How I Can Tell You’re Not Prepared

I’m a huge proponent when it comes to preparing for an interview. I advocate researching the perspective company, creating a set questions, and, if possible, connecting with the recruiter via LinkedIn prior to the interview. Nevertheless, there will still be those individuals who choose to “wing it,” and go into the situation unprepared. As a recruiter, I can easily tell when a candidate has not properly prepared for the interview. Here’s how:

You Can’t Explain Why You Want to Work Here

It starts with the explanation of why you want to work for the company. I have asked this question before in past interviews for positions at Hyatt and have been given a variety of responses such as, “I’ve stayed at your hotels as a child,” or “My parents prefer your hotels.”

Another giveaway would be a response like, “You’re a hotel company, a leader in the industry.” A basic answer such as this tells me that you are only reiterating information from a recent press release that you probably found in the first link that came up on Google.

If you cannot properly explain or elaborate on why you want to work for the company, chances are the recruiter will already know the answer for you.

You Ask Poor Questions

I am sure there is a sense of relief once you get to the Q& A portion of an interview, but this is not the time to relax. In fact, you should be more alert than ever.  The quality of the questions you ask at the conclusion of the interview will indicate your level of preparation, and whether you leave the recruiter with a favorable impression. If you have trouble coming up with questions to ask, or do not ask any questions at all, I will likely feel that you are unprepared and are not serious about pursuing a career with our company.

You’re Late

Lastly, if you show up to the interview late or appear tired/disheveled,  the recruiter will assume that you have poor time management. I certainly will.

Remember, it is important as a candidate to:

  • Be ready for an interview by articulating the specific reasons why you want to join an organization.
  • Be knowledgeable about the company. Ask questions that demonstrate your knowledge and reflect that you have done research.
  • Be a few minutes early for the interview, ensure that you are well-rested, and, most importantly, PREPARED.



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, follow Hyatt on twitter @hyattcareers, become a Hyatt Facebook fan at Hyatt Hotels and Resorts Careers and follow the Campus Recruiter blog at

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