Last week my peers and I “returned to campus” to kick off the spring recruiting season and interview students interested in internships and entry-level management positions with our corporation. I met over 60 students and surprisingly so many of them wanted to know why Hyatt was my company of choice after college. Although I could have easily told them it was because of the benefits, potential career growth, or industry reputation, I honestly chose the company for two different reasons.
The first reason was the recruiters during the interview process. These individuals conveyed such passion for both the industry and the company. They seemed to truly love their jobs and while interacting with them, I found myself thinking, “I want what they have”, I want to be just as ecstatic about the company I work for and if they feel this way about this company, then that’s where I have to be!
The second reason I chose the company may seem like a small detail, but ultimately it solidified my feeling of the type of company that would be the perfect fit for me. Like many graduating students, I interviewed with several different organizations. During one of those interviews, the recruiter mentioned, while discussing his company’s culture, their practice of calling people by their proper title and last name. For example if I were hired with this company, the staff in the hotel would call me Miss Goodwin and I would refer to my peers as Mr., Mrs., or Miss accordingly.
I was 22 years old at the time and really not comfortable with being called Miss Goodwin. Honestly, I’m 33 years old now and still not comfortable being called Miss Goodwin. I don’t identify with “Miss Goodwin”; it’s too formal and foreign to me. I have no idea who Miss Goodwin is, then again, I take that back, I do know who she is… Miss Goodwin is my mother! In order for me to be authentic, to be my authentic self; I need to be Ronisha, not Miss Goodwin. I didn’t want that barrier between myself and those I work with, so I had to find a company whose culture allowed me to be myself.
- Pay close attention to a company’s recruiter or hiring manager, this person represents the company and its culture. Determine if the recruiter’s body language, tone of voice, and spoken words convey to you both pride and satisfaction with their organization. When you interact with them, ask yourself if you would want to work alongside them? Would you choose them as a member of your team? Do you feel comfortable when you’re speaking to them? Do they make you feel welcome to join their organization?
- Listen closely when the recruiter describes their company’s culture and values. Do the words they say align with or contradict the company’s public image or information given on their website? More importantly does the company’s mission, goals, and values, align with your own? For example, if you’re passionate about the environment, does the prospective company also demonstrate that same passion?
Ultimately you can negotiate many items when you receive an offer; the one item you won’t be able to negotiate is how well you fit in or your ability to feel like yourself within the organization.
Ronisha is one of Hyatt’s College Recruiting Managers. Hyatt’s College Recruiters visit more than 30 college campuses each year recruiting top talent at hospitality programs across the country. A graduate of The Ohio State University, Ronisha begin her Hyatt career as a Human Resources Corporate Management Trainee. During her ten years with Hyatt, she has worked at Hyatt Hotels in Orlando, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey. To learn more about opportunities with Hyatt please visit hyatt.jobs, follow Hyatt on twitter @hyattcareers, become a Hyatt Facebook fan at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Careers and follow the Campus Recruiter blog at hyattrecruiting.blogspot.com.