an example of they type of activity you would do?
Fred: Yes. We ask candidates to complete a task before the interview and then present this to the group. They bake cakes, play games and lots of other fun stuff. We want the process to be enjoyable and the candidates to be able to relax and be themselves.
Natives: Do you conduct regional interviews?
Fred: Yes. We interview in Fleet, London, Bristol, Manchester, Nottingham and Manchester
Natives: What qualities do you look for in candidates?
Fred: Apart from having the technical skills to do their job we are looking for people who are going to make a difference to our guests' holiday. The best staff are those who love the mountains and love interacting with people.
Natives: How many seasons has your longest serving member of staff been with you?
Fred: 26 back to back winter and summer seasons
Natives: Funniest interview you’ve ever held?
Fred: Interviews are never boring because nerves make people do and say the weirdest things. We had one guy who farted constantly for a whole hour.
Natives: Complete no’s in an interview?
Fred: Swearing, not listening, bad attitude, trying to be too cool for school, not remembering which company the interview is for, not talking.
Natives: Best of times in resort?
Fred: The day the pistes closed on my 10th and final season. I was the last person down the Combe de Saulire accompanied by the pisteur and his rescue dog.
Natives: Worst of times in resort?
Fred: Any day it rains. Rubbish!
Natives: Top tips for getting the job?
Fred: Research and preparation. Know the job and the company you are applying for. On the day of the interview relax, enjoy the experience and be yourself.
Natives: Words of wisdom for time in resort?
Fred: Make the most of the opportunity to live and work in the mountains – it might be the only one you get. Get out of the bars and up the mountain every chance you have.

Check out Inghams' current vacancies here.

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