Holiday Inn is a mid-priced brand of hotel. It is a part of the British Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG). In the following article, we are going to take a look at what kind of jobs are available at Holiday Inn hotels and what are the requirements for those jobs.
Company History -
The idea for a mid-priced brand of hotel was conceived by Kemmons Wilson after his trip to Washington D.C. There, he was disappointed by the quality of the roadside motels of the time. The first Holiday Inn motel was opened in Memphis at 4941 Summer Avenue. Wilson then partnered with Wallace E. Johnson and they built additional motels along the roads entering into Memphis. In the year 1957, the chain was franchised as The Holiday Inn of America. In 1958, there were 50 locations of the motels across the country, which doubled in the year 1959 and went on to grow rapidly with the 1000th Holiday Inn being opened in San Antonio, Texas in the year 1968. In the year 1988, the company was purchased by UK-based Bass PLC. In the year 1994, the company made a move into the upscale hotel market with the launch of Crowne Plaza. The Holiday Inn brand of hotels now operates worldwide and has more than 3400 locations just in the United States.
What kinds of jobs are available at Holiday Inn?
In this article, we will be focusing on entry-level jobs at Holiday Inn in the following four areas :
– Bar and Restaurant
– Front Office
We will also guide you on applying for any other jobs in the next section.
Bar and Restaurant – If you wish to work at Bar and Restaurant in the Holiday Inn, there are good positions, such as:
Restaurant Server – In this position, the candidate will be required to greet guests and take food and beverage orders from the guests, clean tables in a prompt and efficient manner after as well as cleaning of tables, chairs, walls windows. Note that for this job, the candidate may be required to work nights/weekends/holidays. In return, the candidate gets competitive financial and benefits package such as healthcare support (dental, vision), disability and life insurance.
Front Office :
Bellperson/Driver – This job requires carrying/pushing of weights up to 100 pounds. The candidate will be required to handle luggage and the job involves bending, stooping and kneeling. Again, the candidate will be required to work nights/holidays/weekends. The benefits include healthcare support (dental, vision), disability and life insurance and a matching 401(k) plan.
Room Attendant – This job requires the candidate to clean the rooms/suites in an efficient and thorough manner. The job involves tasks such as making beds, cleaning, dusting, vacuuming and sanitizing bathrooms, removing trash etc. Some houskeeping experience is preferred for this position. Other than that, just basic reading, writing and math skills are required. The candidate will be required to lift weights of up to 50 pounds or more and pushing/pulling of approximately 200 pounds. The benefits are the same as for the other jobs, which is healthcare (dental, vision), disability and life insurance and a matching 401(k) plan.
Line Cook – As a line cook, the candidate is required to prepare and cook orders for daily operations and provide assistance in performing kitchen duties. Food preparation experience and training is preferred for this job. It also requires the candidates to be able to lift weights of up to 50 pounds and involves standing up, bending, handling food objects, products and utensils. The benefits for this job are exactly the same as for the other jobs described in this section.
Please note that the kitchen/bar jobs require the candidate to have an alcohol awareness certification and/or food service permit or valid health/food handler cards.
How to apply for a job at Holiday Inn?
If you wish to apply for a job at Holiday Inn, you will have to go to the website of the InterContinental Hotel Group, the owner of the Holiday Inn
brand of hotels. You will not find an application page on the official Holiday Inn website. So let’s go to www.ihgplc.com and then click on the “Careers” tab on top panel. In the careers section, you will see a box called ‘Job Search’. It has two fields, one is the career field where you can choose the area in which you want a job (For example, Bar and Restaurant). The second field is for the location. Select your location. Once the job and the location have been chosen, click on the ‘Search’ button. This will display the search results listing all the jobs. The listings will have a job title, location and company columns. For jobs at Holiday Inn, look for the Holiday Inn logo under the ‘Company’ column and click on the job you want. That will take you to the job description and requirements page. At the bottom of the page, you will see the the ‘Apply now’ button, which you can click on, to apply for the job you chose.
Below are some additional bits and pieces of information about jobs at Holiday Inn –
- The average salary for a Restaurant server is $12.83/hr with the lowest salary being reportedly $8/hr and the highest being $20/hr.
- The average salary for Line Cook is $11.15/hr with the lowest salary being reportedly $9/hr and highest being $14/hr.
- The average salary for Room Attendant is $8.5/hr with the lowest salary being reportedly $8/hr and highest being $9/hr.
- Sample interview question – “Would you be happy working at this position instead of back office position because of your college degree?”
- Sample interview question – “Why do you want to work for us?”
- Sample interview question – “Will you take a drug test?”
- Sample interview question – “How did you deal with customer complaints at your previous job?”
With hotels in more than 3400 locations across US and a lot of areas of employment, Holiday Inn is a great choice for employment to those looking for a career in this industry. A large number of employees are satisfied and the overall approval rating of the C.E.O of InterContinental Hotel Groups Richard Solomons is an amazing 90%. Many jobs require you to work on holidays/weekends but in return, provide excellent benefits.